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10 Incredible Train Trips


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Trans Australia Rail's Indian Pacific
The Indian Pacific, seen on Dec. 4, 2009, in Cook, Australia, crosses the continent twice per week.
The Indian Pacific, seen on Dec. 4, 2009, in Cook, Australia, crosses the continent twice per week.
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Australia's outback has a reputation as a tough but beautiful place. There's a lot to see, if you're up for the trip. But if a safari into the outback isn't for you, you can still see the sights without needing a compass and a map. The India Pacific is a three-night train journey from Australia's east to west coasts. The 2,700-mile (4,375-kilometer) trip takes you through the continent's wild interior, where you can view the outback from the comfort of a train car.

The trip starts in Sydney on the east coast through the southern part of Australia to Perth on the Indian Ocean. The route travels through the Blue Mountains, visits coastal and outback towns, and even offers chances for travelers to disembark, do some sightseeing and meet a few locals along the way.


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