Travel Australia By Rail

Train travel has to be one of the most comfortable ways to see Australia. There is nothing quite like travelling through the more remote regions of Australia in the comfort of an air conditioned train, and nothing beats a train for getting around Australia's capital cities. Train travel in Australia is on a par with most European countries in terms of cost, but due to the large distances between destinations in Australia and the lack of population to support them, services are generally less frequent than found in most developed countries. Trains operating up and down the eastern seaboard and into many rural areas from the capital cities run on a daily basis, but the long distance trains travelling north-south and east-west have only one of two services per week.

Train travel from the capital cities to outlying regional areas is mainly by quiet, efficient air-conditioned diesel railcars, which provide an inexpensive alternative to other forms of transport for visitors wishing to explore Australia's regional areas by train. Many regional towns in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland offer train travellers package tours which includes rail travel, accommodation and tours in and around the train's destination. These tours are perfect for travellers who want to visit and explore regional areas but don't want to hire and drive a car there.

Rail Travel Times

Times quoted are minimum travel times according to carriers' timetables. Times quoted are station to station travel times, and do not include travel to and from railway stations.

Sydney - Central Coast (Gosford): 1 hour 25 minutes
Sydney - Blue Mountains (Katoomba): 2 hours 6 minutes
Sydney - Dubbo: 6 hours 40 minutes (via XPT)
Sydney - Broken Hill: 15 hours 45 minutes (via Indian Pacific)
Sydney - Albury: 7 hours 40 minutes (via XPT)
Sydney - Canberra: 4 hours 20 minutes (via XPT)
Sydney - Brisbane: 16 hours 5 minutes
Sydney - Melbourne: 11 hours 10 minutes (via XPT)
Sydney - Adelaide: 22 hours 15 minutes (via Indian Pacific)
Sydney - Perth: 2 days 20 hours 10 minutes (via Indian Pacific)

Perth - Kalgoorlie: 6 hours 40 minutes (via The Prospector)
Perth - Bunbury: 2 hours 30 minutes (via The Australind)

Adelaide - Darwin: 2 days 1 hour 15 minutes (via The Ghan)
Adelaide - Alice Springs: 1 day 1 hours 25 minutes (via The Ghan)

Alice Springs - Darwin: 23 hours 50 minutes (via The Ghan)

Melbourne - Adelaide: 10 hours 35 minutes (via The Overland)
Melbourne - Swan Hill: 5 hours 24 minutes
Melbourne - Geelong: 1 hour 11 minutes
Melbourne - Ballarat: 1 hour 15 minutes
Melbourne - Warrnambool: 3 hours 13 minutes
Melbourne - Shepparton: 2 hours 48 minutes
Melbourne - Traralgon: 1 hours 29 minutes (express); 2 hours 6 minutes (all stations)
Melbourne - Bairnsdale: 3 hours 38 minutes
Melbourne - Griffith: 5 hours 53 minutes

Brisbane - Charleville: 16 hours 45 minutes
Brisbane - Rockhampton: 11 hours 30 minutes

Rockhampton - Townsville: 11 hours 55 minutes
Rockhampton - Longreach: 13 hours 40 minutes

Townsville - Cairns: 6 hours 55 minutes
Townsville - Mt. Isa: 20 hours 55 minutes (via The Inlander)

Normanton - Croydon: 5 hours (via The Gulflander)

Cairns - Kuranda: 1 hour 45 minutes (via Kuranda Scenic Railway)
Cairns - Forsayth: 11 hours 15 minutes (via The Savannahlander)

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