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Ride the Ghan from Darwin-Adelaide, then enjoy a 5-star stay in Adelaide! (Jun 2023)

Set off on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition — exploring Katherine, Alice Springs, Manguri and Coober Pedy along the way. Once in Adelaide, we have included three nights of 5-star accommodation to unwind in comfort. Call 1300 414 198 to book your cross-country adventure.

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6 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Travel on the iconic Ghan rail journey between Darwin and Adelaide + 3 nights in Adelaide

The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide is a unique and epic experience, which explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys.

Beginning in Darwin, this four day, three night, 2979km all-inclusive journey will take you to some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort. Your adventure through the country’s vast, varied, and captivating interior will leave you speechless. It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience.

Enjoy 3 nights in Adelaide to explore this great city, Why not visit Kangaroo Island or explore the food & wine region of the Barossa Valley or cruise along the Murray River on a highlights lunch cruise.

(Already live in Adelaide? This package is also available with a 3-night Darwin stay prior to your trip. Or we can, by request, happily combine the two options into an epic 9-night adventure with stays in both cities!)

Inclusions

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  • 4 days / 3 night aboard The Ghan
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs, and Coober Pedy
  • Evening Off Train Experience in Manguri
  • A spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • Explore Nitmiluk Gorge’s powerful natural wonders and rich Indigenous culture
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Adelaide at the 5-star Crowne Plaza Adelaide including breakfast daily.

Accommodation

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Gold Twin Cabin by day

The Ghan - Gold Class twin cabin

The moment you step into your cabin, you’ll be immersed into a world of romance that epitomises rail travel. The most popular choice of accommodation, Gold Service twin cabins have everything you need to feel right at home for the amazing experience that lies ahead. This is your private oasis, a superbly comfortable overnight room to recline and let the rhythm of the tracks sway you to sleep ahead of your next adventure.

During the day, relax on the three-seater lounge that converts to your upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Enjoy the high quality linen, pillows, doonas and complimentary Australian-made toiletries.

Gold Service Twin cabins have a compact ensuite with toilet, washbasin and shower giving you all the comfort, privacy and amenities you require.Choose from six in-cabin music and journey commentary channels to add ambience to your travels.

Gold Class Dining:

One of the highlights of your journey will undoubtedly be the quality of the all-inclusive food and wine you enjoy in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

Highly-experienced onboard culinary teams work closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores sourcing the finest ingredients to create innovative, regionally-inspired menus accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages offered on every route.

You’ll savour regional delicacies like Top End barramundi, locally produced beef and lamb, Margaret River cheeses, Barossa Valley smallgoods, and native Australian fare.

Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Enjoy a culturally-rich and inspiring escape at Crowne Plaza Adelaide with stunning views from the city’s tallest building in design-led rooms. Stay in the East End— Adelaide’s sweet spot— close to Lot Fourteen and Adelaide Botanic Garden with easy access to the casino, Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval.

Travel dates

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Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

Pricing based on 7 - 13 June 2023 travel.

  • from $5,108 per person twin share
  • from $5,080 Single Traveller
  • Ask about pricing for other dates
  • 8 - 14 July 2023
  • 5 - 11 August 2023
  • 6 - 12 September 2023

Call our friendly Australian travel team on 1300 414 198 to hold your place!

Itinerary

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Please note that itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1- Depart Darwin & Katherine

Your journey begins with a morning departure from Darwin. Once you’re settled into your private cabin, mingle with fellow travellers or sample the exceptional food, wine, and service onboard.  When it’s time for lunch, savour the regionally-inspired menu accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages, before an early afternoon arrival at the Top End township of Katherine.

Take a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders and exploring the region’s rich Indigenous culture. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback, then back in your cabin you’ll find your bed turned down. Fall asleep as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

  • Stay: Ghan Expedition - Gold Service cabin
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Alice Springs

After your first night on The Ghan, you’ll be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, returning in time to meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

  • Stay: Ghan Expedition - Gold Service cabin
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Manguri & Coober Pedy

From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery, and a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.

  • Stay: Ghan Expedition - Gold Service cabin
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Arrive Adelaide

Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you prepare for your mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great travel experiences. Arrive in Adelaide at approx 10:50am and make your way to the Crowne Plaza Adelaide for check in, the rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure.

  • Stay: Crowne Plaza Adelaide
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 & 6 - Adelaide

You have two days to explore this vibrant city, we have put together a few suggestions to get you thinking.

The city of Adelaide is bursting with a variety of activities any time of the year. Soak-up the sun at one of many picture-perfect metropolitan beaches, visit chic inner-city boutiques on Rundle Street or dine at world-famous restaurants. See the pandas at the Adelaide Zoo, and sports fans will not want to miss a tour of the iconic Adelaide Oval.

Visit the world famous wine regions of the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills or Clare Valley which are all a short drive away from the city. Venture over to Kangaroo Island and discover unique wildlife, mouth-watering food and wine, breathtaking scenery and a laid-back lifestyle. A trip to the Central Markets, savor some treats from Haigh's chocolate factory, taste some Grange at Penfolds Magill Estate winery - all essential things to do when visiting Amazing Adelaide.

  • Stay: Crowne Plaza Adelaide
  • Included Meals: Breakfast daily

Day 7 - Homeward Bound

Sadly your holiday comes to an end after a relaxing breakfast and checking out of the hotel.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Questions

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Luggage?

Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey. Each guest travelling are entitled to checked in luggage, however checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. In Gold service guests are allowed 2 bags x 30kg and guests travelling in Platinum Service are allowed 3 bags x 30kg.

Can I take any pets or animals with me on-train?

No - the only animals permitted on GSR services are specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired.

Can I take my walking frame/wheelchair/ scooter on board the train?

No - these items must be checked-in as stored luggage. A specially modified pushchair can be requested for use on train (with the assistance of a Carer or travelling companion) - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Does the train carry power outlets for CPAC machines?

Cabins on the Indian Pacific have 240V power outlets installed which can be used for a CPAC machine. It is recommended that a surge arrestor/protector be used to protect the machine when it is plugged in case of a power surge.

Can I pre-book my Off-Train Excursions?

Off Train Excursions preferences can only be organised once on board the train and are not able to be pre-booked.

Do I need any cash or credit cards onboard?

As the rail journeys are all-inclusive you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising our EFTPOS or credit card facilities.

Dress Code onboard the train?

Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service. Warm clothes are recommended for evenings onboard the train, as the air-conditioning can be cool. It is recommended that guests pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for off-train touring. Sensible shoes are advisable for walking between carriages. Long, sturdy pants may be required for some Off Train Excursions.

Is Wi-Fi available on board the train?

No, currently Wi-Fi is not available.

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