Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan

Departures per week

The Ghan departs weekly during November and February only. 

(The first departure for 2019, Oct 30th)

From March to October The Ghan Expedition runs.

Day of departure

The Ghan departs Darwin on Wednesdays at 10 am



Depart Darwin Wednesday at 10.00 am, arrive in Adelaide on Friday at 1.00 pm

Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan


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


Day 1

Darwin and Katherine

A mid-morning departure begins as we pull away from Darwin and glide through the tropical north. Soon after departure lunch is served and you can enjoy a fine wine while enjoying the spectacular views before arriving at Katherine, where a number of Off Train Excursions are available to you. You return to the train by early evening where you can freshen up before dinner and share your experiences with fellow diners.

Day 2

Alice Springs and Manguri

After your first night’s sleep, awake in the nation’s geographic and spiritual

heart, the Red Centre, before arriving at Alice Springs where again, a number of Off Train Excursion options await. Return to the train for lunch and a journey through some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscape. Dinner on the train is followed by an extraordinary night time experience in the outback where you will be able to view the Milky Way like you have never viewed it before. Simply breathtaking.

Day 3

Flinders Ranges and Adelaide

In the morning you are greeted with breakfast and views of the dramatic and ancient Flinders Ranges, before passing through the Mid-North for a late morning arrival in Adelaide.

Day 4
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Check in Time

Check in is available Sunday morning (only) from 8.30am to 11.00am. Vehicle can not be dropped off prior to these times.

Motorail Form

In order to book your vehicle you are required to complete and sign the Motorail Booking Form return to Great Trains and complete payment.
The following information is required to place your booking
  • Make of vehicle
  • Model of vehicle
  • Year of vehicle
  • Registration number
  • Registered state
  • Vehicle measurements including height, width, wheel track inner and outer and undercarriage clearance (refer diagram)
  • Contact details of person checking in vehicle
  • Contact details of person collecting vehicle

A - Vehicle width must not exceed 2.20m, including mirrors
B - Please refer to table below for height specifications
C - Wheel track inner must be greater than 92cm
D - Wheel track outer must not exceed 1.90m
E - Undercarriage clearance height must be greater than 13cm

Size restrictions 

  • Maximum width: 2.2m
  • Maximum height: 2.0m (including factory fitted roof racks)

Vehicle types carried

  • Cars
  • Campervans and Camper Trailers (subject to approval)
  • Trailers
  • 4WDs
  • we are UNABLE to carry boats

Height / width and wheel track restrictions apply as above

Please Note

Roof racks, wind deflectors, louvers etc must be removed before loading. The length of any tow bar should be included. Caravans, including pop tops and boats are not able to be conveyed by Motorail. Vehicles must be roadworthy at time of loading and capable of being driven onto carrier.Vehicles need to be collected within one hour of arrival.

Motorail Service Loading Checklist

Please ensure the following tasks have been completed prior to loading:

• Please ensure vehicle is registered and in a road worthy condition.

• Vehicle covers and tarpaulins are removed from vehicles or trailers.

• All flammable products are removed from the vehicle.

• Vehicle is not loaded with luggage so as to obstruct the driver’s view through all windows and vehicle does not sit lower than the manufacturer’s specifications.

• Roof racks are empty and do not breach the height restrictions of the Motorail service.Non factory fitted racks to be removed.

• Vehicle antenna must be included in vehicle height restrictions or removed.

• All valuable goods including but not limited to wallets, jewellery or electronic goods are removed from the vehicle.

• Check-in to the applicable Motorail Service loading area according to terminal check-in times.

• Motorail loading times provided at time of booking.

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

Pricing (per person)

April 2019 - March 2020

Peak Season

Unavailable from March to October 2019 inclusive

Shoulder Season

November 2019, February 2020

April 2019 - March 2020

Peak Season

Unavailable from March to October 2020 inclusive

Shoulder Season

November 2020, February 2021

Advance Purchase Pre Reg

Advance Purchase Pre Reg


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.