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THE GHAN OFFERS
Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
- Discount off the published prices of any journey;
- Early Bird Offers from bookings made between 15 July - 31 October 2019 on these journeys. Gold Service Twin and Single Cabins, excludes Platinum
The Ghan June 2020 – March 2021 / The Ghan Expedition June – October 2020; Conditions apply.
- Special fares. Book at least 6 months in advance.
- Complimentary Transfers. For Platinum Service - all journeys. For Gold Service - arriving and departing from Darwin/arriving into Adelaide. More details in General Information below.
- Special Offers. These are last minute from the train so please check with us when requesting your dates.
Fay says, "The Ghan - what a way to travel across Australia, from the fertile country around Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Centre and then to the tropical splendour of the Top End. The ultimate train journey through the heart of the Australian continent".
About The Ghan
The Ghan is named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. It began in 1929, thus 2019 marks the 100 year anniversary. It is 1.1km long and is the longest passenger train in the world.
The modern suites with their wooden surroundings contrast to the fantastic retro-Edwardian décor of the dining car, all complete with panoramic windows for perfect observation.
Accommodation on The Ghan
Each Platinum Each cabin has a double bed, a spacious en suite bathroom and full room service; they have all the modern comforts in a classic style, with a distinctly Australian character. By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two armchairs.
All-inclusive dining, beverages, Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences; Spacious Double or Twin cabin (almost twice the size of Gold Twin); private en suite with separate shower, basin with cupboard space, toilet and Australian bathroom amenities; Power outlets and in-cabin safe; In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary; Panoramic windows with views on both sides; Platinum Club access for dining and socialising; Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin; Refreshments served in-cabin; Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 60 km of the terminal; 90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).
Each Gold Service carriage either has 9 Gold Twin cabins for up to 18 guests or 16 Gold Single cabins. Gold Twin cabins are available for single use subject to a supplement.
Included All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant; off-train excursions and outback experiences; Outback Explorer Lounge access; Australian wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages; in-cabin safe; in-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary; complimentary Australian bathroom amenities; complimentary shuttle bus transfers available between Darwin Terminal and the city centre; 60 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (2 x 30 kg each).
During the day, the compact Gold Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three-seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Steward service from the hospitality attendant includes fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows and complimentary toiletries.
Gold Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private compact en suite facilities with toilet, wash basin and shower. Gold Twin cabins are available for single use subject to a supplement.
Gold Single Berth Sleeper Cabins feature a comfortable lounge chair and foot rest by day and a single level sleeping berth by night.
Gold Single compact sleeper cabins have a wash basin with showers and toilets being located at either end of the Gold Service carriage.
There is a limited number of Gold Superior Double Bed (with third upper bunk) cabins on each departure. These sell out rapidly.
Gold Superior cabins have a ¾-size double bed plus an additional fold down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, power outlets, mini-bar and en suite.
Club Members get discount and the guarantee of any special offer valid at time of booking. Contact us to book or for more information.
The Dining Car
Guests dine in the Ghan's beautifully decorated Queen Adelaide Restaurant Cars. There is a Platinum Restaurant / Lounge Car for Platinum guests.
The frequently-changing menus feature a blend of Australian and International cuisine, cooked by on-board chefs. Vegetarian, children's and some special dietary meals can be accommodated - please request these when booking. All wines and beverages are included.
The welcoming Outback Explorer Lounge has a friendly atmosphere and is often the centre of activity on the journey, with its panoramic windows enabling passengers to see the passing scenery. Socialise with other passengers or quietly relax and read.
Route & Map
Luxury Train Packages Australia
The Ghan is included in a range of luxury train packages.
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Itineraries of The Ghan 2019/2020/2021
The Ghan Expedition
A unique and epic experience, explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide. Pre- or post-Ghan journeys - The Great Southern, linking Adelaide and Brisbane, from December 2019 for special maiden voyage period.
Day 1: Darwin and Katherine. Your journey begins with a leisurely, mid-morning departure from Darwin. Once you’re comfortably settled into your cabin, enjoy gorgeous views of the lush, green, tropical north and make your way to the restaurant for a five-star lunch accompanied by a selection of fine wines. Following an early afternoon arrival at the famous Top End township of Katherine, choose between a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders or experience a glimpse into the lives of those who call the outback home, with a fascinating day of discovery on a huge cattle station. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback, then back in your cabin you’ll find your bed turned down.
