Time for a Train Vacation
Australians of all ages love to travel and explore this beautiful country we call home. With the last couple of years preventing overseas flights and cruises, it’s time to fall back in love with train vacations. Here are some reasons why train vacations are perfect if you’re looking for an active way to spend your free time:
These days, we’re always in a hurry. But if you want to get away from it all—and enjoy a little luxury on the way—then a train vacation is just what you’re looking for.
Train vacations are very relaxing and are a great way to unwind and truly enjoy your time off. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery or take part in one of the many activities offered on board. There’s no traffic, no road noise, no exhaust fumes, and no need for air conditioning or heat.
On a train ride, you can see the countryside and enjoy the seasons.
If you are interested in wildlife and want to see animals up close, trains are great because they let passengers walk around on the platform at stops. In fact, many people get off their cars when they stop at national parks or other places where there is wildlife nearby.
If you take a tour with a tour guide, they will point out things you might miss if you were driving in your car. You can even stretch your legs and walk around while waiting for the train to leave again, taking pictures and videos of any animals within sight so you can show off to your friends and family back home.
Trains are also an ideal way to meet people.
On a train, you’re in a small space with other humans for days on end, so it’s much easier than on planes or buses to strike up conversations with fellow passengers. In fact, on most train journeys, there’s an unwritten rule that everyone should get into the spirit of things by engaging in conversation.
This can be especially beneficial if you’re retired because there are times when it might feel like social life has dried up completely. Well-travelled people tend not only to have more stories than others but also seem more open-minded about other cultures—which makes them ideal travel companions!
The more people on board, the more likely it is that you’ll meet someone interesting (or at least someone who will keep you from getting bored). If there’s one thing trains have plenty of, it’s space for conversation — so why not make use of it?
When it comes to eating out while on a train vacation, there is no doubt that this is one of the most appealing aspects of such an adventure. Most trains offer delicious food in their dining car, and the variety is far greater than what you would find in any restaurant at home. In addition, there are usually so many choices that it can be hard for anyone (young or old) to make up their mind! This means that everyone will have something they like every mealtime!
You may also find yourself enjoying some entertainment on your journey. In addition to onboard attendants who serve meals and tend to your every need, there are often musicians playing music in the dining car or lounge areas as well as other entertainers performing during meal times (such as magicians).
Great Australia Train Vacations
Australia is a big country with many places to see and visit by train. Here are some of the most popular:
- The Great Southern Railway (GS) Train Tour is a 6-day tour that travels from Melbourne to Adelaide. It includes stops at some of the most beautiful locations in Australia, like Grampians National Park.
- The Indian Pacific is another popular train route that travels from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide and Alice Springs. It takes about three days and two nights to complete this journey.
- The Overlander tour starts in Brisbane and ends in Sydney after travelling through many parts of Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.
- The Ghan takes travellers from Darwin to Adelaide over five days.
The next time you are planning your vacation, don’t forget to look into a train vacation. Now, what are you waiting for? Go out there and enjoy yourself!
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