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.
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.
Prices for GOLD SUPERIOR & PLATINUM SERVICE cabins are available on request. Please ask your consultant 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. Our 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 - includes: private cabin, all meals and all standard alcoholic and nonalcoholic 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.
Note: The Ghan will not operate 16 December 2018 - 12 February 2019 and December 2019 - January 2020. All times are subject to change.
|Morning Outback Experience Marla|
|Arrive Alice Springs||1.45pm*|
|Afternoon Excursion Alice Springs|
|Depart Alice Springs||6.15pm|
|Morning Excursion Katherine|
* Arrives 1 hour earlier during daylight savings time. All times are local times and may be subject to change without notice.
Operates - 31 October 2018 to 28 February 2019 and November 2019 to February 2020
|Afternoon Excursion Katherine|
|Arrive Alice Springs||9.10am|
|Morning Excursion Alice Springs|
|Depart Alice Springs||12.45pm|
|Evening Outback Experience Manguri|
Operates - 04 April 2018 - 24 October 2018, 06 - 27 March 2019 and October 2019 - March 2020
|Afternoon Excursion Katherine|
|Full Day Excursion Alice Springs & Surrounds|
|Optional Upgrade Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight Tour - additional charges apply. Please ask your consultant for a price.|
|Full Day Excursion Coober Pedy|
Note: The Ghan will not operate 16 December 2018 - 12 February 2019. Additional journey departures will operate June-August 2019 (Adelaide to Darwin departing Wednesdays and Darwin to Adelaide (The Ghan Expedition) departing Saturdays). All times are subject to change.
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 onboard 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 unforseen 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.
ADELAIDE TO DARWIN
Alice Springs Desert Park - Join your experienced guide for an exclusive guided walking tour to unravel ancient cultural stories, the science behind the region’s breath-taking landscapes, mysterious animal life and geological marvels.Your exclusive guided; OR
Alice Explorer - The Alice Springs Telegraph Station and visit two of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base; The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame; Australian Outback visit the Reptile Centre; OR
Simpson Gap Discovery Walk - A magical location where important elements of flora, fauna and Indigenous culture all come together, the Simpsons Gap area incorporates large stands of Mulga and is a major stronghold for over 40 rare and relict plants.
Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise - Cruise down Katherine River as the large rock formations of the Gorge tower over the calm water. Nitmiluk is home to the Indigenous Jawoyn people and many of their stories centre around the Gorge; OR
Nitmiluk First Gorge Art Cruise - As a more relaxed cruise experience, your guide will share some of the ancient secrets of the region as you gently cruise down the First Gorge, witnessing the awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs and sheer drops that reach amazing heights. Listen to Dreamtime stories about the creation and significance the Gorge played in the lives of its traditional owners, the Jawoyn people; OR
Katherine Outback Experience - Katherine Outback Experience 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.
DARWIN TO ADELAIDE - November 2018 - February 2019 and November 2019 - February 2020
As per Adelaide to Darwin in reverse.
DARWIN TO ADELAIDE - April - October 2018, March - October 2019 and March 2020
As per Adelaide to Darwin in reverse with all off train excursion in Alice springs incorporating a BBQ Dinner under the stars.
Alice to Off Road & Outback BBQ Dinner - This is an Off Road mountain bike adventure visiting the Old Telegraph Station, along the Todd River and many other picturesque locations for ample photo opportunities. Return to The Ghan to freshen up prior to dinner.Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.
Optional Upgrade Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight Tour - additional charges apply. Upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.There really is no better way to comprehend the vastness of the Northern Territory.Please ask your consultant for a price.
Explore Coober Pedy - Coober Pedy is an ‘underground’ town where you could arrive with just the shirt on your back and leave a millionaire. Tour the town and hear about its history. See the Serbian Orthodox Church, Umooma Opal Mine & Museum and the grassless golf course; OR
Opal Experience - Discover the beauty and history of Australia’s national gemstone at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, one of Coober Pedy’s original attractions and the Opal capital of the world; OR
Discover the Majestic Breakaways - Discover the incredible diversity of Coober Pedy’s spectacular Breakaways on this guided walking tour. The Breakaways Reserve got its name from the colourful low hills that appear from a distance as if they are ‘broken away’ from the higher ground of the reserve.
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 Great Southern Railway directly for fares and availability.
Payment: Advance Purchase Fares - Full payment is required at time of confirmation. Everyday Saver and Standard Fares a $250 per person per sector deposit is required at time of confirmation (i.e. Adelaide to Alice Springs = 1 sector / Alice Springs to Darwin = 1 sector). Final payment is required 60 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. Great Southern Railways may require you to complete a health questionaire.
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 2 x 30 kg bags 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). Luggage must be checked in at the station 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.