The Ghan Red Centre Spectacular

Duration: 11 Days

Price: from AU$9,550

Departure From: Darwin

Departure Date: Wednesdays and Saturdays

Tour Type: Group Tour

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 3/5


Settle into The Ghan’s gentle rhythm as you travel through the country and immerse yourself The Ghan Red Centre Spectacular set in the Northern Territory’s breathtaking natural wonders on this 11-day journey.

From exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges to taking your place beside spiritual Uluru and Kata Tjuta, you’ll understand why people travel great distances to see the Territory’s remarkable landscapes and icons.

This tour features an unforgettable 5 night, 6 day intimate small-group touring experience on an outback safari. This immersive off-train experience will offer you the most enjoyable Red Centre experience, delightfully delivered with quality and the guarantee of spectacular memories.

Having been in the outback adventure business for over twenty years, Outback Spirit Tours are wholly committed to providing our guests with the trip of a lifetime.

Uluru Scenic Flight
Uluru Fixed Wing Flight – an optional extra

The Ghan Red Centre Spectacular Highlights & Inclusions of your Ghan Journey

  • 1 night aboard The Ghan Expedition Darwin to Alice Springs, including all meals and beverages, and Off Train Experiences in Katherine and Alice Springs
  • Transfer from Alice Springs Rail terminal to hotel
  • 1 night Alice Springs accommodation, including breakfast
  • 5 nights intimate small-group touring with Outback Spirit Tours, travelling on board a state-of-the-art 4WD Mercedes-Benz vehicle, including accommodation, meals and guided touring
  • 1 night Alice Springs accommodation, including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to Alice Springs Rail Terminal
  • 2 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition Alice Springs to Adelaide, including all meals and beverages and Off Train Experiences in Coober Pedy
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Visit the ancient Nitmiluk Gorge
  • Explore underground sights in Coober Pedy
The Ghan Train Taste of the Top End Tour
The spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge

The Ghan Red Centre Spectacular Highlights of your Outback Spirit Tour

  • Discover the incredible rugged beauty of Australia’s Red Centre
  • Visit Kings Canyon for a guided scenic walk and journey through the West MacDonnell Ranges, visiting Standley Chasm and Ormiston Gorge
  • Visit World Heritage-listed Uluru and enjoy a guided base tour
  • Early risers will experience the magic and beauty 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
Sounds of Silence Dining Experience
Sounds of Silence Dining Experience

The Ghan 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.

The Ghan Marla Experience
Enjoy The Ghan Expedition heading south to Adelaide

The Ghan 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.

Platinum Dining Room
Platinum Dining – 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).
Platinum Double Cabin Plan LOCO Journeys

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.

Gold-Service-Twin-cabin LOCO Journeys
Gold Twin Cabin
Gold Service Cabin
Gold Cabin View

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 Red Centre Spectacular Prices & Departure Dates

For 2023 The Ghan Red Centre Spectacular departures, please contact LOCO Journeys directly as availability is limited.

2024 Darwin to Adelaide, 11 days, 10 nights, 25 meals. Departing Saturdays and Wednesdays, April to October.

CABINFARE TYPEApr, Sep & OctMay – Aug
Gold TwinAdvance Saver$9,550$9,840
Gold TwinEveryday$9,905$10,215
Gold SingleAdvance Saver$10,800$11,060
Gold SingleEveryday$11,110$11,390

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

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

Alternate 10 day, 9 night departures are available for the Ghan Red Centre Spectacular from Adelaide on Sunday’s and Wednesdays. Ask about pricing and availability.

Should you wish to add pre or post night accommodation, activities or international flights to The Ghan Red Centre spectacular, please let us know at the time of booking.

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

Tour Inclusions

  • 3 nights onboard The Ghan all inclusive, fully hosted
  • 2 nights in Alice Springs
  • 5 nights touring with Outback Spirit Tours
  • 25 Meals as indicated within the itinerary
  • All sightseeing, cruises, rail travel and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • The services of an experienced train staff
  • This tour visits some remote locations. We have selected the best available hotels that satisfy our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.

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 | Darwin - The Ghan Train (L,D)
Settle into the comforts of The Ghan, relaxing in your cabin or mingling with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge. Enjoy lunch ahead of your Off Train Experience in Katherine. In a region renowned for jaw-dropping natural assets, Katherine boasts one of the Top End’s best – the incredible Nitmiluk Gorge.
After breakfast you’ll arrive into Alice Springs, where a day of fascinating Off Train Experiences awaits. Once your experience is complete, you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the evening.
Today your 5-night Red Centre adventure with Outback Spirit Tours starts. Early afternoon, you will be met by your professional crew and enjoy a brief afternoon tour of Alice Springs, including Anzac Hill. You’ll learn what makes this unique outback town 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. After returning to the resort in the afternoon, there is the opportunity to take a 15-minute 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 is a highlight. Beginning with canapes and chilled sparkling wine, listen to the atmospheric sound of the didgeridoo. The resident star talker will decode the southern night sky while you enjoy a premium bush tucker-inspired meal.
Early risers will experience the sun rising over Uluru and the colours of dawn 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 guided 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 on Alice Springs. Pause at Mount Conner, known as the third desert giant, before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs in the afternoon.
Checking out after breakfast, the day is yours to explore Alice Springs. Return to your hotel to join a scheduled transfer to the Alice Springs Rail Station to re-join the Ghan Expedition. This evening, enjoy a unique dining experience. Tuck into a mouth-watering meal as you sip on a cold beer or a glass of fine wine under a chandelier of stars at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
From your morning stop at Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery and lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train, where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.
This morning, you’ll see a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Australia. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges before your arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great rail journeys.

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