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Save time and money with a Rail Australia Pass

Queensland Rail tilt train

Low-cost Rail Australia Pass travel is the easy, convenient, affordable way to see more of Down Under for less. Shown: Deisel tilt train crossing the Queensland countryside, Australia. Photo: ©Queensland Rail Limited.

The world's most far-flung continent is waiting to be explored. And you'll discover more with a Rail Australia rail pass. Car travel means tedious hours of watching the road instead of the scenery; air travel means staring at the clouds. And pre-arranged rail tours can end up whisking you past your most-wanted destinations. An Australian rail pass lets you go where you want; when you want. And onboard comfort and hospitality make getting there half the fun!

An Australian rail pass gives you unlimited travel freedom. Set your sights on the tropical north and experience the eco-persity of the Great Barrier Reef -- a natural wonder and the world's largest coral formation. Traverse the Outback deep into the Red Centre and witness the solemn majesty of Urulu (Ayers Rock), the iconic outcropping held sacred in Aboriginal legend and lore. Or journey west, across the vast and silent Nullarbor Plain, to the Indian Ocean and Perth, the most isolated metropolis on the planet.

With a Rail Australia rail pass, travel planning is strictly DIY. Mix it up and see it all. Cross the bush to the tropic "Top End" and Northern Territory's vibrant capital, Darwin... experience world-class surfing along Queensland's Gold Coast... tool around Melbourne -- pronounced Mel-bun -- the country's largest, most cosmopolitan city... or safari through a World Heritage protected tropical rainforest aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

An Australian rail pass lets you tailor your itinerary to a specific region or interest. Treat yourself to a custom tasting tour of Australia's most renowned wine regions from Hunter, Barossa, and Yarra Valleys in the east to the Margaret River wineries and vineyards in Western Australia. Or make the rounds as an honorary Sydney-sider and devide your time between sun and fun at Bondi Beach, a Blue Mountains getaway, and a day-trip to Canberra, the nation's capital.

Rail Australia passes offer you eight affordable ways to customize travel across Australia's three largest railways.

Country Rail's Backtracker Rail Pass lets you crisscross New South Wales and beyond, from Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the North Coast... to Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. With Great Southern Rail's Rail Explorer Pass you can journey to Darwin and the Red Centre; cross the Nullabor Plain to Perth; or sprint between Melbourne and Adelaide. A Queensland Explorer Pass takes you in and out of Brisbane; to the Sunshine Coast and Great Barrier Reef aboard the Tilt Train; or into the bush aboard the Spirit of the Outback!

An Aus Reef and Beach Pass couples all the features of the Backtracker Rail Pass and Queensland Explorer. A Trans Aus Pass combines the Rail Explorer and Backtracker Rail Pass. And the Aus Reef and Outback Pass unites the Rail Explorer Pass and Queensland Explorer.

City slicker? An East Coast Discovery Pass connects you with hot burgs like Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Can't decide? With a classic Ausrail Pass, you get it all!


Each Rail Australia rail pass is valid for 3 or 6 months of unlimited travel beginning on the day the pass is validated. Passes are valid only for Economy/Red Kangaroo class adult travel. Discounts are available only for Rail Explorer Pass travelers with valid student or backpacker IDs. Seat reservations must be made in advance as the pass itself does not guarantee a seat. Passes must be validated within 6 month of purchase. Rail Australia rail passes are available only to holders of foreign (non-Australian) passports and non-Australian residents.

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