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The Ghan Expedition

Staff member: Shariah and Blaze // Trip date: Jul 2018

Trip recap

Journey: The Ghan Expedition

Duration: 4-day/3-night journey from Darwin to Adelaide

Class of service: Gold Class Twin Cabins


A comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en-suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day

Power outlets in cabin

In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available

All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops


What was your favourite part of the experience?

I cannot sum up just one thing or one part of this journey that was my favourite, there was just too much. So, for me, what really made this journey the most memorable experience was the onboard staff, the food and wine, the Nitmiluk 2 Gorge River cruise in Katherine and the Outback dinner under the stars within Alice Springs – I got to ride my first Camel here! If I truly had to pick one thing, it would be Bali, the amazing man who provided me with snacks, wine and most importantly amazing stories and laughter within the Outback Explorer lounge. I have never experienced service like the one I received on board The Ghan Expedition and don’t know whether I’ll ever get the chance to again. Words just don’t do justice for the amazing staff that await on board for you. I’m so excited (and slightly jealous) for anyone who gets the opportunity to meet Bali on any of Great Southern Rail’s services.


What's your number 1 tip for anyone doing the same journey?

My number one tip for those who choose to do The Ghan Expedition is that you should really try your best to figure out which Off Train Excursions/Experiences you’d like to do before you leave home. You do have the chance to read about and choose your excursions once you have boarded, but some excursions require covered shoes and long pants, which you may not have packed.

Another tip would be that if you are not one for hot climates, travel between late May, through to early November as Darwin through to Katherine can get a bit humid and hot. When I landed into Darwin Airport on the 26th of June, it was 32 degrees Celsius, which for a Cairns born Australian like me is normal. But for those who were born and bred in cooler climates, this will make you feel like you’re melting!


Want to chat with Shariah or Blaze about this trip?

Shariah is one of our amazing consultants in our Auckland office. Feel free to email with any further questions.

Blaze takes care of our digital marketing, so you can always reach out to him on Facebook





Full story

Being privileged and lucky enough to travel through Europe is one thing but taking part in the Ghan Expedition 7 months later is another! The 4-day luxury train journey from Darwin to Adelaide is like no other and is an experience that cannot be rivalled. Making stops at Katherine, Alice Springs, Manguri and Coober Pedy is one of the many highlights you will enjoy as this is your opportunity to explore and take part in the off-train excursions.


I myself was fortunate enough to board the Ghan Expedition on the 27th of June 2018 and was able to share a Gold Twin cabin with a colleague AND friend of mine, Blaze. Blaze and I had the pleasure of making new friends, eating pretzels while reading, drinking alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages within the Outback Explorer Lounge.


Breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are held onboard the Ghan are served to you within the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and are to die for… but you wouldn’t want to do that, you’d miss out on all the fun!


If you are ever in need of advice for The Ghan Expedition or if you have any rail-related question, Rail Plus consultants are always happy to help assist wherever we can.


All the best, Shariah

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