Sophisticated Luxury In Great Southern Rail's Platinum Club

8 February 2016
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Platinum travellers on The Ghan and Indian Pacific trains are on track for even more luxury with the recent launch of the exclusive Platinum Club carriage.

Operated by Great Southern Rail, the trains’ new carriage features a daytime lounge/bar, and an evening banquet setting suitable for captain’s dinners or larger groups. It seats 30 guests for dining and an additional 20 in the lounge area.

 The new carriage features ash tones and brass fittings.

The space boasts quartzite tabletops, timber floors, brass fittings and leather banquette lounge seating in tones of ash, moss and sepia.

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Great Southern Rail enlisted the help of Woods Bagot designer Jordan Schumacher, who said the new Platinum Club represented “sophisticated luxury”.

“From the outset, the concept was very much driven by allowing the unique Australian Outback to take centre stage,” Ms Schumacher said.

 The tabletops are quartzite.

The Ghan travels through the Outback between Adelaide and Darwin, while the Indian Pacific crosses the Outback from Sydney to Perth.

Great Southern Rail spokesman Steve Kernaghan said: “The Platinum Club reflects a sophisticated Australian design complementing the regional cuisine served on board and the diverse landscapes outside the windows.”

The first of four Platinum Club carriages has been introduced to the fleet, with the remaining carriages to be rolled out over the coming months, in what is the first major refurbishment for Great Southern Rail trains since 2008.

 Time for a drink in Platinum Club.

Mr Kernaghan said there had been a 24 per cent increase in demand for Platinum Service travel over the past two years.

“We are delighted to be able to enhance our premium offerings with this new social and dining space on The Ghan and Indian Pacific trains,” he said.

As well as access to the Platinum Club carriage, Platinum Service also includes Platinum transfers, larger cabins, and in-cabin breakfasts.

Gold Service travellers will continue to enjoy the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and Outback Explorer Lounge carriages.

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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.