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Journey Beyond Rail

Venture further with curated, powerfully enriching holiday packages and rail journeys that capture Australia in all its guises. Journey Beyond offers much more than just seamless rail transit, including a huge range of expertly-crafted, all-inclusive experiences to create your own rich and rewarding personal journey, and fully immerse yourself in the unique environments their trains travel through.

TOTAL TRIPS: 65
AGE RANGE: 0-99 Years
BUDGET: Premium
  2 Reviews (4.0/5)
TRIP STYLES:
Rail Journeys
GUIDING STYLES:
Locally Guided
REGIONS:
Australia

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Journey Beyond The Ghan
The Ghan

Embark on classic all-inclusive rail journey or curated holiday package deep into the heart of Australia onboard the legendary Ghan.

Journey Beyond Indian Pacific
Indian Pacific

A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in comfort and style. Step onboard for an all-inclusive rail holiday you'll never forget.

Journey Beyond Great Southern
Great Southern

Step aboard the newest rail experience in Australia – an inspiring journey across Australia’s sublime south-east on board the Great Southern.

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Indian Pacific Perth to Sydney - mixed feelings   0 , NSW, Australia, Jan 2024
Our first leg from Perth to Adelaide was very good and warm-hearted. The crew provided clear instructions, were welcoming, attentive, calm, composed, engaging, interactive and present. Very special mentions to the following staff: Lee, Esther, Caleb, Andrew (he made great coffees). I would give it 5 star ratings all round. We missed the Karlgoorlie ...read more stopover but was given a refund. So we spent most of our days on the train except for Cook and Adelaide. We decided to give the Blue Mountains a miss as we had already been there many times.

We thought we would enjoy the rest of the journey on the train but we were very wrong to do so due to the changeover of staff at Adelaide that made the train journey very lack-lustre. The changeover of the crew from the Adelaide to Sydney leg was surprisingly and very significantly very poor and different in comparison. In the second leg, Nick was the standout staff for initiative and engagement with the guests. The poorest service came from Jessica - very disappointing. She was curt with very little eye contact with us and also was curt with the staff. The second batch of staff did not run smoothly and did not have the camaraderie and morale observed in the first leg. In taking our breakfast orders, Jessica interacted mostly with the other couple seated at our table and not with us… she took their orders and half-heartedly took my order (only when I asserted myself with an 'Excuse me, I would like to order!) and totally ignored and overlooked my husband’s orders although he was seated next to me.

We found this extremely strange behaviour. When she brought the shared toast for our table, she only spoke to the other couple at our table ‘this is for you’, no eye contact whatsoever with us. It made me quite uncomfortable and awkward. From this experience when the actual food arrived, the scrambled eggs were merely a torn-up omelette (it was very lack lustre and dry).
It was quite obvious in my observation that many in this team were merely functional and lacked the zest and joy of professional hospitality service compared to the first team.

Bed bunks also weren’t put back after breakfast, we had to wait and then look for a crew member to help us put it back up otherwise we were not able to sit in our rooms after an awful breakfast experience. The 2nd leg is a 2 out of 5 rating. This brings my overall travel experience rating down significantly as this is the final part of our journey.
A unique and adventurous experience which should not be missed     1 , Bavaria, Germany, Jul 2022
After having experienced the Top End and the Kimberley with APT, I also booked the Ghan Expedition via Global Journeys. Again, I was very happy with the handling of my trip considering that I live overseas. Georgie from Global Journeys was first class, responding quickly at all times even by phone considering the time change.

For me, one of the ...read more highlights was the helicopter ride over Katherine Gorge which I had done by boat on the Kimberley tour. The ultimate highlight was the flight to Uluru including lunch and a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide at the rock. It brought back lots of memories back in 1978 when I visited and climbed Uluru, then still called Ayers Rock. No doubt, worthwhile spending the extra money. The dinner at the Telegraph Station at night was a wonderful end of the amazing day.

