Finally ride The Great Southern across Australia
In December 2019, before lockdowns curtailed our plans, we were looking forward to the inaugural run of The Great Southern, Australia’s newest luxury expedition train, set to sit alongside The Ghan and the Indian Pacific in terms of excellent Australian rail adventures. However, less than four months later the country closed its borders. Two years on, Australia is finally open again, though The Great Southern’s short season (December–January) means we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to ride it – but what’s a few more months? Across three days the train connects the country’s east and south coasts, running between laid-back Brisbane, the beaches of Coffs Harbour, the museums and fine-dining of capital Canberra and green Adelaide (recently declared a National Park City), with rugged ranges in between. We reckon it will be worth the wait.
Make a stop: Nights are spent on board the train, but of all the excursions, the highlight is surely the Grampians National Park, a wilderness of sandstone summits, rich in wildlife and walking trails. Around 200 rock-art sites scatter the park, some dating back 20,000 years.