7 Days Ultimate Outback Rail Journey The Ghan

Whether you are travelling in a group or individually our fully escorted tour packages are an easy and convenient way to experience The Ghan. We arrange all the hotels and touring for you.

As our groups are kept to 22 passengers or less, you will enjoy travelling with a small intimate group with a professional escort to take care of all your arrangements.

The Ghan has been traversing the heart of Australia for more than 80 years. Now it’s your turn to explore Australia’s vast and remote ‘Red Centre’ and the tropical splendour of the Top End with our Fully Escorted rail tours departing from Adelaide.

The Ghan is now all inclusive for Gold Service Guests. Travelling in Gold Service on The Ghan is the stylish way to see Central Australia, with your choice of either a Twin Cabin or Single Cabin. Gold Service guests dine in the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. Each meal offers a choice of fine food, carefully prepared for you by the on-board chefs. All Gold Service guests have access to the Outback Explorer Lounge with Australian premium wines, all beers, standard spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee included.

Along your journey, as Gold Service guests you will experience a selection of fascinating exclusive Off Train Excursions at iconic Outback destinations including Alice Springs and Katherine as well as some included tour options.

Price Includes

  • 1 night at Crowne Plaza Adelaide ★★★★✩ in a Superior Room
  • 2 course Welcome Dinner at Adelaide hotel
  • 2 nights Gold Service on the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Standard Off train excursion tours while on The Ghan
  • 3 nights at Vibe Hotel Darwin ★★★★ in a Hotel Room
  • Half Day Darwin City Sights tour with Welcome to Country Ceremony
  • Charles Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Full Day Litchfield Waterfalls tour


DAY 1:
Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport make your way to your accommodation for the evening. Enjoy a 2-course welcome dinner with the tour leader and fellow travellers at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Adelaide - Superior Room


DAY 2:
After breakfast, transfer to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. It's all aboard as The Legendary Ghan departs for Alice Springs at 12:10pm. 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.

Overnight: The Ghan - Gold Service Twin
Cabin OR Single Cabin


DAY 3:
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.

Overnight: The Ghan - Gold Service Twin
Cabin OR Single Cabin

DAY 4:
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 7:50pm. You will be transferred by coach to your accommodation for the next three nights. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront -
Guest Room


DAY 5:
After breakfast, attend a Welcome to Country Ceremony. This is when a Traditional Custodian welcomes people onto their land. Protocols for Welcoming visitors to Country have been part of the Aboriginal Culture for thousands of years. It is an important recognition of the Larrakia people and their connection with the land and sea and as First Nation Australians. Larrakia people are the Traditional Custodians of Darwin and are known as “Saltwater People”. After the Ceremony, we 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 via shuttle bus 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 inspired banquet styled dinner with Australian Seafood and Local produce all in air-conditioned comfort. This two-hour cruise on the “Charles Darwin's” Captains Deck (main Deck) also includes great commentary and offers the best value for money dinner cruise on Darwin harbour. On conclusion, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront -
Guest Room


DAY 6:

After breakfast, join the Litchfield Waterfalls tour departing the hotel at 8:00am. Spend the day exploring Litchfield National Park's spectacular waterfalls and cascades and see the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds. Once back in Darwin, you can choose to either relax at the hotel; or to attend the Mindl Beach Sunset Markets. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are renowned for awesome sunsets over the sea and are home to over 200 local stalls. Delicious food and drink, as well as specialty arts, crafts. Our coach will drop you off at the markets and you will have to make your own way back to the hotel after the sunset

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront -
Guest Room


DAY 7:
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the airport. If you plan to extend your stay in the Northern Territory, we suggest a day tour to Kakadu National Park.

* Please ask your travel agent for details
** Please ask you travel agent to book your airport transfers

(B = breakfast, BR = brunch, L = lunch, D = dinner)

Room/Cabin information

TWIN SHARE $4,479*

SINGLE  $4,789*



Travel Dates

24 May & 23 Aug 2022 departure dates

Offer Ends

30 Jan 2021 unless sold out prior. Availability is limited

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*Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. A fee will apply for payments made by debit and credit cards. Please check this fee with us or your travel consultant when booking. Conditions apply. Early bird offer on sale until 31 Oct 21. Prices correct as at 18 Aug 21 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. All arrangements are subject to availability, cancellation or modification due to inclement weather, late running of train or other unforeseen circumstances. All prices are in Australian Dollars. The travel services provided by these suppliers are subject to the conditions imposed by the suppliers and their liability may be limited by their tariffs, conditions of carriage, and agreements. Information required at time of booking - full name; including title, initial & surname as per ID, any information relating to Dietary/Mobility/ Medical requirements and mobile contact number. A moderate level of fitness is required to participate in this tour, a Health Fitness Form must be completed prior to deposit payment being made. A 20% non-refundable deposit per person is required within 7 days of booking and full payment is required 155 days prior to travel. Cancellations within 155 days prior to departure incur 100% cancellation fee. All departure dates are guaranteed based on minimum 2 passengers travelling. Ratings provide a general indication of the standard of accommodation. These are our own views and not related to any other rating system. 3 star (★) indicate a comfortable standard of accommodation, 4 star indicate superior standard and 5 star indicate deluxe standard. A half star (✩) indicates an additional half rating. Images courtesy of Tourism NT/Paddy Pallin, Charlie Bliss, Taylah Nilsson & Great Southern Rail/Steve Strike. The Viva Holidays General Booking Conditions apply, available at Other conditions apply - ask for details. Viva Holidays Pty Ltd ABN 78 634 662 294.