For the best times of your life!
For the best times of your life!
S U N L O VER HOLIDAYS S U N L O VER HOLIDAYS GREAT AUSTRALIAN RAIL HOLIDAYS 2014/15 F or the best times of your life!
Outback Explorer Lounge Above Photo: The Ghan, Northern Territory Main Cover Photo: Indian Pacific For over 30 years, Sunlover Holidays has been crafting holidays for families, for couples, for friends and for adventurers right around Australia. From Cape York to Kangaroo Island, from the Gold Coast to Margaret River, from the Kimberley to Bruny Island, and everywhere in between our travel experts are here to design and book your ideal Aussie holiday.
Our 14 Sunlover Holidays brochures have something to suit all tastes and budgets and are the perfect planning tool for your family holiday, romantic getaway, island escape, self drive or rail adventure.
Inside you’ll find a great range of rail holiday packages combining the iconic Ghan and Indian Pacific train journeys with accommodation, sightseeing and transfers. We have a selection of Short Break options designed to enhance your holiday experience and allow you to discover the best each city has to offer before or after your rail journey. Use this brochure for inspiration, then let our travel experts assist you to experience Australia your way – happy travelling! Andrew Burnes CEO, Sunlover Holidays
3 Valid 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015. Contents The Rail Experience 4 Rail Service Levels 6 Gold Service 6 Platinum Service 7 Rail Journeys 8 The Ghan Rail Journey 8 Indian Pacific Rail Journey 9 Timetables 10 Motorail 10 The Ghan Experience 11 The Ghan Holiday Packages 11 The Ghan Short Breaks 14 Indian Pacific Experience 15 Indian Pacific Holiday Packages 15 Indian Pacific Short Breaks 18 Important Booking Conditions 19
4 Immerse yourself in the timeless wonders of rail travel and discover the beauty and diverse landscapes on offer as you wind your way across Australia. The Ghan and Indian Pacific offer memorable experiences, superior hospitality and a real sense of discovery and adventure. Travel in style and comfort in both Platinum and Gold Service options and take advantage of the many facilities and services on offer. The Ghan and the Indian Pacific are fully inclusive of all touring, dining and beverages. Now you can sit back and enjoy the rail journey and discover the destinations along the way with truly memorable off train adventures.
Enjoy the dining experience which tells the story of the journey with local produce and tastes. Your holiday starts the moment you step on board. Check-in on the train and relax with a drink in the Outback Explorer Lounge up to 90 minutes before your journey at selected train stations. Make yourself comfortable, and meet your host and fellow travellers.
Flexible Dining Whether you’re up with the sun – determined not to miss a minute of your trip – or a lover of the lie-in, breakfast is available between 6am and 10am. This allows you to savour the first meal of the day at your own pace. Dining reservations are available in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Book for a long lunch or an intimate late dinner for two. The Queen Adelaide Restaurant serves regional Australian cuisine, with changing menus to reflect the best produce and flavours of the countryside you’re passing through. Wines are chosen to compliment these local specialities. All standard wines, beer, soft drinks and spirits are included with your Platinum and Gold Service fares.
Off Train Excursions Take advantage of the Off Train Excursions and experience the unique destinations along the way. Discover why these places make an Australian rail holiday a truly unique and inspiring journey. All Off Train Excursions are included in your rail fare. (conditions apply) On The Ghan there’s time to take a tour of the Outback town of Alice Springs, explore an oasis of history, indigenous culture and natural beauty. Choose from one of two included excursions that explore this region including a tour of Alice Springs Desert Park or Alice Explorer town tour. In the Top End, you’ll witness the splendour of Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park.
Choose one of three included excursions that will give you access to hear from some of the region’s most knowledgeable guides and enjoy cuisine inspired by the flavours of the Outback.
The Off Train Excursion tours on the Indian Pacific have been designed to discover the culture and history of the destinations Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Kalgoorlie, which you will visit on your journey. Explore the heritage and culture of the ‘Silver City’, Broken Hill and indulge in an abundance of food, wine and history in the elegant South Australian capital of Adelaide. Your Rail Holiday Planning a rail holiday is easy with our selection of great Holiday Packages. We’ve put together a range of packages combining travel on The Ghan or Indian Pacific with accommodation and a range of unique experiences.
