A new optional off-train excursion in the NSW Blue Mountains, for passengers travelling from Perth on the Indian Pacific, is the result of a new partnership between Fantastic Aussie Tours (FAT), Great Southern Rail, Scenic World, Blue Mountains Guides and the Trippas White Group which owns The Lookout Restaurant at Echo Point.
FAT managing director Jason Cronshaw said the Blue Mountains excursion would be an option each Wednesday, with passengers alighting the train at Mt Victoria after breakfast. A FAT bus will then transport them to Scenic World to experience the range of thrilling rides, or for a trek through awe-inspiring landscapes along Prince Henry Walk with Blue Mountains Guides.
After lunch at The Lookout Restaurant near the Three Sisters rock formation, passengers will return to the Indian Pacific in a FAT bus to continue their rail journey to Sydney.
The package has taken five years to finalise, with the main challenge reserving a rail pathway in the increasingly busy Blue Mountains rail line timetable.
Indian Pacific manager Penelope Milne said the day trip option would be expanded to an overnight stay in the Blue Mountains by 2019.