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1. Posted by jenjen84 (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Has anyone got the train from perth- sydney or vice versa? its looking like my cheapest option, but as a girl travelling alone is it safe- and, more importantly is it worth it or should i spend more and fly? would be nice to see the nullabor and south australia from my window....and what is the likelyhood of meeting people and driving across sharing driving and costs?

2. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

all i have heard is that it is expensive but worth the views i wouldent worry about the danger to you personally im sure you will be safe

3. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


A friend of mine went west to east on her own and got on fine, so no more security issues than normal. I actually would've thought flying with one of the budget airlines (jetstar & virgin blue) but I might be wrong. Anyhow the train would definitely be the best option for not only seeing the nullarbor and SA but also passing through the blue mountains and broken hill in NSW. As for meeting up with folks, just check out noticeboards in hostels or put up your own sign. Campsites are also good spots to pick up lifts as normally the travellers have got their own wheels.

Enjoy your trip however you do it,


4. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, just read my post and saw my failing english at work once more, i meant to say i thought flying would be cheaper.

5. Posted by ozpaul (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

HI I live in Perth the cheapest way east is to fly around $200 ozd to Melborne.the train gos inland a fare bit so you wont see that much manly bush and roos and its a long trip.IF YOU TEAM -UP With a few people you could buy a car and dive, it would take 4 days to Sydney 4000 km driving and stoping only to sleep. If you buy a car you could pick-up and older 6 cly ford for around $1500 oz dollars that should be a good relyable car there plenty around best its runing on l.p.g. gas which is harf the price of petrol.I have drive it 8 times .There are no real safety problems if you keep to the main roads and don't run out of fuel you can camp in most part of oz.
you wil see a whole lot more by car.But remmber this is a big county.
good luck:)

6. Posted by Eazy21 (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i just took the train from adelaide to perth and i think its worth it..but after youve seen the nullibor after 15 min it gets pretty boring. Its also super easy to meet people on the train. Its hard to sleep in those seats though unless you get drunk first :)

7. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i took the train from sydney to perth, it does get very monotonous! i got a 6 month train pass, which cost A$450 (if i rememeber right!) which allowed me to go from sydney to adelaide to perth, darwin to adelaide to melbourne and back to sydney, or vice versa as many times as i liked in 6 months. its only available to non AUS passports, and if u have a backpacker card (VIP / Nomads / YHA) its cheaper (think it is normally $500-$600?)
My advice....take a book....or 5!