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Gold Single
AUD$3,705.00
Gold Twin (per Person)*Advance Purchase Rate
AUD$4,245.00
Gold Premium Twin (per Person)
AUD$5,095.00
Gold Single
AUD$4,115.00
Gold Twin (per Person)*Everyday Rate
AUD$4,695.00
Gold Premium Twin (per Person)
AUD$5,645.00
Platium (per Person)
AUD$8,030.00
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AUD$4,525.00
Gold Twin (per Person)*Flexiable
AUD$5,165.00
Gold Premium Twin (per Person)
AUD$6,185.00
Platium (per Person)
AUD$7,300.00

Tour Information

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An icon of Australian rail travel and one of the world’s great train journeys, ride the rails of history aboard The Ghan Expedition between Darwin and Adelaide.

THE GHAN EXPEDITION

A unique and epic experience, explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide.

Beginning in Darwin, this four day, three night, 2,979km all-inclusive journey will take you to some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort. Operating April to October, your adventure through the country’s vast, varied, and captivating interior will leave you speechless. It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience.

TIMETABLE

DARWIN > ALICE SPRINGS > ADELAIDE
OPERATES MARCH & NOVEMBER
WEDNESDAY 10.00 DEPART DARWIN
KATHERINE | AFTERNOON EXPERIENCE
THURSDAY 09.10 ARRIVE ALICE SPRINGS | MORNING EXPERIENCE
12.45 DEPART ALICE SPRINGS
MANGURI | EVENING EXPERIENCE
FRIDAY 13.00 ARRIVE ADELAIDE

Day1 : Darwin and Katherine

Your journey begins with a morning departure from Darwin. Once you’re settled into your private cabin, mingle with fellow travellers or sample the exceptional food, wine, and service onboard.  When it’s time for lunch, savour the regionally-inspired menu accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages, before an early afternoon arrival at the Top End township of Katherine. Take a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders and exploring the region’s rich Indigenous culture. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback, then back in your cabin you’ll find your bed turned down. Fall asleep as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

Feel free to choose 1 tour from ①②③④, or you can choose upgrade to ⑤ with extra cost:

① NITMILUK GORGE CRUISE (INCLUDED IN FARE)

Winding your way down the Katherine River on a relaxing cruise, you’ll feel a tangible connection to the dramatic, ancient scenery around every bend. As you venture into the gorge, the landscape tells stories of geological upheaval over the centuries and the effects of fast-running water and the erosion it causes. The views of the sheer gorge walls just keep getting better and better.​​

You will hear the characteristic shrill of the cicada reverberating across the cliff faces as your expert guide navigates you through the swirling waters of the First and Second Gorge. 

The gorge walls, etched by time and the elements, are home to myriad plant and animal life, much of which is unique to this area, all playing a role in the lives of the Traditional Owners. The commentary explains the significance of Nitmiluk to the Indigenous Jawoyn people and the many stories that celebrate their spiritual connection to the gorge.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Approx. 2 km of walking over rocky paths. Guests required to board and disembark boat unassisted. A modified experience is available for guests with low mobility. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.

② NITMILUK ROCK ART CRUISE (INCLUDED IN FARE)

There are plenty of fascinating Indigenous rock art sites across the Top End, but few are accessible or as powerful as at Nitmuluk Gorge. ​

On this relaxed cruise experience, your guide will share some of the ancient secrets of the region, as you drift down the First Gorge, witnessing the awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs that tower above the water.​

Listen to Dreamtime stories about the creation and learn about the gorge’s significance in the lives of the Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people.

We’ll stop for a short walk to the top of the First Gorge to visit the stunning Indigenous rock art site, where artwork remains visible despite thousands of years exposed to the elements. These works are evidence of the existence of the Jawoyn culture in the area during the last Ice Age.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Approx. 2 km of walking and 28 steps to climb. Guests required to board and disembark boat unassisted. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.