Day 2: Alice Springs. After your first night on The Ghan, you’ll be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, returning in time for a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Returning to the train, the lounges are open until late so travellers can quietly relax before retiring
Day 3: Manguri and Coober Pedy. Breakfast is served as you arrive into Manguri, to disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach for a full day of touring in and around the unique underground opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Enjoy a day of discovery along with a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations - underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as the journey continues.
Day 4: Adelaide. From your cabin window this morning you’ll see a dramatic change in landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Australia. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare for your mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great travel experiences.
Dates and Prices 2019/2020
The calendar has every date listed. The Ghan does not operate mid December to mid January
GHAN EXPEDITION: Wednesday departures April/May/September/October depart Darwin 10:00hrs/arrive Adelaide 13:00hrs. Saturday June to August depart Darwin 09:00hrs/arrive Adelaide 11:35hrs
Shoulder Season 2020: 4-25 March
High Season 2020: 6 May-30 August
Shoulder Season 2020: 1-30 April. 2 September-29 October
Adelaide to Darwin, or Darwin to Adelaide
For three days and two nights, The Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin on one of the most fascinating luxury train journeys of the world. Darwin to Adelaide is much the same journey in reverse.
Pre- or post-Ghan journeys - The Great Southern, linking Adelaide and Brisbane, from December 2019 for special maiden voyage period.
Day 1. Adelaide – Alice Springs. What a way to travel from Adelaide into wine country, desert and scrubs. The comfort of the train allows one the luxury to gaze at the panorama whilst enjoying a delicious lunch. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon. Wander to the lounge car for afternoon tea whilst passing rustic railway towns and vast tracts of Aboriginal land, where communities have maintained their connection with the land for thousands of years. As darkness descends, partake of dinner.
Day 2. Alice Springs – Katherine. Before arriving in Alice Springs, wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla. Back onboard, brunch is served. Explore Alice Springs on one of the many whistle stop tours. Included options in Alice Springs are a Simpson’s Gap walk, a guided coach tour of Alice Springs or a guided walk around the Alice Springs Desert Park. Visit a working camel farm or see the region's birds and wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park.
Optional extra: Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight. Take a helicopter flight up and over Alice Springs to experience amazing views of Simpson's Gap, one of the most prominent water holes in the region, along with Mt. Gillen Ridgeline and the Larapinta Trail. Fare: AUD$145.00 per person payable on board. Please note weight restrictions of 130kgs per person do apply. If you choose this excursion, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Excursions.
Day 3. Katherine to Darwin. In the morning we pass through gold-mining town of Tennant Creek and into the historic pioneering township of Katherine. After breakfast we go on one of the many half-day tours. One can cruise down Katherine Gorge past magnificent sandstone cliffs or fly over its interconnecting gorges on a helicopter. As we depart Katherine we pass through the old gold mining town of Pine Creek and Adelaide River, once a World War II military headquarters when the Japanese were bombing Darwin. The options in Katherine are a guided cruise on Nitmiluk Gorge or a Katherine Outback Experience (April-Oct only). A late lunch is served. By late afternoon we arrive in tropical Darwin, where the journey ends.
Dates and Prices 2019/2020/2021
THE GHAN ADELAIDE: Sunday all year depart Adelaide 12:15hrs/arrive Darwin 17:30hrs. Wednesday June-August depart Adelaide 12:10hrs/arrive Darwin 19:50hrs
THE GHAN DARWIN: Wednesday departures. Depart Darwin 10:00hrs/arrive Adelaide 13:00hrs
Shoulder Season 2019/2020:
Adelaide to Darwin: 2019: 1 September-24 November. 2020: 2 February-29 March
Darwin to Adelaide: 2019: 30 October-27 November. 2020: 5-26 February
Adelaide to Darwin: 3 May-31 August
Adelaide to Darwin: 2020: 5-27 April. 6 September-16 November. 2021: 31 January-29 March
Darwin to Adelaide: 2020: 4-26 November. 2021: 3 February-28 April
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