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The Ghan + Darwin Stay + Taste of the Top End

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Ride the iconic Ghan from Australia's southern coast all the way through the centre of Australia up to the Top End. Then cap it off with 4 nights in Darwin to explore Litchfield National Park, see the jumping crocodiles and explore the beautiful Top End at your leisure.

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The Ghan

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin - Litchfield National Park

Step aboard The Ghan in Adelaide and experience the wonders of Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine on your way to Darwin. From here explore spectacular Litchfield National Park, see the famous jumping crocodiles along with a host of other popular Top End attractions.


  • 3 days/2 nights aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Darwin (or v.v.), in Gold Service including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine

  • Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to Hotel (or v.v.)

  • 4 nights accommodation in Darwin including breakfast daily

  • 1 day Litchfield National Park Waterfalls including lunch and touring

  • ½ day Jumping Crocs and Nature Adventure including Jumping Crocodile Cruise and touring


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Gold Service - 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.

Platinum Service
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.

Travel dates


Please note all fares are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to change without notice unless paid in full. Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability.

04 APRIL, 2020 – 11 APRIL, 2020 / 4 OCTOBER, 2020 – 31 OCTOBER, 2020 - Advance Purchase Fares :

  • Gold Service – Twin cabin – from $3,699 pp twin share
  • Gold Service – Single cabin – from $3,789 sole use
  • Platinum Service – Twin cabin – from $6599 pp twin share (everyday fare)

17 OCTOBER, 2020 – 24 OCTOBER, 2020 - Advance Purchase Fares :

  • Gold Service – Twin cabin – from $3,699 pp twin share
  • Gold Service – Single cabin – from $4,549 sole use (everyday fare)
  • Platinum Service – Twin cabin – from $6599 pp twin share (everyday fare)

For prices and live availability on alternative departure dates from May through to September 2020 Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198!



Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin - Litchfield National Park

Alternative itineraries available: Darwin to Adelaide, Alice Springs to Darwin and Darwin to Alice Springs

Day 1: (Sunday) The Ghan, Adelaide

Depart Adelaide aboard The Ghan. Watch the passing scenery and marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon. This evening, relax and enjoy the comforts of the lounge and dine in the restaurant with an enticing range of menu options. (L,D)

Day 2: (Monday) The Ghan, Alice Springs

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise off train at Marla, in the remote reaches of South Australia. After more incredible outback scenery, arrive in Alice Springs early in the afternoon and join an Off Train Excursion to explore the many facets of this historic outback city. (B,L,D)

Day 3: (Tuesday) The Ghan, Darwin

This morning after breakfast, The Ghan arrives in Katherine. Today you will discover the wonders of Nitmiluk Gorge with a variety of Off Train Excursions to choose from. Having worked up an appetite with your morning adventures, make your way to the restaurant for a late lunch. Continue into the lounge before arriving in Darwin and transferring to your accommodation. (B,L)

Day 4: (Wednesday) Darwin - Free Day

Today is yours to explore Darwin at your own pace. Take in a spot of souvenir shopping or simply relax at your accommodation. (B) Darwin to Adelaide Itinerary

Day 5: (Thursday) Jumping Crocodile Cruise

This morning is free for you to explore Darwin at your leisure. Perhaps make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy the tropical Darwin weather. Much of Darwin’s action happens along its revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands. This afternoon, your jumping croc adventure begins. Just 60 km from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to more than 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles. Travel down the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River. Cruise the river and thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see these prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for views over the Marrakai Plains, and then it’s onto Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to see a wetland ecosystem up close. (B)

Day 6: (Friday) Darwin - Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. First stop of the day is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. To finish the day you will visit Wangi Falls, with its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. (B,L)

Day 7: (Saturday) Darwin

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel. (B)



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.

How much luggage can I take with me? Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey. Each guest travelling are entitled to checked in luggage, however checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. In Gold service guests are allowed 2 bags x 30kg and guests travelling in Platinum Service are allowed 3 bags x 30kg.

Can I take any pets or animals with me on-train? No - 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.

What medical assistance do the on-train staff provide? Staff 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.

Does the train carry power outlets for CPAC machines? Cabins on the Indian Pacific have 240V power outlets installed which can be used for a CPAC machine. It is recommended that a surge arrestor/protector be used to protect the machine when it is plugged in case of a power surge.

Do I need any cash or credit cards onboard? As the rail journeys are all-inclusive you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off-Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising our EFTPOS or credit card facilities.

Dress Code onboard the train? Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service. Warm clothes are recommended for evenings onboard the train, as the air-conditioning can be cool. It is recommended that guests pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for off-train touring. Sensible shoes are advisable for walking between carriages. Long, sturdy pants may be required for some Off-Train Excursions.

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Fine print


Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.

For Advance Purchase Holiday Packages full payment is required six months prior to the travel date.

Advance Purchase amendments cannot be made less than fourteen(14) days prior to travel date and can only be made to travel dates if the change is greater than six (6) months prior to the new proposed departure date, subject to Advance Purchase fare type availability.