③ Cutta Cutta Caves (INCLUDED IN FARE (AVAILABLE APRIL – OCTOBER, LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Formed millions of years ago and still growing today, the Cutta Cutta Caves are found 15 metres below the surface. The cave system is home to a variety of native wildlife and is rich with Indigenous meaning.

The park covers 1,499 hectares of limestone landscape and below the ground, you will see sparkling limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites. The cave system is home to five species of bats, including the rare Ghost and Horseshoe bats. Above ground, around 170 species of birds have been recorded within the park, including the Hooded Parrot and the endangered Gouldian Finch. It is also possible that you will spot a harmless brown tree snake coiled on a cave ledge.

Cutta Cutta is a Jawoyn word meaning “many stars”, representing the concept that caves are where the stars rest during the day. Cutta Cutta Caves are associated with Barrac Barrac, or Diver Duck dreaming creation stories by the local Jawoyn people.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: High level mobility – Guests must be able to navigate steep stairs, walking in low light and comfortable being underground.

④ KATHERINE OUTBACK EXPERIENCE (INCLUDED IN FARE (AVAILABLE APRIL – OCTOBER, SUBJECT TO SEASONAL AVAILABILITY))

The Katherine Outback Experience gives insight into the lives of those who call the outback home, with a fascinating day of discovery that illustrated what it is like to live and work on a huge cattle station. You will hear rollicking stories, join interactive experiences, see cattle dog demonstrations and hear live music performances. You will also meet the many dedicated people and animals involved in keeping a station functioning.

Starting at the Stockyards, you’ll delight in an entertaining exhibition of outback life, which includes a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, demonstrating the intimate connection between man and horse. 

The dog team is up next, as they work cattle, goats or even ducks into orderly submission. Throughout the performance you will also be serenaded  with live music, including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed on horseback.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low level mobility – Recommended for guests with mobility requirements. The show is conducted in an undercover arena with full seating available. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.

⑤ NITMILUK GORGE HELICOPTER FLIGHT (OPTIONAL UPGRADE EXPERIENCE - $275 PER PERSON (LIMITED AVAILABILITY))

Take to the skies to fully appreciate the scope of Nitmiluk Gorge and all of its unique formations. From above, in all its majesty, it is clear why this is considered to be one of the Northern Territory’s most spectacular sights. 

Your 15-20 minute helicopter flight will take you over all 13 gorges and venture deep into Nitmiluk National Park. The remote waterfalls and rockpools you will see along the way are simply breathtaking.

Your expert guides will reveal the story of Bula, the most important figure in Jawoyn Dreaming stories. Legend has it that Bula and his two wives hunted across this land and transformed the landscape.

Back on the ground, head over to the Top Didj Aboriginal Art Gallery. Holding a portfolio of artists from the region, the gallery reflects the cultural diversity and influences of the Jawoyn, Warlpiri and Dalabon Aborigines, who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

To avoid disappointment, we highly recommend guests pre-book this tour. For more information on how to pre-book, please contact your friendly travel consultant.

If you choose this experience, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Experiences.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Guests required to board and disembark aircraft unassisted. Weight restrictions apply – the maximum weight of any individual cannot exceed 130kg. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This tour is subject to availability and conditions; all optional upgrade experiences are non- refundable.

Day2 : Alice Springs

After your first night on The Ghan, you’ll be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, returning in time to meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

Feel free to choose 1 tour from ①②③④⑤⑧, or you can choose upgrade to ⑥⑦ with extra cost:

① A TOWN CALLED ALICE (INCLUDED IN FARE*)

Start the day in the world’s largest classroom, the Alice Springs School of the Air. Established in 1951, the school covers 1.3 million square kilometres and is still in operation. This was the first school to use two-way radio broadcasts to help with the education of students in remote areas who are unable to attend face-to-face lessons. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness a class firsthand. 

Next up is the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you will be treated to an informative display and discussion about the wide and varied scaly inhabitants of the region. You will meet famous locals like frillneck lizards, thorny devils, perentie goannas and geckos. 

