​Great Rail Journeys - The Ghan

​​2-4 Days

​​​​​Retracing the footsteps of the Afghan camel traders from whence it got its name, The Ghan travels between the South Australian city of Adelaide and the Tropical Top End capital of Darwin, via Alice Springs, through the very heart of Australia.
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Retracing the footsteps of the Afghan camel traders from whence it got its name, The Ghan travels between the South Australian city of Adelaide and the Tropical Top End capital of Darwin, via Alice Springs, through the very heart of Australia. 

This epic train is a kilometre in length and there are off train excursions included in Alice Springs and Katherine plus, depending on your direction of travel, outback experiences in Marla and Manguri.

Onboard Service Options

  • Platinum Service

    This is the highest level of service aboard the trains. Spacious cabins are configured by day as a private lounge with panoramic windows, comfortable seating, table and ottomans. By night the lounges convert to double or twin beds and you have a full size ensuite shower room. Continental breakfast can be enjoyed in your cabin as well as refreshments.

    The Platinum Club is where the included hearty breakfasts, 2-course lunches and 3-course evening meals, are served along with a complimentary range of beverages.

  • Gold Service

    Gold service cabins are configured with a 3-seater lounge by day, which converts to upper and lower berths by night. Cabins have a private ensuite and the all-inclusive meals are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Australian wines, beers, a selection of spirts and non-alcoholic beverages are also included.

    Gold Superior cabins are available which have a little more space and give the option of a 3⁄4 size double bed plus a fold down berth.

The Ghan Routes

              

Adelaide to Alice Springs

2 Days

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The Ghan provides the perfect way to travel between the South Australian city of Adelaide and Alice Springs, heart of the Australian outback.

Day 1 – Adelaide

The Ghan departs Adelaide at noon and after settling into your chosen private cabin, make your way to the Queen Adelaide restaurant for lunch accompanied by your choice of fine wine. As the Ghan rolls north the farmlands of South Australia merge into Mallee scrub and the magnificent Flinders Ranges will fade into the horizon. Enjoy the solitude from the comfort of your cabin or with fellow travellers in the Lounge Car. Dinner this evening is a three course affair enjoyed as darkness falls beyond the window. The menu served focuses on outback gourmet including delights such as a South Australia seafood platter, regional lamb and a cheese board from the Barossa Valley and Limestone Coast.

Day 2 – Alice Springs

Wake with a reviving coffee or juice as you witness a colourful outback sunrise at Marla, in the remote reaches of South Australia. Once back on board brunch is served with your choice of a light bite or something a little more indulgent. Relax as The Ghan makes its way into Alice Springs. This heartland oasis gives you a glimpse into outback living of yesteryear but also the unique lifestyle of today.

  • What's Included?

    1 night accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade

    All meals with selected wine and beverages

  • Timings

    Departs Adelaide Sunday – Year Round

    Arrives Alice Springs Monday – Year Round

    Departs Adelaide Wednesday – June to August

    Arrives Alice Springs Thursday – June to August

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Adelaide to Darwin

3 Days

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This memorable three-day, two-night rail journey takes you through the very heart of the Australian outback.

Day 1 – Adelaide

The Ghan departs Adelaide at noon and after settling into your chosen private cabin, make your way to the Queen Adelaide restaurant for lunch accompanied by your choice of fine wine. As the Ghan rolls north the farmlands of South Australia merge into Mallee scrub and the magnificent Flinders Ranges will fade into the horizon. Enjoy the solitude from the comfort of your cabin or with fellow travellers in the Lounge Car. Dinner this evening is a three-course affair enjoyed as darkness falls beyond the window. The menu served focuses on outback gourmet including delights such as a South Australia seafood platter, regional lamb and a cheese board from the Barossa Valley and Limestone Coast.

Day 2 – Alice Springs

Wake with a reviving coffee or juice as you witness a colourful outback sunrise at Marla, in the remote reaches of South Australia. Once back on board brunch is served with your choice of a light bite or something a little more indulgent. Relax as the Ghan makes its way into Alice Springs. This heartland oasis gives you a glimpse into outback living of yesteryear but also the unique lifestyle of today. Included off-train excursions include a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park, a vivid portrayal of Australia’s desert environment blending the plants, animals and people of the region. 

