Adelaide to Alice Springs Ghan Rail Journey

Adelaide to Alice Springs Ghan Rail Journey

A leisurely midday departure is complimented with a gourmet lunch being served soon after we pull away from the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. Journey through the picturesque Clare Valley and Mid-North and pass by some of the oldest rock formations on the planet via the Flinders Ranges. Following your first night onboard you can alight the train to watch a breathtakingly beautiful sunrise over the desert. Your all-inclusive journey continues north to the Red Centre while you enjoy regionally inspired dining onboard as you glide through the MacDonnell Ranges and into Alice Springs.

Tour Highlights

  • Gold Twin Cabin
  • Gold Single Cabin
  • Platinum Cabin

Tour Info

Code RT-06
Style
  • Train Cabins
Duration 1 Day
Price From $1259
Departures

Sunday

Vehicle Train
Suitability Open Age
Start Adelaide @ 12.20pm
Finish Alice Springs @ 1.45pm

One night and two days, one way, 1,559km. Roll from the deep green pastures of the South into rich red outback splendour.

The Ghan stats

Average length of train: 774m

Average weight of train:1400 tonnes (based on locomotives and 30 carriages)

Length of track:2979km

Length of journey:54 hours - 2979km

Average speed of train:85km/hour (max speed 115km/hour)

Symbol:The Ghan's symbol is a camel and its handler in recognition of the pioneering Afghan cameleers.

Average number of carriages:30 including guest carriages, crew quarters, restaurants, lounges and power vans.

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Step aboard the legendary Ghan at noon and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin.

Once you've settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Platinum or Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.

Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugge?R6?o??v?3#?y#Td?3.?zf|=$ ??Yectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea.

A three course meal in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and as darkness falls outside the train's windows, talk inevitably turns to the impressive outback gourmet menu. Entrees include a South Australian Regional Seafood Tasting Plate, a succulent rack of lamb for mains, and your choice of desserts including a regional cheese plate with Barossa Valley brie, Limestone Coast clothed cheddar and Lobethal goat blue.

The selection of wines is equally outstanding and staff are expert in helping you find the perfect drop to match your meal.

For those with a little steam left in the engine, make new friends in the Lounge or if all that mouthwatering food and sightseeing has taken it out of you, head back to your cabin for a good night's sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise.

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA. For those travelling Southbound, you'll be treated to an amazing showcase of outback stars in Manguri, a remote town around 40kms from Coober Pedy.

Back on board, it's time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you're in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you'll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs.

Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range's unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

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Originally dubbed the Afghan Express, The Ghan train was named for the pioneering cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the Red Centre of Australia more than 150 years ago. Many cameleers were migrants from an area now known as Pakistan. However, according to outback lore in the 1800s, these men were believed to come from the mysterious outpost of Afghanistan and were considered Afghans - 'Ghans'.

It's all yours!From the moment you step into your Platinum or Gold Service cabin, you can leave your credit card safely tucked away knowing that all food and beverages are covered by your All Inclusive fare - from magnificent gourmet meals prepared by our professional chefs to a social beverage shared in one of our atmospheric lounges.

** Wine and dine in style.

Enjoy beautifully prepared meals in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits - our talented chefs working closely with local suppliers, farmers and providers to source the best possible regional ingredients.

Featuring mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet, Platinum and Gold Service fare also includes hearty breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners. Vegetarian, children's and limited special dietary meals are available when you make your booking.

Feel free to complement your meal with our splendid selection of wines and other beverages - again, all included in your fare. From our great array of popular and boutique beers to some of Australia's finest wines.

** Platinum guest

As a Platinum guest you can choose when you'll dine in the exclusive Platinum Club where an outstanding menu consisting of fresh local fare awaits. You'll enjoy three magnificent 5 course meals a day: full or continental breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and a la carte dinners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and should be requested at the time of booking. A selection of fine Australian wines, or other beverages accompany all meals.

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GOLD SINGLE CABIN

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Gold Single offers a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage

Features include

Power outlets in cabin

In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available

All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops

Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest

Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre

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GOLD TWIN CABIN

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Gold Twin offers a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day

Features include

Power outlets in cabin

In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available

All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops

Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest

Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre

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PLATINIUM CABIN

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As our highest level of service, Platinum Service offers guests a range of deluxe extras including Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts, personalised cabin steward service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club.

Features include

Spacious Double and Twin cabins almost twice the size of a Gold Twin cabin

By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans, and by night, the lounges are converted to a double bed or two single beds

Full-size ensuite equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary bathroom amenities

Windows offering views from both sides of the train

All-inclusive dining in the exclusive Platinum Club

Relax in Platinum Club's exclusive lounge area

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

First priority for check-in and all-inclusive Off Train Excursions

75kg checked luggage per person (3 x 25kg)

  • Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an overnight bag containing all requirements for their journey in their cabin and check in all other luggage.
  • Guests are permitted to check-in a maximum of 40kg of luggage free of charge (two items not exceeding 20kg each).
  • Checked-in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.