About Us

Great Trains focuses exclusively in arranging luxury train travel in Australia on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern. It is a subsidiary of ntstandby (www. ntstandby.com.au), an organisation that specialises in travel to the Northern Territory, as well as journeys on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern

Dino Scungio

Dino opened a travel agency focusing exclusively on tours and travel within the Northern Territory in 2000. When The Ghan began travelling all the way through to Darwin in 2004, this iconic train journey became an important component of the agency's offering. From this "Œbricks and mortar" base, Dino expanded with the launch of the online travel agency, ntstandby, in 2006. A pioneer of the online tourism industry, ntstandby have specialised in train travel and been recognised as experts in the field. This has now led to the creation of Great Trains (2018) a website and business that provides passengers with all of the information they need when they wish to book and travel on The Ghan and Indian Pacific.

Dino has travelled numerous times (nine to date) on The Ghan and Indian Pacific in Red Service (when it existed), Gold Service in Single and Twin Cabins, Platinum Service and even the Chairman's Carriage and can therefore, from first hand experience, answer any queries you may have.

Dino Scungio
Dino Scungio
Dino Scungio

Cyndee Gliddon

Cyndee Gliddon has over 20 years experience in tourism and travel in the Northern Territory, and has worked with the agency and ntstandby since it opened.  A long term resident of Darwin, Cyndee is an absolute expert in providing the right advice for anyone visiting the Territory. Cyndee's committment to quality service in unquestionable. Cyndee has travelled extensively on The Ghan and Indian Pacific and can answer any queries you may have. Whenever she has the opportunity, Cyndee likes nothing more than to escape to the NT bush with her husband Ken and daughter Lydia.

Cyndee Gliddon
Cyndee Gliddon
Cyndee Gliddon

Chairman's Club Awards

The exceptional level of service offered by Dino and Cyndee has been recognised by them being presented with "Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions Chairman's Club Award" in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. This award is the pinnacle in recognition for outstanding sales and service, confirming that Great Trains are experts in providing exceptional travel advice and service for passengers travelling on The Ghan and Indian Pacific.

Charimans Club award for Great Trains
Matt Dommenz (State Manager for Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions for VIC, SA, TAS, NT) presenting Dino Scungio of Great Trains with the Chairman’s Club Award.
If you need any advice regarding travel in the Northern Territory please feel free to give Dino or Cyndee a call on 1300 872 465