The Ghan

A living legend in Australian history, The Ghan offers the ultimate rail journey across the continent. Travelling through the heart of Australia, The Ghan follows the route taken 150 years ago by early Afghanistan camel importers and features the emblem of a camel being ridden by an Afghan, a testament to the harsh conditions these pioneers faced. Thankfully these days you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the same trip while enjoying all the creature comforts aboard The Ghan.

Departing Adelaide, the train makes its way through Alice Springs to Darwin, showcasing one of the world's most diverse and fascinating terrains. Along the way you'll see spinifex plains, salt pans, amazing outback colour changes, the MacDonnell Ranges and the Top End. Not far from Alice Springs in the Red Centre, you can also visit natural wonders like Palm Valley, Ayers Rock (Uluru), The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and Kings Canyon.

Since its extension to Darwin, The Ghan has enhanced the transcontinental experience of one of the world's greatest train journeys. Covering 2979km in 47 hours, this amazing journey can be further complimented by additional touring options in Katherine Gorge and Alice Springs at an extra cost.


Accommodation

GOLD SERVICE: The ultimate in style and comfort, choose from single or twin Sleeper Cabins which include complimentary toiletries and bath towels. Gold Service fares are all inclusive of meals and guests enjoy dining in elegance in the Restaurant Car or relaxing and socialising in the Lounge.

Twin & Single Cabins (with bathroom) feature a 3 seat lounge which transforms into upper and lower sleeping berths as well as a compact private ensuite with wash basin, toilet and shower. Each cabins is fully serviced with fresh pillows, sheets and doonas. Cabins also feature small foldaway tables, reading lamps, 3 pin 240 volt power points, wardrobes and a full length mirror.

Single Cabins (share bathroom) enjoy similar features to the Twin Cabins including a wash basin however toilets and showers are situated at the end of the carriages. Complimentary welcome kits, bath towels and toiletries bags are provided to all Gold Service cabins.

Gold Service guests are advised to carry an overnight bag with everything they need on board and check in all other luggage.


Departures

[b]The following timetable is up to 31 March 2017.[\b]

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin


Operates - All Year

The GhanSun
Depart Adelaide12.15pm
 Mon
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm*
Depart Alice Springs6.15pm
 Tues
Arrive Katherine9.00am
Depart Katherine1.00pm
Arrive Darwin5.30pm

* Arrives 1 hour earlier during daylight savings time. All times are local times and may be subject to change without notice.

Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide

Operates - 02 November 2016 - 27 March 2017

The GhanWed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Arrive Katherine2.15pm
Depart Katherine6.45pm
 Thur
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
 Fri
Arrive Adelaide1.00pm

Note: The Ghan will not operate 18 December 2016 - 18 January 2017. All times are subject to change.

The following timetable is from 01 April 2017.

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin


Operates - All Year

The GhanSun
Depart Adelaide12.15pm
 Mon
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm*
Depart Alice Springs6.15pm
 Tues
Arrive Darwin5.30pm

* Arrives 1 hour earlier during daylight savings time. All times are local times and may be subject to change without notice.

Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide

Operates - April 2017 and November 2017 to March 2018

The GhanWed
Depart Darwin10.00am
 Thur
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
 Fri
Arrive Adelaide1.00pm

Darwin - Alice Springs - via Coober Pedy - Adelaide

Operates - 03 May 2017 - 25 October 2017.

The GhanWed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Afternoon Excursion Katherine 
 Thur
Full Day Excursion Alice Springs & Surrounds 
 Fri
Full Day Excursion Coober Pedy 
 Sat
Arrive Adelaide12.50pm 

Note: The Ghan will not operate 16 December 2017 - 20 January 2018. All times are subject to change.


Additional Info

Children: Children aged between 4 and 15 years are eligible for child fares. Underage children who occupy a seat or berth will also be charged at the child rate.
Conditions: Travel Online will only book the above journeys for full paying adults and children. Discounted pensioner or sector fares are not available.
Motor Vehicles: Travel Online does not provide quotes for vehicle transport. Passengers taking a vehicle will need to contact Great Southern Railway directly for fares and availability.
Payment: Full payment is required 60 days prior to travel. Strict cancellation penalties apply.
Travel Insurance: Great Southern Railway's liability to you is limited, therefore it is recommended that you take out travel insurance prior to departure.
Luggage: Checked-in luggage permits a maximum of 46 kg per person (2 items not exceeding 23 kg and 180 linear centimetres). Checked-in luggage may not be accessed during travel. One item of Cabin luggage is permitted per person but must not exceed 25 kg and be no larger than 50cm(L) x 30cm(H) x 30cm(W). Checked-in luggage should be checked in up to 60 minutes before departure. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Bags should be secured and carry the owner's name, destination and contact details both inside and out.