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The Ghan

The Great Southern Railway

Take advantage of The Ghan’s packaged tours incorporating a train journey of a lifetime with exciting land tour destinations, travelling from Adelaide through the rugged outback of Australia, via Alice Springs through to its tropical north and Darwin. Marvel at the rusty reds of the MacDonnell Ranges, the unusual domes of Kata Tjuta / The Olgas, the stunning Uluru / Ayers Rock near Yulara, and the warm cosmopolitan Top End.

Options include watching local Aboriginal artists at work or learning about traditional bush tucker, visiting the award winning Alice Springs Desert Park, gazing at a fiery sunset over Uluru / Ayers Rock or viewing prehistoric crocodiles at close range on a river cruise.

Touring Options

Island to Island

Enjoy a holiday adventure you will remember forever. Experience a unique side of the Northern Territory and visit the Tiwi Islands, where you will watch local Aboriginal artists at work, share billy tea and damper, and learn about traditional bush tucker. Travel via Katherine and stop at Alice Springs and visit the Alice Springs Desert Park, where you will see the birds of prey or rare animals in the nocturnal house. Then continue your adventure on The Ghan’s Gold Kangaroo Service to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.

Rock and Rail

Experience a desert sunrise with your breakfast while The Ghan pulls into the Central Australian town of Alice Springs. After travelling through the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges, explore the unusual orange coloured domes of Kata Tjuta / The Olgas and Walpa / Olga Gorge, before the day’s finale – view a fiery sunset over stunning Uluru / Ayers Rock, as you sip a glass of sparkling wine.

Taste of the Top End

Savour The Ghan’s Gold Kangaroo Service before pausing in Alice Springs, where you’ll visit the award winning Alice Springs Desert Park. After travelling via Katherine, travel on to explore warm and cosmopolitan Darwin on a city tour of its many local attractions. And for a real treat – get up close and personal with some prehistoric creatures on the famous Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Your Top End adventure continues on to the Windows on the Wetlands Visitors Centre, where you’ll learn about the diversity of the tropical wetlands and its inhabitants.

The Ghan – Activites and Experiences

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  • Inbound
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Car park
  • Checkin Desk
  • Public Transport
  • Public phone
  • Public toilet
  • Taxi rank
  • Waiting Area
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
  • City
  • Cultural
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Island
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Outback
  • Rail
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage

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Where Are Australia's Best Islands?

Australia's Best Islands

Around the coast of Australia there are many amazing islands that are an unforgetable pleasure for all who visit. Naturally, the Great Barrier Reef dominates any list of great Australian islands, with pristine wonders like the Whitsundays, Dunk Island and Lizard Island. Further off the east coast is the spectacular Lord Howe Island and off the coast of South Australia is the unspoilt Kangaroo Island. See if you aggree with our selection of Australia's best island escapes.