The Ghan

90 Days of Celebration

In 2019 The Ghan celebrates 90 years of outback adventure – A legendary rail journey renowned for its rich place in Australian history and its connection with this awe-inspiring country.

Culminating in The Ghan’s anniversary month of August, you are invited to celebrate in style with us. Guests booked on any Ghan departure throughout June, July and August 2019 can expect a few surprises to make their journey extra special – just a little birthday gift from The Ghan to our treasured guests.

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.


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.

Prices for GOLD SUPERIOR & PLATINUM SERVICE cabins are available on request. Please ask your consultant for assistance.

GOLD SUPERIOR SERVICE: is ideal for guests seeking additional space and comfort. The Gold Service Superior Cabin features a ¾ size double bed and additional fold down upper berth. It has its own lounge area with DVD player, table, arm chairs and well stocked bar fridge for complimentary refreshments. Advance bookings are necessary. **Please note** There are usually only two Gold Service Superior Cabins per train departure.

PLATINUM SERVICE: offers an elevated level of comfort to your onboard experience. Enjoy the spacious private cabins complete with plush, high quality fittings and en suite; elegant dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Carriage; along with flourishes of service, attention and indulgence that turn a holiday into a life-enhancing experience. Our Platinum Service typifies the hospitality and attention have made Australia’s Great Train Journeys world famous. Platium Service is an all inclusive fare which includes - includes: private cabin, all meals and all standard alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences as well as private transfers to and from the station. In cabin dining menu is at an additional cost.


Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin

Operates - All Year

The GhanSun
Depart Adelaide12.15pm
Morning Outback Experience Marla 
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm*
Afternoon Excursion Alice Springs 
Depart Alice Springs6.15pm
Morning Excursion Katherine 
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 - 31 October 2018 to 28 February 2019 and November 2019 to February 2020

The GhanWed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Afternoon Excursion Katherine 
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Morning Excursion Alice Springs 
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
Evening Outback Experience Manguri 
Arrive Adelaide1.00pm

Darwin - Alice Springs - via Coober Pedy - Adelaide

Operates - 04 April 2018 - 24 October 2018, 06 - 27 March 2019 and October 2019 - March 2020

The GhanWed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Afternoon Excursion Katherine 
Full Day Excursion Alice Springs & Surrounds 
Optional Upgrade Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight Tour - additional charges apply. Please ask your consultant for a price. 
Full Day Excursion Coober Pedy 
Arrive Adelaide10.50am 

Note: The Ghan will not operate 16 December 2018 - 12 February 2019 and December 2019 - January 2020. Additional journey departures will operate June-August 2019 (Adelaide to Darwin departing Wednesdays and Darwin to Adelaide (The Ghan Expedition) departing Saturdays). All times are subject to change.

Complimentary coach transfers are included from selected Darwin City Hotels to Darwin Rail Terminal, for Gold Service guests departing Darwin only.

Off Train Excursion - Enjoy extended touring options at key destinations along the rail route. Guests will have the opportunity to choose only one option out of the multiple Off-Train Excursions listed. The hospitality staff onboard The Ghan will assist with booking your preferred tour option. Off Train Excursions are subject to change without notice and limited numbers may apply for the tour to operate. All arrangements are subject to cancellation or modification due to inclement weather, late running of train or other unforseen circumstances. Refunds will not be given for cancelled or modified excursions. See below for more information.
Outback Experience - Step off the train to immerse yourself in some of Australia's most remote Outback settings.

Additional Info

Off Train Excursions

Alice Springs
Alice Springs Desert Park - Join your experienced guide for an exclusive guided walking tour to unravel ancient cultural stories, the science behind the region’s breath-taking landscapes, mysterious animal life and geological marvels.Your exclusive guided; OR
Alice Explorer - The Alice Springs Telegraph Station and visit two of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base; The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame; Australian Outback visit the Reptile Centre; OR
Simpson Gap Discovery Walk - A magical location where important elements of flora, fauna and Indigenous culture all come together, the Simpsons Gap area incorporates large stands of Mulga and is a major stronghold for over 40 rare and relict plants.
Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise - Cruise down Katherine River as the large rock formations of the Gorge tower over the calm water. Nitmiluk is home to the Indigenous Jawoyn people and many of their stories centre around the Gorge; OR
Nitmiluk First Gorge Art Cruise - As a more relaxed cruise experience, your guide will share some of the ancient secrets of the region as you gently cruise down the First Gorge, witnessing the awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs and sheer drops that reach amazing heights. Listen to Dreamtime stories about the creation and significance the Gorge played in the lives of its traditional owners, the Jawoyn people; OR
Katherine Outback Experience - Katherine Outback Experience provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances.

DARWIN TO ADELAIDE - November 2018 - February 2019 and November 2019 - February 2020
As per Adelaide to Darwin in reverse.

DARWIN TO ADELAIDE - April - October 2018, March - October 2019 and March 2020
As per Adelaide to Darwin in reverse with all off train excursion in Alice springs incorporating a BBQ Dinner under the stars.
Alice Springs
Alice to Off Road & Outback BBQ Dinner - This is an Off Road mountain bike adventure visiting the Old Telegraph Station, along the Todd River and many other picturesque locations for ample photo opportunities. Return to The Ghan to freshen up prior to dinner.Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.
Optional Upgrade Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight Tour - additional charges apply. Upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.There really is no better way to comprehend the vastness of the Northern Territory.Please ask your consultant for a price.
Coober Pedy
Explore Coober Pedy - Coober Pedy is an ‘underground’ town where you could arrive with just the shirt on your back and leave a millionaire. Tour the town and hear about its history. See the Serbian Orthodox Church, Umooma Opal Mine & Museum and the grassless golf course; OR
Opal Experience - Discover the beauty and history of Australia’s national gemstone at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, one of Coober Pedy’s original attractions and the Opal capital of the world; OR
Discover the Majestic Breakaways - Discover the incredible diversity of Coober Pedy’s spectacular Breakaways on this guided walking tour. The Breakaways Reserve got its name from the colourful low hills that appear from a distance as if they are ‘broken away’ from the higher ground of the reserve.

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. Please ask your consultant for a quote.
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: Advance Purchase Fares - Full payment is required at time of confirmation. Everyday Saver and Standard Fares a $250 per person per sector deposit is required at time of confirmation (i.e. Adelaide to Alice Springs = 1 sector / Alice Springs to Darwin = 1 sector). Final payment is required 60 days prior to travel. Strict cancellation / amendment policy applies to all fares.
Fitness for Travel: You must be medically and physically fit for travel. Please inform your consultant at time of booking if you have any medical or physical condition that will or may require medical attention, medication or special treatment during your rail holiday. Great Southern Railways may require you to complete a health questionaire.
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 2 x 30 kg bags 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). Luggage must be checked in at the station 60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Guests should only take required hand luggage on board. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Bags should be secured and display the owner's name, destination and contact details both inside and out.