New 50 cent coin is released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of Australia’s most iconic rail journeys
- 30,000 new coloured Indian Pacific 50c coins to be struck and sold for $15 each
- Coins celebrate Australia’s iconic rail line: more than 4300km coast to coast
- 50 years since of the first crossing of the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth
- World’s longest stretch of straight railway line across the Nullabor Plain
A coloured collector coin has been released for the 50th anniversary of the Indian Pacific rail journey that crosses the Australian continent from coast to coast.
The journey of more than 4300km from Sydney to Perth across the outback desert is widely considered one of the world’s most amazing rail journeys.
The trip includes the world’s longest straight line of railway track, a 478 km stretch across the vast expanse of the Nullarbor Plain.
The breathtaking expanse of the Nullarbor Plain brings home the immense size of Australia
The new coloured collectors coin will commemorate the Indian Pacific’s 50th anniversary
The Indian Pacific (pictured right) takes the outback adventurer through mining towns like Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie (station signs left) in air-conditioned comfort
The full journey from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide, Kalgoorlie and Broken Hill takes four days and three nights, and costs more than $1800 per person.
The transcontinental train became possible after the railway line gauges were standardised between South Australia and Western Australia in the 1960s, enabling a train to travel all the way from Sydney to Perth.
The first Indian Pacific rolled out of Sydney on February 23, 1970, becoming the first direct train to cross the continent.
The new coin commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the historic railway journey.
Australia’s longest rail journey stretches more than 4300km from coast to coast
The Indian Pacific’s Gold Class dining carriage. The train is considered the luxury travel option for those who want to enjoy the four-day journey from Sydney to Perth
The Royal Australian Mint said the Indian Pacific commemoration followed on the heels of last year’s coin celebrating 90 years of the Ghan train that cuts the continent from north to south, linking Darwin to Adelaide.
Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid said the story of the Indian Pacific resonates with train lovers and coin collectors alike.
There will be 30,000 of the coloured collector coins minted.
The uncirculated coins are legal tender however each will be presented on a card and will sell for $15 – far more than its face value.
The mint together with interstate train operator Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions will jointly conduct a competition to win a trip for two on the train, with details to be announced on their social media.