Explore Australia in Style in one of Great Southern Rail’s Private Carriages
From April 1 2013, Great Southern Rail introduced a range of changes to enhance their guests’ experiences. One of the most significant was the introduction of all inclusive fares for Private, Platinum and Gold Service fares.
For Private, Platinum and Gold Service guests all meals, standard alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and Off Train Excursions are included in the fare, and their all-inclusive rail service levels offer guests a level of comfort and style while enjoying the adventure of travelling in Australia.
Great Southern Rail’s Private Carriages offer a unique environment for a business meeting, up-market tourists or groups travelling together.
Advance bookings are essential for Private Carriages and can be booked in conjunction with Gold Service, so large groups can be catered for.
This is the ultimate in luxury – a private carriage sleeping up to eight people.
Two deluxe cabins with double beds share a two-way bathroom, and there are two twin cabins with adjacent bathroom facilities which each convert to a three-seater lounge during the day.
The Chairman’s Carriage has a large lounge area which can be configured for relaxation (with CD, video and DVD player), or for business with a large table for dining or boardroom-style meetings. It also has its own kitchen.
Sir John Forrest Carriage
The Sir John Forrest Carriage is an excellent choice for business meetings on the move, or for hosting private meals in intimate but unique surroundings.
The large lounge area can be converted for business meetings with a boardroom table seating twelve, with video, DVD and Power Point facilities linked to a large screen. The carriage has its own kitchen and bar.
Up to six people can be accommodated in the cabins, in one double and two twin cabins each with en suite bathroom. The twin cabins convert to a three-seater lounge for daytime use.
Private charters are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs or Darwin using any of Great Southern Rail’s three trains.
The Private Carriage price is per person with a minimum of 6 guests required.
Private Carriages can be combined with pre and post-train touring, incentive events or used by family groups. By combining a Private Carriage with Gold Service on The Ghan or Indian Pacific, groups of between six and ninety six can be accommodated.
Private Carriage guests experience the same all inclusive benefits of the Platinum and Gold Service guests with all meals, standard beverages and Off Train Excursions included in their fare.
Special arrangements can be made depending on your group’s requirements.
Platinum Service Cabins are almost twice the size of Gold Service Twin Cabins, measuring a generous 3.65m by 2.1m including the en suite bathroom.
All cabins have a writing table next to the window – ideal for writing a postcard, a journal or your impressions of this inspiring journey. Fitted out in truly distinctly Australian style with polished Tasmanian myrtle wood, the cabins are both stylish and relaxing.
Platinum Cabins have a full-size shower with premium fittings, and in cabin lighting can be adjusted to suit your mood. You can enjoy the view from both sides through your window and from a smaller window looking through the corridor.
For total security, cabin doors are lockable and cabins are provided with a private safe. Each train has a maximum of ten Platinum Service cabins – so be sure to book early.
Guests in Platinum Service Cabins are made to feel special with attentive personal service.
A welcome drink and appetiser are served on departure as well as freshly brewed tea or coffee delivered each morning. Morning and afternoon tea are also served. The day ends with a nightcap and turn-down service.
You can opt for continental breakfast served to your cabin, or a cooked breakfast in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, where lunch and dinner are also served. All these services are included in the fare, along with all standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Platinum Service guests are offered priority check-in and choice of Off-Train Excursions and they receive complimentary private transfers at the beginning and end of their journey (to a destination within fifty kilometres of the train station which must be pre-booked.
Dining & Lounge
Platinum Service guests experience signature dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.
The Queen Adelaide Restaurant serves full breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner. Relax and meet new friends as you enjoy regionalised Australian menus freshly prepared by on-board chefs, including Salt water Barramundi and Grilled Kangaroo Loin.
Vegetarian or other dietary requests can be made when booking. The wine list reflects Australia’s finest wine-growing regions. Platinum guests receive beer, Australian wine, base spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee in their fare.
Platinum Service guests have access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, with panoramic windows and full bar service. Here you can spend a pleasant few hours watching the scenery roll by, and make friends over pre- or post-dinner drinks.
Gold Service guests are usually 50-plus, and often on an extended visit to Australia.
They are generally interested in the landscape, the wildlife and meeting people not only from Australia but from around the world. They might well have sampled long-distance rail travel before in North America or Europe, and many are also cruise passengers. However, customers planning to visit several parts of Australia may use The Ghan and the Indian Pacific as a refreshing alternative to air travel.
