2017 Indian Pacific Food & Wine Train a big success

More than 60 guests, including media and travel agents, recently joined the 2017 Indian Pacific Food & Wine Train, a culinary adventure across the Nullarbor Plain from Adelaide to Perth and back.

The two-night transcontinental journey each way immersed guests in food and wine masterclasses while allowing them to step off the train at far-flung destinations including Rawlinna and Cook, a railway siding that’s home to just four people.

Onboard, guests were exposed to a native foods masterclass by well-known Indigenous chef Mark Olive, where they tasted crocodile, emu and barramundi, as well as native herbs including lemon myrtle.

Food and wine personality, Lyndey Milan, was also onboard and took guests through a blind champagne tasting while regaling guests with a history of Australian cuisine and tips for food and wine pairings.

As the train crossed the vast Nullarbor, guests were involved in interactive classes including truffle making with the team from SA chocolatier, Chocolate No. 5 and also gin making with Adelaide Hills Distillery using base flavours including strawberry and green ants.

Several wines were showcased with wine masterclasses from South Australia’s Coriole and Kalleske wineries and Western Australia’s Moss Wood winery.

The Indian Pacific Food & Wine Train guests also disembarked at Rawlinna on the Nullarbor Plain, the straightest stretch of railway in the world. On the west-bound train, guests savoured a culinary feast under the stars at Rawlinna while the east-bound guests embraced a misty dawn for a morning tea or coffee. 

Crossing the country onboard the Indian Pacific immerses guests in the history and stories of Australia. A short stop at the Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie took guests on a journey through the town’s mining history and included a visit to the Super Pit, a mine that operates 24 hours a day.

Also included in the journeys was pre and post touring with west-bound guests starting their trip with a day in the Adelaide Hills where they visited Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard before participating in an interactive cheese making class. East-bound guests finished their adventure with a day starting at the Adelaide Central Market before heading to the Barossa where they tasted port from their birth year at Seppeltsfield, saw coopers making wine barrels at Yalumba and dined at Hentley Farm, a restaurant known for presenting food with a creative flair.

The 2017 Indian Pacific Food & Wine Train took guests on a culinary adventure while crossing the country in style and left guests with memories to last a lifetime.