At Yubu Napa Gallery in Alice Springs, you can admire high-quality artworks, knowing that the artists represented are treated to comfortable studios and are paid fairly for their work. 

Finally, to end the day, discover the colourful history of Alice Springs and the unique culture of this iconic outback town on a coach tour of the town highlights.  

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Guests are required to climb coach stairs several times, with walking and standing for short periods. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat and long sleeves are highly recommended.
  • *Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

② DESERT PARK(INCLUDED IN FARE*)

As distinctive as the Australian desert itself, the Alice Springs Desert Park captivates and educates. Located at the base of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the Desert Park is closely connected to the local Arrernte people. The stories and history of the Arrernte people, together with the plants and animals they are responsible for, are told through the interpretation and creation of three distinct desert habitats – Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodland. ​

Highlights include stepping into the Nocturnal House on your guided walk. Let your eyes adjust to the evening light and enjoy spotting animals such as the bilby or the rare mala wallaby, in their natural environment. ​

Then, prepare for an aerial display. Feel the adrenalin rush as raptors of the desert sky fly over your head. The free-flying birds of prey will demonstrate their natural survival skills, including hunting and foraging. After the show, your backstage pass allows you to get up close and personal with the birds and trainers during a private training session. ​

After the Desert Park, we’ll visit the Yubu Napa Gallery in Alice Springs. The gallery is dedicated to providing quality artwork and ensuring that the artists work in comfortable studios and are paid fairly for their work. ​

A coach tour that includes the highlights of Alice Springs will also be part of your day of exploration.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: : Moderate level mobility – Guests are required to walk approx. 4km on gravel and sandy pathways, broken into short distances. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.​
  • Personal electric scooters are available for mobility assistance (limited availability) – guest needs to be able control scooter independently. Scooters to be requested at time of guest tour booking. Indemnity form to be completed prior to use.
  • *Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

③ West Ventures (INCLUDED IN FARE*)

Standley Chasm is a significant cultural icon in Central Australia. Traditionally called Angkerle Atwatye, meaning ‘Gap of Water’, itis a 3-metre-wide, 80-metre-high gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges, about 50km west of Alice Springs. 

Once a narrow tributary of the Finke River system, persistent rainfall and flooding intricately carved the sandstone slope over millions of years, creating a dramatic and picturesque effect, where the geological colours of the outback are on display. 

We’ll also visit another magical location, where flora, fauna and Indigenous culture come together. The Simpsons Gap area incorporates large stands of Mulga and is a major stronghold for over 40 rare plants. 

Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, Simpsons Gap is the mythological home of a group of giant goanna ancestors. Several dreaming trails and stories cross at this important spiritual site. Enjoy the serenity as you admire the canyon walls as they glow with reflected sunlight, creating a breathtaking display of stark form and rich colour.​​

We’ll also visit the highly rated Yubu Napa Gallery in Alice Springs. The gallery is dedicated to providing quality artwork, while ensuring the artists that work with them have comfortable studios and are paid fairly for their work. 

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Approximately 3.5km of walking over rocky and natural terrain, with standing required. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended. 
  • *Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

④ BUSHWALKS OF ALICE (INCLUDED IN FARE*)

The Cassia Hill Walk is a short loop wander of about 1.8km. This walk gives elevated views of the West MacDonnell ranges and the Simpsons Gap area. Local plant life is illustrated along the trail. 

The highlight of course, is Simpsons Gap, a magical location where important elements of flora, fauna and Indigenous culture all come together. The area incorporates large stands of Mulga and is a major stronghold for over 40 rare and relict plants. 

Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, Simpsons Gap is the mythological home of a group of giant goanna ancestors. Several dreaming trails and stories cross at this important spiritual site. Enjoy the serenity and peacefulness as you watch the walls glow from reflected sunlight, creating a breath-taking display of stark form and rich colour.

We’ll stop off along the way at the highly rated Yubu Napa Gallery. The gallery is dedicated to providing quality artwork, while ensuring the artists that work with them have comfortable studios and are paid fairly for their work. 

