Indian Pacific 40th Anniversary lunch tour

I choo… choo… choose food. I was expecting the food served on a train will be like airline food, in plastic tubs with plastic cutlery for no fuss convenience and tidiness, how wrong was I. The a la carte lunch I’ve had on the Indian Pacific recently had definitely surpassed my expectations. Named after the two great oceans, the Indian Pacific is one of the Australia’s great train journeys, an epic journey which traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth and Sydney. The world’s only trans-continental passenger train service is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. I was very lucky to be invited by the lovely people at PEPR to have an exclusive tour and a scrumptious lunch inside the Gold Service carriage. I arrived at Central Station in Sydney to find the Indian Pacific train had been parked at the regional platform. I was a little confused at first as there were two of them, but only then realised that the train itself is actually so long that they had to separate them into two halves and parked on two platforms. Each carriage is branded with the unmistakeably yellow logo of the wedge-tailed eagle which can always be seen soaring above the Indian Pacific, symbolises the epic journey of an adventure. “Welcome Aboard!” I was greeted by the friendly staffs and boarded the train in the Gold Service carriage at the far end, joining by a group of food and travel writers and journos for this occasions. We were welcomed over a glass of moet or fresh juice at the Outback Explorer Lounge, a cosy space that is filled...