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7 Day Ultimate Outback Rail Journey on the Ghan

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Katherine - Darwin

3-day Ghan Gold Service experience from Adelaide to Darwin

All meals & drinks included onboard the Ghan

Spectacular off-train excursions & activities

4 to 5-star hotel accommodation in Adelaide and Darwin

2020 departure dates available

From $3,599 Typically $4,592 pp twin share

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Hop on the luxurious Ghan Expedition & discover the beauty of Australia's vast interior.

Your journey will start off with one night of pre-tour 5-star hotel accommodation in Adelaide where you'll enjoy a welcome dinner. Next, hop aboard The Ghan, a once-in-a-lifetime experience journeying from Adelaide to Darwin in a Gold Service cabin. The luxurious train offers comfortable accommodation, a selection of off-train excursions and some of Australia's best dining. Stops along the way include Alice Springs and Katherine where you'll have a choice of excursions and visits to famous Australian sites.

Arrive in Darwin, let's enjoy a three-night stay at 4-star hotel accommodation and you'll have a chance to explore the city and Litchfield National Park.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Day 1


Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation for the evening. Enjoy a 2 course welcome dinner with the tour leader and fellow travellers at the hotel this evening.

Accommodation: Pullman Hotel Adelaide or similar, Adelaide

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

The Ghan (boarding in Adelaide)

After breakfast, transfer to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. It’s all aboard as The Legendary Ghan departs for Alice Springs at 12:15pm. After boarding, your first day on The Ghan begins with a light lunch in the Restaurant Car as you travel north towards Spencer Gulf and Port Augusta. Settle into your Gold Service sleeper cabin and perhaps enjoy a drink with new found friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

Accommodation: The Ghan in a Gold Service cabin

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3

 The Ghan (Alice Springs)

Set foot in the remote reaches of northern South Australia to witness an unforgettable Outback sunrise as part of The Ghan’s dawn short stop at Marla. After brunch on board, The Ghan arrives in Alice Springs. You have time to look around the town or enjoy an off-train excursion tour (reservations may be made on-board the train). Re-board the train and enjoy the desert scenery as you continue your journey north.

Accommodation: The Ghan in a Gold Service cabin

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 4

 The Ghan (Katherine and Darwin)

In the morning, stopover in Katherine and choose from several off-train excursion tours, including a boat cruise on the famous Katherine Gorge or a coach tour of the town and surrounds. At 1.00 pm re-board The Ghan for your journey north through the lush, Top End countryside before arriving in Darwin at 5:30 pm. You will be transferred by coach to your accommodation for the next three nights. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Rydges Darwin Central or similar, Darwin

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 5

Darwin sightseeing

After breakfast, depart the hotel for a city sights tour by private coach – the perfect introduction to Darwin. See the Chinese Temple and the lush Botanical Gardens. Tour the historic sites of the city including East Point Military Precinct, the Stokes Hill Wharf area and the Mooring Basin. There is also time to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory before returning to the hotel by 12:30pm. Own arrangements for lunch and some free time to relax and explore for the afternoon. This evening transfer to Stokes Hill Wharf, for your sunset harbour cruise. The Dinner Cruise aboard the “Charles Darwin” is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the famous Darwin Sunset whilst enjoying a delicious Territory Style Buffet with Australian Seafood and Local produce all in air-conditioned comfort.

Accommodation: Rydges Darwin Central or similar, Darwin

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 6

Litchfield tour

After breakfast, you will set off to spend the full day exploring Litchfield National Park’s spectacular waterfalls and cascades. See the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds. Once back in Darwin, you can either choose to get dropped off at Mindil Beach Markets or relax back at the hotel. Mindil Beach Markets are renowned for awesome sunsets over the sea and are home to over 200 local stalls offering delicious food, specialty arts and crafts. Make your own way back to the hotel from the markets, only a 7-10 minute Taxi ride.

Accommodation: Rydges Darwin Central or similar, Darwin

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 7

Darwin departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to Darwin Airport.

Meals included: breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 1 night’s accommodation at 5-star Pullman Adelaide including breakfast
  • 2 night’s Gold Service on The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin – all-inclusive meals & drinks
  • 3 night’s accommodation at 4-star Rydges Darwin Central including breakfast daily
  • All transfers between hotel, railway terminal and airport 
  • Meals as indicated: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Adelaide
  • Tour guide for the 7 days
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees included
    • Standard off-train excursion tours while on The Ghan
    • Half-day Darwin City Sights Tour
    • Charles Darwin Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise
    • Full-day Litchfield Waterfalls Tour



Adelaide - Pullman Adelaide or similar

Darwin - Rydges Darwin Central or similar

The Ghan - Gold Service Twin Cabin with private bathroom facilities (^upgrade to Platinum Service available at additional cost)


Group size

Maximum of 31 people 


Fitness level required

To undertake most off-train experiences, a good level of fitness is required, including the ability to walk and balance on uneven ground. Sensible walking shoes are required. A health and fitness form will be required.


  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary


Cabin Upgrades

Upgrade to Platinum Class (twin share): $2250 pp


Fine Print

The Traveldream 14-day refund guarantee does NOT apply to this booking. 100% cancellation fees apply after confirmation of the train cabin. The fare is non-transferable and non-refundable. No amendments allowed.


Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $400

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263. 


Extra Services

Looking to book your flights, arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at to inquire. 


Child Policy

Please enquire with or 1300 350 263 if you would like to travel with a child or infant. 


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Departure Dates

MAY 2020
23 rd
Saturday 23 May 2020  ‐  Friday 29 May 2020
+ $400 p.p
JUN 2020
20 th
Saturday 20 Jun 2020  ‐  Friday 26 Jun 2020
JUL 2020
25 th
Saturday 25 Jul 2020  ‐  Friday 31 Jul 2020
AUG 2020
22 nd
Saturday 22 Aug 2020  ‐  Friday 28 Aug 2020
SEP 2020
12 th
Saturday 12 Sep 2020  ‐  Friday 18 Sep 2020
+ $100 p.p

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