Create the foundation of your next adventure with a unique journey, travelling in the direction of your choice on the legendary Ghan. No matter how you choose to travel on the Ghan, rest assured, it’s all class. And no matter what level of service your travel budget permits, you’ll never forget the brilliant service, warm hospitality and the experience of travelling on one of the world’s most iconic transcontinental journeys.
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The Ghan Journey
Over 2979 unforgettable kilometres between Adelaide and Darwin, The Ghan glides through one of the most remote, beautiful and fascinating landscapes in the world, giving you access in deluxe comfort, to parts of Australia that no other holiday can offer.
You will follow the path of ancient indigenous tribes, camel convoys and the bravest of inland explorers. And what captivated them will undoubtedly also fascinate you - for this 150 million year old landscape, time has not diminished its incredible beauty.
The Ghan’s journey takes three unforgettable days and two nights while the brand new Ghan Expedition gives you more time to enjoy Australia – four days and three nights, conveniently travelling overnight so you experience more first hand discoveries.
The Ghan Service
The Ghan’s journey takes in many destinations and diverse landscapes. On the journey from Adelaide to Darwin for instance, you’ll glide through the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia that merge into rugged mallee scrub. Next you’ll have plenty of time to contemplate the spectacular views, colours and geological formations of the Flinders Ranges. Then comes the fiery and remote red centre of Australia with a stop at Marla.
In Alice Springs you can take in local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. Additional upgrade experiences include a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges or a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land.
Katherine beckons next, where you’ll leisurely cruise the Katherine River Gorge with its towering sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive cultural experience. Spend the day with the Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning their ways and trying some of their skills developed over thousands of years like basket weaving, spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo.
Your journey ends in Darwin where this famous Top End town welcomes you for further adventures if you wish. So ask our friendly consultants for more information.
The Ghan Expedition Service
The exciting new Ghan Expedition gives you more days and nights, more stops and more time to experience more of Australia up close and personal. From Darwin to Adelaide, operating from August to October, The Ghan Expedition is an epic four day, three night journey.
Day one is Darwin to Katherine where you’ll experience your first included Off Train Excursion at the magnificent and spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. The Katherine Outback Experience follows, giving you an unique insight into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station.
Watch in amazement the art of horse-breaking, the Riverboyne Dog Team working cattle, goats or ducks in harmony, before interacting with Bernie the Buffalo, Tin Shaker the Brahman Steer and Legend the Trick Horse.
Then sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse. You can also ramp up your adventures with upgrade excursions like helicopter flights over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. Finally, it’s back on board for dinner before you fall asleep in awe of today’s wonders.
In the morning, an outback sunrise - one of the most spectacular you'll ever see - sets the tone for the full day ahead in the famous outback town Alice Springs.
You have ample time to visit the town landmarks, discover Australia's incredible flora and fauna or choose to upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Come the evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback Pioneer Dinner.
Day three and The Ghan pulls into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri, where you’ll be whisked you away to the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy.
Here more than half of the residents live underground, so we explore the tunnels and caves and have the chance to mine for Opals. Visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.
Lunch is below the earth's surface before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.
Tonight you’ll enjoy your final evening onboard The Ghan and overnight the train glides through the outback bound for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia, before it rolls into Adelaide. Here you’ll have the chance to extend your holiday with many adventures including the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island. Just ask our friendly consultants for more information.
Off Train Experiences
When The Ghan stops along its epic route, the adventures begin. And the best news is, they’re included in the fare for Platinum and Gold Service guests.
Off Train Excursions are designed to fit in with the train’s schedule to give you many different opportunities to explore and discover.
You can choose from these options or alternatively opt for an upgrade excursion like scenic fixed wing or helicopter flights and camel treks.
Explore Alice Springs
Choose from 3 great excursions and 3 upgrades to learn about the magnificent landscapes and inspiring characters who established a town called Alice.
All inclusive excursions:
- Alice Springs Desert Park
- Alice Explorer
- Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk
- Pyndan Camel Tracks
- Spirit of Mount Gillen helicopter flight
- Alice Springs and surrounds fixed wing scenic flight
Discover the remote wide land and the special breed of people who live here. Nitmiluk National Park is home to the spectacular Katherine Gorge.
