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Jump on board the Indian Pacific and discover the best of Australian cuisine, as you make your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world.
Goldmines to ghost towns
For almost 50 years, the Indian Pacific has opened up the Australian outback for thousands of intrepid rail travellers.
From lush vineyards and vast goldmines to cities of four million and ghost towns of just four residents, the landscape across the country from end to end is constantly evolving.
Authentic regional menus
This is also true for the Indian Pacific’s approach to food and wine.
On the train’s inaugural journey from Sydney to Perth in 1970, on-board meals represented the traditional ‘meat and three veg’ gastronomy of the era.
Since then, the Indian Pacific culinary team has worked hard to create an authentic Australian regional menu, inspired by the diverse areas through which the train journeys.
World's best train food
The Ultimate Gourmet Discovery holiday package is a 14-day/13-night trip that samples the finest flavours on offer in both South Australia and Western Australia.
It’s no surprise then that the journey has been named by Condé Nast Traveler as among the world’s best train food, and Gourmet Traveller as one of the “top 100 Australian culinary experiences”.
This all-inclusive Gold Service rail journey starts in Sydney and offers stunning Blue Mountains views en route to the Silver City of Broken Hill, and then Adelaide – Australia’s food and wine capital.
Dining with the queen
Indulge in the multi-course cuisine aboard one of Australia’s most exclusive dining spaces – the Queen Adelaide Restaurant – where the Indian Pacific’s team of qualified chefs will treat you to a menu of regional flavours.
Step off the train in South Australia and embark on full day tours of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, sampling top drops from some of the best-regarded wineries in the world.
Feast for the senses
A full day in the Adelaide Hills delivers a feast for the senses, as you navigate the historic German settlement of Hahndorf and take in the spectacular summit views at Mount Lofty.
Next is a tour of Adelaide’s Central Markets, where you can mingle with stallholders and sample flavours from around the state.
Then it’s back aboard the Indian Pacific to span the Nullarbor Plain in style, with optional excursions in the remote desert sidings of Rawlinna and Cook where you can enjoy the stillness and vastness of the outback under starry skies.
Once in Perth, you have a few days to explore this great city.
Board a ferry and spend a day on Rottnest Island, with its beautiful beaches and friendly quokkas.
There are also plenty of opportunities to get up close with other local wildlife or learn more about Rottnest’s incredible history.
Book now to save up to $930. Bookings are open until December 17, 2017 for travel between June 1 and August 31, 2018.
This article was originally posted in NRMA’s Open Road magazine.