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Journey Beyond introduces new middle-tier Gold Premium category

The new travel class is available on selected trains and itineraries including The Ghan and Great Southern from next year.

Gold Premium is a new category sitting between Gold and Platinum.

Journey Beyond has opted to create a new seating class and travel category using redesigned Gold-standard carriages which will be introduced on two of the company’s cross-country trains from next year.

Revealed earlier this year as a redesign of its existing Gold category, the company will instead introduce the carriages as a new ‘Gold Premium’ price point on its Great Southern and The Ghan journeys, sitting between the existing Gold and Platinum categories.

Gold Premium ticketholders can access a lounge to socialise.

The new carriages have been conceptualised by leading interior design firm, Woods Bagot, with the Melbourne-based firm responsible for some of the most cutting-edge layouts featured in many of Australia’s newest boutique and luxury hotels.

Employing walnut timber and polished brass backed by Indigenous prints, carriages reflect the colours of the Australian outback with extra inspiration from legendary Indigenous Australian painter Albert Namatjira’s fabled Ghostly Gums and landscapes.

Gold Premium carriages will be available both in Twin style which converts from a lounge area to fold-down bunk beds by night, or as a Suite with a separate lounge space and three-quarter double bed with upper bunk and ensuite bathroom.

The dining car will serve three meals each day while the train is in motion.

Passengers holding Gold Premium tickets can also access an onboard lounge featuring leather banquettes and swivel chairs with mood lighting to accentuate the romance of train travel in a space where they can mingle with fellow passengers.

The dining car has also been reimagined in a similar Art Deco style for passengers to enjoy during meal services. Guests will enjoy breakfast, two-course lunches and four-course dinners featuring ingredients from local suppliers and farmers.

In addition to standalone adventures on The Ghan and Great Southern, Journey Beyond’s ‘Red Centre Spectacular’ and ‘The Ultimate Territory Tour’ itineraries will also feature stints onboard where travellers can enjoy the new carriages.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 4 August 2023

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