By Lauren Burmaster
Indian Pacific Packing List
If you find yourself lucky enough to have the time to take the epic train trip from Perth to Adelaide (or Adelaide to Perth) across the Nullarbor Plain with Great Southern Rail, it is important to plan in advance what to bring with you. This Indian Pacific packing list should take out some of the guess work.
Jade and I had two Red Day/Night-er seats booked for our journey on the Indian Pacific
. While I was whingeing that we would be sleeping in our seats (which after many overnight bus trips was not fun), when we boarded the train we were pleasantly surprised! The seats were large, plush, and most importantly, reclined to an almost flat position, with plenty of leg room (mind you Jade is 6 feet tall!).
As we pulled away from the station our car manager began to explain the number of amenities available. First, each passenger car in the Red saver service has two bathrooms and two showers. Yes, you read that correctly, there are hot showers available – and they even provide you with towels.
When it comes to food, you can bring your own, however they draw the line at hot food. But don’t fret, the Matilda Café offers a hot brekkie service, an all day menu, hot home-style dinners and bar service. What struck us, was the fact that all of the options were extremely affordable! A full breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tomato and hashbrown will only set you back $10.90, and an afternoon snack of a generous platter of nachos (author approved!) is only $6.90.
When it comes down to it, this is what to pack with you:
- Pillow and blanket. While the carriage is very comfortable, the Red Day/Night-er seats do not come with a blanket and pillow, although they can be purchased aboard the train. It will definitely make your two day, two night journey more comfortable, and if you get cold easily like me, the blanket will make a world of difference.
- Snacks. While all your meals, snacks and drinks can be purchased on board, Jade and I decided to pack a small food bag. We stocked it with a loaf of bread, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola, cheese, chutneys, and a refillable water bottle. Most of our snacks we actually bought while on our tour of the Swan Valley, so we had quite a delicious array of goodies.
- Entertainment! The scenery out the window is gorgeous, but keep in mind that you will be either in your seat, in the café, or in the lounge (a $15 entrance cost) for about 48 hours. It is great to bring your computer, iPod, books, etc. with you. The café does have three power points which you are allowed to use, you may just have to be patient and share with the others in your carriage.
- Comfortable clothing. This sounds like a no brainer but its good to remember clothes that you can easily layer and move around in. You don’t want to be trying to fall asleep wearing uncomfortably tight jeans, or be freezing in a singlet.
- A good attitude. Smile, be friendly and don’t be afraid to talk to people. The Matilida Café is a great location to congregate and meet different people from allover Australia and the world. Jade and I spent one evening playing “Go Fish” with a jackaroo who worked at the worlds largest sheep station and he regaled us with stories all night long!
This post is one of a series made possible by Great Southern Rail. Stay tuned for more posts and reviews!