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Great Southern, The Ghan and Indian Pacific add capability to satisfy hovering demand

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Launched in December 2019, the Great Southern opened up the Australian east coast to locomotive lovers.

The sister prepare to The Ghan (Adelaide-Darwin) and Indian Pacific (Sydney-Perth) within the Journey Beyond steady, The Great Southern, linking Adelaide and Brisbane, excited with its capability for 214 company throughout 28 carriages and three cabin lessons accompanied by nice meals, wine and repair, plus off-train excursions exploring the likes of the Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park, Canberra and surrounds, the Hunter Valley and the northern NSW coast.

But in fact inside months after the launch, the pandemic shut the world down.

Now with travelling beginning once more, so too, have the Journey Beyond trains gone again to the tracks, proving absence actually does make the guts develop fonder. With Australians eager to expertise extra of their very own backyards, many have booked (or re-booked) their Australian holidays for 2022, leaving Journey Beyond’s rail experiences with restricted availability this yr. (There continues to be some capability on Great Southern in December due to its a break up season and there are “occasional” cabin availabilities on The Ghan and Indian Pacific.)

To meet sturdy 2023 demand, Journey Beyond has expanded its choices with The Ghan shifting to twice weekly departures from April to September, the Indian Pacific having larger capability and The Great Southern operating for an prolonged 12-week season from December 2 to February 23, 2023.

That season additionally contains the brand new 10-night Southern Wines & Wildlife bundle, focusing on the fantastic wines and produce of South Australia.

Says Journey Beyond’s Peter Egglestone, “With Adelaide as our home base, we’re keen to share some of the spectacular sites we have on our doorstep, not to mention the fine wines and superb local produce available here.”

The three-night prepare journey begins in Brisbane with alternatives alongside the way in which for a beachside dinner in Coffs Harbour, time within the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens or Newcastle, and a alternative of Melbourne metropolis experiences or visits to the Moorabool Valley on the Bellarine Peninsula, the place a farmgate and providore meals path awaits.

Arriving in Adelaide, the five-night add-on together with resort lodging, contains a day journey to the northern Barossa Valley with tastings and lunch, and the Iconic Penfolds Experience Tour, that features a three-course lunch with wine pairings.

Kangaroo Island completes the journey, with return flights ex-Adelaide for a two-night small group tour sampling the produce for which the island is legendary and visiting its dramatic Southern Ocean coastal websites and encountering wildlife.

All up, 22 meals are included. See journeybeyondrail.com.au

IN OTHER NEWS…

CULTURE CALLS

The Bundaberg area on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast is providing Indigenous excursions for the primary time. Trialled at Bundaberg’s 2021 Milbi Festival, the suggestions was so constructive that First Nations-run firm Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours has opened to the general public. It can even lengthen tourism coaching and employment alternatives for younger native Indigenous individuals. The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow half-day excursions run each Tuesday and Saturday. See bundaculturaltours.com.au

LOUNGE LIZARDS

British Airways has reopened its flagship lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport after two years’ closure as a result of pandemic. For the nonetheless buffet averse, meals might be ordered a la carte through cell system utilizing the airline’s Your Menu app wherein complimentary meals and drinks is accessible through QR codes. Launched in 2015, the lounge is accessible to British Airways’ First and Club World, Executive Gold and Silver members, and oneworld members with Emerald or Sapphire standing. See britishairways.com

IT’S NOW OR NEVER

Anticipating renewed Elvis fever with the discharge of the eponymous film directed by Baz Luhrmann, American Queen Voyages represented in Australia by Cruise Traveller, has launched a two-night add-on land tour in Memphis Tennessee, themed round “the King”, Elvis Presley. Including two nights on the well-known Peabody Hotel, entry to Graceland, and Sun Studio, the bundle might be added to American Queen Voyages’ Mississippi cruises aboard paddle wheelers decked out with up to date comforts. See aqvoyages.com.au

ON YOUR BAMBOO BIKE

IHG Hotels & Resorts has launched its cool upscale voco resort model in Australia and New Zealand. The 5 properties throughout the 2 nations now provide a fleet of Wyld Bikes’ bamboo bicycles to be used freed from cost, in addition to a “Tread Lightly” journey information created with environmentalist and mannequin Laura Wells. The bikes are made in Ghana  from sustainable Ghanaian bamboo beneath an area alternative scheme. See vocohotels.com

Source: traveller.com.au

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