The Ghan

Travel through the heart of Australia on The Ghan, a train journey between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin. Train routes begin in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory or in Southern Australia in the sweeping plains of Adelaide. Either way, the journey across the changing landscapes is a sight not to miss!

To enjoy travel on The Ghan get a Rail Explorer Pass, which also includes travel on the Indian Pacific between Sydney and Perth and the Overland between Melbourne and Adelaide. Offering unlimited travel over a 3 or 6 month period, the Rail Explorer Pass is the best way to see the Red Centre from the tropical Top End to Southern Australia.

Why choose to travel on The Ghan?

  • The train schedule revolves around travel during daylight hours, so you can take advantage of the stunning views of the outback!
  • Journey between the Northern and Southern ends of Australia, as well as popular whistle stops along the way.

Suggested whistle stops

Alice Springs

Alice Explorer: Jump off the Ghan to visit this historical town with stops at the National Pioneers Women’s Hall of Fame, the Reptile Centre and the Royal Flying Doctor’s Base.


Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise: Take a leisurely cruise along the Katherine River and travel back in time to experience the natural landscape of Australia’s ancestors.

The Ghan Timetable

Services on The Ghan

  • Red Service offers passengers the choice between twin share sleeper cabins or daynighter seats. Food and drinks are available from the diner and buffet.
  • Gold Service provides passengers the option between twin or single sleeper cabins with complimentary toiletries and bath towels. Meals in the restaurant car are included along with access to the lounge.
  • Platinum service offers passengers luxury comfort in cabins that are almost double the size of gold service cabins with double beds, a large ensuite and 24 hour room service.


Passengers are allowed 40kg of luggage total in Red Service, 50kg in luggage in Gold Service and 75kg per person in Platinum Service. Additional luggage can be brought onboard for an additional fee. Cabin luggage allowance varies depending on service level and cabin type.


Bicycles are permitted onboard with varied fees depending on whether the bike is packed.


Only specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired are permitted on The Ghan.


Disabled passengers must request a specially modified wheelchair if needed at the time of booking. Personal wheelchairs, strollers, prams and booster seats must be checked in as stored luggage.

Rail Passes for travel on The Ghan

Rail Explorer Pass

Some top attractions in Australia

Alice Springs Desert Park
Located 10 minutes from Alice Springs, this wildlife park shows off the diversity of animals and plants of Australia’s desert. As a guest on The Ghan, sit back and enjoy the free flight bird show from the front row!

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Co-managed by the Aboriginal people, Anangu, and Parks Australia, Uluru reaches 348 meters in height and 9.4km in circumference. It is more than a large rock; it is a symbol of Australia’s culture and history, with surface art dating back at least 5,000 years.

Katherine Gorge
Located in Nitmiluk National Park, the 13 gorges that complete this infamous Australian landmark were formed almost 23 million years ago. Boat cruises through the Outback waters are offered to visitors as well as canoes and identified areas for swimming.

Darwin Waterfront
Bring the whole family to this tropical playground, where adults and children can splash in the Wave and Recreation Lagoons year round. Dine at outdoor restaurants and sample the local seafood and Asian cuisine.

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
With over half a million visitors welcomed yearly, the Art Gallery of South Australia displays more than 38,000 works of art from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Founded in 1881, the gallery is housed in a beautiful building in Adelaide and offers free entrance with exception to certain exhibits.

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