Darwin to Alice Springs - The Ghan

Departures per week

The Ghan departs weekly during November and February (only).

Day of departure

The Ghan departs Darwin on Wednesdays at 10 am

Duration

2
days
/
1
nights
Example:

Depart Darwin Wednesday at 10.00 am, arrive in Alice Springs on Thursday at 9.10 am

Darwin to Alice Springs - The Ghan

Inclusions

  • all meals and beverages onboard
  • enjoy an afternoon exploring the beauty of Katherine gorge
  • transfer from select Darwin CBD hotels to Darwin Station

Details

Day 1

Darwin and Katherine

You board the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the train in Darwin and depart mid-morning. Soon after pulling away from the platform there is time fora cool drink or leisurely cuppa, before a beautifully presented, modernAustralian lunch is served along with a selection of fine wines. The famous Top End township of Katherine is the stunning and much anticipated stop where you can enjoy a number of Off Train Excursions that take in the cultural significance, Indigenous and early settler history and of course, the simply spectacular natural beauty of the region.Departing Katherine in the early evening, more stories and experiences are shared with fellow travellers before dinner and then followed by more socialising and perhaps a nightcap.

Day 2

Alice Springs

After a comfortable night’s sleep, you awake in the remarkable Red Centre. Soon after breakfast, arrive and disembark in Alice Springs.

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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 Alice Springs - The Ghan
Darwin to Alice Springs - 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 2020 - March 2021

Peak Season

Unavailable from March to October 2020 inclusive

Shoulder Season

November 2020, February 2021

Advance Purchase Pre Reg

Advance Purchase Pre Reg

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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.