We’ll also visit at the Telegraph Station, where an extensive trail network winds its way in and around the picturesque reserve. 

Recommended Fitness Level: Very High level mobility – Approximately 8km of bush walking over rocky and uneven natural terrain. Climbs, descents and river crossings may be experienced. Trails are suitable for competent walkers. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended. 

*Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

⑤ ALICE BY E - BIKE (INCLUDED IN FARE* (LIMITED AVAILABILITY))

Take the hard work out of cycling with an e-bike tour of Alice Springs. The ride begins at Red Centre Adventure, from where you will wind along the famously dry Todd River until you approach the southern entrance to town, Heavitree Gap, know to the locals as The Gap. You’ll also make your way to the Telegraph Station, the birthplace of Alice Springs township. 

Stop off along the ride to visit the highly rated Yubu Napa Gallery in Alice Springs. The gallery is dedicated to providing quality artwork, while ensuring the artists that work with them have comfortable studios and are paid fairly for their work. 

We’ll cruise through town to reach our lunch destination at Desert Park. Here, you’ll enjoy a ploughman’s style lunch before resuming the ride, heading back to the Red Centre Adventure base. 

To finish the day, discover more of Alice from the comfort of a coach, taking in sights like ANZAC Hill, dedicated in 1934 to the ANZACS of World War I. This lookout is the most visited landmark in town. 

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Guests need to be confident riding on a push bike. Electric bikes can reach speeds up to 25km/h. Electric bikes weigh up to 30kg. Only one size available. Approx. 20km of cycling. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.
  • *Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

⑥ ULTIMATE ULURU EXPERIENCE - THURSDAY ONLY (OPTIONAL UPGRADE EXPERIENCE - $1,489 PER PERSON (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)*)

This is the Central Australian aventure you’ve been dreaming of. Departing Alice Springs Airport, you will fly south of Pine Gap, the United States and Australian Defence Space Research Facility. Take in the spectacular outback scenery and vastness of Australia with a unique bird’s eye view as you fly directly to Uluru – Kata Tjuta.

On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, you will be met by your tour guide to commence an immersive experience of Uluṟu. Rising out of the surrounding desert, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) dominate the landscape. World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks. The ancient monolith is impressive; Uluru is 348 metres above the plain, more than 860 metres above sea level, and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres.

Enjoy lunch at the Sunset Lookout and stop for a picture-perfect postcard photo – the one to wow your friends with.

Travelling around the base of Uluru, you’ll visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral water snake. For centuries, Mutitjulu was an important campsite for Anangu people at Uluṟu. On this walk, you will learn about Kuniya Tjukurpa – the great battle between Kuniya (woma python) and Liru (poisonous snake man). 

On return to Ayers Rock Airport, board your aircraft and take to the skies again, flying around Uluru for a different perspective and seeing Kata Tjuta from the air. 

Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara word meaning ‘many heads’. The formation is made up of 36 domes, spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The tallest is Mount Olga, which rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level. The ochre-coloured shapes are a mesmerising sight.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Guests are required to board and disembark aircraft unassisted, walking and standing required. Weight restrictions apply – the maximum weight of any individual cannot exceed 100kg. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are advised to take appropriate clothing with them for the Telegraph Station Outback Dinner as they may not return to the train prior. 

⑦ ULUṞU SCENIC FLIGHT - SUNDAY ONLY (OPTIONAL UPGRADE EXPERIENCE - $1,099 PER PERSON (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)*)

Take to the skies for an unforgettable Red Centre adventure. After a sumptuous lunch at the Desert Park, you’ll transfer to Alice Springs Airport, from where you will fly south of Pine Gap, the United States and Australian Defence Space Research Facility. Take in the spectacular outback scenery and vastness of Australia as you fly directly to Uluru – Kata Tjuta.

Rising out of the surrounding desert, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) dominate the landscape. World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks. The ancient monolith is impressive; Uluru is 348 metres above the plain, more than 860 metres above sea level, and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres. 

