Monday, February 15, 2016

The Indian Pacific ...

Continuing on from where I left off with our trip to WA
Sunday 14/2
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We're going on a train!  The Indian Pacific will take us across Australia back to Adelaide. It will then continue on to Sydney.
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We had a meet and greet cup of tea on the station platform then we boarded and found our sleeper cabin.
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There seem to be a lot of grey haired people on this train!
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This is our tiny cabin, home for the next two nights...
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Here is our tiny toilet and shower closet...
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Our route, Perth to Adelaide.
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This is the lounge car where you can have tea, coffee, beer and wine anytime. They had a selection of games and jigsaws on hand for those who like that.
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Lunch on the first day and we shared our table with Gherhard from Germany. He didn't speak English very well ... but then, our German was a little rusty too!  :)
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The food was fantastic - my fillet steak ...
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Gus's seared tuna...
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The view out of the window, Australia flying by...
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Dessert - panna cotta and cheese plate. We are full!
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We headed back to the cabin to relax and watch the landscape...I may have had a snooze...Zzzzz!
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The IP stops every so often to allow freight trains to pass. We pull off on a side track then whizzz, a train rattles past us then we get going again.
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Dinner - it looks a bit yuck but it was delicious yabby and lobster bisque...
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Lamb...
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Gus chose fish again - swordfish...
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Choc mousse pudding...
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...and a cheese plate. We share these.
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We rolled into Kalgoorlie at about 10pm.  Here we disembarked and went on a night bus tour through the main street of Kalgoorlie, showing us all the different shopfront facades then out to the Supercut mine.
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A picture of the open cut mine...huge!
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We were given a talk on this huge truck and I blogged all the info when we got back on the train but then lost the blog post so that's why I stopped blogging the trip. So annoying!
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When we got back on the train we had to put our clocks forward 1 hour to ease us  into the 2.5 hour time difference with South Australia. It is now 1am! 
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The wonderful staff had converted our lounge into bunk beds, complete with choccies on the pillows!  Gus got the top bunk!
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We didn't get a lot of sleep the first night, the train is noisy and creaks and groans...a lot!
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Cheers - Joolz xx













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