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Explore Central Australia on The Ghan (Darwin-Adelaide)

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An icon of Australian rail travel and one of the world’s great train journeys, on this 4 day/3 night adventure you'll discover the history of Central Australia aboard The Ghan from Darwin and Adelaide

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3 nights
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About this holiday

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Explore Central Australia by rail

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.

Beginning in Darwin, this four day, three 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, your adventure through the country’s vast, varied, and captivating interior will leave you speechless. It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience.

Inclusions

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Your holiday includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition (Darwin to Adelaide)
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off train experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs, and Coober Pedy
  • A spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station
  • Your choice between Nitmiluk Gorge’s powerful natural wonders and rich Indigenous culture, or a glimpse authentic outback life with a horse and working dog demonstration
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy

Accommodation

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The Ghan - Platinum cabin by day

Platinum Service (twin and double share):

Boasting deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Lounge and Restaurant, Platinum Service promises and delivers a journey beyond expectations. The first thing you'll notice about your Platinum cabin is the abundance of space, almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. By day your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night you'll sleep easy as the lounges convert to a comfortable bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds.

Gold Superior (double share): Limited cabins available

A Superior cabin in Gold Service is a unique way to travel. You'll enjoy private accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating off-train excursions.

Gold Superior cabins feature a ¾ size double bed plus an additional fold down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, mini-bar and en suite. In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary are available and power outlets can be found in cabins.

Gold Service (Single and twin share):

You'll enjoy private cabin accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating Off Train Excursions at key stops. Gold Service accommodation is available in both single and twin-share so you can choose to travel with your partner, friends or roll solo.

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. And with top notch service from our hospitality attendant, you'll enjoy fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. 

Travel dates

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Apr-Oct 2019; Mar-Oct 2020:

  • Departs Darwin - 10:00am on Wednesday
  • Arrives Adelaide - approx 10:50am on Saturday

Jun-Aug 2019; Jun-Aug 2020:

  • Departs Darwin - 9:00am on Saturday
  • Arrives Adelaide - approx 11:35am on Saturday

Please note: All fares are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to change unless paid in full.

 Shoulder Season 2019-20 (04-26 Mar 2020)
(Prices based on 18 March 2020 Darwin to Adelaide departure)

  • Platinum Service – Twin – from $5799 pp
  • Gold Service – Twin – from $2949 pp
  • Gold Service – Single – from $3489 pp

Shoulder Season 2020-21 (01-30 Apr 2020; 02 Sep-29 Oct 2020)
(Prices based on 15 April 2020 Darwin to Adelaide departure)

  • Platinum Service – Twin – from $5899 pp
  • Platinum Service – Sole Use – from $10,619 pp
  • Gold Service – Twin – from $3799 pp
  • Gold Service – Twin – Sole Use – from $6849 pp
  • Gold Service – Single – from $2829 pp

High Season 2020-21 (06 May-30 Aug 2020)
(Prices based on 06 May 2020 Darwin to Adelaide departure)

  • Platinum Service- Twin – from $6199 pp - Everyday Fare
  • Platinum Service – Sole Use – from $11,169 pp - Everyday Fare
  • Gold Service – Twin – from $3189 pp - Advance purchase fare
  • Gold Service – Twin – Sole Use – from $5759 pp - Advance purchase fare
  • Gold Service – Single – from $2999 pp - Advance purchase fare

Advance Purchase Fares:
Please note that Advance Purchase fares must be booked at least 6 months before departure. All fares are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to change unless paid in full.

Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your cabin. Why not extend your stay in Darwin or Adelaide? We can assist with accommodation, flights and travel insurance.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Darwin and Katherine

Your journey begins with a morning departure from Darwin. Once you’re settled into your private cabin, mingle with fellow travellers or sample the exceptional food, wine, and service onboard.  When it’s time for lunch, savour the regionally-inspired menu accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages, before an early afternoon arrival at the Top End township of Katherine. Choose between a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders and exploring the region’s rich Indigenous culture, 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. Fall asleep as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

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 to meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

Day 3 - Manguri and Coober Pedy

From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery, and a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.

Day 4 - Arrive 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. In the smart southern city, you can extend your experience with a holiday package to the Barossa Valley, fascinating Kangaroo Island, or an expertly-curated tour of this food and wine loving capital.

Questions

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Can I fly out the same day as the train arrives?

We highly recommend that guests do not book flights same day as arrival without allowing for late running trains. This would mean allowing for at least 3-5 hours after the scheduled arrival time, and an overnight stopover.

What medical assistance do the on-train staffs provide?

GSR staffs are trained to administer basic first aid, however our staff are not able to provide routine medical aid during a journey. Guests requiring medical attention or mobility assistance on board any of our trains are required to arrange for their own Carer to travel with them.

Can my necessary medication be refrigerated?

Yes subject to space within our on-board fridge compartments - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can I take oxygen onboard?

Yes - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can I take any pets or animals with me on-train?

No - you must arrange directly with specialist animal transportation.
The only animals permitted on GSR services are specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired.

Can I take my walking frame/wheelchair/ scooter on board the train?

No - these items must be checked-in as stored luggage. A specially modified pushchair can be requested for use on train (with the assistance of a Carer or travelling companion) - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.