You’ll have a brief rest on land at Ayers Rock Airport to stretch your legs while the aircraft refuels before you take to the skies again, flying around Uluru for a different perspective, before heading to Kata Tjuta. 

Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara word meaning ‘many heads’. The formation is made up of 36 domes, spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The tallest is Mount Olga, which rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level. The ochre-coloured shapes are a mesmerising sight.

Continue your flight out to the sandstone sculptures of the remarkable Kings Canyon. As Uluru’s companion, the chasm is almost as deep as Uluru is high. Standing at 300 metres, Kings Canyon is awash with ancient cycads, palm filled crevices and a permanent waterhole known as the Garden of Eden. 

To avoid disappointment, we highly recommend guests pre-book this tour. For more information on how to pre-book, please contact our travel consultant.

If you choose this experience, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Experiences.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Guests required to board and disembark aircraft unassisted. Weight restrictions apply – the maximum weight of any individual cannot exceed 100kg. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: This tour is subject to availability and conditions; all upgrade optional experiences are non-refundable.
  • Guests are advised to take appropriate clothing with them for the Telegraph Station Outback Dinner as they may not return to the train prior. 

⑧ TELEGRAPH STATION OUTBACK DINNER (INCLUDED IN FARE)

After a day of touring, sit back and relax under a blanket of stars at a truly unique dinner experience. Be immersed in the history and grandeur that is the Australian Outback.

Step back in time as you walk around the historic Telegraph Station site, gaining an understanding of early settler life. Learn about the importance of the Telegraph Station in building a communication network across the country and connecting to the rest of the world.

You can also watch the local blacksmith crafting away using traditional tooling and methods, or maybe take the opportunity to climb aboard a camel for a short ride.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low level mobility – Seated outdoor dinner. Wheelchair accessible. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Temperatures can drop significantly at night time. Please bring a warm jacket or shawl with you.

Day3 : Manguri and Coober Pedy

From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery, and a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.

Feel free to choose 1 tour from ①②③ or you can choose upgrade to ④ with extra cost:

① EXPLORE COOBER PEDY (INCLUDED IN FARE)

This full day tour takes in the highlights of Coober Pedy, including a visit to a subterranean place of worship – The Serbian Orthodox Church. It was chiselled from the earth and it’s lofty ‘ballroom’ style design and stained glass windows make it one of Coober Pedy’s most awe-inspiring structures.

At the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, you will be given the historical context of the town’s emergence, see an example of a ‘dugout’, as the locals call the underground homes, and learn about the ancient Indigenous connection to the region. 

At the Opal Quest Mine, you’ll be able to don a hard hat and try your luck finding fortune after enjoying an underground lunch.

The tour also takes in a portion of the legendary Dog Fence, the longest continual construction in the world, stretching 5,000 kilometres from the Gold Coast to north of Ceduna in the Great Australian Bight. 

Finally, you will be captivated by the view out over the Breakaways – a vast plain of flat-topped mesas that once presided over an inland sea. 

When you return to the Manguri siding in the early evening, you’ll have the opportunity to snap an iconic photo of The Ghan locomotive. 

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Stairs, steep inclines, short walks and navigating underground tunnels required. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Warm clothes are advised as underground tunnels may be cold. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.

② DISCOVER THE MAJESTIC BREAKAWAYS (INCLUDED IN FARE)

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. The landscape was once an inland sea and over time has been transformed into a dramatic landscape that changes colour with the passing of the sun creating an almost surreal panorama. 

A visit to the Opal Quest Mine is where you will be able to don a hard hat and try your luck finding fortune while enjoying an underground lunch.

You will discover the beauty and history of Australia’s national gemstone at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, one of Coober Pedy’s original attractions showcasing Aboriginal history and fossils.​​

A guided interactive tour of the museum is a perfect back drop to allow you the opportunity to explore the underground caverns, hand dug shafts and tunnels featuring an original underground dugout home and memorabilia from the past.