Our packages let you enjoy the journey as well as the destinations. True rail enthusiasts can travel aboard three trains and visit three cities on the Three Cities Three Trains Holiday Package featured on page 17.
Or if you prefer a shorter break, you can combine one of our Short Break packages with the rail journey of your choice. So no matter what type of rail holiday you’re after, our packages are the perfect way to experience Australia’s great rail journeys! The Rail Experience The Ghan
5 NEW SOUTH WALES WESTERN AUSTRALIA VICTORIA O BRISBANE CAIRNS SYDNEY CANBERRA MELBOURNE ADELAIDE HOBART NORTHERN TERRITORY SOUTH AUSTRALIA Kakadu National Park DARWIN Litchfield National Park ADELAIDE RIVER KATHERINE TENNANT CREEK Hermannsburg Yulara Kulgera Oodnadatta Manguri Siding Coober Pedy Tarcoola Ceduna Cook Rawlinna Kambalda Coolgardie Southern Cross Meredin New Norcia Busselton Mount Barker Ravensthorpe Margaret River Pemberton Walpole Denmark Jurien Bay Kalbarri Monkey Mia Carnarvon Coral Bay Norseman Marree Arkaroola Silverton Menindee Ivanhoe Condobolin Wagga Wagga Swan Hill Bordertown Murray Brige Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Geelong Warnambool Ararat Horsham Victor Harbor Parkes Bathurst Lithgow Wollongong Bega Launceston Devonport Orange Parachilna Hawker Quorn Peterborough Clare ALICE SPRINGS Port Augusta Esperance KALGOORLIE BOULDER Geraldton Rockingham Albany Bunburry BROKEN HILL Port Pirie Port Lincoln MILDURA Mount Gambier PERTH QUEENSLAND The Ghan indian pacific The overland Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin Duration: 2 nights in either direction Distance: 2,979 kilometres Route: Sydney – Adelaide – Perth Duration: 3 nights in either direction Distance: 4,352 kilometres Route: Adelaide – Melbourne Duration:Daylightserviceineitherdirection Distance: 828 kilometres INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS REGIONAL AIRPORTS Indian Pacific
6 Single Cabin By day, Single Cabins feature a lounge chair and footrest. By night your private cabin converts to a single level sleeping berth. Twin Cabin By day, Twin Cabins feature a three seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Gold Service Experience the romance of a bygone age as you travel by rail without sacrificing the modern comforts of home. Whether you are a solo traveller or a couple, Gold Service will fulfil your expectations for a stylish journey and make your trip a memorable one.
by day by night by day by night Includes: h h Welcome refreshments h h Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant daily h h All beverages including standard wines, beer and spirits h h Toiletries kit and on board magazine h h Off Train Excursions Superior Cabins Also Include: h h Complimentary in-cabin mini bar h h Chocolates, fruit and plunger coffee Surcharge of $929 per cabin per night applies.
Outback Explorer Lounge Twin Cabin by night Gold Service Whether travelling on The Ghan or the Indian Pacific, Gold Service includes everything you would expect from a great train adventure. From the welcome drink in the lounge to the meals in the Queen Adelaide restaurant, Gold Service offers rail travel in style. Choose from Twin or Single Sleeper Cabins, or for a little extra style, space and comfort, the Superior Cabin is twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. Extra features in the Superior Cabin include a small double bed and private lounge area, television with a selection of DVDs. Access to the Outback Explorer Lounge is included in the Gold Service fare and is ideal for socialising, relaxing, reading or just enjoying the passing scenery.
Dining Experience Gold Service guests dine in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant car. Enjoy an Australian themed menu including carefully prepared meals courtesy of the on board chefs. Hearty breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners are included. Twin Cabin Features: h h 3 seater lounge (day) h h Upper and lower sleeping berths (night) h h Large viewing window In-cabin sound system h h Private compact ensuite with shower, wash basin and toilet Single Cabin Features: h h Lounge chair and footrest (day) h h Single level sleeping berth (night) Wash basin h h Large viewing window In-cabin sound system h h Showers and toilets located at either end of each Gold Service carriage Superior Cabin Features: h h Double size cabin Panoramic window h h Lounge area with two tub chairs, table and bar fridge h h 3/4 size double bed and fold-out single bed h h Private compact ensuite with shower, wash basin and toilet h h In-cabin sound system h h DVD player and a selection of complimentary DVDs Twin Cabin by day