Sydney to Perth, the Long Way

This blog is in need of some serious TLC. One post for 4 weeks in Sydney?! Puh-leeze… If you’ve been waiting for a catch-up post though, this sadly isn’t it. Because we just arrived in Perth after a loooong time on a train and there’s no way I won’t try to bore you all to death with pictures of landscapes. Because boy did we see a lot of land.

We were supposed to get off the train for three different excursions but thanks to a rather large bushfire in New South Wales we were already delayed over 7 hours on our first evening. From that point on they were simply trying to catch up to make it to Perth on time since the train has to be ready for departure again the next day. But all kinds of stuff kept happening so that the only outings we had from the train were two refueling stops of about 15 minutes each where we were allowed to get off and wander around the platform a bit. (Or in the case of Cook, an abandoned railway town with a current population of 4, tumbleweed littered dirt roads.)

The adults had free alcohol to take the edge off and the kids, well, they made the best of it. The lounge became their jungle gym and we made them walk back to our compartment – two wagons away – for every little thing.

So let’s look at Australia going by!

So there you have it. A trip along Australia’s bottom half. Unfortunately no pictures of Adelaide since our stop-over there happened in the middle of the night due to the aforementioned bush fire. Luckily we finagled our way out of having to get up thanks to the kids. The rest of our poor travel companions weren’t so lucky and had to spend over three hours inside Adelaide station eating nibbles and waiting for the train to be serviced. Yay for little children!

6 Responses to “Sydney to Perth, the Long Way”

  1. Martha says:

    Did you really hit that many cows? Does the train stop for that?

  2. vicky says:

    love the beanies. Aren’t you glad you did not do the 2 week Transsibirian Train 🙂

  3. Nora says:

    We really did hit those cows and yes, the train had to stop because two air hoses got ripped off. So we were just standing in the desert for a while which was brilliant for stargazing out of the window but otherwise not very exciting… 🙂

  4. Nora says:

    Probably a good idea that we didn’t do the Transsib this summer…. Maybe when they’re older and can entertain themselves better. 🙂

  5. kuru says:

    Wonderful beanies. Did you make them walk along two wagons alone?!!! I thought Baby Paw was going to run alongside the train ? 🙂

  6. giulia says:

    Oh boy….must have been a LONG trip. We will do the Transsibirian with you, but as you suggested let’s wait till they are older and can entertain them selves. Baby paw is so big! can’t wait to see you!

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