Top End Explorer - The Ghan

Departures per week

The Ghan 'Top End Explorer" package departs weekly April to September inclusive.

Day of departure

The Ghan 'Top End Explorer" package departs Adelaide on Wednesdays at 12.10 pm



Depart Adelaide on Wednesday at 12.10 pm, ends the following Wednesday after breakfast.

Top End Explorer - The Ghan


  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast daily
  • Half-day Darwin City Sights tour
  • Darwin Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • 2 nights intimate small-group Kakadu, East AlligatorRiver and Litchfield touring with Outback Spirit Tours, travelling on board a state-of-the-art 4WD Mercedes Benz vehicle, including accommodation, guided touring and meals
  • Transfer from hotel to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin toAdelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and CooberPedy
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners meals and beverages onboard
  • enjoy an afternoon exploring the beauty of Katherine gorge
  • excursions in Alice Springs
  • outback sunrise experience at Marla
  • Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to select Darwin Hotels 


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Day 1

Adelaide and Flinders Ranges (Wednesday)

Step aboard The Ghan in Adelaide for an unforgettable adventure to the Top End. Settle in to your cabin and seethe changes in landscape from your window as the train leaves the city, heading for the Flinders Ranges and beyond. (L,D)

Day 2

Marla, MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs (Thursday)

After your first night enjoying the fine dining and relaxed luxury of this iconic train, you’ll wake to an amazing outback sunrise at Marla – a remote outpost 160kilometres from the Northern Territory border that marks the start of the Oodnadatta Track. Enjoy more incredible scenery before arriving into Alice Springs early in the afternoon to enjoy an Off Train Experience that reveals more of this historic outback town. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Katherine and Darwin (Friday)

As you head further north into the tropics, prepare toexperience one of the Top End’s most impressive natural wonders. The stunning Nitmiluk Gorge lies within the massive 292,000 hectares of Nitmiluk National Park nearKatherine. You’ll have the chance to explore it from the water with a guided cruise – an Off Train Experience you'll never forget. A few hours later, you’ll arrive in Darwin andtransfer to your accommodation. (B,L)

OVERNIGHT: 1 night Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin (or similar)

Day 4

Darwin to Kakadu (Saturday)

Depart Darwin heading towards Kakadu National Park.Much of the route is along the Arnhem highway, passing the productive region of Humpty Do, where a vast array of tropical fruits is grown, and crossing the Adelaide River, with its vast wetlands, which attract migratory birds. At theMary River, take to the water on a cruise that showcases the local wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles and the abundance of birdlife in the region.Continuing east, you’ll arrive at World Heritage-listedKakadu National Park and check in to the Crocodile Hotel at Jabiru, so named for the crocodile shape it takes. (B,L,D)

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel*Due to availability, some stays may be at Cooinda Lodge

Day 5

Kakadu National Park (Sunday)

Begin the day with a drive to the East Alligator River region, known as the gateway to Arnhem Land. Take a walk to theWorld Heritage Ubirr art site, home to some of the world’s most outstanding rock art. There will be time for those feeling fit to climb to the top of the escarpment for a magnificent view across the Magela floodplain.Next up, take a local indigenous cruise on the East AlligatorRiver. Hear the stories of the region as you spot the large saltwater crocodiles that dwell in these waters. Returning to our sturdy yet comfortable vehicle, we’ll traverse Cahill’sCrossing to visit the town of Oenpelli, stopping at the Injalak gallery to admire the indigenous artworks.Returning to Jabiru, you’ll gain another perspective on the incredible environments you experienced today on a 30-minute scenic flight that takes you over ancient escarpments, floodplains and winding rivers and exhibits the results of 1.8 billion years of continuous erosion. This flight includes live commentary from your pilot as you glide over these spectacular ancient lands. (B,L,D)**During March and April, touring may visit Nourlangie Rock Art, and the Bowali Visitor Centre, and cruise theSouth Alligator River in place of Ubirr, Injalak Gallery and cruising the East Alligator River. The order of sites is subject to change according to weather conditions.

Day 6:

Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park (Monday)

Check out after breakfast to return to the Arnhem highway, diverting towards the town of Batchelor, the gateway toLitchfield National Park. Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats, including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls, and cascades. Your first stop isFlorence Falls, but one waterfall is never enough, so you’ll continue on to Wangi Falls. After a light lunch, you can take a dip in the large, crystal-clear pool of the waterfall before returning to Darwin and checking in to your hotel. (B, L)

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin

Day 7: 

Darwin and Darwin Harbour Dinner Cruise (Tuesday)

Take in the top sights of this tropical city on a morning tour, including the Stokes Hill Wharf area, Botanic Gardens, the Chinese Temple, the Mooring Basin, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, plus Darwin AviationMuseum. In the evening, admire a spectacular sunset while feasting on a Territory-style dinner featuring local seafood and produce on a Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise (B, D).


Farewell (Wednesday)

Your Top End experience comes to an end as you check out of your accommodation after breakfast and farewell Darwin. (B)

Top End Explorer - The Ghan
Top End Explorer - The Ghan

Pricing (per person)


High Season

May, June, July, August 2023

Shoulder Season

April, September, October 2023


High Season

May, June, July, August 2024

Shoulder Season

April, September, October 2024


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).

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