Here, you’ll join an experienced guide for an exclusive walking tour through the park. An exploration of Alice Springs which includes the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base, the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame or if you want to get up close and personal to the local reptiles then visit the Reptile Centre instead. The group then visits the historical precinct of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, where you’ll learn more of the first European Settlement in Alice Springs and the hugely important role the station played in bridging the isolation and communication gap between Australia’s remotest settlements. Back on board enjoy pre-dinner drinks with your fellow travellers before dinner.

Day 3 – Katherine & Darwin

This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast on board before a day of cultural immersion in Katherine. Off train excursions today include a leisurely cruise amongst the sand stone gorges on the Katherine River or spend time with the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk where you’ll share their culture, learn their ways and try your hand at skills developed over thousands of years. Back on train relax over a late lunch and enjoy your final few hours on board as The Ghan rolls into Darwin.

  • What's Included?

    2 nights of accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade

    All meals with selected wine and beverages

    A choice of off-train excursions, upgrade options are also available

    Shared transfers to Darwin hotels on arrival in Darwin – Gold and Gold Superior Cabins

    Private transfers to Darwin hotels on arrival in Darwin – Platinum Cabins

  • Timings

    Departs Adelaide Sunday – Year Round

    Arrives Darwin Tuesday – Year Round

    Departs Adelaide Wednesday – June to August

    Arrives Darwin Friday – June to August

To enquire call our expert team on 01425 484044 or Enquire
              

Darwin to Alice Springs

2 Days

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Enjoy one of the great train journeys of the world from Darwin to Alice Springs via Katherine. Explore the tropical Top End and ancient Red Centre. Watch the passing scenery change from the lush tropical landscape to the rusty hues of Australia's Red Centre as you travel through the heart of the continent.

Day 1 – Darwin

Board The Ghan in Darwin for the start of an incredible journey, through the magnificent outback landscapes of Australia. Settle in to your private cabin and then make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, where lunch will be served. After lunch the train pulls into Katherine for the first of the included off-train excursions. Take a cruise on the Katherine River or gain an insight into the traditional owners of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), the Jawoyn people, with a tailor-made, cultural experience. Upgraded experiences are also available including scenic helicopter flights. Back on board dinner is served as the sun sets. When you head back to your cabin you’ll find it ready for a restful sleep as The Ghan continues south towards Alice Springs.

Day 2 – Alice Springs

This morning wake and enjoy a hearty breakfast on board before The Ghan rolls into Alice Springs just after 9am.

  • What's Included?

    1 night accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade

    All meals with selected wine and beverages

  • Timings

    Departs Darwin Wednesday – November and February

    Arrives Alice Springs Thursday – November and February

To enquire call our expert team on 01425 484044 or Enquire
              

Darwin to Adelaide – The Ghan Expedition

4 Days

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The Ghan has taken travellers on the ultimate adventure across Australia since 1929. This epic four-day journey sees you travel through some of the most captivating and remote places in Australia, in great style and in comfort.

Day 1 – Darwin

Board The Ghan in Darwin for the start of an incredible journey, through the magnificent outback landscapes of Australia. Settle in to your private cabin and then make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, where lunch will be served. After lunch the train pulls into Katherine for the first of the included off-train excursions. Take a cruise on the Katherine River or gain an insight into the traditional owners of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, the Jawoyn people, with a tailor made, cultural experience. Upgraded experiences are also available including scenic helicopter flights. Back on board dinner is served as the sun sets. When you head back to your cabin you’ll find it ready for a restful sleep as The Ghan continues south towards Alice Springs.

Day 2 – Alice Springs

Wake to a new view outside your window. This heartland oasis gives you a glimpse into outback living of yesteryear but also the unique lifestyle of today. Included off train excursions include a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park, a vivid portrayal of Australia’s desert environment blending the plants, animals and people of the region, here you’ll join an experienced guide for an exclusive walking tour through the park. Also included is an exploration of Alice Springs which includes the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base, the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame or, if you want to get up close and personal to the local reptiles, then visit the Reptile Centre instead.

The group then visits the historical precinct of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, where you’ll learn more of the first European Settlement in Alice Springs and the hugely important role the station played in bridging the isolation and communication gap between Australia’s remotest settlements. Alternatively, upgrade your off train experience with a scenic fixed-wing flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch and spectacular outback views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). This evening you will dine beneath the brilliant canopy of night stars at an authentic outback BBQ; afterwards ponder life and the universe with an informative astronomical talk through the galaxy.