All inclusive excursions:
- Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
- Nitmiluk First Gorge rock art cruise
- Katherine Outback Experience
- Nitmiluk Gorge helicopter flight
- Twin parks fixed wing scenic fight
Luxury – it's not just an option – it’s essential and all-inclusive
Travelling Platinum or Gold Service on The Ghan the luxury facilities and warm hospitality is all inclusive, so you’ll never have to put your hand in your pocket. Everything is included from gourmet meals to your drinks and snacks and Off Train Excursions.
Platinum Service is the ultimate all-inclusive indulgence, that elevates this world class journey to well beyond expectations. It’s luxury all the way including deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Club and Outback Explorer Lounge.
Your ultra spacious Platinum cabins (almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin) features a deluxe private lounge with a table and two ottomans. At night, your cabin ingeniously converts into a comfortable bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds. Your ensuite with shower and toilet is packed with features including complimentary premium Australian toiletries.
When you’re ready to indulge in a true culinary expedition, the Platinum Club offers exquisite regionally-inspired cuisine featuring the finest ingredients and the deft touch of our creative chefs. You’ll enjoy three magnificent 5 course meals a day: full or continental breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and a la carte dinners, with a selection of fine Australian wines, or other beverages to accompany all meals.
Why Choose Platinum?
- Full-size en suite equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary Australian bathroom amenities
- Lockable door, power outlets and in-cabin safe
- In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
- Picture windows offering views from both sides of the train
- Choose to travel with Platinum Service Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 60km of the terminal
- Freshly prepared continental in-cabin breakfasts served upon request
- Refreshments served in-cabin
- 90kg luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30kg each).
With room to stretch out and all the luxury comforts, Gold Service is The Ghan’s most popular service where the Outback Explorer Lounge and the Queen Adelaide Restaurant become your playgrounds on wheels. Share travel tales and make new friends in the Lounge and then enjoy all-inclusive dining complete with Australian wines, beers and beverages in the Restaurant next door.
Then when you’re ready for some quiet time, retreat to your comfortable private sleeper cabin with ensuite. In Gold Twin the three-seater day lounge converts to upper and lower berths for a comfortable night’s sleep. While in Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities are located at the end of the carriage.
Food and Beverages
Your journey aboard The Ghan will ignite all five senses and when it comes to your taste buds, rest assured, they’ll be having the time of their lives as well.
Dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is a feast of culinary delights. The talented, passionate chefs and their team give new meaning to regionally-inspired cuisine, taking it to a whole new level by presenting dishes that feature the flavours found in the regions that you pass through as you dine.
The Ghan’s culinary team works very closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best quality local ingredients.
Their menus change every day and feature dishes from much loved classics to innovative dishes that celebrate the taste of Australia.
To complement your meal, premium Australian wines, beers, base spirits and soft drinks are served. Time to sit back and loosen your belt.
History of The Ghan
The legendary Ghan’s first ever journey departed from Adelaide Railway Station on August 4, 1929 with 100 passengers onboard. They were bound for the remote town of Stuart, later renamed Alice Springs. Two days later, the train’s whistle pierced the eerie silence of the MacDonnell Ranges that surround Alice Springs.
The Ghan was used to transport servicemen throughout World War II with as many as 247 trains running per week during 1944. It also played an important part in opening up the remote Central Australia by transporting crucial supplies for mining, transport and agriculture.
Then in 2001, 90 years after the promise of transcontinental rail linking Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin, work began on the 1420km gap between Alice and Darwin. The first Ghan departed Adelaide on February 1, 2004 with 43 carriages measuring over 1 kilometre long, bound for Darwin.
What’s in a name?
Camels were first brought to South Australia in 1839 to carry explorers on their dangerous treks through Australia’s heartland. These desert creatures were ideally suited to working in dry environments with heavy loads. Along with the camels came their handlers, mainly from what is now Pakistan. But according to outback lore, these men were believed to have come from a mysterious outpost of Afghanistan, and were called Afghans, or ‘Ghans. Legend has it that somewhere along the track on the inaugural journey in 1929, the train was named The Ghan after those intrepid cameleers.