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The Ghan Platinum Experience: 6 Day Adelaide to Darwin

Adelaide - Darwin

3-day Ghan Platinum 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 $5,599 Typically $6,199 pp twin share

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Take a magical journey through the heart of the continent! For three amazing 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.

A trip in Platinum Class adds an enhanced level of sophistication to your journey. Stylishly appointed, spacious suites complemented by discreet, personalised service and world-class food and wine make this a very special travel experience.

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, or perhaps take a stroll around the neighborhood and central Darwin.





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

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 - Platinum 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 - Platinum 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: H on Mitchell Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 4

Darwin Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

Explore Australia's gateway to the Northern Territory's 'Top End' on a Darwin bus tour. Hop on for a laid-back sightseeing adventure to discover the best of Darwin, including lush jungle in the Botanic Gardens, exotic street food at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove and fascinating local history at the Military Museum. The tropical northern city of Darwin is located on a massive and spectacular harbour on the Timor Sea. It has a multicultural population of 129,062 people, that is a melting-pot cultures from more than 50 countries, who pride themselves on their unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Darwin has year round balmy weather and has many popular attractions including Aquascene, Burnett House, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Convention Centre, Deckchair Cinema, East Point Reserve & Lake Alexander, Fannie Bay Gaol, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, Lyons Cottage, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Northern Territory Parliament House, USS Peary Memorial and the fascinating World War II Oil Storage Tunnels. There is plenty to see and do in our magnificent and vibrant Top End.

Accommodation: H on Mitchell Hotel (or similar)

Day 5

Kakadu National Park tour

World Heritage listed and the largest National Park in Australia, Kakadu is one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience, and you’ll be amazed at the population of wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air. See some of the most amazing terrain Australia has to offer on your way to and inside Kakadu. Marvel at the concentration of rock art sites that illustrate Aboriginal culture, some dating back 50,000 years.

Accommodation: H on Mitchell Hotel (or similar)

Day 6

Depart Darwin

Please catch a taxi to Darwin airport for your flight home. Ask us about extending your trip with additional nights in Darwin, if you would like to visit Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge or Litchfield National Park.

Inclusions & Exclusions


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


Why Platinum?

Platinum guests enjoy premium extras like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. By day, your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, you’ll enjoy a deep, comfortable sleep as the lounges convert into a comfortable bedroom with either a double or twin beds.

Plus, enjoy a range of thoughtful extras: Bollinger champagne, Australian Appelles Apothecary toiletries, a nightcap at turndown, luxuriously soft linen, and more.


Ghan - Platinum Service twin cabin 

Darwin - H on Mitchell Hotel, Darwin City Hotel or Capitanos Hotel (standard room, twin share).




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


Single supplement: Get in touch with us if you are interested in a solo traveller option!

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.

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