Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Indian Pacific

Picture from Flight Centre

The Indian Pacific is the last trans continental train in the world. Its unique 4352-kilometre journey covers the breadth and variety of the Australian continent between Sydney and Perth.

In either direction, the traveller spends three nights on board, passing through varied geographical terrain. The Blue Mountains are lush and spectacular and the wide Nullarbor plain is bleak and treeless -- the classic Australian outback.

Throughout the train journey, travellers can spot a huge variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, through the windows. Off-train tours are available for visitors who want to see the outback from close up. These side trips leave during scheduled train stops at Adelaide, Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie, a gold mining town since the Gold Rush of the 1880s.

The symbol of the Indian Pacific is the endangered wedge-tailed eagle. With a wingspan of two metres, this impressive bird is easy to spot from the window of the train.

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