The Ghan Train Australia Review. My impressions and photos of this iconic railway journey
The Ghan is one of the iconic train journeys in the world. This epic trip travels over 2,900 kilometres through the outback of Australia between Darwin in the Northern Territory and Adelaide in South Australia.
Following the steps ancient Afghan cameleers took transporting goods through this vast country, the train provides a memorable experience spanning three days and two nights.
The most luxurious option is travelling in Platinum Class. The spacious cabin has two sofa seats during the day that convert into twin or double beds at night. It also includes an en-suite shower room stocked with exotic Australian-made toiletries.
The other luxury option offered is Gold Class. A more compact cabin than Platinum, these have a long sofa seat that converts into bunk beds at night and an en-suite wet room.
There is also a more economical Red Class providing a seat only option.
Platinum and Gold passengers have access to one of the plush Outback Explorer lounges on board. These carriages have plenty of seating, a free bar and small gift shop stocked with Ghan souvenirs.
The all-inclusive meals are served in the Queen Adelaide dining cars. These are splendid carriages where you are provided with a choice of exquisite dishes and complementary wines.
Two stops are made on the journey and excursions included for the two premium classes.
Several hours are spent in Alice Springs, deep in the heart of the Australian outback where a number of touring options are offered. Originally created as a relay station for the Telegraph system, on one of the tours you visit the original station buildings, explore the museum at the Flying Doctor Headquarters, hear stories about pioneering Australian women at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame located in the historic old jail, before journeying up ANZAC hill to see the memorial to fallen soldiers and enjoy the panoramic view of this famous town.
The other stop is 300 kilometres out of Darwin at Katherine. Here passengers can choose from various escorted boat trips through the breathtaking Katherine Gorge. On these you hear about the history and traditions of the original aboriginal inhabitants, the flora and fauna and wildlife – including the crocodiles that frequent the area.
When not on tours you can view the changing landscape of Australia in the comfort of the magnificent train as you travel from the lush wine lands in the south, through the harsh red centre to the tropical environment of the north.
The Ghan is a luxurious and epic journey, providing a memorable experience. One you will cherish for ever.
For more Tips for Travellers content on The Ghan watch my video tour of The Ghan and excursions and listen to my audio podcast recorded live on board the Ghan train sharing observations, tips and advice about The Ghan. I also have an article about the history and key facts about The Ghan