The Ghan Taste of South Australia

Duration: 7 Days

Price: from AU$4,075

Departure From: Adelaide

Departure Date: March to October

Tour Type: Escorted Tour

Meal Plan: Most Meals

Physical Grading: 2/5


If you are a lover of fine food and wine, and great train rides of the world, the Ghan Taste of South Australia should be on your hit list.

This flavour-filled journey offers the perfect combination of a famous, world-class rail experience with an extended visit to South Australia, a state whose climates, soils and topography produce some of the world’s most sought after wines and gastronomic delights. Get your taste-buds ready, The Ghan Taste of South Australia awaits!

Ghan Taste of South Australia map
The Ghan Train
Enjoying The Ghan Taste of South Australia
Great Southern Rail journey
Penfolds Wines

The Ghan Taste of Australia Tour Highlights

  • Take The Ghan train across two nights from Adelaide to Darwin, fully hosted.
  • Enjoy the iconic Penfolds Experience tour, including a three-course lunch with matching wines and a visit to the original Grange Cottage at Penfolds
  • See Penfolds underground cellars
  • Indulge in an exclusive selection of Penfolds’ most-coveted wines
  • Discover the history of the Barossa Valley
  • Enjoy cellar door tastings, and a delicious lunch with a glass of wine to accompany it
  • Witness a spectacular outback sunrise
  • Explore the outback outpost of Alice Springs
  • Visit the ancient Nitmuluk Gorge

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.

Platinum Club Lunch
Platinum Club Lunch

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 Double cabin The Ghan LOCO Journeys
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).
Platinum Double Cabin Plan LOCO Journeys

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.

Gold-Service-Twin-cabin LOCO Journeys
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 Taste of South Australia Prices & Departure Dates

For 2023 Ghan Taste of South Australia departures please contact LOCO Journeys directly as availability is limited.

2024 Darwin to Adelaide, 7 days, 6 nights, 13 meals. Departing Wednesdays.

CabinFare TypeMar – Apr & Sep – Oct 2024May – Aug 2024
PlatinumEveryday Holiday$5,990$6,200
Gold Premium TwinAdvance Saver Holiday*$4,660$4,915
Gold Premium TwinEveryday Holiday*$4,950$5,230
Gold TwinAdvance Saver Holiday*$4,075$4,295
Gold TwinEveryday Holiday$4,315$4,560
Gold SingleAdvance Saver Holiday*$4,395$4,730
Gold SingleEveryday Holiday$4,600$4,965

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 Taste of South Australia rail experience, 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

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Adelaide, including breakfast daily
  • The Iconic Penfolds Experience tour, including a three-course lunch with matching wines
  • 1 day Northern Barossa Valley Voyager tour including tastings and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to Adelaide Parklands Terminal
  • 2 nights aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Darwin, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 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 | Arrive Adelaide (B)
Check in to your accommodation before exploring the food and wine capital of South Australia at your leisure.
As far as gourmet experiences go, today you are about to indulge in one of Australia’s best. The legendary Penfolds Magill Estate, where some of the world’s great wines areproduced, is your venue for an epicurean adventure you’ll never forget. Make your way from the hotel to Penfolds Magill Estate by your own arrangements, ready to enjoy tastings, including Grange, in the Estate’s private rooms, before heading to the Magill Estate Cellar Door for a sumptuous lunch.
Make the most of a free day to explore Adelaide, the food and wine capital of South Australia.
Today, your boutique wine and food touring continues with a visit to the historic Northern Barossa with its 80 cellar doors. You’ll even visit one of the oldest vineyards in the world where Shiraz vines were planted in 1843. Enjoy running commentary from your driver as you make your way towards the fabulous Barossa Valley Region. You will be guided though some of the best wines South Australia has to offer. Tours are small groups up to 8 people only to ensure a relaxed and unhurried day. Whether you prefer red or white, there will be something to tantalise and delight with tastings at 3 wineries throughout the day, and a delicious lunch with an accompanying glass of wine included in your tour.
Board The Ghan in Adelaide for an iconic showcase journey of inland Australia. As the train leaves the city heading for the Flinders Ranges and beyond, the dramatic changes in landscape are a highlight.
After your first night enjoying the fine dining and relaxed comfort of this iconic train, you’ll wake to an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla – a remote outpost 160kms from the Northern Territory border that marks the start of the Oodnadatta Track. Enjoy the magnificent outback scenery as you make your way to Alice Springs.
When the landscape transforms into rocky gorges and fast flowing canyon streams, prepare to experience one of the Top End’s most impressive natural wonders, Nitmuluk Gorge in Katherine. Continue to Darwin, where your journey concludes.

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