The Ghan

Journey through Australia’s Outback

Imagine stepping aboard one of the world’s great train journeys: The Ghan.  Traveling from Darwin to Adelaide (or vice versa), via Alice Springs you have the opportunity to see Australia’s tropical Top End and Red Centre, all with spectacular views of the passing landscapes from the comfort of your seat.

The overall journey takes two nights in either direction, where The Ghan’s timetable makes the most of the daylight hours so as not to miss the best parts.  And naturally, breaking up the trip with whistle stop tours is the best way to experience Australia`s many diverse landscapes and attractions.

Beginning your journey from the Top End, Darwin, means that you get to experience the Outback from the train as the sun rises the following morning.  Also, when traveling Southbound we recommend these popular whistle stops:

  • Katherine Gorge: located not far from the train stop, Katherine Gorge is a beautiful national park not to be missed.  Whether you’re looking for a little adventure canoeing, or a guided tour by coach, cruise boat or helicopter, there’s an option to suit everyone.
  • Alice Springs: break your journey in The Red Center, where Alice Springs is central for tours to Uluru and Kings Canyon. These tours, which last from a few hours to a few days, include an extraordinary range of opportunities for discovering the region’s most fascinating sites.
  • Coober Pedy: known as the opal capital of the world, you can stop by for a little opal jewellery shopping or even stay in an underground hotel (a unique Coober Pedy experience thanks to renovated mines and its hot climate!).

Enjoy your journey aboard The Ghan, with the Rail Explorer Pass.  The pass is valid for 3 or 6 months of rail travel, enjoy!

While on board The Ghan, you can also look forward to a newly refurbished Red Service class, complete with reclining seats with plenty of leg room and new café’s providing a healthy range of eating options at reasonable prices.

This entry was posted by Angela on June 9th, 2011, and is filed under Australia. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.
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