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The Ghan Australia

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THE GHAN OFFERS

Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:

- Discount off the published prices of any journey;

- Special fares. Book at least 6 months in advance. Also ask at time of inquiry if there are any other offers.

- 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.



Unofficial video by Tips for Travellers.

Accommodation on The Ghan

Plans of the Platinum Service on Australia's luxury rail service from the Luxury Train Club

Platinum Cabin

The Ghan from Luxury Train Club -  Platinum Cabin Accommodation

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.

The Ghan from Luxury Train Club - Platinum Cabin Accommodation

Each Platinum cabin has a double or twin bed, spacious en suite bathroom and full room service with all the modern comforts in a classic style, with a distinctly Australian character. The interior is finished in polished Tasmanian Myrtle. By day it is a private lounge with a movable table, 2 ottomans and a writing desk next to the window. By night the cabin converts to either a double or twin beds. There are large panoramic windows as an additional interior window, allowing views on both sides of the train. The cabin is 3.65m x 2.1m, including en suite bathroom.

Included: Various off-train excursions. Personalised cabin steward service. Generous luggage limit (3x30kgs). All on-board meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast served in your cabin if you choose. Turn-down service with chocolates. Wide choice of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee, night-caps and welcome bottle of Bollinger. Chauffeur driven transfers to and from your hotel to the station (up to 60kms). Exception is Darwin where a bus is used to hotels.

Gold Service Cabin

Gold Service Cabin: During the day, the compact 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. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with toilet, wash basin and shower. Single Berth Sleeper Cabins feature a comfortable lounge chair and foot rest by day and a single level sleeping berth by night. Cabins are fitted with a wash basin. Showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage.

Each Gold Service carriage accommodates either 18 guests in 9 twin cabins with upper and lower berth or 16 single cabins with one berth.

Included: Various off -train excursions. All on-board meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wide choice of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Turn-down service with chocolates. Coach transfers to and from selected hotels to the station.

The Dining Car

The Ghan from Luxury Train Club - Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car on The Ghan

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.

Lounge

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

The Ghan Route Map, Australia

Itineraries of the Ghan

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.

Beginning in Darwin, this 4 day / 3 night 2979km all-inclusive journey will take you to some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort. Operating March to October, this is the ultimate Australian outback experience.

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. Depart Darwin 10:00hrs/arrive Adelaide 10:50hrs

High Season 2019: 1 May-28 August

AUD$ per person/double occupancyEveryday purchaseAdvanced purchase*
Platinum Class5,999
Gold Class3,8893,499


Shoulder Season 2019: 4 September-23 October. 2020: 4-25 March

AUD$ per person/double occupancyEveryday purchaseAdvanced purchase*
Platinum Class5799
Gold Class3,6992,949


The Ghan

Adelaide to Darwin, or vice versa

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

THE GHAN ADELAIDE: Sunday/some Wednesday departures. Depart Adelaide 12:15hrs/arrive Darwin 17:30hrs

THE GHAN DARWIN: Wednesday departures. Depart Darwin 10:00hrs/arrive Adelaide 13:00hrs

High Season 2019:

Adelaide to Darwin: 5 May - 25 August

AUD$ per person/double occupancyEveryday purchaseAdvanced purchase*
Platinum Class4,199
Gold Class2,8892,609


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

AUD$ per person/double occupancyEveryday purchaseAdvanced purchase*
Platinum Class3,979
Gold Class2,6292,099


General Information About The Ghan

*Advance Purchase fares must be booked a minimum of 6 months in advance.

Luggage. Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an 'overnight bag' containing all requirements for their journey with them in their cabin and check-in all other luggage. Each guest is permitted to check-in a maximum 40kg luggage free of charge (2 items not exceeding 20kg each). Note: Checked-in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. Additional luggage may be checked in as excess luggage at a cost of $50.00 per item, payable direct to the train.

Included. The complimentary inclusions are noted after each description of the cabin.

Travel Documents. Travel documents are sent by email which outline when and where to board as well as luggage arrangements. The document is an itinerary which represents the tickets for the train and any other arrangements. A pre-departure email is issued 7 days prior to travel that contains practical information for the upcoming journey. All times are local time and may be subject to change. Guests must be at the terminal at least one hour before train departs.

Stations. Adelaide Parklands Terminal (Keswick Terminal), Richmond, Off Sir Donald Bradman Drive, South Australia. View Map. Darwin Train Station, Berrimah Road, East Arm, Northern Territory. View Map. Guests must be at the terminal at least one hour before train departs.

Transfers. Complimentary transfers to and from your Platinum Service and Gold Service* Ghan rail journey are bookable online.
Click here for a step-by-step guide to arranging your transfer via the train's online booking engine at journeybeyondrail.com.au.
Platinum Service: Complimentary transfer to / from Adelaide Station to selected hotels (up to 60kms). Exception is Darwin where a bus is used to hotels. Gold Service: Complimentary coach transfers to / from Darwin Rail Terminal for guests at selected Darwin hotels. Central hotel drop off is the Mantra on the esplanade. Also Adelaide Station to selected hotels.

Excursions. Off Train excursions are booked by the guests on board. These excursions cannot be pre-booked. TBA is added to the ticket vouchers as this lets the train staff know to ask for the guests choice.

Unforeseen events/changes: itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.

Dress Code. The dress code on board is a smart casual.


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