Return to the Manguri siding in the early evening and snap an iconic photo of the Ghan locomotives. 

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Approx. 500m of walking and standing for periods at the Breakaways. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Warm clothes are advised as underground tunnels may be cold and the Breakaways can be windy. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.

③ OPAL EXPERIENCE (INCLUDED IN FARE)

On this shorter tour, you’ll learn about the beauty and history of Australia’s national gemstone at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, one of Coober Pedy’s most popular attractions. This immersive experience reveals all there is to know about these alluring gemstones and you will also see some of the best examples on display.​​

Umoona features historic artefacts, underground caverns, hand-dug shafts and tunnels, as well as one of the original underground homes. 

At the Opal Quest Mine, you’ll be able to don a hard hat and try your luck finding fortune. You’ll also enjoy an underground lunch here.​​

Before departing Coober Pedy, you’ll stop at the Big Winch. With spectacular views over the town, the Big Winch has been a popular attraction and meeting place since it was built in the early 1970s. This iconic attraction has played an important role in the development of Coober Pedy’s tourist industry.

Returning to Manguri siding in the early afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to snap a photo of the iconic Ghan locomotives. 

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Stairs, steep inclines, short walks and navigating underground tunnels required. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Warm clothes are advised as underground tunnels may be cold. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.

④ PAINTED HILLS & LAKE EYRE SCENIC FLIGHT (OPTIONAL UPGRADE EXPERIENCE - $1,250 PER PERSON (LIMITED AVAILABILITY))

The Anna Creek Painted Hills is a rocky outcrop of large and small hills, which emerge out of a flat, desert landscape. It’s spectacular from the air and you can be part of the small number of people who land and enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent landscape. 

You’ll also fly over Lake Eyre, which was formed approximately 200 million years ago and is the lowest point below sea level on the Australian continent. When the lake’s water level is low, its glittering crystallised surface stretches as far as the eye can see. As the  water begins to evaporate, the lake takes-on a spectacular pink hue caused by a pigment found within a specific type of salt-loving algae.

Enjoy a classic pub meal at the William Creek Hotel for lunch. The town is reputed to be the smallest in South Australia, surrounded by the world’s largest pastoral station, Anna Creek Station. The town has a permanent population of 6, however during the winter months, this exceeds over 30… and a dog. ​​

On return to the airport, board your aircraft and take to the skies again, fly over the town of Coober Pedy for a different perspective on underground living.

You’ll arrive at Manguri siding in the early evening and have the opportunity to snap an photo of the iconic Ghan locomotive. 

To avoid disappointment, we highly recommend guests pre-book this tour. For more information on how to pre-book, please contact our travel centre on 1800 703 357 or contact your travel agent.

If you choose this experience, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Experiences.

  • Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate level mobility – Guests required to board and disembark aircraft unassisted. Guided walks in two locations with standing required. Weight restrictions apply – a maximum weight of any individual cannot exceed 130kg. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather conditions. Enclosed sturdy shoes are required. Sunscreen, a hat, trousers and long sleeves are highly recommended.
  • To avoid disappointment, we highly recommend guests pre-book this tour, for more information on how to pre-book please contact our team.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This tour is subject to availability and conditions; all upgrade optional experiences are non-refundable.

Day4 : Adelaide

Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you prepare for your mid-morning arrival into Adelaide

Cabin Fare Classification:

PLATINUM

Nothing enhances the romance of rail travel quite like Platinum. Tailored for the discerning traveller, Platinum adds a new level of sophistication to your journey. Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club carriage for meals, relaxation and socialising. As you’d expect, the food and wine is of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners, all regionally inspired and paired with champagne and premium wines.

And it all begins before you’ve even stepped aboard. Platinum guests receive private transfers before and after your journey, beginning the adventure in style.

Platinum cabins offer luxe extras, like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. Add to that the luxurious linen, French Champagne, Bracegirdle’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown and more, and you’re in for an exceptional experience.

