The Ghan Australia Ultimate Territory

Duration: 15 Days

Price: from AU$10,875

Departure From: Adelaide

Departure Date: March to October

Tour Type: Group Tour

Meal Plan: Most Meals

Physical Grading: 3/5


Discover the heart of Australia on the Ghan Australia Ultimate Territory tour across 15 adventurous days departing Adelaide.

If your dream is to see the best of the Australian outback and immerse yourself in the heart of it with hands-on experiences, this is the ultimate escape. It doesn’t come any better than travelling on The Ghan, exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta, cruising Nitmiluk Gorge in Katherine and exploring Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, all in one sensational journey through the nation’s heartland.

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The Ghan Australia Ultimate Territory Highlights

  • The Ghan train Adelaide to Darwin, fully hosted.
  • Visit Kings Canyon for a guided scenic walk and journey through the West MacDonnell Ranges, visiting Stanley Chasm and Ormiston Gorge
  • Visit World Heritage-listed Uluru and enjoy a guided base tour
  • Early risers will experience the magic of the sun rising over Uluru
  • Dine under the stars at the ‘Sounds of Silence’ dining experience
  • Explore the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Walpa Gorge
  • Admire the internationally acclaimed ‘Field of Light’ display at Uluru and watch as it illuminates the desert night with dazzling effect
  • Cruise on the Mary River spotting wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles and an abundance of birdlife
  • Visit the Ubirr art site within Kakadu National Park, home to some of the world’s most outstanding rock art
  • Swim in a waterfall at Litchfield National Park
  • Take in the sparkling waters of Darwin Harbour over a delicious buffet dinner of local seafood and produce

The Ghan Australia Train – Your Onboard Experience

Everything is Included.

There’s nothing like putting down your suitcase and allowing your journey to simply unfold. Once you step aboard our trains, you can relax, knowing everything has been considered and included in your fare. From world-class food and wine to a range of immersive of Ghan train experiences, the hardest decision you’ll need to make is what to have for lunch and which experience to join.

In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in our dining carriages.

Taking our cue from the diverse environments our trains travel through, our expert culinary team works closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best ingredients for meals. Your onboard chefs will create an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

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The Ghan Australia Train – Platinum Service

Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club carriage for meals, relaxation and socialising. As you’d expect, the food and wine is of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners, all regionally inspired and paired with champagne and premium wines.

And it all begins before you’ve even stepped aboard. Platinum guests receive private transfers before and after your journey, beginning the adventure in style.

Platinum cabins on the Ghan train offer premium extras, like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. Add to that the luxurious linen, French Champagne, Bracegirdle’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown and more, and you’re in for an exceptional experience.

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Platinum Double Cabin – The Ghan Train

Platinum Service inclusions:

  • All-inclusive dining, beverages, and Off Train Experiences
  • Spacious Double or Twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service Twin cabin
  • By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans
  • By night, lounges are converted to double or twin beds
  • En suite equipped with separate shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian bathroom amenities
  • Power outlets and in-cabin safe
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary
  • Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train
  • Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising
  • Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin
  • Refreshments served in-cabin
  • Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 60 km of the terminal
  • 90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).
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The Ghan Train – Gold Premium Service – NEW

Gold Premium is a new style of travel, with contemporary cabins that take inspiration from the colours and contours of the Australian outback. Think walnut timber and polished brass details, along with Indigenous prints on the upholstery. The cabins are designed to cocoon guests in comfort and come with exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Dining carriages. Whether you want to share the highlights of your day with fellow guests over an aperitif in the Lounge or relax in your cabin as you admire the colours and contours of the passing landscape, you’ll enjoy special moments throughout the journey and a range of enhanced benefits, such as all-inclusive dining, premium beverages and fascinating Off Train Experiences.

Gold Premium Inclusions:

  • Newly designed, contemporary cabins
  • Premium amenities, luxuriously soft linen and silk eye masks
  • Exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Premium Dining carriage
  • Two-course, regionally inspired lunches and four-course dinners
  • All-inclusive premium Australian wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Experiences and preferences on tour selections
  • 75kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 25 kg each)
  • Priority luggage check-in
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin and Brisbane to selected hotels in the city centre

The Ghan Train – Gold Service

Choose between Gold Twin or Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day’s journey on the Ghan train. Spend hours deep in conversation with new friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge, sipping on barista made coffee, or a glass of white wine. Later make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant to dine.

