The second day of our transcontinental journey on the Indian Pacific was spent relaxing, reading and watching the scenery pass by.
There were sporadic signs of human habitation in the otherwise desolate landscape.
The terrain changed the further we travelled through South Australia
and just north of Peterborough, the fertile green fields of farmland contrasted with the barren outback.
Passengers can commence their journey in Adelaide, where the train stops for supplies and welcomes a new crew. This allows a few hours to enjoy an off train excursion to the National Wine Centre. Built in the year 2000 in the shape of an oak barrel, it has won many architectural awards.
We were taken on a Wine Discovery Journey, beginning with the open cellar.
With the capacity to store up to 38,000 bottles, it is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
The ‘Wined Bar’ would be a lovely place to linger, with 120 different wines to sample in one tasting room.
We were introduced to the technology, varieties and styles of wine
as well as this 150 year old Shiraz vine, painstakingly extracted from St. Hallett’s vineyard in Tanunda.
We made our way back to the dining room, passing some interesting art pieces,
to indulge in canapés and a delicious dinner – with wine, of course. A rainy night greeted us as we left the wine centre
and boarded a coach to return to the station.
I think a good night’s sleep was had by all.