The Ghan

The Ghan

  • Region : Australia
  • Type : Luxury Trains
  • Traveller Interest : Panoramic VistasCultural Experiences
  • Introduction / History
  • Accommodation
  • Dining / Lounge
Originally the Afghan Express, the name The Ghan was inspired by the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the Red Centre of Australia over 150 years ago.The Ghan’s emblem is an Afghan on a camel in recognition of their efforts in opening up the inhospitable interior to the rest of Australia. On Sunday 4 August, 1929, an excited crowd gathered at the Adelaide Railway Station to bid farewell to the first Ghan train. This train carried supplies and over 100 passengers bound for the remote town of Stuart, later to be called Alice Springs.
This north-south transcontinental journey covers 2,979 kilometres and encounters spectacular and diverse landscapes; from the rusty reds of the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs, gateway to Ayers Rock and the Red Centre, then north to Tennant Creek, Katherine and the tropical splendour of Darwin.

A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape. The train also offers specially designed Whistle Stop tours to fit in with the train timetable so even if you only have a short time off the train, you’ll still have the opportunity to take in some of the area’s best sights.

The Ghan offers 3 levels of service:

Platinum Service

Platinum Service offers spacious private cabins complete with plush, high quality fittings and are en suite. Its service, attention and indulgence can turn a holiday into a life-enhancing experience. The sheer convenience of on-call Cabin Steward Service and in-cabin menu makes this new service level a five-star travel and accommodation experience.

Platinum Service Cabin features include:
  • An exclusive new service, limited to just 25 Platinum Cabins on The Ghan departing Adelaide and Darwin twice weekly
  • Your cabin is a private lounge during the day with a movable table and two ottomans, offering plenty of room to entertain or simply relax and enjoy the journey
  • By night your private cabin converts to your choice of comfortable double or twin beds with quality bedding
  • All en suites are equipped with premium fittings, full size shower, vanity with cupboard space, mirror and toilet facilities
  • An oversized panoramic window in your cabin offers you a unique perspective on the ever-changing Australian landscape
  • Enjoy views from both sides of the train, as each cabin features an additional interior window
  • Set the tone, dim the lights to your personal preference and settle in for the night with in-cabin entertainment
  • For your convenience and peace of mind each cabin offers a lockable door and in-cabin safe.
  • Welcome drink and appetiser on arrival in your cabin
  • Cabin Steward service to cater to your needs
  • Fine Australian wine or tasty delights (available for purchase) from the in-cabin menu
  • Complimentary nightcap and turndown service provided nightly
  • Binoculars and in-cabin entertainment available on request
  • Enjoy tea/coffee delivered to your cabin each morning
  • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea in your cabin
  • Optional in-cabin continental breakfast or full breakfast in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car    

Gold Service
During the day, the compact Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. A hospitality attendant ensures you have fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. Cabins are fitted with a wash basin. Showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage.

Gold Service features include:
  • Compact sleeper accommodation
  • Stylish Restaurant Car dining included in your fare, with freshly prepared, delicious meals and waiter service
  • Quality wines and beverages for purchase
  • Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments
  • Welcome Reception with complimentary glass of bubbly, wine, beer or soft drink
  • Cabin Steward service
  • In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary available from your cabin sound system
  • Complimentary toiletries kit
  • Free ‘Platform’ magazine
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available during your journey

Gold Service Superior Cabin

If you’d like some extra space and comfort, the Gold Service Superior Cabin features (at an additional cost) a 3/4 size double bed and an additional fold-down single bed. It has its own lounge area with a table, armchairs, a well-stocked bar fridge with complimentary refreshments, your own private DVD player and a range of finer appointments to make your journey even more special. 
Red Service

For affordable comfort, the air-conditioned twin share Red Service Sleeper Cabins have two facing lounge chairs that easily convert to snug upper and lower sleeping berths at night. The twin berth sleeper has a wash basin, while showers and toilets are located nearby at the end of each carriage. For those who would like a drink, a snack or simply a change of scenery and the chance to stretch your legs, guests on the red service have full access to the Red Service Diner.

Red Service Sleeper Cabin features include:
  • Compact twin share day berth converting to twin sleeping berths at night
  • Seating comprises two facing lounge chairs
  • Wash basin facilities in your cabin, with toilets and showers at the end of each carriage
  • Access to the Red Service Diner offering meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks for purchase
  • Free 'Platform' magazine
  • Red Service Concession Fares available.

Red Service Day/Nighter Seats are two-abreast reclining chairs that can swivel to face each other if you’d like to socialise. They have ample leg room and individual reading light. Travel pillows and blankets available for purchase. You can take in the views, enjoy the entertainment and information on the video screen or even relax with a drink and a meal in the Red Service Diner. Shower and toilet facilities available at the end of the carriage.

Platinum & Gold Service guests dine in the elegantly themed Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. At each meal you will be offered a choice of fine food freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. The seasonal menu features distinctly Australian mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet. You may choose to complement your meals with a selection of premium Australian wines and beverages available for purchase. Included in your fare are full or continental breakfasts, all onboard lunches and a la carte dinners. 
The Outback Explorer Lounge on board the train is often the centre of activity on the journey. The lounge is ideal for socialising with your fellow travellers from around the globe, relaxing, reading or just enjoying the picturesque scenery.

Guests on the Red Service have access to the Matilda Café which has panoramic windows for great views. The Diner offers affordable and tasty light meals, snacks and drinks for purchase. Red Service guests also have access to the Red Gum lounge which is the perfect place to enjoy the panoramic window views, meet new friends, or spend a leisurely afternoon with a good book. Access to the Red Gum Lounge is included in the ticket price for Red Sleeper guests, while those travelling in Red Service Day/Nighter Seats will pay a daily fee of $10 to $15 to use the facility.