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Journeys : Feb March 2012
From grand adventure to luxurious relaxation, you really can have it all with a holiday package on the Indian Pacific or The Ghan. And with a package to suit every traveller, every budget and every mood, you’re sure to book this once in a lifetime journey, again and again. TASTE OF THE TOP END $2513*pp Adult / 6 days 5 nights Darwin – Alice Springs – Adelaide or vice versa 2 nights on The Ghan, Gold Service 3 nights in the Top End - City tour of Darwin sights - Adelaide River Jumping Crocodiles Cruise THE WEST COASTER $2020*pp Adult / 6 days 5 nights Adelaide – Perth or vice versa 2 nights on the Indian Pacific, Gold Service 3 nights Perth - City Explorer tour - Swan River Cruise RACT MEMBERS BOOK NOW TO SAVE UP TO $400ˆ PER COUPLE! Don’t wait to make the most of Australia and this offer. Pension/Concession fares also available. For further information call 1300 368 111 or contact your nearest RACT Travelworld branch. Burnie, Ulverstone, Devonport, Launceston, Hobart - Collins St, Hobart - Murray St, Glenorchy, Rosny, Kingston. *Save up to $400 based on adult fare, per person twin share. For bookings 01 January 2012 to 31 March 2012, for travel from 1 April 2012 to 30 June 2012. Fares based on twin share per person, with single supplements applicable. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Booking, credit card and amendment fees may apply. Hotel surcharges may apply to event period dates. All fares include fuel price surcharge, and will be subject to availability at the time of booking. Through or stopover fares not applicable with any holiday package unless otherwise specified. Concession (Pension) fares are valid for Australian citizens only. To receive concessional fares Great Southern Rail is required to confirm your eligibility at the time of booking and travel for the concession electronically with Centrelink. If you do not want this to happen you will need to contact Centrelink to obtain a Pension Concession Letter as proof of your eligibility for the concession and provide this directly to Great Southern Rail before the concession can be given. Offer not available in conjunction with the GSR seniors concession travel offer nor any other offer except $99 – $299 Motorail offer. Taste of the Top End package based on shoulder season for the month of April only. All fares and timetables are subject to change without notice. All fares quoted in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply. For general terms and conditions of carriage please visit greatsouthernrail.com.au . Travel Agent License No.Lic.No. TAS025. ABN No. 45 144 538 803. 01858CDBS Arail holiday aboard the Indian Pacific to Western Australia is far more than just sitting back and watching the kilometres roll by over a treeless plain. You just need to dig a little deeper to uncover what lies outside the carriage window. The history of the line is fascinating and goes back as far as 1901, when the six Australian colonies joined to form the Commonwealth of Australia. Wester n Australia and Per th, being isolated from the rest of Australia, needed a better transport system than the sea voyage across The Great Australian Bight. To induce Western Australia to join the new Federation, the promise of a federally-funded railway linking east and west was negotiated. Work on the line across the Nullarbor commenced in 1912 and was completed in 1917, when two construction teams, one working east from Kalgoorlie and another working west from Port Augusta, met on 17 October in the place now called Cook, named for Australia’s sixth Pr ime Minister Joseph Cook. In fact our first seven Prime Ministers all have places along the line named after them, so as you cross this vast space look out for Barton, Deakin, Watson, Fisher, Hughes and Reid. At that time, some sections of the line were narrow gauge. It took another 53 years to 1970 before the entire transcontinental journey was conver ted to standard gauge. As you travel on the journey that spans a nation from Pacific Ocean to Indian Ocean, there is time to think and ref lect on those early days and the hardships that were endured – it was a huge challenge, met by ordinary workers. On board the Indian Pacific in Gold Service you will enjoy your own private cabin complete with comfortable lounge seating by day, ensuite facilities and upper and lower sleeping berths. A highlight of the journey is dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car and mi xing with fellow like-minded travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge. All meals are included for both Gold Service and Platinum Service guests. All along the route, the scener y almost constantly changes – from the spectacular Blue Mountains in the east, past the ancient Flinders Ranges in South Australia, across the Nullabor to the rich wheat belt of the West and finally into Per th through the beautiful Avon Valley, it’s a journey of colour and contrast. All aboard for adventure To book your next Great Australian Rail Journey aboard Indian Pacific or The Ghan contact your nearest RACT Travelworld office or call on 1300 368 111. 56 February / March 2012
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