What To Pack

General Advice

Dress Code

Money - Onboard

Onboard Comfort

Insect Bites


Sun Protection


Dress Code

Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service. Neat casual attire is required in Red Service.

Warm clothes are recommended for evenings onboard the train, as the air-conditioning can be cool. 

It is recommended that guests pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for off-train touring. Sensible shoes are advisable for walking between carriages. 

Guests who bring electronic devices, such as laptops, that connect to 240-volt power on the trains should also pack a surge arrestor.

Money Onboard

Guests are advised to bring cash for the journey to buy merchandise or upgraded touring options. Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card and Diners Card are accepted onboard the trains. Travellers Cheques are not accepted and EFTPOS is not available.

Insect Bites

Insect bites are often experienced as a result of midges which are common in the Northern Territory. Biting midge abundance varies greatly during the month, with highest numbers occurring around the time of the full moon and to a lesser extent around the new moon. Biting midge numbers also vary during the year with relatively low numbers during the wet season, an increase from April to August, and highest numbers occurring between August and November. The increase in numbers each month coincides with the increase in the highest tide levels each month from the mid to late dry season. 


Guests are advised to consume plenty of water whilst in tropical and outback areas. A minimum of two litres per day is advised to avoid dehydration. 

Sun Protection

Guests should always wear a wide brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and at least SPF30+ sunscreen when outdoors.

Onboard Comfort

Hair dryers are available on the Indian Pacific and The Ghan.

Towels and soap are provided on the Indian Pacific and The Ghan. Shower facilities are not available on The Overland.


Due to space constraints, guests are advised to take onboard only hand luggage containing the requirements for their rail journey. Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey.

Certain items are prohibited from being carried in your luggage at all. Valuables including your passport, medicine, fragile or perishable items must be carried onboard as cabin baggage. An additional fee may apply to excess luggage. Check the Terms and Conditions below for full luggage details. Occupational Health and Safety legislation provides guidelines outlining the safe weight that can be lifted by our staff. We appreciate your co-operation.


Luggage terms and conditions:

50 kilograms of luggage per person in Gold Service may be conveyed free of charge in the luggage car, and 40 kilograms of luggage per person in Red Service (75 kilograms of luggage per person for Platinum Service). This allows 2 items not exceeding 25kg in Gold Service or 20 kg in Red Service each and not exceeding 180 linear centimetres. Excess luggage prices on application. Due to space constraints, guests should only take on board hand luggage required for their journey. Luggage check in opens 2 hours prior to departure and will close 60 minute prior to departure.  Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Cardboard, plastic or wooden boxes, garbage bags or tea chests will not be accepted as baggage. Bags should be secured and carry the owner's name, destination and contact phone number both inside and outside the bag.  Explosive, combustible and inflammable materials are prohibited. Items such as foodstuffs, plants, animals and furniture cannot be accepted as personal luggage.

The following additional items are allowed free of charge:

  • Baby safety capsules
  • Fold up cots (in cases only)
  • Prams/strollers (collapsed)

The following additional items of luggage are allowed at $25 per item:

  • Candy striped bags (in good condition)
  • Child restraint car seats
  • Collapsible baby carriages
  • Tents, sleeping bags and small camping items
  • Bicycles (due to storage requirements, reservations are mandatory in advance)
  • Canoes
  • Fishing rod and other sporting equipment items
  • Golf bags
  • Parcels
  • Sailboards, boogie boards, surf skis and surfboards

The following items are not allowed as luggage:

  • All Household Goods (Tvs etc)
  • Birds or animals
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Food
  • Fragile or perishable goods
  • Freight
  • Furniture
  • Hessian or garbage/plastic bags
  • Eskies
  • Motorised golf buggies
  • Tea Chests
  • Unaccompanied luggage or parcels
  • Cardboard, plastic or wooden boxes

Cabin luggage

You may take the following luggage on board:

Platinum Service – Twin Berth and Double Berth Sleeper Cabins:
May take one small suitcase not exceeding 10 kilograms per person plus hand luggage including garment bag, cabin bag, briefcase. 

Gold Service – Twin Berth Sleeper Cabin:
May take one small suitcase not exceeding 10 kilograms per person plus hand luggage including garment bag, cabin bag, briefcase. 

Gold Service – Single Berth Sleeper Cabin:
May take hand luggage including garment bag, cabin bag, briefcase.

Red Service – Day/Nighter Seat:
May take cabin bag.


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