On travel wish lists two evocative words routinely appear: The Ghan. The world famous rail journey requires no further explanation, the two words instantly induce yearnings of traversing the remote Red Centre of Australia, gliding through deserts and ancient Outback landscapes from exotic tropical Darwin to elegant, Mediterranean-style Adelaide.
This is a truly immersive journey. Whether you begin in Adelaide or Darwin, your trip will take in the sweeping Adelaide Plains and the majestic Flinders Ranges of South Australia, and the ochre heart of the Red Centre. With a stop in the Outback town of Alice Springs, there’s time to explore this oasis of history, indigenous culture and natural beauty.
In the Top End, you’ll take a cruise to witness the splendour of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and discover the Northern Territory’s vibrant tropical capital, Darwin. This includes the city’s growing foodie scene, with trendy cafes, gourmet restaurants and wine bars popping up all over the city. Forget settling in for hours of window gazing reverie, The Ghan will have you brushing red dirt from your shoes, gazing at spectacular gorges and gaping at incredible Aboriginal rock art.
The Ghan will assist you in becoming truly enveloped in the iconic Australian Outback, returning to the train with a souvenir waft of campfire smoke on your clothes and deeply etched memories in your heart.
No matter how you choose to travel on The Ghan, rest assured, it’s all class. And no matter what level of service your travel budget permits, you’ll never forget the brilliant service, warm hospitality and the experience of travelling on one of the world’s most iconic transcontinental journeys.
While on-board you’ll be treated like royalty in both Gold and Platinum Service. Gold Service provides a range of cabin options of which you’ll find yourself in a well-appointed private cabin with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating off-train excursions. Once you’ve enjoyed relaxing in your cabin, wander out into the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for a bite to eat from its high-quality menu.
In Platinum Service you’ll find the most luxurious transcontinental holiday Australia has to offer including a full-size en suite, picture windows which offer views from both sides of the train, freshly prepared in-cabin breakfasts served upon request and almost double the space of the Gold Service cabins. You’ll also have access to the exclusive Platinum Club and its all-inclusive menu including saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet as well as the refurbished Chairman’s Carriage which you can lounge in and make friends with your fellow travellers.
So what are you waiting for? Make your next holiday an unforgettable rail journey on-board The Ghan or Ghan Expedition – it will be one of the best holiday decisions you ever make!
Explore some of our most popular holidays starring The Ghan and The Ghan Expedition:
The Ghan Expedition Outback to Oceans | 11 nights departing Saturdays from $5,199 per person twin share.
Enjoy the peace of mind of a fully escorted tour. Search for saltwater crocodiles and colourful birdlife on your Yellow Water Billabong cruise and witness the stunning Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island. Get up close with koalas, see penguins swim and play, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies and interact with snakes and crocodiles. Learn more.
Ghan Expedition & Top End with Murray Princess | 14 nights departing Saturdays from $5,349 per person twin share.
Uncover the best of the Top End, including swimming at waterfalls in Litchfield National Park, and see nature at it’s best! Make a stop in Coober Pedy on the Ghan Expedition and uncover underground caves. Explore Adelaide and its the German town of Hahndorf before cruising the rugged riverbanks of the Murray aboard PS Murray Princess. Learn more.
Red Centre & Field of Light with The Ghan & Top End | 9 nights departing Wednesdays from $3,939 per person twin share.
See the awe-inspiring unique icon that is Uluru and soak up the surreal ambience of the Field of Light, then in the Top End swim under waterfalls in Litchfield National Park, all while also enjoying the comforts of rail travel aboard The Ghan to Darwin. Learn more.
Outback & Orient with the Ghan & Explorer of the Seas| 13 nights departing 31 March 2019 from $5,049 per person twin share (save $250 pp on bookings made and deposited by 28 February 2019).
Watch the green pastures of Adelaide change to the rich red earth of Australia’s heart from your window on The Ghan. Be amazed by the iconic termite mounds of Litchfield Naitonal Park. Indulge in the inclusions and activities on Explorer of the Seas. Learn more.