There's no doubt an Uber would be faster, less crowded and deliver me to the front door.
It's one of Australia's great rail journeys, taking three days and two nights to cover the 2979km from north to south.
Everyone has a mental image of the Golden Age of Rail Travel. It's screening in full colour in the movie theatre of our minds.
Passengers today can travel the Blue Mountains aboard the train in lofty splendour.
This 1600-km journey takes more than 30 hours. And I wish it was even longer.
This high-speed train can reach speeds up to 300km/h - this is train travel, but not as my children know it.
The view through my carriage window is so beautiful that it looks as if it's been computer-generated, or at the very least Photoshopped.
The menu is impressive, considering the limitations on space and the constant motion of the train.
In Japanese, there are seven words that describe what type of train fanatic you are.
There's a surprise and a fragrant delight around every bend on this evocative rail journey.
This is a full-on trek, which will take me to three state capitals through a range of terrains, and home again.
Crossing Europe by train is enjoyable, but the ride is easier if you acquaint yourself with the network before the train leaves the station.