Australia & New Zealand Luxury Train Tours

The smallest continent in the world happens to be one of the most exciting to experience by luxury train. The Society of International Railway Travelers (IRT) offers a vacation across Australia and through some of the southern hemisphere’s most famous cities. This trip leaves most months throughout the year, so if you’re looking to explore the beautiful country, you have plenty of opportunities. Our luxury Australia trip is a 17-day independent tour which can be customized to your heart’s desire — and which allows for a full experience of both the country and the amazing trains themselves.

Visit Sydney, Perth, Darwin, and other Australian towns on the IRT journey. Visit Uluru — Ayer’s Rock — a stunning alien landscape in the remote bush. Whether it’s your first time in the country or you’re a repeat visitor, there’s a new favorite place to be discovered along the way. Whether it’s the views of nature, service on one of the world’s best trains, or visiting iconic Australian cities, every type of traveler has something to love on “Australia Rail Extravaganza: Luxury Down Under”.

The Trains

Despite the size of Australia, IRT’s luxury vacation includes two of the World’s Top 25 Trains!

Indian Pacific

The trip begins on the Indian Pacific. As it departs from Sydney, it’s easy to see why this train is so highly regarded in the world of luxury travel. This legendary Australian train has been operating for decades and its roots can be traced back to 1917. In more recent years, the train has gained a reputation for its incredible lounge and world-class service.

The Ghan

Once you arrive in Darwin, the rest of your journey takes place on The Ghan. This historic train actually predates the Indian Pacific! While construction on a line for this train began in 1878, The Ghan currently offers one of the most luxurious train experiences in the world. This train is one of the longest in the world with two locomotives and 24 carriages. For both luxury train newcomers and experts, The Ghan is considered one of the best rides in the world.

We recommend going for the Platinum Service for the perks and priority service.

The Destinations

Taking place over two weeks and across two trains, this vacation covers each Australian coast.

Australia Rail Extravaganza

The IRT adventure will start in Sydney, the most populated city in the country, as well as one of the most famous. After two days of exploring the landmarks of this incredible city, you’ll board the Indian Pacific. From there, the train stops in Perth and Darwin, where amazing outdoor views and the beautiful ocean are the main attractions.

On The Ghan, the next two stops are Adelaide and Alice Springs. The rest of this journey involves national parks, picnics, historic sites, and a luxury hotel. The natural beauty of these towns is unmatched and the activities taking place across the days spent here are one-of-a-kind. There are few train vacations in the world that cover this much of a single country.

Animal lovers from across the world are always left in awe after visiting Kakadu National Park, one of our stops as well as one of Australia’s most unique wildlife attractions. That’s not the only national park you’ll visit. On day 15, you’ll spend your morning at Uluru for a sunrise breakfast before you explore more of the park.