2011 "Southern Spirit" Selling Out


Only a handful of cabins are still available aboard Australia’s latest and most exclusive rail journey, The Southern Spirit. Potential guests are encouraged to finalise their bookings now to avoid missing out.

The Southern Spirit - One Of The World's Great Train JourneysThe 2011 Southern Spirit offers a completely new experience in rail-based holidays. Guests embark on a journey of discovery through the rural heartlands of four states, from The Grampians through the Great Dividing Range, the Hunter Valley and Byron Bay on a journey from Adelaide to Brisbane (or vice versa).

“Since the launch of The Southern Spirit earlier this year, we have enjoyed a steady stream of enquiries about this exciting new service,” said Chief Executive of Great Southern Rail, Tony Braxton-Smith.

“When the itinerary for the 2011 journey was released our phones ran hot for days with travellers keen to secure their place aboard this journey of a lifetime. We decided to introduce additional itineraries to cope with the demand and have some limited places still available,” said Tony.

Departure dates still available are 29 January or 12 February from Adelaide or Melbourne to Brisbane and 4 February or 18 February from Brisbane to Melbourne or Adelaide.

“The Southern Spirit is about embracing the essence of rail adventure. Following the inaugural journey, based on guest feedback we developed a new itinerary along the path less travelled to offer a something that is a truly unique rail adventure.”

Over 6 days and 5 nights, The Southern Spirit will journey along a route along the Great Dividing Range and up the Eastern Seaboard that is not normally travelled by passenger trains. Guests can choose to join The Southern Spirit journey in Adelaide or Melbourne. 

The journey will be enhanced by exclusive ‘Whistle Stop Tours’ along the way. These include a visit to the Murray River, a relaxing wine tasting tour in the Hunter Valley and a chance to explore Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo, one of the world’s finest open plain sanctuaries. 

“No other rail journey in Australia offers the off train inclusions available on The Southern Spirit. The itinerary has been meticulously planned so that the majority of train travel is during daylight hours, giving guests a full appreciation of this unique journey,” said Tony.

Back on board The Southern Spirit, guests will enjoy fine dining in the famous Queen Adelaide Restaurant, meeting new friends for a drink in the Outback Explorer Lounge, or just watching the breathtaking scenery unfold from the window of their private cabin. 

Guests can choose between Platinum or Gold Service cabins. Fares for the five or six day holiday of a lifetime range from $3,300 - $6,600 depending on departure point and the service level.

To book call 13 21 47, visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au or contact your licensed travel agent.

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