Gold includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of premium wines and beverages, all included in your fare.

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Gold Twin Cabin
Gold Single Cabin

Gold Service Inclusions:

  • For Gold Twin, the most popular option, offers a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • Gold Superior cabins feature a ¾ size double bed plus an additional fold down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, mini-bar and en suite.
  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage
  • Gold Access Cabins are exclusively reserved for the mobility impaired. This cabin is subject to availability and assessment of the guest’s Fitness to Travel.
  • 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
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
  • Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre
Gold Service Twin Cabin The Ghan Plan
Gold Service Single Cabin The Ghan Plan

The Ghan Australia Ultimate Territory Prices & Departure Dates

For 2023 Ghan Australia Ultimate Territory departures please contact LOCO Journeys directly as availability is limited.

2024 Adelaide to Darwin, 15 days, 14 nights, 34 meals. Departing Sunday March to October and Wednesday April to October.

CabinFare TypeMar – April, Sep – Oct 2024May – Aug 2024
PlatinumEveryday Holiday$12,775$13,620
Gold Premium TwinAdvance Saver Holiday*$11,490$12,390
Gold Premium TwinEveryday Holiday$11,750$12,690
Gold TwinAdvance Saver Holiday*$10,875$11,735
Gold TwinEveryday Holiday$11,115$12,000
Gold SingleAdvance Saver Holiday*$13,095$14,465
Gold SingleEveryday Holiday$13,400$14,700

Prices shown are AUD and subject to availability, and subject to change

For a detailed itinerary, departure details, and booking conditions, please see below.

Should you wish to add pre or post night accommodation, activities or international flights to your Ghan Australia Ultimate Territory rail experience, please let us know at the time of booking.

You can commence your rail experience in Melbourne by linking your Ghan Australia holiday with the excellent one-day The Overland train journey.

Click here for alternate but equally brilliant Ghan train journeys and holidays or contact LOCO Journeys to discuss your desired journey.

Tour Inclusions

  • 1 night aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Alice Springs, including all meals, beverages and an Off Train Experience in Marla and Alice Springs
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Alice Springs, including breakfast
  • 5-night, intimate small-group Red Centre touring with Outback Spirit Tours, including accommodation, guided touring and meals
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Alice Springs, including breakfast
  • 1 night aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Katherine
  • 1 nights’ accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast
  • 2 night’s intimate small-group Kakadu, East Alligator River and Litchfield with Outback Spirit, including accommodation, guided touring and meals
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast daily
  • Darwin Harbour Cruises Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, Twin Gold Cabin
  • Price based on Advance Purchase 2024 departures and subject to availability
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full
  • Full terms and conditions will be advised at the time of booking.
  • The Ghan is a no smoking environment