Travelling at a sedate average speed of 85 km/p and with all meals provided in Gold Service, the journey helps you unwind as part of a busy itinerary or even ease in to the holiday experience following a long-haul flight. Rail travel can be sold alongside small group touring, cultural experiences, sightseeing such as wine tasting and visiting national parks, and wildlife viewing. All these appeal to the experiential traveller, who wants to discover more than the usual highlights.
Gold Service is available only on The Ghan and Indian Pacific, and is the same on each train.
On Australia’s Great Train Journeys all Great Southern rail guests will experience the best traditions of Australian hospitality as they are taken care of by friendly and professional staff.
The welcome starts as soon as you reach the departure station, as you are greeted on the platform and shown to your cabin. Boarding is up to ninety minutes prior to departure, meaning you have ample time to settle in before the journey starts.
Your Hospitality Manager is responsible for ensuring that Gold Service guests enjoy every minute of their experience. A train manager is also provided to ensure everything runs smoothly. Each Gold Service carriage has a cabin attendant to show you to your cabin and explain all the facilities, and there is always someone on hand to deal with queries at any time of day or night.
Gold Service Twin Cabins
Gold Service Twin Cabins feature a three-seater sofa converting to upper and lower sleeping berths at night. They have en suite facilities with toilet, washbasin and shower.
Cabins are fully serviced by carriage attendants with fresh sheets, pillows and duvets. They feature a three-pin/ 240 volt power point, wardrobe, full length mirror, reading light and foldaway table, and are air-conditioned.
Complimentary Australian amenities, daily newsletters and an on-board magazine are provided.
Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take into the cabin an overnight bag with all they need for their journey. They can check-in a maximum of 50 kg of luggage free of charge (two items not exceeding 25 kg each). Checked-in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.
Gold Service Single Cabins
Gold Service Single Cabins include a single lounge chair that converts to a single sleeping berth at night. Otherwise, the all inclusive service is the same as for Gold Service Twin Cabins guests.
Single Cabins available to Gold Service guests have a washbasin only, with toilet and shower at the end of each carriage.
Gold Service Superior Cabins
With limited availability and advance booking essential, superior cabins live up to their name with lots of extra space and facilities. A three-quarter size double bed and an additional fold-down single bed makes them suitable for couples and families.
Superior Cabins are twice the size of Gold Service Twin Cabins with extra features including a private lounge area with table, armchairs, a DVD player plus a selection of movies, toiletries, complimentary chocolates, fruit bowl, plunger coffee and a bar-fridge stocked with complimentary refreshments.
A surcharge will apply per cabin per night for a Superior Cabin sleeping up to three.
Pullman Gold Service Cabin
The Pullman Cabin is available for wheelchair bound or physically impaired guests travelling in Gold Service.
Guests are supplied with fresh towels, sheets, pillows and duvets by the steward. A more spacious cabin provides for easy mobility in the on-board wheelchair provided.
The sofa converts to upper and lower sleeping berths, and the height of the table can be adjusted. Seat and hand rail facilities are provided in the en suite bathroom, with flexible hand shower and shower chair. A non-scald shower tap is provided for easy control.
Availability is limited and advance booking is essential. All guests are required to complete a Special Requirements Form so that the rail operator may assess the suitability of rail travel for the guest.
Gold Service Dining
All meals are included in the fare for Gold Service guests, who can look forward to regionalised Australian menus made from fresh produce served in the elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant.
There’s something truly magical about enjoying fine food as the scenery slips by, and you will have the opportunity to meet new friends as you are served at table by friendly and professional staff. Seating is at tables of four.
A cooked breakfast, light lunch and three-course dinner are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.. The ever-changing menus are cooked to perfection by on-board chefs, and beers, Australian wines, standard spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included in the Gold Service fare. Vegetarian, children’s and some special diets can be accommodated but must be requested when booking.
Outback Explorer Lounge
Gold Service guests are able to enjoy the Outback Explorer Lounge. It is the ideal place to meet people for a drink before or after meals, to read a book or simply watch the scenery go by.
The lounge has a licensed bar and seating is informal. All onboard beverages are included in the fare for Gold Service guests, with a range of Australian wines, beer, standard spirits, tea and coffee.
Newspapers, videos and board games are also available, with complimentary tea/coffee being available 24 hours a day.
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