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1. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

hey guys, Im travelling from Perth to Sydney in November and i was wondering what would be the best way to do it. The obvious way is to just fly, i know of Virginblue..but are there any other low cost airlines out there?
Secondly, what would it be like to take the Indian-Pacific railroad? its only a few dollars more, but do many young backpackers take it?

any help would be great

2. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y


3. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

i would recommend flying jetstar

4. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

ok so i checked out jetstar and it was waay more expensive than the train, and jetstar dont fly perth-sydney. thank all the same
what do people think of the indian-pacific railroad?

5. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

yes i thought that might have been the case with the price but i was thinking more about time than anything els. Gee that surprises me that they dont fly perth to sydney

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

Train would definitely be more of an adventure.

Depends if you just want to get to Sydney from Perth, or you want a slight adventure.

7. Posted by srapson (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Mostly depends on your travel time and desire for adventure vs. convenience. The Sydney/Perth trip is 3 days/nights by train or 5 hours by plane. Tourists can buy a relatively cheap 6 month rail pass that lets you go on ANY of the routes an unlimited # of times. A nice option if you have lots of time to explore Australia.

I'm basically facing the exact same decision (traveling to/from Perth in November) and haven't decided yet... Any chance you're heading there for the world ultimate frisbee championship?

8. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

Look on for flights around Oz.
If u want to see alot of not very much, go by train. The Perth to Sydney trip is long and theres not much scenery.
I would go by plane for sure and spend that time doing something more worthwhile. there is SO much to see and do here, but that train trip is not one I recommend.

9. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

I did find a cheapish flight with Virginblue, (even if it meant being up until 2 am because that was when the happy hour was!) however, despite there not being much scenery would you think that the train would have other backpackers on? or would they generally opt to fly?
and i was unfortunately unaware of the world frisbee championships!! when is it? if im there ill check it out!

10. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

Backpackers definitely use those long-distance trains (Perth-Sydney, and Darwin/Alice-Adelaide).

I've travelled on the Alice Spring-Adelaide (The Ghan) - this was before it was extended to Darwin! I saw other backpackers on the train, and also heard of other backpackers planning on travelling on both of those train routes.

Yes, the scenery isn't up to much after a while, however adventure can happen inside the train! I remember an aboriginal woman starting to give birth on the train, in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere!