Journeys from Sydney

Sydney to Adelaide

Great Southern Railway (GSR) run the Indian Pacific train twice each week from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide. This train departs Sydney Central station mid afternoon (2:55pm) on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and travels for 24 hours before arriving mid afternoon (3:05pm) the following day at Adelaides Keswick rail terminal. The train later continues on to Perth.
The Indian Pacific
You can also travel from Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne three days per week. This route requires a change of trains in Melbourne, but it can be less expensive than the direct route. Countrylink Melbourne XPT train runs twice each day from Sydney Central station to Melbourne Southern Cross station. The journey takes about ten and a half hours. There is a day train that departs Sydney in the morning and arrives Melbourne in the evening, and there is a night train that departs Sydney in the evening and arrives in Melbourne early the following morning. Three days per week, you catch The Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide. Run by Great Southern Railway (GSR), this train leaves Melbourne Southern Cross station each morning, runs through the day and arrives the same evening at Adelaides Parklands rail terminal. The morning arrival in Melbourne does NOT connect with the Overland departure for Adelaide. The whole journey takes around 35 hours if you catch the day train from Sydney.
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney
The Overland
You can also travel Sydney to Adelaide by catching Countrylink's overnight XPT train from Sydney Central Station that departs every eveing, travels overnight then arrives in Albury in the wee small hours of the following morning. There is then a connecting Vline bus - called Speedlink that departs Albury for Adelaide travelling along the Murray River valley before arriving in Adelaide in the afternoon - a little less than 24 hours after your departure from Sydney.
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney
Speedlink

Sydney to Albury

Countrylinks Melbourne XPT train runs twice each day from Sydney Central station to Albury (then on to Melbourne). The journey to Albury takes a little over seven hours. There is a day train that departs Sydney in the morning and arrives Albury in the mid afternoon, and there is a night train that departs Sydney in the evening and arrives in Albury very early the following morning. You can also board these trains at Strathfield or Campbelltown station in Sydneys suburbs, or at one of many other stations along the way.
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney

Sydney to Armidale

Countrylinks Northern Tablelands Xplorer train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Armidale. The journey takes a little over eight hours. The train departs Sydney in the mid morning and arrives in Armidale that evening. You can also board the train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way. Note that this train splits into two along the way at Werris Creek, the other half takes a more westerly route up to Moree - so make sure you stay in the right part of the train!
Northern Tablelands and Hunter Valley

Sydney to Bathurst

Countrylinks Dubbo XPT train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Bathurst (then on to Dubbo). The journey to Bathurst takes about three and a half hours. The train departs Sydney early in the morning and arrives Bathurst in the mid morning. You can also board this train at Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown or Penrith station in Sydneys suburbs. On Monday mornings Countrylink also run an extra train - the Broken Hill Outback Xplorer which departs Sydney about an hour earlier than the Dubbo XPT. You can also board this train at Strathfield, Parramatta or Penrith station.
NSW Central West line
Countrylink also offer a bus service to Bathurst connecting at Lithgow with Cityrail electric intercity trains from Sydney. Electric trains depart Sydney Central station for Lithgow, and between two and six times daily (depending on the day of the week), Countrylink buses destined for Parkes, Orange, Grenfell or Nyngan connect at Lithgow and stop at Bathurst on the way. The Sydney to Bathurst journey takes about four hours - the bus trip is only one hour long.
Blue Mountains and Bathurst Line
Lithgow to Bathurst

Sydney to Brisbane

Countrylinks Brisbane XPT train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Brisbane Roma Street station. The train departs Sydney at 4:20pm in the afternoon, travels overnight then arrives in Brisbane at 6:30am early the following morning. The journey takes about fourteen hours. You can also board this train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs
You can also travel to Brisbane in daylight by catching Countrylinks Casino XPT train from Sydney Central station to Casino, then changing to a connecting bus, also operated by Countrylink. The bus takes you from Casino via the Gold Coast to Brisbane Roma Street station. The whole journey takes fifteen and a half hours - of which only the final three hours are on the bus. The train departs Sydney Central station every day at 7:15am in the early morning, and the connecting bus arrives at Brisbane Roma Street station at 10:21pm late that same evening. You can also board the train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs
Casino to Brisbane via Gold Coast

