Wine punters will be able to take the train – The Ghan, no less – to the Clare Valley for one of four day trips in October.
Journey Beyond – which operates The Ghan – is marketing it as an “epicurean adventure”.
The train won’t pull up in Clare itself, of course, the tracks were pulled up long ago to make way for the Riesling Trail.
The Ghan will stop at Nantawarra siding about 45km from Clare and luxury coaches will transport guests the rest of the way.
Pete Egglestone, chief commercial officer for Journey Beyond, said, “Most of our iconic long-distance train experiences have been affected at some point throughout the year, which is why we were so excited about getting The Ghan back on the tracks just over a week ago.
“Behind the scenes, though, and looking at what more we can offer, has resulted in the Taste of The Ghan.
“We think the Clare Valley is a pretty special part of South Australia – it is one of the country’s oldest wine regions after all.
“And we like wine.
“So, we’re launching a limited-edition one-day train experience that pairs Clare Valley wines, vines and winemakers with The Ghan experience.
“Journey Beyond has never hosted a local journey like this before, but we’ve distilled our knowledge of epic long-distance experiences to create something exceptional.
“We can’t wait to welcome a new cohort of guests onboard with the inaugural journey and introduce them to an immersive experience in a new region.”
Departing from and returning to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal, the journey begins with a pre-departure celebration at the Terminal followed by breakfast on the train.
The day out includes a tasting at a local winery followed by a three-course lunch at another local winery.
Guests will re-board the train and enjoy a final glass of wine or port, paired with cheese and chocolate, on the return to Adelaide.
The partner vineyards include Pikes Winery/Slate at Pikes, O’Leary Walker and Bus DeVine at Pauletts.
The service begins on 8 October.