Day 3 – Coober Pedy

After breakfast this morning The Ghan pulls into Manguri, which is quite literally in-the-middle-of-nowhere. From here you will be whisked away to the sun-scorched opal fields of Coober Pedy, where more than half the population live beneath ground. You’ll venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, mine for riches and visit the other-worldly underground Serbian Orthodox church. Lunch is enjoyed beneath the earth’s surface before heading for the lunar-like Breakaways, a striking landscape of flat-topped mesas.

Day 4 – Adelaide

This morning the landscape has changed from rich red of the outback to the gentle green fields of South Australia. The Ghan arrives into Adelaide after breakfast. You could extend your stay in the city or perhaps head to the wine region of the Barossa Valley or the wildlife-rich delights of Kangaroo Island.

  • What's Included?

    3 night’s accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade

    All meals with selected wine and beverages

    A choice of off train excursions, upgrade options are also available

    Shared transfers from Darwin hotels on departure from Darwin – Gold and Gold Superior Cabins

    Shared arrival transfers on arrival in Adelaide – Gold and Gold Superior Cabins

    Private transfers on departure from Darwin – Platinum Cabins

    Private arrival transfers in Adelaide – Platinum Cabins

  • Timings

    Departs Darwin Wednesday – March to October

    Arrives Adelaide Saturday – March to October 

To enquire call our expert team on 01425 484044 or Enquire
              

Alice Springs to Darwin

2 Days

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Enjoy one of the great train journeys of the world travelling 1,559 kilometres over two days and one night from Alice Springs to Adelaide. 

This route was originally travelled by Afghan camel drivers who supplied the interior in the days before the railway. Watch the passing scenery change from the the rusty hues of Australia's Red Centre to the fertile countryside of South Australia as you travel through the heart of the continent.

Day 1 – Alice Springs

The Ghan departs Alice Springs early evening and after settling into your chosen private cabin, make your way to the Queen Adelaide restaurant for dinner accompanied by your choice of fine wine. Afterwards mingle with your fellow travellers in the Lounge Car before retiring for the evening.

Day 2 – Darwin

This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast on board before a day of cultural immersion in Katherine. Off-train excursions today include a leisurely cruise amongst the sand stone gorges on the Katherine River or the chance to spend time with the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) where you’ll share their culture, learn their ways and try your hand at skills developed over thousands of years. Back on the train relax over a late lunch and enjoy your final few hours on board as The Ghan rolls into Darwin.

  • What's Included?

    1 night accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade

    All meals with selected wine and beverages

    Shared arrival transfers to Darwin hotels – Gold and Gold Superior Cabins

    Private arrival transfers to Darwin hotels – Platinum Cabins

  • Timings

    Departs Alice Springs Monday – Year Round

    Arrives Darwin Tuesday – Year Round

    Departs Alice Springs Thursday – June to August

    Arrives Darwin Friday – June to August

To enquire call our expert team on 01425 484044 or Enquire
              

Alice Springs to Adelaide

2 Days

Download Itinerary (PDF)

 Enjoy one of the great train journeys of the world travelling 1,559 kilometres over two days and one night from Alice Springs to Adelaide. 

This route was originally travelled by Afghan camel drivers who supplied the interior in the days before the railway. Watch the passing scenery change from the rusty hues of Australia's Red Centre to the fertile countryside of South Australia as you travel through the heart of the continent.

Day 1 – Alice Springs

The Ghan departs Alice Springs early afternoon and after settling into your chosen private cabin, make your way to the Queen Adelaide restaurant for lunch accompanied by your choice of fine wine. Enjoy the passing scenery and watch as the landscape changes from the stark red desert to the green and gold of pastoral South Australia.

Day 2 – Adelaide

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning as you travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges and through the mid north of South Australia before arriving into Adelaide early afternoon.

  • What's Included?

    1 night accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade

    All meals with selected wine and beverages

    Shared transfers to Adelaide hotels on arrival in Adelaide - Gold and Gold Superior Cabins

    Private transfers on arrival in Adelaide - Platinum Cabins

  • Timings

    Departs Alice Springs Thursday – November and February

    Arrives Adelaide Friday – November and February

To enquire call our expert team on 01425 484044 or Enquire