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Train travel is cheaper than flying but journey times are longer. The Sydney-Brisbane trip takes 13.5 hours while the Sydney-Melbourne takes 10.5 hours. Railways in Australia are state operated and Rail Australia, the federal body, oversees various services. A staff change at state borders is the only indication most passengers will get of a state-by-state system at work.

The availability of rail travel varies from state to state. State governments accept the responsibility of providing access to most areas. Hence where there is no rail network, such as in Tasmania, there will be an efficient, cheap coach network instead. Queensland, however, has increased its rail services, most of which are aimed at the tourist market.

Taking rail journeys in Australia also gives you the chance to take in some of the country's extraordinary landscapes. For example, the Indian Pacific route takes three days to cover the 4,352km from Sydney to Perth and the 478km crossing of the Nullarbor Plain is the world's longest length of straight railway tract.

Coach travel in Australia is cheap, efficient, and generally safe. The two main operators are Greyhound Pioneer and McCafferty's. Both have a range of passes that greatly reduces the cost of any extended travel. There are many other bus companies in Australia offering a variety of transport and hotel packages that ranges from 3 to 50 days departing regularly from capital cities. Prices ranges from A$60-$85 per day inclusive of coach travel, accommodation, and various day tours or driver 'feature commentary'.

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