The Ghan. It's an odd name for a train but in Australian history it is a living legend. For it is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent. A hundred and fifty years ago, the first camels were imported along with their handlers from Afghanistan and, in true Australian style, we soon shortened their name to 'Ghan'. The Ghan train derives its name from these early pioneers and its emblem of an Afghan on a camel is in recognition of their efforts in opening up the harsh interior to the rest of Australia.
Today, you can make this journey with creature comforts our forbearers would never have imagined. Boarding The Ghan in Adelaide for Alice Springs and Darwin, you'll experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. You'll marvel at the spectacular colours of the outback, the spinifex plains and salt pans of the vast interior and the rugged MacDonnell Ranges before travelling on to the tropical splendour of Darwin and the Top End. Alice Springs is the ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Red Centre, such as Palm Valley, Ayers Rock/ Uluru, The Olgas/ Kata Tjuta and King's Canyon.
The extension of The Ghan to Darwin has further enhanced what is already considered one of the world's great train journeys. The 47 hour, 2979km transcontinental journey features off train touring options at Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge at modest extra cost.
Option 1 - Gold Service
Choose from an elegant twin or single sleeper cabin. Gold Service Twin Cabins have a comfortable three seater lounge which converts to upper and lower sleeping berths at night plus a private ensuite bathroom with toilet, wash basin and shower. Cabins are fully serviced by your own carriage attendant with fresh sheets, pillows and doonas. Cabins feature 3 pin 240 volt power points, wardrobes, full length mirror, reading lamps and foldaway table.
Single Cabins have most of the features of the Twin Cabin including a wash basin. The showers and toilet are however, located at the end of each carriage. Complimentary welcome kits, toiletries bags and bath towels are located in all Gold Service cabins.
Gold Service Dining
Dining in Gold Service aboard The Ghan is in the beautifully decorated Restaurant Car. All meals are included in the Gold Service fare. The enjoyment of fine food and wine whilst travelling in a world famous train with panoramic views across a vast, beautiful continent is an unrivalled experience. Sample the superb a la carte menus served by your friendly waiter to your table.
The ever changing menus will often feature native Australian cuisine, cooked to perfection by our own dedicated chefs. Excellent wines and beverages are available for purchase to complement your meal. Vegetarian, children's and some special dietary meals can be accommodated - please request these when you make your booking.
Gold Service Lounge
The spacious Gold Service Bar and Lounge adjoins the sleeper carriages and is often the centre of activity for any journey. The cosy club-like setting is an excellent place to socialise or to sit back and enjoy the passing parade of Australian landscapes. This is the ideal place to gather for a drink before dinner or for a game of cards and a nightcap with new friends.
Option 2 - Red Service
Red Service Daynighter Seat
Travelling on a budget does not have to mean cramping your style. Red Service Daynighter seating is in comfortable two abreast reclining arm chairs upholstered in woollen cloth trim. Features include generous leg room, individual reading lights and video entertainment and you can swivel seats around to face each other for a bit of socialising. Toilet and shower facilities are located at the end of each carriage. Towels and soap are provided for all guests. Daynighter Seat guests can enjoy the facilities of the Red Service Cafe 828 or Matilda Cafe.
Red Service Matilda Cafe
Matilda Cafe offers a bright, cheery atmosphere where affordable, tasty meals and drinks may be purchased. You will be tempted by extensive menus offering a selection of hearty meals, popular snacks and desserts. There are limited seats for dining in, or you can take your meal back to your Red Service Daynighter seat.
Red Service Cafe 828
A licensed cafe offering a great range of drinks, meals, snacks and aromatic coffee. You can even order an a-la-carte meal, snack or drink from your own Red Service Daynighter seat.
Gold Service: is ideal for guests seeking a great train adventure with style and comfort. Guests choose from twin or single sleeper cabins. Complimentary toiletries and bath towels are provided in all Gold Sleeper Cabins.
Guests dine in an elegant Restaurant Car. All meals are included in the Gold Service fare. Relax in the Lounge or socialise with new found friends. Travelling in a world famous train with views across the vast Australian outback is a marvellous experience.
Red Service: Quality travel on a budget the Daynighter Seats and affordable light meals, snacks and drinks from the cafes onboard.
Travel from 1 April 2014
Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin
|The Ghan||Sun||Wed MAY-AUG|
|Arrive Alice Springs||1.45pm*||1.45pm*|
|Depart Alice Springs||6.00pm||6.00pm|
* Arrives 1 hour earlier during daylight savings time. All times are local times and may be subject to change without notice.
Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide
|The Ghan||Wed||Sat MAY-AUG|
|Arrive Alice Springs||9.10am||10.45am|
|Depart Alice Springs||12.45pm||2.45pm|
The Ghan will depart once per fortnight during December 2014 and January 2015.
Children: Child fares are available to children aged 4 - 15 years inclusive or where a child occupies a seat or berth.
Conditions: Travel Online will only book the above journeys for full paying adults and children. Passengers requiring discounted pensioner fares or sector fares other than those stated above will need to contact Great Southern Railways directly.
Motor Vehicles:Travel Online does not provide quotes for vehicle transport. Passengers taking a vehicle will need to contact Great Southern Railway directly for fares and availability.
Ticketing and payment: All bookings must be paid and ticketed 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made within 45 days of travel payment and ticketing must be made within 24 hours. Bookings for less than $200 per person must be paid at the time of booking. Red Service Standard and Gold Service Standard fares require full payment within 7 days of travel. Standard fares for travel 7 days or less from the date of booking full payment is required at the time of booking. Platnium Service Standard fares require 50% of payment within 7 days of travel and the balance 60 days prior to travel. Rail Saver and other special fares require full payment within 7 days of booking.
Travel Insurance: because Great Southern Railway's liability to you is limited, you should obtain travel insurance before boarding Great Southern Railway's trains.
Luggage: Checked-in luggage permits a maximum of 46 kg per person (2 items not exceeding 23 kg and 180 linear centimetres). Checked-in luggage may not be accessed during travel. One item of Cabin luggage is permitted per person but must not exceed 25 kg and be no larger than 50cm(L) x 30cm(H) x 30cm(W). Checked-in luggage should be checked in up to 30 minutes before departure. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Cardboard, plastic or wooden boxes, garbage bags or tea chests will not be accepted as baggage. Bags should be secured and carry the owner's name, destination and contact phone number both inside and outside the bag. Explosive, combustible and inflammable materials are prohibited. Items such as foodstuffs, plants, animals and furniture cannot be accepted as personal luggage.