What To Pack

Dress Code

For guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service smart casual attire is suggested. Neat casual attire is required.

When travelling on The Ghan, temperatures vary significantly so make sure to pack for both cooler and warmer temperatures.

  • Darwin or Katherine: mid-30 degree temperatures
  • Marla or Manguri: 4 degree nights/early mornings

When travelling on the Indian Pacific, temperatures vary significantly so make sure to pack for both cooler and warmer temperatures. This is also dependent on the time of year you travel.

  • Adelaide and Perth: during summer months, temperatures can average around 30 degrees
  • Nullarbor, Rawlinna and Cook: during winter months, temperatures at night can average as low as 5 degrees

For Off Train Experiences, it is recommended guests pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes into their carry-on luggage. Sensible shoes are advisable for walking between carriages, as well as long, sturdy pants.

*Guests who bring electronic devices, such as laptops, that connect to 240-volt power on the trains should also pack a surge arrestor.

Money Onboard

As our journeys are all-inclusive, you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising our EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any cash out on our trains.

Insect Bites

Insect bites are often experienced as a result of midges which are common in the Northern Territory. Biting midge abundance varies greatly during the month, with highest numbers occurring around the time of the full moon and to a lesser extent around the new moon. Biting midge numbers also vary during the year with relatively low numbers during the wet season, an increase from April to August, and highest numbers occurring between August and November. The increase in numbers each month coincides with the increase in the highest tide levels each month from the mid to late dry season.


Guests are advised to consume plenty of water whilst in tropical and outback areas.

A minimum of 2 litres per day is advised to avoid dehydration.

Sun Protection

When outdoors, guests should always wear:

  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Sunscreen that is at least SPF30+

Long, sturdy pants may be required for some Off Train Excursions.

Onboard Comfort

Hair dryers, towels and soaps are available on the Indian Pacific, The Ghan and Great Southern.

Shower facilities are not available on The Overland.


Due to space constraints, guests are advised to take onboard only hand luggage containing the requirements for their rail journey. Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey.

Certain items are prohibited from being carried in your luggage at all. Valuables including your passport, medicine, fragile or perishable items must be carried onboard as cabin baggage. An additional fee may apply to excess luggage. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full conditions. Occupational Health and Safety legislation provides guidelines outlining the safe weight that can be lifted by our staff. We appreciate your co-operation.


Luggage terms and conditions:

Journey Beyond will accept the carriage of your luggage subject to any applicable laws and regulations and subject to
(a) The luggage not being excessively heavy, bulky, dangerous, inadequately packed, in a defective state or otherwise unsuitable for carriage
(b) Luggage being correctly labelled with your name, destination address and contact phone number both inside and outside the bag.
(c) You are accompanying your luggage on the train.

The following additional items are allowed free of charge:

  • Baby safety capsules
  • Child restraint car seats
  • Fold up cots (in cases only)
  • Prams/strollers (collapsed)

The following additional items of luggage are allowed at $50 per item:

  • Candy striped bags (in good condition)
  • Collapsible baby carriages
  • Tents, sleeping bags and small camping items
  • Bicycles (due to storage requirements, reservations are mandatory in advance)
  • Canoes
  • Fishing rod and other sporting equipment items
  • Golf bags
  • Parcels
  • Sailboards, boogie boards, surf skis and surfboards

To book additional luggage or for further information, please contact our travel centre on 13 21 47.

The following items are not allowed as luggage:

  • All Household Goods (Tvs etc)
  • Birds or animals
  • Dangerous Goods including firearms
  • Food
  • Fragile or perishable goods
  • Freight
  • Furniture
  • Hessian or garbage/plastic bags
  • Eskies
  • Motorised golf buggies
  • Tea Chests
  • Unaccompanied luggage or parcels
  • Cardboard, plastic or wooden boxes


Cabin luggage
Journey Beyond recommends you take the following luggage on board:


Platinum service twin and double cabins

One piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin bag and/or briefcase per person;


Gold service twin cabin

One piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin bag or briefcase per person;


Gold service single cabin

One piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin bag or briefcase per person;


The Overland, all classes

Cabin bag


Checked luggage

Platinum service (per person) 3 x 30kgs
Gold service (per person) 2 x 30kgs
Overland red premium (per person) 2 x 30kgs 
Overland red service (per person) 
2 x 20kgs


Luggage check-in opens 2.5 hours prior to departure and closes 60 minutes prior to departure.

Checked luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.

Your luggage must not contain any items which in our opinion are dangerous, illegal, liable to harm or annoy other guests or otherwise unsuitable. Animals and livestock will not be carried, except guide-dogs.

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