Unaccompanied Motorail 2017-2018

With Great Southern Rail's Unaccompanied Motorail Service, you can enjoy the convenience of having your vehicle transported by rail to its' final destination.

Size restrictions do apply for large vehicles and trailers, so it is important to be aware of these limitations before booking. Please note that Great Southern Rail are unable to transport motorbikes. 

Motorail services are available between Adelaide and Perth (and v.v.) and Adelaide and Darwin (and v.v.). Please note that Motorail service is not available on The Ghan between May and October on The Ghan Expedition.

Unaccompanied Motorail bookings are 100% non-refundable, require full payment at time of booking and can only be made within 30 days prior to departure. Click here for further Terms and Conditions.

Bookings for Motorail can only be made by calling 13 21 47 or emailing salesenquiries@gsr.com.au. Note that there is no motorail on The Ghan Expedition. 


Unaccompanied Motorail Vehicle Costs^

01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Please note that Motorail service is not available on The Ghan in either direction, from 3rd May to 28th October 2017

Up to 5.5m

5.5 - 7m

Adelaide to Darwin



Adelaide to Perth



Darwin to Adelaide



Perth to Adelaide



Please note, credit card fees apply.

How to make your Motorail Booking

Please call 1800 703 357 to make your Motorail Booking. 

Motorail Service Loading Checklist

Please ensure the following tasks have been arranged prior to loading

  • Please ensure vehicle is registered and in road-worthy condition

  • Vehicle covers and tarpaulins are removed from vehicles or trailers

  • All flammable products are removed from the vehicle

  • Your vehicle can travel with as much luggage as you wish, but should not loaded so as to obstruct the drivers view through all windows and vehicle does not sit lower than the manufacturers specifications

  • Roof racks are empty and do not breach the height restrictions of the Motorail service

  • All valuable goods including but not limited to the wallets, jewellery or electrical goods are removed from the vehicle.

  • Check in all applicable Motorail Service loading area according to terminal check in times 

Check-in Times:

Adelaide to PerthThursday 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Perth to AdelaideSunday 7.00am - 8.30am 
Darwin to Adelaide

Wednesday 6.30am - 7.30am

Adelaide to DarwinSunday 8.30am - 11.00am

Booking Checklist

Please ensure that you have the following information available at the time of booking.

  • Make

  • Model

  • Year of vehicle

  • Registration number

  • Registered State

  • Vehicle measurements including height, width, wheel track inner and outer and undercarriage clearance (refer diagram below)

  • Contact details of person checking in vehicle

  • Contact details of person collecting vehicle

Maximum Height, Width and Wheel Track Restrictions: 


A - Vehicle width must not exceed 2.20m, including mirrors
B - Please refer to table below for height specifications
C - Wheel track inner must be greater than 92cm
D - Wheel track outer must not exceed 1.90m
E - Undercarriage clearance height must be greater than 13cm

Height Restrictions: 

Alice Springs and Darwin
Maximum width
: 2.2m
Maximum height: 2.0m (including factory fitted roof racks)

Maximum width: 2.2m
Maximum height: 1.54m (includingfactory fitted roof racks)

Maximum width: 2.2m
Maximum height: 1.94m (including factory fitted roof racks)

Vehicle Types Carried:

  • Cars
  • Campervans and Camper Trailers (subject to approval)
  • Trailers
  • 4WDs
Height/width and wheel track restrictions apply as above.

Please note:

Roof racks, wind deflectors, louvers etc must be removed before loading. The length of any towbar should be included. Caravans, including pop tops and boats are not able to be conveyed by Motorail. Vehicles must be roadworthy at time of loading and capable of being driven onto carrier.


Vehicles need to be collected within one hour of arrival.

Motorail Conditions of Carriage - Download PDF



Adelaide Parklands Terminal

(Off Richmond Road or Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Keswick)
For more information about this terminal please click here.


Darwin Terminal

(Salloo Street, East Arm, Northern Territory)
For more information about this terminal please click here.


East Perth Terminal

(West Parade, East Perth, off Harold Street or Summers Street, Western Australia)
For more information on this terminal please click here.motorail_maps_east_perth_terminal

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