Great Southern (train)

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Great Southern
Great Southern (train).svg
Service typeTranscontinental passenger rail
First service6 December 2019
Current operator(s)Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions
StartAdelaide Parklands Terminal
EndBrisbane Acacia Ridge
On-board services
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Rolling stockCommonwealth Railways stainless steel carriage stock
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Great Southern is an Australian passenger rail service operated by Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions between Adelaide and Brisbane both ways. The inaugural journey departed from Adelaide on 6 December 2019.[1][2]

Similar to Journey Beyond's other luxury rail holidays on The Ghan and the Indian Pacific, Great Southern will be a slow journey across the country with a series of off-train guided tours along the route. The Adelaide to Brisbane service will take three days and feature guided tours of the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Canberra and beaches along the northern coast of New South Wales, while the Brisbane to Adelaide service will take four days with beachside dining in northern New South Wales, a guided tour of the Hunter Valley and Newcastle, and a stop at the Twelve Apostles. The sole exception to this itinerary will occur on the 10 January 2020 departure, which will include stops in Parkes and Orange before continuing on to Gulgong before rejoining the original route. [1][3]


  1. ^ a b "Great Southern explores new territory". Great Southern Rail. 23 November 2018. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ Siebert, Bension (20 November 2018). "Great Southern Rail to launch Adelaide-Brisbane service". InDaily. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ Meacham, Steve (24 November 2018). "Great Southern train from Adelaide to Brisbane: Australia's new luxury train unveiled". Traveller. Retrieved 25 November 2018.