The Ghan

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 forebears 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, Uluru / Ayers Rock, 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.

Accommodation

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 cabin 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 toiletry 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.

Prices for GOLD SUPERIOR & PLATINUM SERVICE cabins are available on request. Please ask us for assistance.

GOLD SUPERIOR SERVICE: is ideal for guests seeking additional space and comfort. The Gold Service Superior Cabin features a ¾ size double bed and additional fold down upper berth. It has its own lounge area with DVD player, table, arm chairs and well stocked bar fridge for complimentary refreshments. Advance bookings are necessary. Please note, there are usually only two Gold Service Superior Cabins per train departure.

PLATINUM SERVICE: offers an elevated level of comfort to your onboard experience. Enjoy the spacious private cabins complete with plush, high quality fittings and en suite; elegant dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Carriage; along with flourishes of service, attention and indulgence that turn a holiday into a life-enhancing experience. The Platinum Service typifies the hospitality and attention have made Australia's Great Train Journeys world famous. Platium Service is an all inclusive fare which includes private cabin, all meals and all standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences as well as private transfers to and from the station. In cabin dining menu is at an additional cost.

Itinerary Options

Off Train Excursion - Enjoy extended touring options at key destinations along the rail route. Guests will have the opportunity to choose only one option out of the multiple Off-Train Excursions listed. The hospitality staff aboard The Ghan will assist with booking your preferred tour option. Off Train Excursions are subject to change without notice and limited numbers may apply for the tour to operate. All arrangements are subject to cancellation or modification due to inclement weather, late running of train or other unforeseen circumstances. Refunds will not be given for cancelled or modified excursions. See below for more information.
Outback Experience - Step off the train to immerse yourself in some of Australia's most remote Outback settings.

OFF TRAIN EXCURSIONS

ADELAIDE TO DARWIN

Alice Springs - Choose from Alice Springs Desert Park or Simpson Gap Discovery Walk. Note for guests departing The Ghan in Alice Springs, additional costs apply for Alice Springs off train excursions.

Alice Springs Optional Upgrades - Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight or Pyndan Camel Tracks or Alice Springs & Surrounds Fixed Wing Scenic Flight. Additional costs apply.

Katherine - Choose from Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise or Nitmiluk First Gorge Art Cruise or Katherine Outback Experience.

Katherine Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight. Additional costs apply.

DARWIN TO ADELAIDE

Katherine - Choose from Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise or Nitmiluk First Gorge Art Cruise or Katherine Outback Experience.

Katherine Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight. Additional costs apply.

Alice Springs - Choose from Alice Springs Desert Park or Simpson Gap Discovery Walk or Alice Explorer. Note for guests departing The Ghan in Alice Springs, additional costs apply for Alice Springs off train excursions.

Alice Springs Optional Upgrades - Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight or Pyndan Camel Tracks or Alice Springs & Surrounds Fixed Wing Scenic Flight. Additional costs apply.

Departures

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin


Operates - April - November 2021 and February, March, September, October & November 2022
Below days and times are subject to change without notice

The GhanSun
Depart Adelaide12.15pm
 Mon
Morning Outback Experience Marla 
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm
Afternoon Excursion Alice Springs 
Depart Alice Springs6.15pm
 Tues
Morning Excursion Katherine 
Arrive Darwin5.30pm

Operates - April - August 2022
Below days and times are subject to change without notice

The GhanWed
Depart Adelaide12.10pm
 Thurs
Morning Outback Experience Marla 
Arrive Alice Springs2.45pm
Afternoon Excursion Alice Springs 
Depart Alice Springs6.15pm
 Fri
Morning Excursion Katherine 
Arrive Darwin7.50pm

Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide


Operates - April & November 2021 and February, March, April & November 2022
Below days and times are subject to change without notice

The GhanWed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Afternoon Excursion Katherine 
 Thur
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Morning Excursion Alice Springs 
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
Evening Outback Experience Manguri 
 Fri
Arrive Adelaide1.00pm

Note: The Ghan does not operate December - January.

Additional Info

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. Please ask your consultant for a quote.
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 Journey Beyond Rail directly for fares and availability.
Payment: Advance Purchase Fares - Full payment is required at time of confirmation. Everyday, Everyday Saver and Standard Fares require a deposit at time of confirmation. Final payment is required 90 days prior to travel. Strict cancellation / amendment policy applies to all fares.
Fitness for Travel: You must be medically and physically fit for travel. Please inform your consultant at time of booking if you have any medical or physical condition that will or may require medical attention, medication or special treatment during your rail holiday. Journey Beyond Rail may require you to complete a health questionnaire.
Travel insurance: Journey Beyond Rail'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 2 x 30kg bags per person (2 items not exceeding 23kg 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 25kg and be no larger than 50cm(L) x 30cm(H) x 30cm(W). Luggage check-in opens 2.5 hours prior to departure and closes 60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Guests should only take required hand luggage on board. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Bags should be secured and display the owner's name, destination and contact details both inside and out.
Note: Images are for illustration purposes only. Different itineraries and direction of travel may affect the landscapes and attractions included. Please see itinerary options for more information.

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