Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition + 4 day Alice Springs stopover

Departures per week

The Ghan Expedition departs weekly from April to October inclusive. It departs twice weekly from June - August inclusive.

The journey with the 4 day Alice Springs stopover is only available on Saturdays (June-August inclusive).

Day of departure

The Ghan Expedition

- departs Darwin on Saturdays at 9 am from June to August inclusive.



Depart Darwin Saturday at 9.00am arrive in Adelaide, the following Saturday Tuesday, 10.50am.

Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition + 4 day Alice Springs stopover


  • all meals and beverages onboard
  • enjoy an afternoon exploring the beauty of Katherine gorge
  • three free days at Alice Springs (hotels not included)
  • 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 $ 1,259 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
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 0

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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 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

Alice Springs and Red Centre

Free Day (accommodation or touring not included)

Day 4

Alice Springs and Red Centre

Free Day (accommodation or touring not included)

Day 5

Alice Springs and Red Centre

Free Day (accommodation or touring not included)

Day 6

Alice Springs and Red Centre

Free Day (accommodation or touring not included)

Day 7


The journey begins as you board the train at Alice Springs around midday and soon after pulling away from the station you enjoy your first culinary experience when lunch is served, along with a selection of fine wines. As we pass through the harsh yet beautiful outback, enjoy the comforts of the train and catch up with other guests. The day soon drifts into late afternoon and a pre-dinner drink or two before you enjoy your second culinary delight as dinner is served.

We stop in the desert just after dinner and this is where you are able to get off the train and see the Milky Way as you have never seen it before –a black velvet blanket studded with a billion, sparkling diamonds. The stars in the outback have to be seen to be believed.

Day 8


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

Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition + 4 day Alice Springs stopover
Darwin to Adelaide - The Ghan Expedition + 4 day Alice Springs stopover

Pricing (per person)

April 2020 - March 2021

Peak Season

June, July, August 2020

Does not operate September to May inclusive

April 2021 - March 2022

Peak Season

June, July, August 2021

Advance Purchase $ 3,198

Advance Purchase $ 2,999

Does not operate September to May 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.