Journey Name: Adelaide- Alice Springs - Darwin  |  Journey Duration: Upto 5 days
 
Overview:
Travel from Australia’s south to north on one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Board in Adelaide and watch South Australia’s rolling green hills make way for desert, the rusty Red Centre and finally the tropical splendour of the Top End. Or get on in Darwin and see the landscapes dance in the opposite direction. Explore the famous outback towns of Alice Springs and Katherine on a whistle stop tour. Visit sacred Aboriginal sites around Alice Springs or take a scenic helicopter flight over Simpsons Gap. Cruise down the Katherine Gorge, canoe down Katherine River or choose from other tailored Ghan adventures.
 
Train Departure Schedule :
2016
October - December
April - June
July - September
2017
January - March
 
 
Journey Dates :

Adelaide – Alice Springs - Darwin

Operates All Year

 

Arrives

Departs

Adelaide

-

Sun – 12.15 pm

Marla

Mon – 6.00 am

Mon – 8.00 am

Alice Springs

Mon – 1.45pm

Mon – 6.00pm

Katherine

Tues – 9.00am

Tues – 1.00pm

Darwin

Tues – 5.00pm

-

 

 
Places Covered:
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin
 
Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Adelaide – Alice Springs

Board Adelaide midday
Settle into your cabin or seat and watch Adelaide’s gracious edges flatten into wine country, desert and scrubs. Pass through coastal Coonamia and Port Augusta. Cross over Dog Fence, the world’s longest fence and speed through Cadney Homestead at the gateway to the Painted Desert. Look out at the small, rustic railway towns and vast tracts of Aboriginal land, where communities have maintained their connection with the land for thousands of years. In the morning, you’ll cross the Northern Territory border and travel through the small bush town of Kulgera and over the sandy Finke River. Take in the multicoloured vistas with morning tea before arriving in Alice Springs. 

 

 

Day 2 – Alice Springs – Katherine

Arrive Alice Springs midday
Explore Alice Springs on one of the many whistle stop tours. Learn about the area’s outback pioneers or immerse yourself in its Aboriginal history with a Central Arrernte guide. Visit a working camel farm or see the region’s birds and wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park. Fly over Simpson’s Gap and the Larapinta Trail on a helicopter or go quad biking across the desert. To see the sights at your own pace, take the 70-minute shuttle bus with an experienced guide and hop off as you wish at the major attractions. Reboard in the late afternoon and watch the train pull out of Alice before the sunset flames on the horizon. In the morning you’ll race through the gold-mining town of Tennant Creek and into the historic pioneering township of Katherine.    

 

Day 3 –Katherine to Darwin

Arrive Katherine morning
Hop off in Katherine just after breakfast and head off on one of the many half-day tours. You can cruise down Katherine Gorge past magnificent sandstone cliffs or fly over its interconnecting gorges on a helicopter. Get up close to the birds and animals of Nitmiluk National Park on a nature cruise or canoe down the Katherine River. If you just want to explore the town, take the shuttle bus and hop off at attractions such as the Railway Museum, historic Springvale Homestead and the local Aboriginal art gallery.
 
Depart Katherine early afternoon
Pass through the old gold mining town of Pine Creek and Adelaide River, once a World War II military headquarters when the Japanese were bombing Darwin.  
 

Arrive Darwin late afternoon
The dusty plains make way for tropical foliage as you roll into the capital of Darwin. Your Ghan journey ends here, but you can continue your adventure in Darwin’s parks, harbour, historical attractions and outdoor festivals and markets. This is also your gateway to the waterfalls and rock pools of Litchfield National Park and the colourful communities of the Tiwi Islands.

 
Price:

Advance Purchase Fares for 2016-2017

Fares valid for rail travel from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017.

In order to receive the Advance Purchase fare, bookings must be made a minimum of 6 months in advance of travel.

All fares are are inclusive of fuel price surcharge

Adelaide - Darwin or vice-versa

$AUD Per Person
One Way

Platinum
Service(No Advance Purchase)

Gold Service
Twin

Gold Service
Single

Adult

3699

1989

1779


Adelaide - Alice Springs or vice-versa

$AUD Per Person
One Way

Platinum
Service(No Advance Purchase)

Gold Service
Twin

Gold Service
Single

Adult

2549

1079

959


Alice Springs - Darwin or vice-versa

$AUD Per Person
One Way

Platinum
Service(No Advance Purchase)

Gold Service
Twin

Gold Service
Single

Adult

2549

1079

959


 
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals (except in Red Service)
  • Fuel Price surcharge
  • GST
 
Exclusions:

 
Notes – Remarks:

 
Terms and Conditions:
  • All fares are inclusive of a fuel price surcharge.
  • Return fares are generally double the one-way fare
  • All fares are in Australian Dollars and are inclusive of GST
 
Route Map
 
  • One of the great train journeys of the world
  • Unsurpassed views of Australia
  • North to South (or reverse) through the centre of Australia
  • Visit two of Australia's must see jewels: the Red Centre & the Top-End
  • A range of Whistle stop and optional tours to choose from