Ghan Train Adventure in Australia
A train journey that accentuates the beauty of the continent down under, the Ghan train adventure in Australia is a spectacular and breathtaking three day tour across the Red Centre. This journey which is often described as a transcontinental adventure stretches over 2979 kilometres and takes 2 nights and 3 days to complete. The opulent journey can only be compared to the Orient Express and as it takes you across the northern territory of Australia, you open up your eyes to a new and formidable beauty of Australia. The route takes you through Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and these three days promise to be the best three days of your life.
If you pay notice to the timetable followed by the Ghan train, you will see that it utilises the daylight hours to the hill so that the passengers can enjoy the breathtaking sights of the landscapes they pass. From the expansive Adelaide plains to the lofty Flinders ranges, South Australia unfolds in front of your eyes like never before. The first day of the adventure starts with your boarding the train in Adelaide at midday. While you settle down snugly into your comfortable seats, you slowly start enjoying the landscapes changing from edgy to deserts. The country beckons you and you can enjoy the passing sights of coastal Coonamia, Port Augusta, Dog Fence and Cadney Homestead as you approach the desert.
The quaint little railway towns are easy attractions and Aboriginal Land will let you see the pantheistic relationship they have shared with their land. By the time it is morning, it is also time for you to cross the border of the Northern Territory through the small town called Kulgera and the Finke River. Your travel continues on the second day with your arrival to Alice Springs, midday. A Central Arrernte guide will tell you all about the Aboriginal history of the land or you can amuse yourself at a camel farm or witness the rich resource of birds and wildlife at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Flying over Simpson’s Gap or the Larapinta trail on a helicopter gives you a breathtaking view of the locale.
Day three of the tour begins with the train arriving to Katherine in the morning. Opt for a half-day tour in Katherine. While on this half-day tour, you can choose between cruises on the Katherine Gorge or take a helicopter tour over the interconnecting gorges. The Nitmiluk National park again offers nature cruises down the Katherine River and the town too holds treasures like the railway museum, the local Aboriginal art gallery, etc. Once you depart from Katherine, you can pass through the town called Pine Creek, known for its gold mining past and the Adelaide River, which was once a WW II headquarters, when the Japanese bombed Darwin. The dusty plains of Darwin wait for you in the late afternoon when your journey on the Ghan train ends here. Though the journey ends, the memories of this tour would be there forever.