The Ghan Expedition (Darwin-Adelaide)

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    April 2025 - October 2025
  • Cross the entire country by train, with unforgettable experiences along the way in Katherine, the Red Centre, Manguri & Coober Pedy
  • A​ll-inclusive with off-train touring, regionally inspired meals and fine wines — including an amazing dinner under the outback stars!
  • Solo travellers pay less per person!*

A unique and epic experience. Explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition. Departing from Darwin, this extended cross-continental journey will show you Katherine, Alice Springs, Manguri and Coober Pedy en route to 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.

Why not extend your time in Darwin or Adelaide - there's heaps to see. Please call our travel team on 1300 414 198 for suggestions.


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Enjoy a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station


  • Welcome Experience at Darwin Convention Centre
  • Transfer from Welcome Experience to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • 4 days / 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, travelling from Darwin to Adelaide
  • 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, Coober Pedy and Manguri
  • A spectacular dinner under the stars at The Historic Telegraph Station in Alice Springs
  • Explore Nitmiluk Gorge’s powerful natural wonders and rich Indigenous culture
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy



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.

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.

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.

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.

Darwin is a great base to see more of the Northern Territory. We can assist with booking additional accommodation and sightseeing tours of the area.

Why not extend your stay in Adelaide to see more of the region - including the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island.

Dates and Prices


Departs Darwin Wednesday & Saturday from April to October 2025.

A​dvance purchase fares -

P​rices for departures in April, September & October 2025:

  • G​old Premium share cabin from $5,090 pp
  • Gold Twin share cabin from $4,290 pp
  • Gold Single cabin from $3,790 pp

P​rices for departures between May to August 2025:

  • G​old Premium share cabin from $5,490 pp
  • Gold Twin share cabin from $4,590 pp
  • Gold Single cabin from $4,090 pp

Everyday fares -

P​rices for departures in April, September & October 2025:

  • Gold Twin share cabin from $4,890 pp
  • G​old Premium share cabin from $5,890 pp
  • Platinum Twin share cabin from $7,590 pp
  • Gold Single cabin from $4,390 pp

P​rices for departures between May to August 2025:

  • Gold Twin share cabin from $5,190 pp
  • G​old Premium share cabin from $6,290 pp
  • Platinum Twin share cabin from $7,990 pp
  • Gold Single cabin from $4,690 pp

W​ant to travel earlier call to check availability and pricing for 2024.

Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice. Advance Purchase fares are only available until sold out.


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Gold Service 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.




Darwin Berrimah Terminal is located 20km from Darwin's CBD. Complimentary coach transfers to Darwin Rail Terminal are available for Gold Service guests departing from selected Darwin hotels. Please ask your consultant for details.

Can I fly out the same day as the train arrives?

We highly recommend that guests do not book flights same day as arrival without allowing for late running trains. This would mean allowing for at least 3-5 hours after the scheduled arrival time, and an overnight stopover.

What medical assistance do the on-train staffs provide?

Staff are trained to administer basic first aid, however our staff are not able to provide routine medical aid during a journey. Guests requiring medical attention or mobility assistance on board any of our trains are required to arrange for their own Carer to travel with them.

Can my necessary medication be refrigerated?

Yes subject to space within our on-board fridge compartments - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.


Due to space constraints, guests are advised to take onboard only hand luggage containing the requirements for their rail journey. Guests who bring electronic devices, such as laptops, that connect to 240-volt power on the trains should also pack a surge arrestor. Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey. Passengers travelling in Gold Service are able to take 2 x 30kg bags each. Please note luggage check-in opens 2.5 hours prior to departure and closes 60 minutes prior to departure.

Dress Code

Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service. Neat casual attire is required. 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.

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. Surge protectors can be purchased from an electrical store.


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