Unaccompanied Motorail

With Great Southern Rail's Unaccompanied Motorail Service, you can enjoy the convenience of having your vehicle transported by rail to its' final destination.

Size restrictions do apply for large vehicles and trailers, so it is important to be aware of these limitations before booking. Please note that Great Southern Rail are unable to transport motorbikes.

Motorail services are available between Adelaide and Perth (and v.v.) and Adelaide and Darwin (and v.v.). 

Unaccompanied Motorail bookings are 100% non-refundable, require full payment at time of booking and can only be made within 30 days prior to departure. Click here for further Terms and Conditions.

Bookings for Motorail can only be made by calling 13 21 47 or emailing salesenquiries@gsr.com.au. Note that there is no motorail on The Ghan Expedition. 


Unaccompanied Motorail Vehicle Costs^

01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017


Up to 5.5m 5.5 - 7m
Adelaide to Darwin $1309 $2618
Adelaide to Perth $1129 $2258
Darwin to Adelaide $779 $1558
Perth to Adelaide $529 $1058

Please note, credit card fees apply.

How to make your Motorail Booking

Please call 1800 703 357 to make your Motorail Booking. 

Motorail Service Loading Checklist

Please ensure the following tasks have been arranged prior to loading

  • Please ensure vehicle is registered and in road-worthy condition
  • Vehicle covers and tarpaulins are removed from vehicles or trailers
  • All flammable products are removed from the vehicle
  • Your vehicle can travel with as much luggage as you wish, but should not loaded so as to obstruct the drivers view through all windows and vehicle does not sit lower than the manufacturers specifications
  • Roof racks are empty and do not breach the height restrictions of the Motorail service
  • All valuable goods including but not limited to the wallets, jewellery or electrical goods are removed from the vehicle.
  • Check in all applicable Motorail Service loading area according to terminal check in times 

Check-in Times:

Adelaide to Perth Thursday 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Perth to Adelaide Sunday 7.00am - 8.30am 
Darwin to Adelaide

Wednesday 6.30am - 7.30am

Adelaide to Darwin Sunday 8.30am - 11.00am


Booking Checklist

Please ensure that you have the following information available at the time of booking.

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year of vehicle
  • Registration number
  • Registered State
  • Vehicle measurements including height, width, wheel track inner and outer and undercarriage clearance (refer diagram below)
  • Contact details of person checking in vehicle
  • Contact details of person collecting vehicle



Adelaide Parklands Terminal

(Off Richmond Road or Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Keswick)
For more information about this terminal please click here.

Motorail - Maps - Adelaide Parklands Terminal 2


Darwin Terminal

(Salloo Street, East Arm, Northern Territory)
For more information about this terminal please click here.

Motorail - Maps - Darwin Terminal

East Perth Terminal

(West Parade, East Perth, off Harold Street or Summers Street, Western Australia)
For more information on this terminal please click here.

Motorail - Maps - East Perth Terminal 



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