The 487km of train tracks that extend across the Nullarbor Plain is officially the world’s longest straight stretch of railroad. It’s only a fraction of the Indian-Pacific run, an epic train journey stretching from Perth to Sydney making it one of the world’s longest train journeys.


The 487km of train tracks that extend across the Nullarbor Plain is officially the world’s longest straight stretch of railroad. It’s only a fraction of the Indian-Pacific run, an epic train journey stretching from Perth to Sydney making it one of the world’s longest train journeys.

For three days, nights and 4352km you’ll travel the expanse of Australia’s great continent east to west (or vice versa). You’ll not only cross an entire landmass but will be able to experience the vast vegetation and wildlife that are a vital part of this country.

There are scheduled stops to encourage a more hands-on experience and discourage pure window watching – including Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie. The birth date of the first uninterrupted Australian ocean-to-ocean train adventure was in 1969 when the standard gauge railway line was completed. Taking five years to finish, this was the longest railway ever built as a single project in Australia. It was constructed using the most basic tools – pick and shovel, carthorse and camel.

Where // The 487km of straight railway crosses the Nullarbor in WA and SA. More info at Great Southern Railroad, 13 21 47, www.gsr.com.au

Did you know? //
From trains to road trains: the record for the world’s longest single road train was set in 2006 in Clifton, Qld, by a truck with 112 semitrailers. It was 1.473km long. 

 

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