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The Ghan, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

While most visitors arrive in Darwin by plane or 4WD, another fantastic option is coming by rail on the luxury passenger train, the Ghan.

Go on a transcontinental adventure that takes you through the highlights of the Territorian landscape in the comfort of an air-conditioned cabin. This incredible train journey cuts through the heart of Australia, running south to north right through the Red Centre. Undoubtedly one of Australia's most famous train journeys, the trip lasts two nights and three days, passing through ever-changing landscapes from Adelaide, through Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, and on to Darwin.

Bit on the side

Make the most of your journey and disembark for sightseeing tours along the way. Explore to the Red Centre taking in Alice Springs and the iconic Uluru, then head on to see the stunning Katherine gorge, en route to the lush tropics and wetlands of the Top End.

All the way

When the original Ghan railway was completed in 1929 it only ran as far north as Alice Springs, yet was always conceived as extending to the length to Darwin. This was made a reality in 2004 and now the 54-hour journey from Adelaide to Darwin is regarded as one of the world's great train journeys.

On board

Luxurious cabins feature five-star amenities with ensuite bathrooms, plush fittings and in-cabin dining, so you can enjoy a meal while taking in the vast outback scenery. Other cabin classes are all also airconditioned and ultra comfortable. Budget conscious travelers have the option of chair class, featuring reclining seats, spacious legroom, and showers at the end of each carriage.

Two trains a week arrive in Darwin, plus two departures if you plan on doing the return trip. Note that during the rainy season between November and March there's generally only one departure per week.

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