Loved the nonstop flight from Perth and would definitely want it again if the price was right!
Top notch service. Thank you
Sean is fantastic. I wouldn’t go anywhere else now. 10/10
As usual, everyone on the team was more than helpful.
Was really happy with all the arrangements and everything worked like clockwork. Thank you
Thank you Noah. You made everything reassuringly straightforward and stress-free. First class customer care yet again from DialAFlight
All trouble free
Kirsty and Spencer helped with a difficult problem which arose with the interchange between Emirates and Qantas
Great trip, good flight times and very little time wasted waiting for connections.
4 wonderful flights with no delays and great service. Meals were lovely. Back to visit family again next year. Here's to the next time with DialAFlight.
The holiday was perfect from start to finish -well done Ivor
Again you have delivered and helped get the best price for a short notice booking. I have used you for a number of years and you have never failed to provide an excellent service
Thankyou for Robert's kind and thorough attention to our needs also the professional staff at DialAFlight. Well done
It took a load off my mind to know that everything had been done for me.
Was impressed by the speed in which the booking was processed and by the follow up calls.
Second time I’ve used DialAFlight and will certainly continue to use them.
Thank you all for your help and great customer service as always!
As usual you got it right.
As ever, all your arrangements were top notch. Wouldn't dream of booking with anyone else.
From start to finish DialAFlight were brilliant. So helpful, caring and understanding
We've used you several times and have always been more than happy with your service.
Will definitely use again
Gareth and his team are amazing. Flight fab. Wouldn’t book with anyone else
Everything went superbly well! Thank you for your very professional service. We would certainly use you for any future travel plans
Disabled assistance at Doha was disgusting and would put me off landing there again
Just a mention for Stephen who gave exceptional customer service and helped us on the way to a great holiday.
Flight arrangements were brilliant only problem (and this has nothing to do with DialAFlight) was the chauffeur limo in Perth when the driver got the wrong house and insisted it was correct despite the fact that it was obviously empty and was unloading our luggage and happy to just dump us!
Great service from DialAFlight as always. Very responsive and knowledgeable.
Great service as ever
It's a sun-drenched morning at the East Perth Terminal and the Indian Pacific train gleams brightly beyond the cool shadows of the station. Two dozen stainless-steel carriages stretch along the boomerang-shaped platform.
Our coaches, dating from the late 1960s and early 1970s, were built in New South Wales by Commonwealth Engineering, which received a licence for the sleek, bullet-like design from Budd, a metal-fabricating company in Philadelphia.
I know this because John Brinkley, one of three train managers on the 1,860ft-long Indian Pacific (it travels from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean), is on hand to answer any questions. He also points guests towards their carriage for our 2,700-mile journey.
We are departing Perth on a Sunday at 11.55am, and are due to arrive in Sydney on Wednesday at 11.07am.
I'm travelling in gold class for two nights (sleeper cabins and a lounge with free drinks, plus free meals in a smart dining carriage) followed by a night in red (reclining seats and a cafe where you have to pay). There's also platinum class - comfortable cabins with double beds, a swanky dining carriage, and a free cocktail bar. Brinkley tells me the train hit a camel on the way from Sydney to Perth a couple of days ago. 'There was damage to the loco - we had to repair an air pipe. We blow animal whistles and the horn, but it still happens. Kangaroos keep out of the way generally. Kangaroos are pretty smart.'
We roll out of Perth and into the parched countryside with gum trees, shrubs and orange-tinged soil. After dumping my bag in my cabin, I go to the gold-class lounge to meet my fellow travellers. Many are sitting in burgundy leather armchairs and banquettes drinking Crown lager and glasses of Australian wine, while conversations range from Chinese investment in Hunter Valley coal mines to the quality of the train's gin (deemed top-notch).
It's a jolly train. Meals are substantial: three courses, served in booths separated by frosted-glass partitions.
We stop at Kalgoorlie (population: 31,000) at 10.45pm. Coaches take us past darkened sights including a vast working mine; gold was discovered here in 1893. The town has a frontier feel. A guide points out a Woolworths that has the biggest takings in Australia (gold miners have plenty of cash to spend).
I sleep well, to the rhythm of the tracks, and wake to see copper-gold light illuminating wispy clouds above gum trees and dried-out river beds.By mid-morning, the Indian Pacific draws to a halt at Cook (population: four) and I spot a sign saying: 'If you're crook, come to Cook, Queen City of the Nullarbor.' Crook, of course, is slang for 'ill' in Australia, while the Nullarbor Plain is a region that boasts a wild and rugged landscape. A 297-mile section of track running through it is the world's longest straight stretch. Cook is an outpost of rundown buildings. However, it's a good place to stretch our legs.
Early next morning we pull into Adelaide, and passengers join coach tours of the South Australian city. We are taken to Mount Lofty, though it's shrouded in cloud. We see the Adelaide Oval, where there's a statue of cricket legend Sir Don Bradman.
Back at Adelaide Parklands Terminal I buy a battery-powered beer-bottle cooler that makes train sounds when lifted.
Now I have to switch to red class, towards the front of the train. It comprises 48 seats that look as though they belong in a plane's business-class, but filled with backpackers and retirees.
Our duty manager recommends the breakfasts that he personally cooks. 'I've had phone calls from Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver saying, "I've heard about your breakfasts". I reply, "No, I can't come to work for you. I want the twenty bucks an hour Great Southern Rail is paying me".' Not far out of Adelaide, I glimpse my first and only kangaroos, far in the distance. I also spot an eagle high above.
That evening we reach Broken Hill, a lead and zinc mining town, and I make my way to the Palace Hotel. The venue featured in the 1994 film The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, about the unlikely subject of drag queens in the Outback.
I discover a reception area with bright murals, stuffed birds and cabinets displaying leopard-print high heels. On the wall is an advert for the Broken Heel Festival. Its motto? 'Life in the Outback is never a drag.' Back on the train, we clatter through the night and wake to see cows munching grass in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. I eat our carriage manager's Gordon Ramsay-quality breakfast and sit back as we snake into Sydney's Grand Central station. We're a mere 13 minutes late - not bad when you've just covered 2,700 miles.