The staff on the train were so lovely, friendly and cheerful at all times. The single cabins are somewhat small but that can't be helped. We were a happy bunch of people in the carriage. The food including all free drinks was remarkable considering the kitchen facilities. All off train excursions were very well organised with plenty of opportunities to explore the outback of Australia.

I did the trip in July which meant that the nights were chilly. So remember to bring along warm clothes for the mornings and evenings during excursions. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, felt well looked after and want to express my sincere thanks to the organising agencies.

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It’s a big, beautiful country, Australia. It’s north to south, east to west of ever-changing landscapes, culture and people. While there are many ways to see it, there’s only one way to do it with ease and in comfort. That’s the fabulous fun of rail travel, where everything comes together in a theatre-like performance.
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THE GHAN EXPERIENCE
THE GHAN EXPERIENCE

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure, culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

Onboard you will find sumptuous dining, elegant private cabins, attentive service, and the camaraderie of your fellow travellers. And when the train stops, the adventures begin. Choose from a range of included Off Train Experiences to create a rewarding personal journey through Australia’s outback and beyond. Travel on The Ghan or book a Ghan Expedition – an extended journey – as the foundation for your next adventure.

INDIAN PACIFIC
INDIAN PACIFIC

A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in comfort and style. With epic transcontinental crossings between the Indian and Pacific oceans, step onboard for an all-inclusive rail holiday you'll never forget.

The Indian Pacific traverses mountain ranges, passes through arid deserts and goldfields, rocky valleys and subtropical savannahs on its transcontinental crossings. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney on a spectacular 4352km crossing.

THE GREAT SOUTHERN
THE GREAT SOUTHERN

With its rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks, and exhilarating capital cities, Great Southern's journey between Brisbane and Adelaide feels like nowhere else in Australia.

Relax with everything taken care of on board including fine dining, premium wines and world-class hospitality, as you’re transported from buzzing cities to diverse landscapes and natural marvels. 

Journey Beyond FAQ's Frequently asked questions for those considering travelling with Journey Beyond

Can I fly out the same day as the train arrives?
We want you to enjoy your journey without concerns over flight times. We therefore would recommend you allow for an overnight stop before connecting to domestic or international flights. Journey Beyond does not accept liability for any missed connections due to late train arrivals.
Can I pre-book my Off-Train Experiences?
On the lead up to your journey on the Great Southern and Indian Pacific, you will receive an email advising that Off Train Experiences can be booked online within the two weeks prior to your departure. Ghan Expedition's – Uluru scenic flight upgrade - can be pre-booked by contacting us. Space is limited. All other...read more Off Train Experiences can only be booked on train.

Can I request a forward-facing seat?
Yes, you are able to request forward facing-cabins aboard The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern at the time of booking; however, as approximately half of our cabins face forward, we are unable to guarantee a forward facing cabin depending on the number of requests we receive for...read more any given departure.
Can I add my accommodation and touring to my rail journey?
The Global Journeys team would be happy to assist you with booking additional accommodation and touring either side of your rail journey. 
When will I receive my final travel itinerary?
Your travel itinerary is emailed approximately 45 days prior to departure. You will receive final travel documents with any updates to your journey 14 days before your departure. You'll receive your cabin and carriage number upon check in. While cabin and seat numbers are assigned as a behind-the-scenes process...read more in the weeks leading up to departure, this allocation can occasionally change in the lead up to your departure due to operational reasons.
Do I need any cash or credit cards onboard?
As our journeys are all-inclusive you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off Train Experience upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising our EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any cash out on our trains. 
How much luggage can I take?
Luggage limits apply for both carry on and checked luggage. These limits vary depending on the level of service you are travelling in and by train. While on board The Ghan, Indian Pacific or Great Southern, you can access one piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin...read more bag or briefcase per person, and store this within your cabin.
Is there a standard of dress on board?
It’s your holiday and we want you to be comfortable so smart casual attire is recommended. We also recommend warm clothes for Outback Experiences as mornings and evenings in the Outback can be cool, and hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for your Off Train Experiences.

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