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Has anyone used this Rail Pass ?

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1. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

leong1 has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Was looking into mabey moving around some of Oz by train and this pass came up in the search. I just want to know if anyone has used it and did they find they got the moneys worth ?

http://www.gsr.com.au/backpackers/index.html

2. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 8y

Hi Leon,
This train deal is great value. As locals, we couldn't do it for that price. I have not travelled the Ghan or Indian Pacific but those are two iconic rail journeys, even for Aussies. If you do decide, I'd say start in Perth and make your way east.
You will see though that Adelaide is kind of the hub for these networks so you would be back tracking if you do decide on the Ghan trip North, having said that, the Northern Teritory is an awesome place. If you are coming in May that's the time to go North.
Enjoy oz..;)

3. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 8y

Hi Leong,

I agree with Maba totally - that is an amazing price and there is no way you could do those particular trips for that price in a vehicle!

OK - maybe you miss out on some of the stuff you could see if you actually drove............. but it would be worth doing it in sectors whilst seeing the areas around each point.

eg you would be best to start in Perth or Kalgoorlie and go through to Port Augusta or Adelaide.

If you landed in Perth you could spend some time seeing some of WA first then travel to South Australia. Spend some time there in South Aus - sooo much to see and do. Then onto the Ghan sector up to Alice Springs.

From there I would suggest you get a Greyhound pass ticket - that is one for kilometres alone - not time. It allows you to travel anywhere you want and get on and off where ever you like. You can backtrack as well. You can go all the way up to Darwin and then return back down to cross over to Queensland. It is a really good simple way to get around.

One of my suggestions is that if you were to take this option you talk to everyone on the bus (including the bus drivers), in the towns you stop in and ask what is good to see in the area you are in. Get on and off and stay for a few days at a time.

Once you get to the East Coast then you make up your mind if you want to continue to travel on a bus or to travel with other backpackers or even catching the train down from the north to Sydney.

There are a lot of options you can take.

What ever you decide to do - HAVE FUN!!

BUT please always remember to make sure people know where you are going eg your family, your hostel/motel/hotel and/or the police. Also make sure that people remember you where ever you stop - do or say something to make yourself stand out in their minds - tell them where you are going, where you are from, what is there around the area to see. This is important especially as in a lot of the outback places you may not have mobile reception.

If I can assist you any in any other way please let me know.

With regards - and HAVE FUN

Kathryn

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 15, 2007, at 4:10 AM by isnoo ]

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

wow thats cheap...... i need to get another passport thats not aussie! dammit!

5. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

Thanks for the great posts. I've contacted the company to see if this offer is going ot run next year as well, because i dont leave to may, and it does.

Im about 99% sure im going to land, mabey in perth, and use this pass to travel accross Oz. Looks like its more route planning

Just on a side note:
im thinking of landing in Hong Kong and mabey stopping over for 2-3 nights to brake up the flight from england. emirgration shouldn't have a problem with this stop should they ? ( i mean in thinking that im stopping to pick up something that i shouldn't )

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 8y

im thinking of landing in Hong Kong and mabey stopping over for 2-3 nights to brake up the flight from england. emirgration shouldn't have a problem with this stop should they ? ( i mean in thinking that im stopping to pick up something that i shouldn't )

You shouldn't have any problems with immigration by stopping in Hong Kong... provided you don't pick anything up Many of us Aussies head to Hong Kong and it's a VERY common stop over on the way to oz from UK/Europe.

Happy Travels!