I should maybe dedicate the next year of my life to riding the rails. As of late, I’ve had nothing but epic train journeys rolling through the part of my brain that focuses on travel plans, and they rolled over into the part of the brain that thinks about work. Lucky for me, that part of the brain actually gets to focus on travel, too!
Since I arrived in Australia, one of my goals has been to ride the Indian Pacific train across the country, from Sydney to Perth; since I got the job writing for WhyGo Australia, I’ve made it a priority. I mean, a girl has to travel Oz to write about traveling in Oz.
I got word today that I will be supported on my journey through the Great Southern Rail company, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunity. This trip is going to be epic.
How epic, you ask?
Uhm… three nights on a train epic; all the way from Sydney to Perth epic; 2698 miles epic; across the barren and vast NULLARBOR epic.
I will see places many Australians will never see. I will have the chance to stop along the way at Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie. I will take my very first whistlestop tour.
Best of all, I will do this a month from now, which means I am back at the healthy level of travel plans to keep me satisfied for several months to come.
I still have plenty of planning to do in the meantime, including trying to decide how long I want to spend in Adelaide and Perth — although Pat will not be going so I would suspect I’d want to come back sooner rather than later. What can I say?
Have you done, or wanted to do, the cross-country trains in Australia? I want to hear about it!