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Australia by Rail
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From the vast emptiness of the Nullarbor Plain, on the longest straight rail line in the world, to the twisting tracks of outback Queensland and the rainforests of the north, Australia's railways offer a rich variety of contrasting experiences. Taking the train is an ideal way to explore the continent in comfort and style. Features include: >Fully revised fifth edition- updated and expanded: with seventy maps including the new Ghan extension to Darwin >Rail travel for all budgets--from the five-star luxury of the Great South Pacific Express to economy sleeping berths for budget-conscious travelers, plus full details of the Austrailpass and other passes and ticket bargains >Railway route guides with seventy rail maps--all main lines and branches, what to look out for when traveling, and where to stop >Railway history--and the battle for the survival of rail in Australia >City guides and maps--the best sights, recommended hotels, and restaurants in many stops along the lines; with extensive sections on Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and Canberra >Forty color photographs
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP, Getting to Australia, Making a booking, Before you leave, Rail travel in Australia, Obtaining information, Rail travel centres and booking offices, Reservations, Fares, Classes, Rail passes, The Austrailpass, Other passes (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia), Major routes and services, Travelling the network, Scenic routes,The trains, Interstate trains, Other long-distance trains, Suburban and interurban trains,Tour and itinerary options, Introduction, Planning a 14-day itinerary, Some 14-day itineraries,Itineraries for a one-month Austrailpass, Pre-planned packages, Planning your own itinerary,Itinerary variations and side trips (From Sydney, From Melbourne, Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Brisbane, In Queensland) (2) PART 2: AUSTRALIA Facts about the country,Geography, Climate, Environment, History, Australian society today, Practical information for the traveller, Arriving in Australia, Getting around, Accommodation and eating out,Time, Post and telecommunications, Electricity, Banks and money matters, Tipping, Holiday periods, Culture and leisure activities (3) PART 3: THE RAILWAY SYSTEM History,Trends and the future (4) PART 4: CITY GUIDES AND PLANS Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Canberra (5) PART 5: ROUTE GUIDES AND MAPS Using the route guide, TransAustralia route Sydney to Alice Springs (via Adelaide), Alice Springs to Darwin, South-east Australia, Adelaide to Melbourne, Coastal and inland routes in Victoria, Melbourne to Sydney and branches,Sydney to northern NSW and Brisbane,The Sunshine Route: Brisbane to Cairns, Routes in outback Queensland (6) PART 6: FOR THE ENTHUSIAST (7) APPENDICES (8) TIMETABLES

About the Author

Colin Taylor, retired associate professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences and Planning at the University of Queensland, Australia, has held town-planning positions in Victoria, Tasmania, and Scotland, and has given conference papers and talks on planning and transportation all over the world. He has also produced articles and broadcasts on the fascination of railways. In the last thirty years he has taken more than 6000 rail journeys in Australia and overseas, covering some 375,000 miles. He compiles the biennial World Speed Review for Railway Gazette International and is also the author of Great Rail Non-Journeys of Australia, Steel Roads of Australia and Traincatcher.

Reviews

"Readable, full of friendly advice, and spiced with humour."--Network (Australia) "Highly recommended."--Today's Railways (UK) "Benefiting from Taylor's thirty years of travel on Australia's trains, it is a work that any guidebook publisher would be proud to publish."--The Sunday Times (UK)

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