LIVE blog: Indian Pacific & Sun Princess Sydney & Southern Explorer – Part 2

Indian Pacific – our off board experience in Broken Hill

Well, after a 2 course lunch, I ventured into the lounge to catch up with my fellow travellers for a drink whilst listening to the soothing sounds of Matt, our resident on-board entertainer.  Playing guitar and some classic tunes, I slowly start to drift with the swaying of the train and suddenly find myself falling asleep as I gaze outside the window.  This is where I suggest you bring a good book or watch the world go by. Conversation & board games are optional, and with no internet access and not being an avid reader, I opt to return to my cabin for the afternoon.

Around 5.15 pm the train was only 10 mins away from Broken Hill. Upon arrival, there are 3 shore excursions to choose from: Art gallery, Big Picture & The “Main Drag”. I must admit I’m not an avid art lover so I opt for the 3rd option, the “Main Drag” . Don’t judge me, a lot of people opted for this show, I think half the train went!

This show is based on the highly camp cult classic, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and takes place at the iconic & run down Palace Hotel. On entering this grand hotel, I follow the crowd, grab a drink and take a seat. For the next 20 mins or so, Ms Shelita Buffet (yes, she will eat a buffet) and her troops will lip sync and entertain you. Who doesn’t love a good drag show?! It’s a funny and highly camp quality show on a very tight budget. Not what I thought I would be seeing in Broken Hill! Nevertheless, it was entertaining!

A beautiful 3 course meal awaits as I board back onto the train.

Indian Pacific dinner – photo by Cos Matteo
Indian Pacific dinner – photo by Cos Matteo
Indian Pacific dinner – photo by Cos Matteo

Feeling exhausted and relaxed after a busy day, I make my way back to my cabin. It’s approx 9:30 pm  (1/2 hour time change ) and my attendant has turned down my bed for the evening. I maneuver my way around the cabin, pyjamas on (bring your own), teeth brushed and toilet stop (down the hallway).

Photo by Cos Matteo of gold single bed.

The train journey is bumpy – but don’t get me wrong – it’s calming at the same time. I’m pleasantly surprised the bed is very comfortable. I wake up a few times during the night but feel very relaxed.

What a ride folks! If you love trains, put the Indian Pacific on your bucket list… I highly recommend it!

Next stop, Sydney !

To be continued…

Words by Cos Matteo, National Sales & Business Development Manager at Holidays of Australia & the World.

Read part one.

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