South Australia’s cultural capital on show as the South Australian Museum joins forces with Great Southern Rail

06 June 2017


More than 1500 interstate and international travellers will be introduced to the South Australian Museum as part of a new tourism association between the Museum and the owner of the Indian Pacific train.

Under the new partnership, guests travelling on the weekly luxury passenger train between Sydney and Perth can choose to spend their touring time in Adelaide at the Museum, guided by world-class researchers.

The experience will also include an intimate behind-the-scenes dinner in the Museum’s main gallery exclusively for Indian Pacific guests.

The Director of South Australian Museum, Mr Brian Oldman, said the partnership presented a new way of sharing the uniqueness of South Australia through bespoke tourism opportunities.

“The Indian Pacific offers one of the world’s most iconic and epic train journeys, with its guests travelling through the vast Nullarbor Plain on their journey between the eastern and western edges of Australia,” Mr Oldman said.

“Whereas once a passenger on the Indian Pacific could gaze out of their window and marvel at the beauty of the Australian landscape, this initiative allows them to chat with some of the South Australian Museum’s world-leading researchers, and learn more about the culture, geology and animals of the land they journey through.

“This partnership between the South Australian Museum and Great Southern Rail is a natural fit, as it furthers travellers’ knowledge of the unique natural and cultural significance of Australia.

“Indian Pacific guests will learn about the inland sea that covered South Australia over a million years ago, which created perfect conditions for the formation of the world’s finest opals.

“They will hear about how full our barren looking deserts are with animal life, and where to look for evidence of this.

“They will learn about the cultural landscapes of Aboriginal Australia, and gain insights through the world’s most significant collection of Aboriginal cultural material,” said Mr Oldman.

Indian Pacific Manager Penelope Milne said the relationship between the Indian Pacific and South Australian Museum would further enhance the historical and cultural experience offered on the train.

“The Indian Pacific is a journey filled with stories – stories of the local communities, of the diverse geography and of the incredible history of the Australian Outback,”” Ms Milne said.

“This new excursion at the Museum is perfectly timed before the train embarks on its crossing of the Nullarbor Plain along the longest straight stretch of railway in the world.

“We hope the insights our guests gain from the Museum’s expert guides will heighten their appreciation of this amazing part of Australia.”

For the 2017/18 travel season, the Indian Pacific/SA Museum Off Train Excursions will be held every Thursday evening.