Please note, the below details are current as at 14 January 2021. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.
We are currently experiencing high contact volumes and prioritising guests booked for imminent travel. If your travel is more than a week away, we recommend you read the below updates before contacting us.
Great Southern guests
It is with great disappointment that based on the most recent COVID-19 developments and subsequent border closures, we are required to suspend all Great Southern journeys until 28 January 2021.
We understand that you, like us, will be greatly disappointed, however we remain committed to delivering safe experiences and protecting guest health and welfare.
Guests booked on suspended journeys will be contacted as soon as possible by our Travel Centre team who will assist them in making alternative arrangements.
The safety and well-being of our guests and team is of the upmost importance, and we continue to work closely with state health authorities to ensure we can operate the Great Southern, as it travels across borders and interstate. At this stage, we hope to resume Great Southern journeys on Friday 29 January 2021.
This is a challenging time for all of us and we are doing our best to make decisions as quickly as possible for our guests, employees and partners as the situation continues to evolve.
Guests with suspended journeys will be provided with a credit note to the value of their original booking and advice on how to re-book for a later date, up to 31 December 2022.
Journey Beyond takes the health, safety and well-being of all guests and crew seriously and will continue to follow recommendations from the relevant Government authorities.
Thank you for your understanding, we wish you and your family good health.
Our Travel Centre opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm ACST
1800 703 357 (In Australia)
+61 8 8213 4401 (Outside Australia)
Following further advice received, together with the continuation of travel restrictions initiated by various governments, we have no choice but to extend our rail suspensions for selected services. As a result, the Great Southern is now suspended until 21 January 2021. The Indian Pacific is suspended until 14 February 2021, dependant on the reopening of the various state and territory borders for non-essential leisure travel. All guests with suspended travel will be provided with a credit to the value of their original booking and our team can assist them to re-book their travel for a later date, up to 31 December 2022 or alternatively, guests can re-book themselves via our Online Booking Engine.
Our JourneySafe plan is based on expert advice and implements enhanced cleaning and hygiene procedures while initiating new measures like physical distancing.
To accommodate physical distancing on the train, guests will be allocated specific meal times, as well as scheduled times to spend in communal spaces such as the Outback Explorer Lounge area.
Each cabin will have its own supply of hand sanitiser and wipes. There will be communal hand sanitiser in lounge areas and provided before getting on and off the train.
We’re no longer offering shared platters and all Gold Single cabins have been removed from service to ensure all guests will have their own en-suite.
We are collecting all guests’ names and contact details to enable us to effectively contact trace if required.
Temperature checking will also be conducted upon check-in, prior to departure.
We request guests do not move throughout all parts of the train and stick to their specific accommodation and dining carriages.
Guests will be allocated set times for meals and to spend in communal areas including the Outback Explorer Lounge and Platinum Club. When moving throughout the train, guests will be asked not to congregate in corridors, instead move into their cabin or the open end of the carriage to allow for safe passing.
All guests checking in will be asked the following questions to ensure we are compliant from a COVIDsafe perspective.
Temperature checking will also be conducted upon check-in, prior to departure. If you have a condition that results in a higher than usual temperature, please provide a letter of explanation from your doctor.
If you begin to feel sick during your journey, our crew will do everything they can to look after you and other guests. You will be asked to quarantine in your cabin, where meals will be delivered and you will be frequently checked on by our staff.
The pandemic has meant we’ve had to make some adaptations to further protect people’s safety and wellbeing, however we’re confident your experience will be just as memorable.
Our exceptional food, wine and beverages remain the same and you’ll be blown away by the freshly prepared meals our chefs create onboard.
We’re still offering the same included Off Train Excursions and have worked with our third-party providers to ensure they’re practising COVID-safe behaviour.
With the recent COVID-19 developments in South Australia, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend The Overland until 3 January 2021. All guests booked on a suspended journey will receive a full travel credit that can be used on any Journey Beyond experience up to 31 December 2022.
All guests affected by temporary suspensions will be provided with a credit to the value of their original booking and our team can assist them to re-book their travel for a later date, up to 31 December 2022 or alternatively, guests may re-book online. Guests affected by the suspensions will receive an email confirmation of their credit with further booking information.
We are pleased to confirm there are no amendment fees for guests requesting date changes that were due to travel on dates affected by suspended services. Where bookings have been placed in credit, date changes can be made free of charge up to 45 days prior to departure. Please note, there may be fare differences for guests opting to change to a different travel season or product.
Yes, the credit can be used for any Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions journeys. Please note, there may be fare differences for travel seasons.
No, the credit will need to be allocated to a Journey Beyond Rail Expedition experience.
Yes, credit is available on all third-party products and upgrades. Please note, refunds will not be allocated for remaining credits.
Different credit structures have been developed to allow for extenuating circumstances for some departures.
As you are aware, state borders were closed on 22 March 2020 which forced Journey Beyond to suspend all rail operations. Guests booked for travel on this same day were eligible to receive up to 150% credit on their original booking given the late nature of the suspension.
Journey Beyond’s initial period of suspended operations was from 22 March 2020 until 31 May 2020 and majority of these effected guests received up to 110% credit.
Guests with bookings from 01 June 2020 through to 30 November 2020 (the current suspension date) are entitled to 100% credit of the funds paid.
Guests will receive future travel credit of the money receipted which could apply to a deposit or total booking fare.
These are unprecedented times and we are doing our best to ensure all our guests receive the level of service and care you’ve come to expect from our team.
Services have temporarily suspended, not cancelled, as a result of federal and state government restrictions. As such, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions is ensuring all guests can rebook for future travel up to 31 December 2022.
If the service you were booked on has been suspended, we have placed your booking on hold and you will receive a separate email detailing your future travel credit.
If you have booked through a Travel Agent, you will need to contact your Agent directly to amend your travel arrangements.
Our Motorail services are currently under review and are not available at this time.
We have partially released the 2021 travel season early this year to facilitate bookings for guests affected by the suspensions. This limited release includes bookings for The Ghan and Indian Pacific from April to November 2021. We anticipate opening the full 2021 – 2022 season shortly and will update this page accordingly. All credits issued will be applicable for bookings up to 31 December 2022.
Yes, guests affected by the suspended services can request a letter from Journey Beyond for travel insurance purposes. Please email [email protected].
As I’m sure you understand, we are receiving high contact volumes and as such, response times may be longer than usual.
We’re always here to help.
Our Travel Centre opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm ACST.
1800 703 357 (In Australia)
+61 8 8213 4401 (Outside Australia)