For most tourists, the world metropolis of Sydney is a top highlight of their trip to Australia. For this reason, almost no one misses a visit to the striking metropolis. Would you like to take the Sydney train travel or drive to the next destination from here, you are offered several options based on three trains. Connections exist with Brisbane in the north, Melbourne in the south and Perth on the west coast (stopover in Adelaide). The trains used for these routes are the Indian Pacific, the Xplorer and the XPT. Although Sydney – Melbourne is the most popular route, the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth is the most popular. This is because on the multi-day trip through the entire continent one can gain a lot of impressions of the beauty of the country and thereby the journey becomes the goal.
Overview of trains and routes
Indian Pacific (Sydney – Adelaide – Perth)
The route Sydney – Adelaide – Perth is contested once in the low season and twice a week in the high season by the Indian Pacific . The approximately 65-hour trip over three nights (4,352 kilometers) is one of the most distinctive experiences that can be experienced on public transport in Australia. The journey begins at Sydney Central Station, from where the Indian Pacific moves into the western outback to Broken Hill . After a short stop at the mining settlement, continue to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. Once the train has reached the metropolis of South Australia, a total of 1,693 kilometers has been covered. After a longer stop, it continues Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie Boulder . The terminus is East Perth Station in the state of Western Australia. Incidentally, on the way through the Nullarbor Plain , the world’s longest straight stretch is passed (478 kilometers without bends). Passengers can book three different classes: luxury class, first class and second class. Sleeping cabins are available for the nights and an on-board bistro for hunger in between.
Xplorer (Sydney – Canberra, Broken Hill, Griffith, Armidale & Moree)
Although the diesel-powered train goes to Canberra , Broken Hill, Griffith, Armidale and Moree, most tourists only use it for the Sydney – Canberra route. The Xplorer drives the 280-kilometer route there and back two or three times a day. The train, which consists of three or four wagons, takes a good four hours for this.
XPT (Sydney – Brisbane & Sydney – Melbourne)
The XPT goes daily from Sydney to Melbourne (Southern Cross Station) and Brisbane (Roma Street Railway Station). Both night and day trips are offered. So it is also possible to book a cozy bunk. The XTP takes around 14 hours from Sydney to Brisbane, and around 11 hours for the Sydney – Melbourne route. The towns of Dubbo, Grafton and Casino are also served.
By train from Sydney to the Blue Mountains or Newcastle
If you want to take the train to the Blue Mountains, you can take Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink from Sydney Central Station to Blaxland, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Leura and / or Katoomba. From there you can take a taxi or walk to the famous sights of the Blue Mountains. The trains run about once an hour, sometimes even more frequently in the main season. Alternatively, it is possible to buy a train & bus combination ticket (The Blue Mountains ExplorerLink Ticket), with which you can take the train to Katoomba and change there to the Explorer Bus. The ticket is available either as a day or 3-day ticket and includes the return journey.
To Newcastle, on the other hand, it goes from Central Station with the Central Coast & Newcastle Line to the terminus at Hamiltion, a district of Newcastle. Traffic between Sydney and Newcastle is constant and trains run regularly.
If you want to start or end your train journey in Sydney, it is advisable to take a closer look at the Discovery Pass . It authorizes its owner to use the entire NSW TrainLink network and also to use the buses provided by the company to numerous locations. The NSW TrainLink network extends from New South Wales to Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.
Information about the train station & things to do
Sydney Central Station, located in the middle of the CBD, is the perfect point of arrival and departure for a visit to the cosmopolitan city. The train station could hardly be better located in order to reach all the important sights as quickly as possible. From here it is possible to explore the city either by public transport or on foot. There are numerous accommodations in all price ranges around Central Station, making them an ideal starting point for a stay in Sydney. To Pitt Street Mall, the Opera House , the Harbor Bridge, Paddys Market, the Botanical Gardens or Kings Cross are only a few kilometers away. Of course, it should be noted that the city is very spacious and the footpaths can therefore stretch a bit.
Tours, tours & activities in and from Sydney
Sydney is known by many travel enthusiasts as one of the most attractive cities in the world. For this reason, it is advisable to plan several days to visit the most famous sights and soak up the atmosphere. Of course, Sydney, like no other metropolis Down Under, has a huge range of things to do. An unbelievable number of tours, activities, excursions, round trips etc. can be undertaken from here.
But not only the city center, also the suburbs and the surrounding area of Sydney have first-class highlights to offer, which you should visit if you are interested:
- Bondi Beach & other beaches – surf, relax and sunbathe on great city beaches
- Blue Mountains National Park – Excursion to the Three Sisters rock formation
- Newcastle – Visit to the nearby city on the Hunter River
- Hunter Valley – Tour to the idyllic wine region
- Wollongong – Visit to the student town with good surfing beaches and beautiful surroundings
- Canberra – Explore the capital of Australia with a visit to the Parliament and War Memorial