Travelling on The Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia, on a trip that is widely regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys
The name “Ghan” is an abbreviation of “Afghan” and refers to the camel drivers who were brought from Afghanistan in the 19th century. These cameleers helped provide transport throughout central Australia and were vital to the region. The importance of these camel ‘trains’ is remembered in the naming of The Ghan which travels from Darwin to Adelaide and vice versa.
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CHOOSE YOUR JOURNEY
It is possible to travel on The Ghan from one to three nights, depending on your budget and how much time you have available for the journey. Highlights include the comfort of a private cabin, stunning scenery, and the all-inclusive nature of the trip.
The Ghan travels from Adelaide to Darwin, via Alice Springs, in two nights. From May to October, there is also a three-night journey which includes a stop at opal mining town Coober Pedy and time to visit Uluru. If time or money is tight, you can also travel on The Ghan for just one night, from Darwin to Alice Springs or Alice Springs to Adelaide.
Passengers tend to be well-travelled and excellent company, with plenty of interesting tales to tell. Many are also younger than you might expect. In the past The Ghan had the reputation as a “must do for more mature travellers”. However, these days it is simply a “must do”. When I was in Darwin, I met a 23-year-old Danish tourist who had completed the journey as a solo traveller and loved it.
ALL ABOARD IN DARWIN OR ADELAIDE
There is a sense of excitement as people gather in the hotel foyer on the morning The Ghan departs and staff in Akubra hats tag everyone’s luggage.
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