The Ghan: Adelaide to Darwin by train

Duration (in days): 3

From: Adelaide

To: Darwin (or vice versa)



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Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

Across 3 days and 2 nights this famous journey offers a unique insight into the spectacular and ever-changing outback landscapes from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs (or vice versa).

Considered a national treasure of Australia, The Ghan took its first journey in 1929 and continues to be a top choice for travellers looking for that true outback experience alongside the comfort and luxury of travelling by rail.

The Ghan and Indian Pacific Journey Beyond - 30sec version


This incredible journey can also be experienced from Darwin to Adelaide or in either direction, as far as Alice Springs – ask us to tailor-make your journey to suit you.



  • Travel in luxury on either the Ghan Gold Service or Platinum Service
  • All-inclusive dining in the on-board Queen Adelaide restaurant
  • Discover the artsy, Outback city of Alice Springs
  • Cruise the Katherine River or learn about Aboriginal culture
  • Choose optional upgrades from helicopter flights to guided tours

Our holidays which include The Ghan


Day 1: Depart Adelaide

Board the train at noon and get settled in your cabin, your home for the next 2 nights. After settling into your cabin you will make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for a delicious lunch and a choice of fine wines, all included in the cost. Relax in your cabin looking out over spectacular landscapes before joining the rest of the guests for afternoon tea and in the evening a 3 course meal made from the finest Australian produce is served alongside local wines, the staff will be happy to help you match the two!

Tonight will be spent on board the train.

Day 2: Alice Springs

A morning stop in Marla gives the chance to get off and stretch your legs whilst enjoying an outback sunrise with fresh coffee. Once back on-board brunch is served in the restaurant car, why not spoil yourself with the Belgium waffles and strawberries with chocolate sauce?

A stop in Alice Springs gives a glimpse into the history of the region, visit local landmarks or witness a spectacular bird show. Upgrade to a helicopter flight across the MacDonnell Ranges for panoramic views, experience a camel ride across ochre land or spend time at iconic cultural sites, Uluru & Kata Tjuta.

Back on the train, share stories in the lounge with your fellow passengers before freshening up for dinner, try local dishes such as kangaroo fillet and crocodile boudin blanc, overnight is spent on board the train.

Tonight will be spent on board the train.

Day 3: Arrive Darwin

After breakfast on board it’s time to explore the outback town of Katherine, there are plenty of options to choose from. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River or learn more about the local Jawoyn people with an Aboriginal cultural experience trying out some of the skills that have been developed over thousands of years.

Upgrade to a scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks for magnificent views over cascading falls and giant gorges. A delicious late lunch followed by relaxation on board takes you through the afternoon, arriving into Darwin early evening.

Our holidays which include The Ghan


We've done a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post Central Australia: Uluru & the luxury Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs - written by one of our consultants who has been here.

Service Details

First service departs year round:

  • Departs Adelaide on Sunday
  • Departs Alice Springs on Monday
  • Departs Darwin on Wednesday

The Ghan Expedition (Darwin to Adelaide only):

  • Departs Darwin on Wednesday, March to October

It is also possible to do shorter sectors of this trip:

  • Adelaide to Alice Springs (or vice versa)
  • Alice Springs to Darwin (or vice versa)

What's included: 

Gold Service

  • Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
  • Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre.


Platinum Service

  • Full-size en suite equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary Australian bathroom amenities
  • Lockable door, power outlets and in-cabin safe
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
  • Picture windows offering views from both sides of the train
  • Choose to travel with Platinum Service Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 60km of the terminal
  • Freshly prepared continental in-cabin breakfasts served upon request
  • Refreshments served in-cabin
  • 90kg luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30kg each)


Gold Service

Gold Twin cabins feature a comfortable sleeper cabin with a private en suite bathroom and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day

Gold Single cabins have a compact sleeper cabin with a bed that converts to a seat by day. Shower/toilet facilities are shared and located at the end of the carriage

The Gold Superior Cabin is larger with a double bed (only one of these cabins on each service)

Platinum Service

Platinum cabins have a full-size ensuite bathroom equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary Australian bathroom amenities

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