From Adelaide in the East, to Perth in the West, Alice Springs in the centre and Darwin in the North, this is Australia's iconic outback. It's big, it's red and it's full of atmosphere.
Journey Beyond run some of the world's great rail journeys. The Indian Pacific crosses the continent from East to West, running from Sydney to Adelaide and Perth, and The Ghan connects the Southern city of Adelaide to Darwin on the North coast. Both trains are luxurious and are wonderful ways to experience this unique land.
TransWA run two long distance train routes as well as an extensive network of long distance buse routes from Perth into regional Western Australia. The Australind train runs from Perth station to Bunbury, and the Prospector trains runs from East Perth terminal to Kalgoorlie. TransWA also run an extensive network of long distance buses from East Perth terminal to many distinations acros south-western WA.
Perth suburban trains on six lines radiating from the downtown Perth station are operated under the brand-name Transperth.
The network is fully electrified, and trains are fast, comfortable, clean, safe, inexpensive and frequent. Just about everything you could want in a rail network. Extensions to Perth Airport, Morley, Yanchep, Byford and Thornlie to Cockburn are under construction.
Suburban trains are operated by Adelaide Metro. Some lines are run by modern electric trains, whilst other lines are run by air-conditioned diesel railcars. Trains operate regularly throughout the day but are infrequent at night and on weekends. All trains operate to and from Adelaide Station.
The 'Bay Tram' runs from the Royal Adelaide Hospital via North Terrace and King William Street in the city to the bayside suburb of Glenelg. At certain times, some Glenelg trams run to Festival Plaza instead on RAH. A second route, opened in recent years, runs from Entertainment Centre in the inner north-western suburb of Bowden, into the city along North Terrace to its terminus at Botanic Gardens. Metrocards are accepted on trams, but there are extensive free tram zones in which no ticket is required.