The Ghan makes for a luxury outback experience
Great train journeys have always possessed a romantic attraction, but when you marry that with the mystical allure of Australia’s red heart it becomes a truly extraordinary experience. This captivating combination is ready to be discovered by travellers on The Ghan.
Slicing through the heart of the nation from Adelaide to Darwin, The Ghan provides a unique opportunity to absorb the majesty of the great Australian outback. The sheer scale of the journey stirs the imagination as The Ghan relentlessly ploughs through the remote expanse, while you witness its timeless beauty.
A transforming experience
The journey from top to bottom takes three days and two nights, giving you ample time to become immersed in the grandeur of the endless ochre and red landscape. Whether it’s the sweeping beauty of the Adelaide Plains, the splendour of the Flinders Ranges or theglorious desert sunsets of the centre, the scenery offers a mesmerising vista. At the same time you have all the comforts of a world class train, with gourmet food and wine, personalised service and cosy, private accommodation on board. The gold and platinum service offers that little bit of extra luxury that is well worth the extra cost.
Encounter uniquely Australian attractions
For those who feel adventurous, you can break your journey at Alice Springs and enjoy a few days exploring Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon at your leisure, then return to pick up the train journey when it suits.
Alternately, you can take shorter packaged off-train excursions within the one journey. These are available at Alice Springs and Katherine, so that you can sample the local aboriginal culture, colonial history and scenic wonders. Options include a desert park tour, cultural experience tours, a cruise on the Katherine River at Nitmiluk gorge, or if you are feeling more adventurous you can take the thrill of a camel trail ride or helicopter tour.
The Ghan is grand Australian touring at its very best.
Adelaide to Darwin or v.v. Two nights and three days via Alice Springs and Katherine, One way 2,979km.
Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar all have daily flights to and from Darwin.
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