Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition

Departures per week

The Ghan Expedition departs weekly from April to October inclusive.

It departs twice weekly from May - 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 May to August inclusive (2022).

- departs Darwin on Saturday at 9.00am from April to August inclusive (2023).



Depart Darwin Wednesday at 10.00am arrive in Adelaide, Saturday, 10.50am.

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 of $ 1,395 per person - 2023 or $ 1,485 per person - 2024). If you wish to do this best to prebook as there are limited spaces. 100kg per person limit.

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 from Darwin. 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 for Indigenous 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 other worldly 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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Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition
Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition

Pricing (per person)


High Season

May, June, July, August 2024

Shoulder Season

April, September, October 2024

Does not operate November to March inclusive


High Season

May, June, July, August 2025

Advance Purchase $ 4,590

Advance Purchase $ 4,090

Shoulder Season

April, September, October 2025

Advance Purchase $ 4,590

Advance Purchase $ 4,090

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 limited number of these fares available per departure and are subject to availability.

Flexible Fare must be paid in full when booking. Fully refundable up until 24 hours before departure. Journey Beyond reserve the right to charge Third Party Fees if you chose to cancel.

Everyday Fare
requires a 25% deposit when booking and the balance two months before you depart.

Gold Premium cabins available from April 2024.

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).

See details of
Fare Types.
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