The Ghan is an iconic Australian rail journey which traces the Afghan camel train route created in the days when camels provided the most efficient desert travel. The 48-hour journey on The Ghan allows passengers to see Adelaide, Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin, as well as the magnificent central Australian scenery. This famous rail journey is an exciting way to experience at first-hand the sheer dimensions and variety of the continent of Australia.
The journey allows tourists to experience the tropical region of the Northern Territory, proceeding through the desert outback, and the temperate climate of Adelaide. There is a four-hour stop in Katherine, 320 kilometres south-east of Darwin. During this stop, passengers can choose to enjoy a boat cruise in the Katherine Gorge, which is one of over a dozen gorges connected to the Katherine River. There is also a stop in Alice Springs where passengers can take in some of the attractions of the Australian Outback.
The Ghan travels from Darwin to Adelaide, or from Adelaide to Darwin. The delights of Darwin will be immediately apparent to visitors, but Adelaide, the South Australian capital is also well worth exploring. To start with, there are the world-renowned McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley wine districts, or cruises on the Murray River. Visitors can also visit Kangaroo Island to get acquainted with iconic Australian fauna.
The Ghan provides passengers with luxurious accommodation from which to view the scenery during the day. At night, travellers enjoy a fine dinner and sleep in relaxing and comfortable cabins.