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Iconic Indian Pacific Resumes Transcontinental Journeys

March 5, 2021 Rail No Comments Email Email

The Indian Pacific’s iconic blue and yellow locomotive with the wedged-tail eagle motif will today depart from Adelaide, bound for Perth, after nearly a 12-month COVID 19-releated hiatus. This Sunday, it will then depart from Perth for its first full transcontinental journey through to Sydney since March 2020.

The all-inclusive rail expedition that travels between Perth and Sydney, covering 4,352 kilometres, will again be taking guests on a three-night, four-day journey from coast to coast. Guests will enjoy amazing hospitality, food and wine, and Off Train Excursions to iconic locations like the Blue Mountains.

Journey Beyond Chief Commercial Officer Peter Egglestone said it was very exciting to see the Indian Pacific depart Adelaide on its first leg in nearly a year.

“We were extremely fortunate to celebrate the Indian Pacific’s 50th anniversary in February 2020 before the various state border closures occurred in March, and the 12 months since represents the longest period the Indian Pacific hasn’t made its twice-weekly journeys across the country.

“With guests starting to gain confidence booking travel again, our forward bookings are strong with 2021 selling quickly, so I encourage anyone who wishes to travel this year to contact our team quickly to secure a cabin on one of the world’s great rail journeys.

“We have more than 100 guests on board this repositioning leg today and we’re so excited to be sharing this very special journey with them before we embark on our first transcontinental journey for 2021 from Perth to Sydney on Sunday,” Mr Egglestone said.

Journey Beyond has implemented JourneySafe, a new operational plan to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and crew. It includes physical distancing, health screening, temperature checking, adapted dining experiences, additional staff training and a cap on guest numbers in certain spaces. The health and welfare of guests and crew is paramount and has been carefully considered ahead of the return of our premium railway holidays.

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