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The Ghan: 5 Day Luxury Rail Experience 2023

Adelaide - Darwin

3-day Ghan Gold Service experience from Adelaide to Darwin 

All meals & beverages included onboard the Ghan

Spectacular off-train excursions & activities

4-star hotel stay in Darwin

From $2,999 Typically $4,299 pp twin share

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Take a magical journey through the heart of the continent, for three days you'll be transfixed by the sheer beauty of Australia's ever the changing landscape, the green rolling hills of Australia's fertile south, the vibrant ochre earth and cobalt skies of Australia's red-center and the balmy tropical grandeur of Northern Territory's capital Darwin.

When you arrive in Darwin you can sense the cosmopolitan and thriving atmosphere of this historic tropical north Australian city. You will be personally met at the Ghan railway station by a representative and transferred to your Darwin hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighborhood and central Darwin.




Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Day 1

Depart Adelaide

Your remarkable journey to Darwin begins today at 12:15. Once you’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. The afternoon is yours to relax, socialise, and get acquainted with the novelty of rail travel. After a sumptuous dinner, join other guests for a few late-night drinks or head to your cabin to settle in early and await the sights of your first incredible outback sunrise the next day.

Accommodation: Ghan - Gold Class Twin Cabin

Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Day 2

The Ghan (The Centre)

Witness an unforgettable outback sunrise with a steaming cup of coffee this morning and a brief stop in Marla. Back onboard, sink into pure indulgence in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for brunch and relax as the mallee scrub makes way for the iconic outback scenery of Alice Springs.

Off-board, spend the afternoon at leisure; you could visit local landmarks, take a front-row seat a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park or experience a majestic camel ride across ochre land. Back on the train, get to know your fellow passengers in the Outback Explorer Lounge before freshening up for dinner - topped off with a cheeky nightcap, of course!

Accommodation: Ghan - Gold Class Twin Cabin

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3

The Ghan (Katherine to Darwin)

Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory gaze in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs as you cruise lazily on the Katherine River*. Alternatively, spend the day with the local Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning to basket weave, spear throw and play the Didgeridoo. A late lunch awaits back on board, then relax with a glass of fine wine and savour the last few hours of this epic journey as you roll into Darwin at 5:30pm. Transfer to your hotel, and ease back into life on the land with a bit of harbour exploration.

Accommodation: Frontier Hotel Darwin (or similar)

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 4


Explore Australia's gateway to the Northern Territory's 'Top End'   Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels. Get in touch with us to book a day tour to Kakadu, Litchfield National Park or Katherine Gorge. 

Accommodation: Frontier Hotel Darwin (or similar)

Day 5

Depart Darwin

Please catch a taxi to Darwin airport for your flight home. We can also book additional nights in Darwin, and let us know if you would like to visit Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park.


Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 3 days/2 nights Ghan Gold Service twin cabin from Adelaide to Darwin
  • All onboard meals and drinks
  • All off-train excursions and activities (includes Katherine, Alice Springs & Marla)
  • 2 nights of 4-star accommodation in Darwin 
  • Classic Hop on Hop off Darwin Big Bus Tour



Ghan - Gold Service twin cabin (please note that Gold Service twin cabins are outfitted with an upper and lower berth configuration). 

Darwin - Frontier Hotel Darwin, Darwin City Hotel, Advance Metro Apartments or similar.




  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Flights
  • Extras (such as souvenirs)
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary.


Single supplement: $300. Single travellers will be accommodated in Gold service Solo cabins. 

Infant policy: Please enquire with or 1300 893 404 if you would like to travel with a child or infant. 

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 Fitness to Travel form will be required of customers requesting an Accessible Cabin and/or Wheelchair Assistance.

Cancellations: The Traveldream 14 day refund guarantee does not apply to this booking. However, if travel cannot occur due to your rail journey not being able to operate on your chosen date, changes are able to be made subject to availability and/or changes in fare. Please contact us for further information or if you have any questions.

Departure Dates

MAY 2023
03 rd
Wednesday 03 May 2023  ‐  Sunday 07 May 2023
+ $200 p.p
MAY 2023
10 th
Wednesday 10 May 2023  ‐  Sunday 14 May 2023
+ $200 p.p
MAY 2023
24 th
Wednesday 24 May 2023  ‐  Sunday 28 May 2023
+ $200 p.p
JUN 2023
21 st
Wednesday 21 Jun 2023  ‐  Sunday 25 Jun 2023
+ $200 p.p
JUL 2023
12 th
Wednesday 12 Jul 2023  ‐  Sunday 16 Jul 2023

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