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | Board the Ghan in Adelaide (L,D)
Board The Ghan in Adelaide, heading for the Flinders Ranges and beyond.
Wake to an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla and enjoy the jaw-dropping natural landscapes that pass by as you travel to Alice Springs. Upon arrival into Alice Springs, join your choice of Off Train Experiences. Once complete, you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.
Your 5 night Red Centre adventure with Outback Spirit Tours starts when you are met at your hotel by your friendly and professional crew early afternoon. Enjoy a brief afternoon tour of Alice Springs, including Anzac Hill, learning what makes this unique outback outpost tick, before dinner at the hotel.
Today, depart Alice Springs and travel the Mereenie Loop through the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Visit Standley Chasm and Ormiston Gorge before arriving at Kings Canyon.
Experience the wonders of majestic Kings Canyon with your choice of walk, including the 6km rim walk, featuring breathtaking views of the Watarrka National Park, or a less arduous 2.6km walk along the canyon floor. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to take a helicopter flight over Kings Canyon and the Watarrka National Park. PLEASE NOTE: Additional costs are applicable and weight limits apply to all scenic flights.
Pass through Kings Creek Station and enjoy an informative paper talk and lunch at Curtin Springs, before arriving at Uluru. This evening’s unique ‘Sounds of Silence’ dining experience under the stars begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine, accompanied by the sound of the didgeridoo and the resident star talker who decodes the southern night sky as you feast on a premium bush tucker-inspired buffet.
Early risers will experience the sun rising over Uluru and the colours spreading across the landscape. After breakfast, visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and admire the stunning rock formations on a guided walk into Walpa Gorge. Learn about traditional Anangu culture on a tour around the base of Uluru. This evening, head to an exclusive dune-top location with majestic views of Uluru. Enjoy drinks and canapes as artist Bruce Munro’s global phenomenon ‘Field of Light’ comes to life, before exploring the stunning display via dedicated pathways. PLEASE NOTE: Dinner this evening will be at approximately 9pm.
After a leisurely breakfast, set your sights for Alice Springs. Pause to view Mount Connor, known as the third desert tor before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs this afternoon, where your Outback Spirit tour concludes.
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the Alice Springs Rail Terminal. It’s time to reboard The Ghan. As the train heads north, enjoy watching the scenery through the window.
The landscape continues to transform as you head towards Katherine, where you’ll embark on an Off Train Experience exploring natural wonders. A few hours later, you’ll arrive in Darwin and transfer to your accommodation.
Today your touring with Outback Spirit Commences. Depart Darwin heading towards Kakadu National Park. Much of the route is along the Arnhem highway, passing the productive region of Humpty Doo, where a vast array of tropical fruits is grown, and crossing the Adelaide River, with its vast wetlands, which attract migratory birds. At the Mary 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, we enter the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, stopping at the Mamukala Wetlands and the Bowali Visitor Centre before arriving at your accommodation, the Crocodile Hotel at Jabiru, so named for the crocodile shape it takes. *Due to the seasonal weather experienced in the Top End during March and April, we will visit the Bowali Visitor Centre on Day 2, and the cruise will occur on Adelaide River with crossings at Mary River, West Alligator and South Alligator Rivers
Begin the day with a drive to the East Alligator River region, known as the gateway to Arnhem Land. Take a spectacular local indigenous cruise on the East Alligator River and listen to the stories of the region as you spot the large saltwater crocodiles that dwell in these waters. After a peaceful cruise, it’s time to reboard the coach and head to the World Heritage Ubirr art site, home to some of the world's most outstanding rock art. Enjoy a 1 kilometre circular track walk and take in the amazing rock art. There will be time for those feeling fit to make the steep 250m climb to the top of the rocky escarpment for magnificent views across the Magela floodplain. Enjoy a light lunch before visiting a local indigenous community arts centre, where there is the opportunity to watch local artists at work and possibly purchase some artwork. Later, we head out to Nourlangie where you can take in ancient rock paintings and spectacular vistas as you take a 1.5 kilometre walk around this incredible indigenous site. Then it’s time to head back to the hotel to relax and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D) ** Due to the seasonal weather experienced in the Top End during March and April you may visit the Bowali and Warradjan Visitor Centres in place of Ubirr, and the cruise will occur on Yellow Waters.
This morning is a 6.45am departure to Jabiru Airport, where you'll gain another perspective on this incredible environment. Take to the skies on a 60-minute scenic flight over ancient escarpments, floodplains and winding rivers, exhibiting the results of 1.8 billion years of continuous erosion. Your flight includes live commentary from your pilot as you glide over these spectacular ancient lands. Following our morning flight, we depart Kakadu National Park and head towards Batchelor, the gateway to Litchfield National Park. Containing several types of typical Top End habitats, Litchfield National Park is abundant with lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls, and cascades. After stopping for morning tea, we head onto Wangi Falls; a large plunge pool surrounded by shady grassed areas. The falls flow all year round and after a light lunch, you can take a dip in the crystal-clear pool. Our next stop is Florence Falls. Here you can watch from the scenic viewing platform as the spectacular falls cascade into the plunge pool below. We then head for Darwin, arriving early evening, where your Outback Spirit Tour comes to an end.
Explore Darwin at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour Cruises’ Charles Darwin catamaran. View the spectacular harbour sunset in air-conditioned comfort while savouring a delicious Territory-style dinner.
This morning, it’s time to check out of your hotel, completing your ultimate Northern Territory adventure. Tour Ends.

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