The Ghan

Trains

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.

TopAccommodation

GOLD SERVICE: The ultimate in style and comfort, choose from single or twin Sleeper Cabins which include complimentary toiletries and bath towels. Gold Service fares are all inclusive of meals and guests enjoy dining in elegance in the Restaurant Car or relaxing and socialising in the Lounge.

Twin & Single Cabins (with bathroom): feature a 3 seat lounge which transforms into upper and lower sleeping berths as well as a compact private ensuite with wash basin, toilet and shower. Each cabins is fully serviced with fresh pillows, sheets and doonas. Cabins also feature small foldaway tables, reading lamps, 3 pin 240 volt power points, wardrobes and a full length mirror.

Single Cabins (share bathroom): enjoy similar features to the Twin Cabins including a wash basin however toilets and showers are situated at the end of the carriages. Complimentary welcome kits, bath towels and toiletries bags are provided to all Gold Service cabins.

Gold Service guests are advised to carry an overnight bag with everything they need on board and check in all other luggage.

TopDepartures

The following timetable is up to 31 March 2017.

Note: The Ghan will not operate 18 December 2016 - 18 January 2017.

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin
Operates - All Year

The Ghan Sun
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Depart Adelaide12.15pm
Mon
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm*
Depart Alice Springs6.00pm
Tues
Arrive Katherine9.00am
Depart Katherine1.00pm
Arrive Darwin5.30pm

* 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
Operates - up to and including 27 July 2016 & 02 November 2016 - 27 March 2017

The Ghan Wed
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Depart Darwin10.00am
Arrive Katherine1.40pm
Depart Katherine6.20pm
Thur
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
Fri
Arrive Adelaide11.30am

Darwin - Alice Springs - via Coober Pedy - Adelaide
Operates - 03 August 2016 - 26 October 2016

The Ghan Wed
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Depart Darwin10.00am
Arrive Katherine1.40pm
Depart Katherine6.20pm
Thur
Arrive Alice Springs10.00am
Depart Alice Springs9.45pm
Fri
Arrive Coober Pedy9.00am
Depart Coober Pedy7.40pm
Sat
Arrive Adelaide12.50pm

The following timetable is from 01 April 2017.

Note: The Ghan will not operate 16 December 2017 - 20 January 2018. All times are subject to change.

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin
Operates - All Year

The Ghan Sun
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Depart Adelaide12.15pm
Mon
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm*
Depart Alice Springs6.15pm
Tues
Arrive Darwin5.30pm

* 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
Operates - April 2017 and November 2017 to March 2018

The Ghan Wed
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Depart Darwin10.00am
Thur
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
Fri
Arrive Adelaide1.00pm

Darwin - Alice Springs - via Coober Pedy - Adelaide
Operates - 03 August 2016 - 26 October 2016

The Ghan Wed
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Depart Darwin10.00am
Afternoon Excursion Katherine
Thur
Full Day Excursion Alice Springs & Surrounds
Fri
Full Day Excursion Coober Pedy
Sat
Arrive Adelaide12.50pm


TopAdditional Information

Children: Children aged between 4 and 15 years are eligible for child fares. Underage children who occupy a seat or berth will also be charged at the child rate.
Conditions: Travel Online will only book the above journeys for full paying adults and children. Discounted pensioner or sector fares are not available.
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.
Payment: Full payment is required 60 days prior to travel. Strict cancellation penalties apply.
Travel Insurance: Great Southern Railway's liability to you is limited, therefore it is recommended that you take out travel insurance prior to departure.
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 60 minutes before departure. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Bags should be secured and carry the owner's name, destination and contact details both inside and out.

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