Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition

Departures per week

The Ghan Expedition departs weekly from March to October inclusive in 2019. (Oct 23rd the last date for 2019) . In 2020 it will operate from April to October inclusive.

It departs twice weekly from June - August inclusive.

Day of departure

The Ghan Expedition

- departs Darwin on Wednesdays at 10 am from March to October inclusive

- departs Darwin on Saturday at 9.00am from June to August inclusive.



Depart Darwin Wednesday at 10.00am arrive in Adelaide, Saturday, 12.50pm

Depart Darwin Saturday at 9.00am arrive in Adelaide, Tuesday at 11.35am.

Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition


  • all meals and beverages onboard
  • enjoy an afternoon exploring the beauty of Katherine gorge
  • immersive full day excursions to Alice Springs 
  • immersive full day excursion to Coober Pedy
  • dinner under the stars at Alice Springs
  • transfer from select Darwin CBD hotels to Darwin Station

Optional Excursion

Scenic flight/tour of Uluru (additional expense $ 1249 per person). If you wish to do this best to prebook as there are limited spaces.

An immersive journey which allows travellers to intimately experience the very best the heart of our nation has to offer, the four day Ghan Expedition truly is a journey beyond.


Day 1

Darwin - Katherine

Your journey like no other begins with a leisurely, mid-morning departure fromDarwin. Once you’re comfortably settled into your cabin, we make our way through the lush, green, tropical north and you make your way to the restaurant for a five-star lunch accompanied by a selection of fine wines.

An early afternoon arrival at the famous Top End township of Katherine and you have a choice of an afternoon filled with Off Train Excursions that take in the natural beauty of the Gorge, as well as its cultural and historic significance forIndigenous and early settlers. Back on board in the early evening and there is plenty of opportunity to share your experiences with fellow guests before, during and after a sumptuous dinner. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep and when you wake, you are greeted by a view of the spectacular Red Centre.

Day 2

Alice Springs

Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. A spectacular outback sunrise setting the tone for the day ahead.

After coffee and a sumptuous breakfast you'll arrive in Alice Springs ready for a day of exploration.

Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure.

At this point you may choose to upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Come the evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ Tour

Day 3


Breakfast is served as we arrive into Manguri where we disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach to enjoy a full day of touring in and around the truly unique, underground opal mining township of Coober Pedy where more than half of the residents live underground.

Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.

Below the earth's surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.

Dinner is served back on board with plenty of time to ease into a slower gear and prepare yourself for your final evening onboard The Ghan.

Day 4


Looking out of your window this morning you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.

After breakfast you'll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide

Day 0

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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)

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

Pricing (per person)

April 2019 - March 2020

Peak Season

May, June, July, August 2019

Shoulder Season

April, September, October 2019, March 2020

Does not operate November to February inclusive

April 2020 - March 2021

Peak Season

May, June, July, August 2020

Advance Purchase $ 3,189

Advance Purchase $ 2,999

Shoulder Season

April, September, October 2020

Advance Purchase $2,999

Advance Purchase $ 2,829

Does not operate November to March inclusive.


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.