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The Ghan


     
A truly spectacular way to discover Australia with Great Southern Rail. Travel North to South from Adelaide to Darwin on board The Ghan, one of Australias most iconic trains. Great Southern Rail certainly provides a diverse travel experience. Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. Regarded as one of the worlds greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

Choose from Gold or Platinum Service, both all inclusive, with on-board dining, selection of premium beverages, and a range of complimentary off train excursions such as magical sunset experiences, plus additional choices like a scenic flight over Uluru.
 
Gold Service - Evokes all the romance and charm of a bygone era, whilst including all you would expect from a contemporary travel service. Facilities include: 

C
ompact Sleeper Accommodation
Queen Adelaide Restaurant Dining included with freshly prepared meals and waiter service
Outback Explorer Lounge to relax with complimentary refreshments and board games
Cabin Steward Service
In-Cabin Music and dedicated journey commentary available from your cabin sound system
Complimentary toiletries and onboard magazine
Complimentary beverages available in the Outback Explorer Lounge

Platinum Service - Offers a luxury level of train travel. Cabins are roughly twice the size of Gold Service cabins and feature additional extras including:
Deluxe Accommodation with a choice of Double or Twin beds and spacious en suite with full size shower
Optional in-cabin continental or breakfast in the Platinum Club Car
Welcome drink in your cabin upon arrival
Complimentary nightcap and turndown service each night  
Cabins features an additional interior window with views on both sides of the train
Complimentary beverages in the Platinum Club Lounge

 

Twin Sleepers feature comfortable lounge area which converts into upper and lower berths. Towel and toiletries are also provided. There is hanging space, bedside lights, mirror, luggage space and compact en suite facilities.

Superior Cabins With only one on each journey, early booking is essential! Ideal for guests seeking extra luxury. Twice the size of a Twin Sleeper and features a small double bed, an additional fold-down bed, lounge area with a table and armchairs, a well stocked bar fridge with complimentary refreshments, private DVD player, with selection of titles, optional complimentary in-cabin breakfast.

 

 
Itinerary 1: Adelaide to Darwin (or vice versa)
Two nights and three days via Alice Springs and Katherine, one way, 2,979km. Coast to coast, through the fiery red centre, experience Australia at its dramatic best. Setting off from Adelaide, you will travel coast to coast through the fiery red centre, experiencing Australia at its dramatic best.

Day 1: Depart Adelaide
Step aboard the legendary Ghan and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin.
Once you have settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Platinum or Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea.
 
Day 2: Red Centre
Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA. For those travelling Southbound, you will be treated to an amazing showcase of outback stars in Manguri, a remote town around 40kms from Coober Pedy.

Back on board, it is time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you will be arriving in iconic Alice Springs. Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges as part of an additional upgrade. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range's unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land. Back on the train there is time to talk through the days discoveries with newfound friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge before freshening up for dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Tonight, try the Roasted kangaroo fillet with crocodile boudin blanc, potato puree and quandong jus. Crocodile has long been a Northern Territory bushfood staple. The crocodile boudin blanc (white sausage) featured on the menu has been created in collaboration with award-winning smallgoods purveyor, Barossa Fine Foods.

Day 3 - Katherine to Darwin
Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory you will enjoy another full breakfast before leaving the train for a day of cultural delights. Endless options await in Katherine. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River gazing in wonder at 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 the skills developed over thousands of years. Activities include basket weaving; spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo.

You can choose to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks where aside from magnificent views, you may witness Bolung, the rainbow serpent who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge. A late lunch awaits back on board, possibly the Grilled goldband snapper fillet, steamed asparagus spears, with orange, cranberry, parsley and papitas cous cous with a saffron aioli. Then relax and savour the last few hours of this epic journey. Roll into Darwin at 5.30pm then ease back into 'life on the land' exploring the harbour, the bars and restaurants of this laid back Top End city.

Gold Service from £1,198 per person
Platinum Service from £1,781 per person

 

Itinerary 2: Adelaide to Alice Springs (or vice versa)
One night and two days, one way, 1,559km or 969 miles. Roll from the deep green pastures of the South into rich red outback splendour. Departs year round.


Day 1: Depart Adelaide

Step aboard the legendary Ghan at noon and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin. Once you've settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Platinum or Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin. Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea. For those with a little steam left in the engine, make new friends in the Lounge or if all that mouthwatering food and sightseeing has taken it out of you, head back to your cabin for a good nights sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise.
 
 
Day 2: Alice Springs
Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA. For those travelling Southbound, you will be treated to an amazing showcase of outback stars in Manguri, a remote town around 40kms from Coober Pedy.
Back on board, it is time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you are in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you'll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs. Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300-million-year old mountain ranges unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

Gold Service from £654 per person
Platinum Service from £1,227 per person

 

Itinerary 3: Darwin to Alice Springs (or Vice Versa)

Day 1: Depart Darwin to Katherine
Step aboard the legendary Ghan mid morning and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin. Once you have settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Platinum or Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin. Watch the striking top-end landscapes roll by, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car.  At 1.40pm you arrive into to Katherine where endless options await. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River as you gaze in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs, the backdrop of Australias dreamtime. Experience Katherine Outback Experience which provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances. The Stock Yards is where the action takes place. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse, watch 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. There is even time to 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 choose to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks where aside from some magnificent views, you may even witness Bolung, the rainbow serpent who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge. Back on train you will be ready for an early dinner.

Day 2: Alice Springs
Enjoy breakfast before arriving in Alice Springs at around 9.00am. Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear and the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain ranges unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across the incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.
 
Gold Service from £654 per person
Platinum Service from £1,227 per person

Prices are for train only. We can add international flights to suit.
 
The TravelLab team are experts in tailor making holiday itineraries throughout Australia. Clare and Debbie have both lived and worked in Australia and Michaela is a Platinum Aussie Specialist. Please call us on 01928 246 243 and find out how we can help you create your personal Australia holiday itinerary.