It’s not all rail travel either.
Excursions give you a chance to stretch out, hop off and sample the local environment. At Katherine in the Northern Territory, you can enjoy a spectacular cruise through the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge or a helicopter flight over it. Alternatively, visit a working cattle station, with lessons in horsebreaking on offer.
When you alight at Alice Springs, you’re spoilt for choice: take a helicopter ride over the MacDonnell Ranges; a plane flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park; or even book a camel ride across the region’s red earth. After all that exploring, settle down for a barbecue dinner and an evening spent stargazing with astronomers.
Middle-of-nowhere Manguri in South Australia might seem an unlikely stop, but here you can experience Coober Pedy, the opal-mining capital of the world, where many of the residents escape the heat by living underground; take in the labyrinth of tunnels in this subterranean town, where you can try your hand at opal discovery; or visit a mine or the below-decks Serbian Orthodox church.
After lunch, take giant steps at the Breakaways, a desert-like moonscape with fossilised shells and soft clay dirt with deep fissures.
Next on your adventure, comes Wilpena Pound, a magnificent natural amphitheatre and the centrepiece of the Flinders Ranges National Park.