GOLD PREMIUM

For travellers who want that little bit more, Gold Premium, on The Ghan and Great Southern, delivers an enhanced journey experience. Accommodated in our newly designed, contemporary cabins, guests have exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Premium Dining carriage for meals and socialising. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, two-course, regionally inspired lunches and delectable four-course dinners in beautiful surrounds, accompanied by a selection of premium beverages.

Gold Premium offers some special touches to make the journey special, like priority check-in and an increased luggage allowance, luxury amenities, tour preferencing and more.

Choose between a Gold Premium Twin cabin or Gold Premium Suite, which has a little more space. Whichever cabin you choose, Gold Premium offers a step up to a whole new style of train travel in 2024.

GOLD

Immerse yourself in the world of romance that epitomises rail travel with our Gold offering. Our most popular option has everything you’ll need to feel at home for the duration of your journey.

Choose between Gold Twin or Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day’s journey. Spend hours deep in conversation with new friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge, sipping on barista made coffee, or a glass of white wine. Later make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant to dine.

Gold includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of premium wines and beverages, all included in your fare.

Fare Classification:

FLEXIBLE (Fully Refund allowed as long as 1 day prior)

Journey Price is fully refundable for cancellations received at least 24 hours before the commencement of the Journey. 100% cancellation fees apply for no-shows or late cancellations.

EVERYDAY (Partial Refund)

Cancellations received more than 45 days prior to commencement of the Journey: cancellation fee is 35% of the Journey Price. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to commencement of the Journey: The cancellation fee is 100% of the Journey Price.

ADVANCE PURCHASE (Non Cancellation Allowed)

100% cancellation fees apply if cancelled more than 14 days after we have issued your Booking Confirmation.

Tour Inclusions

  • 4 days / 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, travelling from Darwin to Adelaide
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs, and Coober Pedy
  • Evening Off Train Experience in Manguri
  • A spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • Explore Nitmiluk Gorge’s powerful natural wonders and rich Indigenous culture
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel Consumption
  • Other Meals and Drinks if not list in the inclusion
  • Admissions of attraction if not list in the inclusion
  • Optional tours

Transportation

DARWIN BERRIMAH TERMINAL

For Gold Service guests departing Darwin, complimentary transfers include

  • Hotel to Welcome Experience
  • Welcome Experience to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • See below for the departure transfer times from our preferred hotels

For Gold Service guests who are not staying at one of our preferred pick up locations, please make your own way to the Darwin Convention Centre, located at 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City for check in.

  • Check in commences on Wednesday from 7:30am-8:30am and Saturday from 6:30am-7:45am.
  • Alternatively, if you’re accommodation is located close by to one of our preferred hotels, please choose that hotel for a complimentary transfer.

Guests to be assembled in the lobby of the hotel 15 minutes prior to the departure time.

The Ghan departs from and arrives into this terminal.

Address: 3 Salloo Street, East Arm, Northern Territory, 0822. From Berrimah Road, pass the Freight Terminal sign, continue on until sign – ‘Rail Passenger Terminal’ turn right into Salloo Street.

Located 17.5km from the city centre.

Opening hours:

March & November

  • Tuesday 2:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Wednesday 6:00am – 10:30am

April – October

  • Tuesday 2:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Wednesday 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Friday 2:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Saturday 6:00am – 10:30am

Closed December – February

ALICE SPRINGS TRAIN STATION

The Ghan departs from and arrives into this station.

Address: George Crescent, Ciccone, Northern Territory, 0870.

Located 2km from the city centre.

Opening hours:

March & November

  • Monday 12:00pm – 6:15pm
  • Thursday 8:00am – 12:45pm

April – October

  • Monday 12:00pm – 6:15pm
  • Thursday 8:00am – 10:15pm
  • Sunday 10:00am – 9:45pm

Closed December – February

ADELAIDE PARKLANDS TERMINAL

The Ghan, Indian Pacific, Great Southern and Overland depart from and arrive into this terminal.

