The Ghan

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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 us 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. Platinum 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.

Itinerary Options

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 aboard 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 unforeseen 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.


Alice Springs
Choose from Alice Springs Desert Park or Alice Explorer or Simpson Gap Discovery Walk. Note: for guests departing The Ghan in Alice Springs and additional costs may apply for some Alice Springs off train excursions.

Choose from Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise or Nitmiluk First Gorge Art Cruise or Katherine Outback Experience

DARWIN TO ADELAIDE - November - February
As per Adelaide to Darwin in reverse.
DARWIN TO ADELAIDE - March - October

Choose from Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise or Nitmiluk First Gorge Art Cruise or Katherine Outback Experience

Alice Springs
Choose from Alice Springs Desert Park or Alice Explorer or Simpson Gap Discovery Walk or Alice to Off Road. All of these excursions also include an Outback BBQ Dinner.

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.

Cooper Pedy
Choose from Explore Cooper Pedy or Opal Experience or Discover Majestic Breakaways


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 - November to February

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 - October - March

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 December - January. Additional journey departures will operate June-August (Adelaide to Darwin departing Wednesdays and Darwin to Adelaide (The Ghan Expedition) departing Saturdays). 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. 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 $500 per person deposit is required at time of confirmation. Final payment is required 90 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 questionnaire.
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.
Note: Images are for illustration purposes only. Different itineraries and direction of travel may affect the landscapes and attractions included. Please see itinerary options for more information.