Adelaide to Darwin - The Ghan

Departures per week

The Ghan departs weekly all year round, twice weekly from June to August inclusive.

Day of departure

The Ghan departs Adelaide on Sundays at 12.15 pm year round.

It also departs on Wednesday at 12.10pm from June to August inclusive.



Depart Adelaide Sundays at 12.15 pm, arrive Darwin Tuesdays at 5.30 pm

Depart Adelaide Wednesdays at 12.10pm, arrive Darwin Friday at 7.30pm.

Adelaide to Darwin - The Ghan


  • all meals and beverages onboard
  • enjoy an afternoon exploring the beauty of Katherine gorge
  • excursions in Alice Springs
  • outback sunrise experience at Marla
  • transfer to select Darwin CBD hotels from Darwin Station


Day 1

Adelaide and Flinders Ranges

Your journey begins with a gentle lurch as you move away from the platform in Adelaide. What lies ahead is rugged, beautiful and spectacular; through the Red Centre to the tropical north of Australia. Lunch is served soon after boarding as the countryside glides past your window. Before long some of the oldest rock formations in the world, the spectacular Flinders Ranges come into view and as darkness envelops the rugged outback, it’s time to indulge in more modern Australian cuisine and fine wines.

Day 2

Marla, MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs

After a comfortable night’s rest, Day Two begins with a freshly brewed coffee or juice as you take in the stunning outback sunrise at Marla. All aboard for brunch as you make your way through the MacDonnell Ranges to AliceSprings where a choice of remarkable Off Train Excursions awaits. Following an afternoon of exploration, freshen up for dinner back aboard the train and relax over a drink or two, sharing your experiences, swapping stories and making new friends.

Day 3

Katherine and Darwin

Your final day dawns in the tropical north and another delightful breakfast is served. More extraordinary excursions are on hand at Katherine before enjoying lunch on the train and heading for your final destination of Darwin; arriving as early evening falls where you will be transferred to select Darwin CBD hotels in the city centre.

Day 4
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Day 1 (Sunday)


Board The Ghan in Adelaide, and make the most of the creature comforts on board as you head towards the Flinders Ranges and beyond.


Day 2 (Monday)


Wake to an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla, and enjoy the jaw-dropping natural landscapes that pass by as you travel to Alice Springs.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (B,L)

Day 3 (Tuesday)


Today is your chance to explore Alice Springs, the beating heart of Australia's Red Centre. (B)

Day 4 (Wednesday)


Prepare for one of life’s ultimate travel experiences when you begin your journey to Uluru. Along the way, you’ll see majestic Attila (Mount Conner) ahead of a sunset experience at Kata Tjuta. OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Voyages Sails in the Desert (B)

Day 5 (Thursday)


It’s an early start to experience the full grandeur of Uluru from the sunrise viewing area before your short journey to the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon, you’ll travel around the base of Uluru, visit Kuniya Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole before visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. End the day with an Uluru sunset complemented by an Aussie barbecue. (D)

Day 6 (Friday)


Use the morning to relax or take part in the free activities on offer at the resort. Later in the day, travel to Kings Canyon.

OVERNIGHT: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 7 (Saturday)


Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for incredible views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon and, if you have time, descend into the Garden of Eden. You’ll then visit Kings Creek Station en route to Alice Springs.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters               

Day 8 (Sunday)


Today is yours to explore Alice Springs at your own pace and discover the hidden treasures of this historic outback town. (B)

Day 9 (Monday)


It’s time to get back on board The Ghan and get reacquainted with your cabin. As the train heads north, enjoy watching the beautiful scenery pass by your window as you relax with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan (B,D)    

Day 10 (Tuesday)


The landscapes continue to transform as you head towards Katherine, where you’ll embark on an Off Train Excursion exploring natural wonders that you’ll never forget. A few hours later, you’ll arrive in Darwin for a transfer to your accommodation.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Rydges Darwin Central (B,L)  

Day 11 (Wednesday)


Explore the top sights of Darwin at your leisure. You could visit the Stokes Hill Wharf area, Botanic Gardens, the Chinese Temple, the Mooring Basin, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory or the Darwin Aviation Museum. (B)     

Day 12 (Thursday)


Travel along the Arnhem Highway to the heart of Kakadu National Park, one of the world’s most incredible natural environments. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre, cruise Yellow Water Billabong and stop at Nourlangie where you will be guided to ancient rock art galleries.

OVERNIGHT: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (B,L)               

Day 13 (Friday)


Explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr, where you will climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Then join the Guluyambi Cruise and, with special permission of the traditional owners, enjoy the privilege of going ashore in Arnhem Land. To cap off the day, stop at Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.

OVERNIGHT: Rydges Darwin Central (L)

Day 14 (Saturday)


This morning it’s time to check out of your hotel, completing your life-changing two-week adventure. (B)

Adelaide to Darwin - The Ghan
Adelaide to Darwin - The Ghan

Pricing (per person)

April 2019 - March 2020

Peak Season

May, June, July, August 2019

Shoulder Season

April, September, October, November 2019, March 2020

April 2020 - March 2021

Peak Season

May, June, July, August 2020

Advance Purchase $ 2,359

Advance Purchase $ 2,229

Shoulder Season

April, September, October, November 2020, February, March 2021

Advance Purchase $ 2,149

Advance Purchase $ 1,919


Peak Season

(Unavailable from March to October inclusive)

Shoulder Season

(November 2018)

  • Platinum: $3,899 (every day fare)
  • Gold Twin: $2,599 (every day fare), $2,069 (advance purchase)
  • ‍Gold Single: $2,459 (every day fare), $1,949 (advance purchase)

Low Season

(December 2018, January, February 2019)

  • Platinum: $3,269 (every day fare)
  • Gold Twin: $2,069 (every day fare) . $1,649 (advance purchase)
  • Gold Single: $1,959 (every day fare), $1,549 (advance purchase)
Advance Purchase Fares must be booked and paid for in full a minimum of six months in advance.
Only a limited number of these fares available per departure and are subject to availability.
Children aged 4-15 inclusive receive a 20% discount off the accompanying adult fare.
Children 0-3 free in existing bedding. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD).
Terms and Conditions apply.