Simple process from start to finish
Joel was fantastic throughout. We will certainly use DialAFlight again.
Communication was excellent and any queries dealt with in a timely manner. Thank you, would highly recommend your services
Have used your firm for 3 LHR flights and been more than satisfied with the service provided.
Jay was fantastic. Very helpful throughout booking process. Had a great trip.... many thanks.
Thank you so much for all of your help. You were always very helpful and professional and I would definitely use your company again and recommend you to friends and family.
Fantastic service from you guys - took all the anxiety out of booking our long haul flights. Really appreciate the service and would 100% use again and suggest to friends and family. Thank you so much.
Very prompt and friendly people. Always ready to give you advice.
I will always use DialAFlight they make it so much easier for me in getting international flights. I mainly deal with Sal he's just the best.
Super service, will use again. Sharon is a STAR.
Nice friendly people.
We have used you for all our flights and will continue to do so as the service is so good.
The hotel was excellent and I loved the heated loo!
Great experience and simple to use you guys.
Very helpful staff throughout, many thanks.
Cody was super helpful and made my extremely uncomfortable experience with the drones a lot less stressful!
Yet another flight booked and all went perfectly. You make my travel very easy indeed.
Joe was great!
Super easy, no hassles!
Very thorough and contactable.
Trip ran smoothly and support services via the DialAFlight team prior to our departure were excellent. Thank you to the team for assisting in making our trip a memorable and smooth experience.
I was very impressed with the level of service and will certainly recommend DialAFlight to friends. I hope to book another flight soon!
I found any member of the team extremely helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. I would not plan a longhaul trip without going through DialAFlight. Prices are genuinely competitive and their knowledge of the industry saves hours of searching and comparing. Very highly recommended.
So easy to book with DialAFlight. I had complete confidence that my 18-year-old grand-daughter could travel to Australia on her own. She said the flights were fantastic. So thank you.
All excellent, thank you
DialAFlight is always brilliant and we especially appreciated that they called us the evening before our flight to let us know what was happening with the airport closures (due to drones) and that our flight was still going ahead as scheduled. This allowed us to have a relaxed evening without any worry or chaos.
What an epic trip we had - and we couldn't have done it without the fantastic planning of two key guys on your team,Ted and Kieran. They helped us plan a six week trip to Australia and New Zealand, matched our interests with locations and accommodation, sorted all the flights and hire cars - and made it so easy, and so perfect. I am recommending DialAFlight to anyone who will listen!
Larry was great - will book again
Always a very helpful company to deal with, go above and beyond to find flights and visas for you. Highly recommend
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.