Sydney to Broken Hill

Great Southern Railway (GSR) run the Indian Pacific train twice each week from Sydney to Perth via Broken Hill. This train departs Sydney Central station mid afternoon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and travels overnight for sixteen hours before arriving early morning the following day at Broken Hill. The train then continues on to Adelaide and Perth.
The Indian Pacific
Once each week, on Monday mornings, Countrylink run a train called the Broken Hill Outback Xplorer. This train departs Sydney Central station early in the morning and travels through the day before arriving in Broken Hill that evening after a thirteen and a half hour long journey. You can also board this train in Sydneys suburbs at Strathfield, Parramatta or Penrith station.
NSW Central West line
You can travel to Broken Hill from Sydney every day of the week by catching Countrylinks Dubbo XPT train from Sydney to Dubbo, then changing to a connecting Countrylink bus for the journey to Broken Hill. The Dubbo XPT departs Sydney Central station early every morning and arrives in Dubbo early in the afternoon, then after a short break, the bus travels through the afternoon arriving in Broken Hill late that evening. The whole journey from Sydney takes about sixteen hours.
NSW Central West line
Dubbo to Broken Hill

Sydney to Cairns

Countrylinks Brisbane XPT train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Brisbane Roma Street station. The train departs Sydney in the afternoon, travels overnight then arrives in Brisbane early the following morning. The journey takes about fourteen hours. You can also board this train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way. Once you are in Brisbane, you then change to one of Queensland Railways (QR) trains up the coast to Cairns. After spending the day in Brisbane, you can board the Cairns Tilt Train which departs Brisbane Roma Street Station three evenings per week and travels overnight and through the next day before arriving in Cairns the following evening. This is arguably Australias most modern and technologically advanced passenger train, note however that it does not provide sleeping accommodation. The whole journey from Sydney to Cairns takes a little more than two days including a twelve hour stopover in Brisbane en-route
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs
Queensland North Coast Railway
Countrylinks Brisbane XPT train runs once daily from Sydney Central station to Brisbane Roma Street station. The train departs Sydney in the afternoon, travels overnight then arrives in Brisbane early the following morning. The journey takes about fourteen hours. You can also board this train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at many other stations along the way. Once in Brisbane, you then change to one of Queensland Railways (QR) trains up the coast to Cairns. The Sunlander departs Brisbane Roma Street Station two mornings per week, and makes a convenient connection from the XPT from Sydney. It travels up through the day, overnight and through the next day before arriving at Cairns late the next afternoon. The whole journey from Sydney to Cairns takes a little less than two days if you donít break your journey along the way.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs
Queensland North Coast Railway

Sydney to Canberra

Countrylinks Canberra Xplorer train runs twice or three times each day from Sydney Central station to Canberra station. The journey takes a little over four hours. The first train departs Sydney at 6:58am in the early morning and arrives in Canberra at 11:23am. The second train departs Sydney Central just after midday and arrives Canberra station at 4:25pm. Four days per week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday there is a fourth train that departs in the late afternoonj and arrives Canberra in the late evening. You can also board these trains at Strathfield or Campbelltown station in Sydneys suburbs, or at one of a few other stations along the way.
Canberra Xplorer

Sydney to Coffs Harbour

Countrylink run three XPT trains every day from Sydney Central station to Coffs Harbour. The Casino XPT departs Sydney early each morning, and arrives Coffs Harbour mid afternoon. The Grafton XPT departs Sydney just before noon and arrives Coffs Harbour in the evening, and the Brisbane XPT departs Sydney in the late afternoon and arrives in Coffs Harbour just after midnight. The journey on each of these trains takes eight and a half to nine hours. You can also board any of these trains at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs

