Your journey aboard The Indian Pacific will ignite all five senses and when it comes to your taste buds, rest assured, they’ll be having the time of their lives as well.
The history of the Indian Pacific can be traced back to the early 1900s when the colonies of Australia sought federation at the end of the 19th Century. The colony of Western Australia was lured to join this new nation with the promise of a transcontinental railway, linking the isolated west with the eastern colonies.
At the time a skeleton rail link extended from the east to the west coasts of Australia except for a 1996 kilometre gap between Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta.
In October 1917 two construction teams, one starting from Port Augusta and the other from Kalgoorlie met to join the lines on the Nullarbor Plain. It was the longest rail line ever built as a single project in Australia, taking five years to complete using pick and shovel, carthorse and camel.
On 25 October 1917, the first eastbound passenger train, the Transcontinental Express, departed Kalgoorlie for Port Augusta, but the different rail gauges meant guests had to change trains several times along the journey.
It wasn’t until 1969 that an uninterrupted rail line from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean was created when the standard gauge railway line across Australia was completed. The first unbroken journey of the new Indian Pacific left Sydney Central Station on 23 February 1970 beginning a new era of one of the most famous rail journeys in the world.