Highlights

  • Unique opportunity to cross a continent on a luxury train
  • Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on included, expert-led excursions
  • Discover Outback flora and fauna and indigenous culture
  • Enjoy a camel ride in the tracks of early travellers
  • Dine under the stars on an authentic Outback bush barbecue

Discover the slow-beating heart of Australia by travelling across the country on the historic, magnificent Ghan railway – a luxury stopping train service train of the highest order. This memorable 1851-mile (2979-kilometre) journey from Darwin to Adelaide (or vice versa) takes four days, with three nights spent on board the train. Along the way, you’ll enjoy not just ingeniously engineered comfort, good company, cheerful service and fine dining, but access to stark landscapes and a unique cultural and historical introduction to the vast inland of Australia that you just can’t achieve when flying over it in a plane.


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In more detail

Take your place alongside a long history of Australia’s transcontinental adventurers. Following in the tracks of early ‘cameleers’, explorers and pioneers, prepare to discover Alice Springs, Uluru, Katherine and the opal mines and underground labyrinth of Coober Pedy. But, by journeying on the Ghan Expedition, it’s fair to say that you’ll travel in a good degree more luxury than your forebears, even as you pass through the harsh Red Centre and untamed Outback. Throughout, you’ll disembark to explore remote outposts and frontier towns. Although space is at a premium on The Ghan, cabins cleverly convert from cosy sitting areas to sleeping berths, with seats and side tables replaced by drop-down beds. While Gold Service offers all the home comforts, with en-suite twin and single berth cabins available, the Platinum Service is a step up. Cabins are twice the size, allowing room for either a double or twin beds and, in between enjoying a 24-hour cabin service, you’ll be treated to private transfers, en-suite cabins, included excursions, 24-hour room service, all-inclusive dining and even free-flowing Bollinger champagne – all included, of course. It’s the chance to cross Australia in serious style.

From the moment you step into your Gold or Platinum Service cabin, everything on board is yours. Cabin fares are inclusive of excellent multi-course meals, taken in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant car. Here you’ll dine on dishes a world away from traditional bush tucker, enjoying local delicacies such as scallops, crocodile sausage, smoked duck and grilled barramundi, all washed down with a wide range of top wines – predominantly Australian, of course. 

Over your time on board, you’ll spend your days watching the ever-changing landscapes, from the pastoral hues of the South Australian plains to the rusty reds of the MacDonnell Ranges and rich greens of Katherine and Darwin. It is when the train stops, however, that your adventure really begins, with chances to join inclusive excursions – there's everything from scenic flights to outback BBQs on offer, all hosted by top guides who will help you learn more about the landscapes you are crossing, the places you pause and the people you encounter. Afterwards, relax in the Outback Explorer lounge car, which has an amiable bar and comfy armchairs to sink into while you exchange stories and make plans for the next day’s adventure.

The Ghan operates April to October 2019 and April to March 2020. 


Suggested itineraries

The Ghan

The Ghan, Bamurru Plains & Barossa Valley

15 days from £6,260 pp incl. flights

Alongside the wilderness and fine-dining pleasures of one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, this curated itinerary will bring you between a luxury Top-End safari and the fine wines of Southern Australia.

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