Things to do, Alice Springs & Surrounds, Northern Territory, Australia

Rail journeys, Alice Springs & surrounds

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The Ghan, Finke River, Northern Territory, Australia

What better way to reach Alice Springs than by passing through the vast Australian outback? Stretching from Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north, The Ghan is one of the country's most unique rail journeys.

Travel from the tropical climes of Darwin through to the majestic MacDonnell Ranges of Alice Springs and onwards through the Red Centre. This is an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Central Australia unfolding before your eyes. Gaze out your window and take in spectacular desert landscapes and historic towns that are well and truly off the beaten track. 

A class of its own

The Ghan offers a range of services to suit your budget. Platinum packages boast spacious private cabins with panoramic windows and elegant dinners in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. The Gold and Red class experiences combine comfort and affordability with the personal flourishes that set The Ghan apart in the world of rail travel.

Leave the train in Alice Springs to tour this magnificent region or begin your journey here and travel on to Uluru and Adelaide, or north to Darwin, with a stop in Katherine to explore the beauty of Katherine Gorge.

Afghan camels

The Ghan takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who opened up the Red Centre to the rest of the country. The Ghan's emblem of an Afghan on a camel reflects the high regard with which these fearless travellers were held.

Back in the day, the original steam train hauled supplies and passengers from Adelaide to the remote town of Stuart (now Alice Springs), named after explorer John MacDouall Stuart. In 1980 the original route was shifted west to avoid flooding and eventually extended in 2004 to Darwin.

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