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.
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).
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.