Sydney to Darwin

Great Southern Railway (GSR) run the Indian Pacific train once or twice each week from Sydney to Adelaide. This train departs Sydney Central station mid afternoon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and travels for 24 hours before arriving mid afternoon the following day at Adelaide Keswick rail terminal. In Adelaide, you leave the Indian Pacific behind and change trains into The Ghan for the journey northward through the heart of Australia to Darwin. The Ghan leaves Adelaide for Darwin twice each week on Friday and Sunday evenings, travels overnight to Alice Springs where it arrives around midday the next day. You have four hours in Alice Springs before the train heads north again overnight to Katherine where another 3-4 hour stop is scheduled on the Tuesday and Sunday morning. Finally, The Ghan departs Katherine around noon and heads to Darwin arriving there in the afternoon of each Tuesday and Sunday.
The Indian Pacific
The Ghan

Sydney to Dubbo

Countrylinks Dubbo XPT train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Dubbo. The journey to Dubbo takes about six and a half hours. The train departs Sydney early in the morning at 7:10am and arrives Dubbo at 1:40pm in the early afternoon. You can also board this train at Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown or Penrith station in Sydneys suburbs.
NSW Central West line

Sydney to Gold Coast

Countrylinks Casino XPT train departs Sydney Central station at 7:15am early each morning and runs through the day before arriving casino in the evening. At Casino at 6:34pm you change to a connecting Countrylink bus that runs to Brisbane via the Gold Coast (and stops at Surfers Paradise at 9:59pm). The whole journey from Sydney takes about fifteen hours - of which only the final two and a half hours is on the bus. You can also board the train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs
Casino to Brisbane via Gold Coast
You can also travel from Sydney to the Gold Coast via Brisbane by catching Countrylinks Brisbane XPT train which runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Brisbanes Roma Street station. The train departs Sydney in the afternoon, travels overnight then arrives in Brisbane early the following morning. From Brisbane Roma Street station you can then catch a QR citytrain to Nerang station (there are two trains every hour) from where connecting QR buses will tkae you the short distance to Surfers Paradise. This whole journey takes about sixteen hours.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs
Gold Coast and Brisbane Airport line

Sydney to Hobart

Countrylinks Melbourne XPT train runs twice daily from Sydney Central station to Melbourne Southern Cross station. There is a day train that leaves Sydney in the morning and arrives Melbourne in the evening, and the night train that departs Sydney in the evening and arrives in Melbourne early the next morning. You can also board these trains at Strathfield, Campbelltown or many other stations along the way. From Melbourne Southern Cross, catch a no 109 tram in Collins Street for the 15 minute trip to Port Melbourne Beacon Cove. Then the Spirit of Tasmania ferry (just a short walk from the tram) for the 10 hour journey to Devonport. The Spirit of Tasmania departs every evening and arrives Devonport the next morning. At peak times, extra trips operate departing early morning and arriving Devonport late afternoon. From Devonport, catch the connecting Tigerline bus for the 4 hour journey to Hobart. If you leave Sydney on the overnight train, you spend a day in Melbourne and a second night on the ferry.
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney
Port Melbourne to Box Hill
Spirit of Tasmania
Hobart to Launceston and Devonport

Sydney to Katoomba (Blue Mountains)

Cityrail operate frequent electric inter-city trains from Sydney Central station to the Blue Mountains. To get to Katoomba, you can catch any Cityrail train destined for Katoomba, Mount Victoria or Lithgow. These trains normally pick up passengers at Strathfield, Parramatta, Penrith and other stations along the way. This very scenic journey will take about two hours, and is an ideal day-trip from Sydney.
Blue Mountains and Bathurst Line

Sydney to Maitland (Hunter Valley)

Cityrail operate frequent electric inter-city trains from Sydney Central station to Newcastle. This journey includes the very pleasant trip over the Hawkesbury River and along Mullet Creek that can only be made by rail. Get off the train at Hamilton station, and board a local train headed for Telarah, Dungog, Scone or Muswellbrook then get off at Maitland station. The whole journey should take a little over three hours.
Newcastle and Central Coast Line
Northern Tablelands and Hunter Valley
Countrylink run three XPT trains and one Xplorer train every day from Sydney Central station to Maitland. The Murwillumbah XPT departs Sydney very early each morning, and arrives Mailtland mid morning. The Armidale and Moree Xplorer departs Sydney mid morning and arrives Maiitland just after noon. The Grafton XPT departs Sydney just before noon and arrives Maitland in the early afternoon, and the Brisbane XPT departs Sydney in the late afternoon and arrives in Maitland in the early evening. The journey on each of these trains takes about two and three-quarter hours. You can also board any of these trains at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.
Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs

