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The Ghan

Journey: Adelaide - Alice Springs

The Ghan is an odd name for a train but in Australian history The Ghan is a living legend. It is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent.

A hundred and fifty years ago, the first camels were imported along with their handlers from Afghanistan and, in true Australian style, Afganistan was shortened to ‘Ghan’. The Ghan train derives its name from these early pioneers and its emblem of an Afghan on a camel is in recognition of their efforts in opening up the harsh interior to the rest of Australia.
Early explorers and later the telegraph linesmen used camels, perfectly adapted for travelling long distances through the hot, inhospitable interior, to blaze a permanent trail into Central Australia.

Today, you can make this journey with creature comforts our forbears would never have imagined. Boarding The Ghan in Adelaide for Darwin, you’ll experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. You’ll marvel at the spectacular colours of the outback, the spinifex plains and salt pans of the vast interior and the rugged MacDonnell Ranges on this epic adventure to the heartland of Australia. The Ghan stops in Alice Springs, the ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Red Centre, such as Palm Valley, Ayers Rock/ Uluru, The Olgas/ Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon. The extension of The Ghan to Darwin will further enhance what is already considered one of the world's great train journeys. The 47 hour, 2979km transcontinental journey will feature off train touring options at Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge at modest extra cost. Continue on to Darwin, the latest section of australians railroad history, and discover the wonders of the Top End.

 

The Ghan Services

Gold Kangaroo Service

  • Superior, well appointed day and overnight sleeper accommodation
  • Ensuite twin or single berths provide a haven of tranquillity
  • One double size ‘Deluxe’ Cabin featuring double bed, lounge and own bar/ video.
  • Stylish restaurant car dining included in your fare. Freshly prepared, nutritious meals with waiter service to your table. Quality wines and beverages for purchase.
  • Luxurious lounge and bar car for relaxation, refreshment and video entertainment. Newspapers and board games available.
  • Gold Kangaroo Service Reception.
  • Certificate of Travel upon completion of journey.
  • Dedicated cabin steward service.
  • Music channels and detailed journey commentary selected from your own sound system.
  • Complimentary welcome kit in cabins, including "collectors" pin.
  • Complimentary toiletries bag.
  • Complimentary on-board magazine.
  • Complimentary hair dryers and CD units (small deposit required)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, available 24 hours a day.




Red Kangaroo Service

Red Kangaroo Sleeper Cabin

  • Comfortable twin share cabin comprising two facing lounge chairs converting to sleeping berths at night.
  • Private washing facilities in your cabin.
  • Access to the Red Kangaroo Dining Car, offering tasty meals for purchase.
  • Access to the Red Kangaroo Lounge Car, offering relaxation, refreshment and video entertainment.
  • Alcoholic beverages, softdrinks and snacks for purchase.
  • Toilets and showers at the end of each carriage.
  • Complimentary on-board magazine.


Red Kangaroo Daynighter Seat

  • Comfortable recliner lounge chair with generous leg room and individual reading light.
  • Access to Red Kangaroo Lounge and Diner (dress codes apply).
  • Buffet car meals, snacks and drinks for purchase.
  • Video entertainment and on-board magazine.
  • Showers and toilets at the end of each carriage.






 

The Ghan Schedule

(Valid Until 31 March 2014)

Adelaide → Alice Springs → Darwin
Perth → Adelaide → Sydney
 
Sun
Wed*1
 
Wed
Sat*2
Depart Adelaide
12:20pm
12:20pm
Depart Darwin
10:00am
9:00am
 
Mon
Thurs*1
Arrive Katherine
1:40pm
12:20pm
Arrive Alice Springs
1:45pm
1:45pm
Depart Katherine
6:20pm
4:45pm
Depart Alice Springs
6:00pm
6:00pm
 
Thurs
Sun*2
 
Tues
Fri*1
Arrive Alice Springs
9:10am
11:15am
Arrive Katherine
9:00am
9:00am
Depart Alice Springs
12:45pm
3:15pm
Depart Katherine
1:00pm
1:00pm
 
Fri
Mon*2
Arrive Darwin
5:30pm
6:30pm
Arrive Adelaide
12:30pm
12:30pm
*1 additional services operate Jun to Aug 2013
*2 additional services operate Jun to Aug 2013
 

 

 

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The Ghan One way Adelaide -Alice Spring

The Ghan one way Adelaide - Darwin

The Ghan one way Alice Springs - Darwin

 


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