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Old Feb 18th 2002, 6:29 pm
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Has anyone out there taken the train from Perth to Adelaide across the Nullabor?
Interesting?, or a bit boring? (I have two small kids!)
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Old Feb 18th 2002, 9:46 pm
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in article [email protected], Caroline B at
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    > Has anyone out there taken the train from Perth to Adelaide across the Nullabor?
    > Interesting?, or a bit boring? (I have two small kids!)
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    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com

The IP (Indian Pacific) is a terrific way to make the trip across the Nullarbor -
much easier on the nerves than doing the Eyre Highway with yunguns! You will stop in
Cook and Kalgourlie, both of which are worth a sticky-beak (or maybe that's only
westbound, the direction I took). Just a smidge under two days, all-up. Not cheap,
but how many times are you going to do it?? check out gsr.com.au for more details
 
Old Feb 20th 2002, 12:05 pm
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"Caroline B" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Has anyone out there taken the train from Perth to Adelaide across
the
    > Nullabor? Interesting?, or a bit boring? (I have two small kids!)

Having driven across and trained back (without kids) and flown across and back (with
and without kids!), I would say that:

* The Indian Pacific is good, if you like travelling on trains.
* Eastbound you arrive at Kalgoorlie late evening on day 1 and Cook around lunchtime
on day 2, so a Kalgoorlie tour may be too late for your two.
* If you want sleepers, you would need two twin cabins. You might consider squeezing
into one Deluxe cabin (small double bed with fold-down single + table, chairs,
video and fridge). If you are in Perth, have a look at the train after it arrives
or before it departs one day.
* The train is pretty pricey (unless you down mind sitting up for two nights!).
http://www.gsr.com.au/indian/gold.htm and http://www.gsr.com.au/fares/indian.htm

* If your kids don't mind lonnnnnnnnnnnng journeys (3000km), you could drive it (3
days), more if you break the journey at Esperance or Kalgoorlie, but there is not
much to do between there and Ceduna, apart from the looking at the cliffs on the
Bight and some mining operations.

* You could consider flying. At around $200 each, it's cheaper and quicker. You can
use the time saved to do daytrips from Perth and Adelaide.

* Or for a compromise you could catch the Prospector train to Kalgoorlie ($54/$27),
stay a night or two and fly to Adelaide on a Saturday or Sunday ($560 each, cheaper
if bought in conjunction with an international fare).
http://www.wagr.wa.gov.au/timetble/prospector.htm
 
Old Feb 21st 2002, 12:26 am
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    > * Or for a compromise you could catch the Prospector train to Kalgoorlie ($54/$27),
    > stay a night or two and fly to Adelaide on a Saturday or Sunday ($560 each,
    > cheaper if bought in conjunction with an international fare).
    > http://www.wagr.wa.gov.au/timetble/prospector.htm

Is there a direct flight from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide? I always thought one had to fly
back to Perth and then catch another flight to Adelaide. It seems you would be going
over the same ground more than twice, and Kalgoorlie is not so good that I would want
to do that! Gerrit
 
Old Feb 21st 2002, 10:45 am
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    > Is there a direct flight from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide?

Yep. QF1892 1100/1615 on Saturdays and QF1890 0805/1310 on Sundays.

http://www.qantas.com.au/flightinfo/...flightquery=QF
,1892,0223,KGI,ADL,141
http://www.qantas.com.au/flightinfo/...flightquery=QF
,1890,0224,KGI,ADL,141
 
Old Feb 21st 2002, 2:45 pm
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How about the "Nullarbor Traveller", a group which runs caravan trips back and forth
between Perth and Adelaide, taking nine days. Anybody done that or heard about it?
Sounds like a real hoot if it's well run.

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    >"Bernard Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> * Or for a compromise you could catch the Prospector train to Kalgoorlie
    >> ($54/$27), stay a night or two and fly to Adelaide on a Saturday or Sunday ($560
    >> each, cheaper if bought in conjunction with an international fare).
    >> http://www.wagr.wa.gov.au/timetble/prospector.htm
    >
    >Is there a direct flight from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide? I always thought one had to
    >fly back to Perth and then catch another flight to Adelaide. It seems you would be
    >going over the same ground more than twice, and Kalgoorlie is not so good that I
    >would want to do that! Gerrit
 
Old Feb 22nd 2002, 2:05 am
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http://www.the-traveller.com.au/

"Steve" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > How about the "Nullarbor Traveller", a group which runs caravan trips back and
    > forth between Perth and Adelaide, taking nine days. Anybody done that or heard
    > about it? Sounds like a real hoot if it's well run.
 
Old Feb 22nd 2002, 2:25 am
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Yes, indeed, that's the web site. What I'm wondering is if there's anybody out there
who's actually done it And if so, a few comments...

Steve

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    >http://www.the-traveller.com.au/
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    >
    >"Steve" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> How about the "Nullarbor Traveller", a group which runs caravan trips back and
    >> forth between Perth and Adelaide, taking nine days. Anybody done that or heard
    >> about it? Sounds like a real hoot if it's well run.
 

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