Australia is a rail enthusiasts dream with some of the Greatest Rail Journeys in the world including the famous service between Adelaide and Melbourne ” The Overland”
The History of The Overland
Adelaide and Melbourne are two of the cities most visited by tourists and Visiting Friends & Relatives (VFR) travellers, so why not travel between the two on a memorable train trip?
I thoroughly recommend The Overland to those of you who are not sure if long-distance rail travel over one or more nights is the right thing or not. It completes the journey in ten and a half hours, and you’ll see a lot more of Australia than on the ninety minute flight by plane. The average speed of The Ghan
, Indian Pacific
and The Overland is only 85 kmph, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.
The Overland offers a high standard of comfort and service. The train’s symbol is the emu, a truly Australian bird recognised for its speed and grace as it runs through the wide open landscape.
Originally called the Intercolonial Express, the train made its first journey in 1887 and was the first inter-city rail service in the country.
The Overland name was later adopted to honour the early explorers known as Overlanders, who opened up the country at a time when majority of longer journeys were made by sea.
The Journey & Destinations
The scenery on this trip is very rural, ranging from farmland and vineyards to bush, with no major population centres. The inland route crosses the River Murray, famed for its wildlife, passing close to the Coonawarra wine growing region before reaching aptly named Bordertown and crossing into Victoria.A stop is made in Horsham, gateway to the Grampians Mountains of Victoria, where passengers can stop-over.
Highlights of the national park include dramatic scenery, Aboriginal art sites, abundant wildlife, and activities including rock climbing and horse riding. The Overland continues through Ararat and arrives in the heart of Melbourne.
Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city known for the performing arts, multi-cultural festivities and its Victorian tramway system. Melbourne claims artistic and cultural dominance over its great rival Sydney, and the cities compete head-to-head in many other areas including food and wine, and multi-cultural appeal.
As in many other parts of Australia, Victoria experienced major gold rushes in the nineteenth century19th Century. The Sovereign Hill Museum near Ballarat tells the story, while the eerie but beautiful ghost town of Walhalla offers a more reflective experience.
These and most of Victoria’s other attractions are within easy reach of Melbourne. Coastal scenery is excellent, including the Great Ocean Road stretching west from the city, and the area around Lakes Entrance which is renowned for bird life.
The Overland Timetable – Departure Days
The Overland operates as a daylight service between Melbourne and Adelaide departing from Melbourne every Tuesday and Saturday.
The Overland departs from Adelaide every Monday and Friday.
Did You Know?
Established in 1857, Ararat is the only Australian town founded by the Chinese.
Reservations for The Overland..
Bookings for “The Overland” as well as tours and excursions, accommodation, flights and car rental, can be made through World of Transport Travel
The reservation can be made on its own, or as part of a larger itinerary. Let me work with you to create your ideal travel experience, no matter where in the world you live.
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