Sydney to Melbourne

Countrylinks Melbourne XPT train runs twice each day from Sydney Central station to Melbourne Southern Cross station. The journey takes about ten and a half hours. There is a day train that departs Sydney at 7:45am in the morning and arrives Melbourne at 6:55pm in the evening, and there is a night train that departs Sydney at 8:40pm in the evening and arrives in Melbourne at 7:35am early the following morning. You can also board these trains at Strathfield or Campbelltown station in Sydneys suburbs, or at one of many other stations along the way. In Summer, the day train runs to a slightly altered schedule - so check the online timetables carefully.
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney

Sydney to Moree

Countrylinks Northern Tablelands Xplorer train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Moree. The journey takes about nine hours. The train departs Sydney mid morning and arrives in Moree late in the evening. You can also board the train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way. Note that this train splits into two along the way at Werris Creek, the other half takes a more easterly route up to Tamworth and Armidale - so make sure you stay in the right part of the train!
Northern Tablelands and Hunter Valley

Sydney to Newcastle

Cityrail operate frequent electric inter-city trains from Sydney Central station to Newcastle. This journey includes the very pleasant trip over the Hawkesbury River and along Mullet Creek that can only be made by rail. The journey to Newcastle will take about two and three-quarter hours, and is an ideal day-trip from Sydney.
Newcastle and Central Coast Line

Sydney to Perth

Great Southern Railway (GSR) run the Indian Pacific train once or twice each week from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide. This train departs Sydney Central station mid afternoon (2:55pm) on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and arrives early morning (9:10am) three days later at East Perth rail terminal. The train stops in Adelaide for three and a half hours and at other locations for shorter periods en-route.
The Indian Pacific

Sydney to Sydney Airport

Cityrail operate frequent electric trains between Sydney Central station, City Circle stations and Sydney Airport. There are two stations at sydney airport - one beneath the domestic terminal and the other beneath the international terminal. Simply catch any East Hills, Campbelltown or macarthur train on the Green line from any city station. The journey takes between 10 and 15 minutes, and trains run every 15 minutes or more frequently.
Airport and East Hills Line

Sydney to Tamworth

Countrylinks Northern Tablelands Xplorer train runs once each day from Sydney Central station to Tamworth. The journey takes a little over six hours. The train departs Sydney at 10:05am mid morning and arrives in Tamworth late in the afternoon at 4:17pm before continuing on to Armidale. You can also board the train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way. Note that this train splits into two along the way at Werris Creek, the other half takes a more westerly route up to Moree - so make sure you stay in the right part of the train!
Northern Tablelands and Hunter Valley

Sydney to Wagga Wagga

Countrylinks Melbourne XPT train runs twice each day from Sydney Central station to Wagga Wagga (then on to Melbourne). The journey to Wagga Wagga takes six hours. There is a day train that departs Sydney at 7:45am in the morning and arrives Wagga Wagga at 1:54pm in the early afternoon, and there is a night train that departs Sydney at 8:40pm in the evening and arrives in Wagga Wagga in the middle of the night at 2:49am. You can also board these trains at Strathfield or Campbelltown station in Sydneys suburbs, or at one of many other stations along the way.
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney

Sydney to Wollongong

Cityrail operate frequent electric inter-city trains from Sydney Central station to Wollongong. Most trains are destined for Port Kembla or Kiama and stop at Wollongong en-route. The journey includes the spectacular section along the Illawarra escarpment where the railway travels high above the Pacific Ocean. The journey to Wollongong will take about one and a half hours, and is an ideal day-trip from Sydney.
South Coast line