There are plenty of reasons to upgrade your next rail journey aboard The Ghan, The Ghan Expedition, The Indian Pacific, The Overland and now the Great Southern to a Platinum experience! Here are five to show you what you’re missing out on:
1. The space!
It can feel like a tight fit while travelling on a train but not when you’re in staying in the luxuriously spaced Platinum cabin which is almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. By day your cabin is configured into a relaxing private lounge fitted with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans so you put your feet up. By night the spacious cabin transforms into a comfortable bedroom with the lounges converting into either one double bed or twin beds.
2. An exciting range of off-train excursions
There are an abundance of exciting off train excursions to be chosen from as you travel through the Australian outback as a Platinum guest.
On The Ghan you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of Australia’s outback via relaxing cruises, guided walks, exclusive nature experiences and cultural highlights. The Nitmiluk (formally Katherine) Gorge Cruise is a must-have experience while in Katherine. As you cruise down the Katherine River through the First and Second Gorges, large rock formations tower over the calm water while the calls of cicadas resonate in the background. Simpson’s Gap is one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges and you’ll have the opportunity to experience it on an informative Discovery Walk. Spot local wildlife as you venture past the Ghost Gums and stand in awe at the spectacular views of the ranges.
The Indian Pacific off-train experiences include visiting the famous Pro Hart Gallery in Broken Hill where you can browse three floors filled with a wide range of his signature paintings. In Broken Hill you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the unique and striking structure of the Miners Memorial and Trades Hall where you can learn about the city’s rich mining history. As a Platinum Service guest you’ll also enjoy an exclusive journey for the senses in the famed wine region of South Australia, the Barossa Valley, where you’ll experience the rolling landscapes and charming cellar doors.
3. The luxurious Platinum Club Experience
The Platinum Club is another exclusive addition to your rail journey and is only available to Platinum guests and features a deluxe bar, lounge and fully flexible dining area to make the most of.
You certainly won’t go hungry with the Club providing a menu that truly showcases the finest regional food for your delight. You’ll have a hard time choosing between tasty Top End barramundi, locally farmed beef and lamb, mouthwatering Margaret River cheese, gourmet Barossa Valley small goods and plenty of native Australian foods including juicy Kangaroo, saltbush and wild rosella flower. All these delicious meals are complemented with a range of all-inclusive wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages. You can also request an afternoon refreshment from this beverage list or choose from the self-serve bar while spacious tabletops provide the perfect spot for a conversation or a game of cards.
4. Feature after feature after feature!
Get excited about the fantastic features that will make all the difference during your travel time beginning with a full-size en suite equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary Australian bathroom amenities. Your room is secure with a lockable door and in-cabin safe for any valuables. There are power outlets located in the room as well as in-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available. Picture windows offer you views of the expansive landscape from both sides of the train so you don’t miss out on a thing.
Should you so desire, you can also receive a freshly prepared continental breakfast upon request and refreshments served in-cabin. Not sure what to pack? Well there is a massive 90kg luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30kg each) so you can bring almost everything (bar the kitchen sink).
5. Make use of the Platinum Service transfers
Just to make things that much easier for you, a Platinum Service Transfer will provide you with complimentary transfers at the beginning and end of your journey for guests within 60km of the rail terminals. Instead of having to organise yourself a taxi or hoping your relatives remember what time you arrive back from your trip, the transfer service will make sure you make sure you make it to where you need to be.
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a luxurious trip across Australia with the Platinum experience!
Train images provided by Great Southern Rail.