Address: Richmond Road Keswick South Australia, 5035 (also known as Keswick Terminal). Terminal access from Richmond Road or Sir Donald Bradman Drive.

Located 3km from the city centre.

Opening hours:

  • Monday 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday CLOSED
  • Thursday 6:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday 6:00am – 9:00am

Notices

  • All per person prices quoted are in Australian dollars and valid from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.
  • A booking is confirmed (and a contract between you and us comes into effect) when:
    • You have made a Booking and have provided us with all necessary information to process your request;
    • You have paid us the amount (and any other amounts payable at the time of making the Booking) in accordance with these Booking Conditions; and
    • We have sent you a Booking Confirmation.
  • We commence providing services to you as soon as we confirm your booking. This includes (often significant) work undertaken prior to travel to arrange and coordinate the delivery of
    your Journey. You also receive the benefit of work we undertake in anticipation of bookings.
  • If we cancel your Journey for reasons other than Force Majeure (see below), you will be offered (at your election) a refund of all funds received, the offer of an alternative Journey of comparable quality if appropriate or a Credit Note. If we cancelled a Rail Journey aboard The Overland due to either the Victorian or South Australian State Government’s decision
    to cease funding for The Overland, then we will provide you with a refund of all funds paid.
  • To the fullest extent permitted by law, we will not be responsible for any other loss or costs you incur (for example, airfares not included in your Journey, insurance and visa expenses)
    if your Journey or particular Journey Services are cancelled for any reason.
  • Due to the dynamic nature of the travel industry, we may occasionally need to make amendments or modifications to the itinerary of your Journey and its inclusions (including Off Train Excursions) and you acknowledge our right to do this. Most changes will not be significant. If we become aware of any significant changes to your Journey’s itinerary or its inclusions that materially detract from the overall characteristics or value of the Journey (where we determine it can still proceed), then we will notify you within a reasonable time and you may elect to:
    • proceed with the Journey, in which case we will refund you an amount attributable to the reduction in value determined by us acting reasonably; or
    • cancel your Journey, in which case we will refund the Journey Price received by us at that time.
  • It is strongly encouraged that you are adequately insured for the duration of your Journey. We recommend comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation, medical requirements, medical evacuation, luggage and additional expenses. The choice of insurer is yours. We strongly suggest you purchase insurance at the time you pay your Deposit.
    This is because cancellation fees may be payable from that time.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable level of health and fitness to undertake the Journey. For all Rail Journeys (other than The Overland, where we will make requests only in particular circumstances), you must complete our Fitness to Travel Form accessible here (https://www.journeybeyondrail.com.au/terms-conditions/) within a
    reasonable time after we issue your Booking Confirmation and in any event prior to travel.
  • We may cancel your booking or refuse to board you without any right of refund if you fail to complete the Fitness to Travel Form within a reasonable time after we have reminded
    you to do so.
  • Special dietary requests are required to be notified to us within 7 days after we issue your Booking Confirmation.
  • Check-in: You must check in with our representative at the location stated on your Final Travel Documents within the following timeframes:
    • for The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern: no more than 2.5 hours and no later than 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure; and
    • for the Overland, no more than one hour and no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
    • You must show suitable photo identification to the representative when checking in
  • All Journey Beyond Rail trains are entirely smoke free in accordance with relevant state government regulations. You must not smoke (including e-cigarettes) on the train.
  • No refunds will be made for of any Journey Services not utilised, whether by choice or because of late arrival or early departure. This includes the failure of commercial transport to operate according to schedule, which we disclaim responsibility for. This does not apply if the reason for your late arrival or early departure was due to our negligence.
  • We and our suppliers may take photographs or make recordings of you and your activities that identify you during the Journey. We reserve the right to use any images and/
    or recordings for promotional and marketing purposes. You consent to this use and acknowledge you will not be entitled to any payment or other compensation. If you do not
    consent to the use of your image or likeness, please advise us as least 21 days prior to the commencement of your Journey.

Cancellation Policy

Please refer to: Terms and Conditions

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.

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