The Ghan Train Taste of the Top End

Duration: 8 Days

Price: from AU$5,250

Departure From: Darwin

Departure Date: Saturdays and Tuesdays

Tour Type: Independent

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 2


Soak up The Ghan train taste with this Top End experience combining a stay in Darwin and the legendary Ghan Expedition.

Explore spectacular Litchfield National Park, see the famous jumping crocodiles, and take in a host of other popular Top End attractions. Toast the Top End’s legendary sunsets on a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour Cruises’ Charles Darwin catamaran, while enjoying dinner before stepping aboard The Ghan Expedition in Darwin to experience the wonders of Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy on your way to Adelaide

The Ghan Taste of the Top End map
Waterfalls in Litchfield National Park

The Ghan Train Taste of the Top End Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast daily
  • Full day Litchfield National Park Waterfalls tour, including lunch
  • Darwin Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Half day Jumping Crocs and Nature Adventure, including cruise and touring
  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Take in the splendour of thundering falls, pockets of rainforest and sacred historic sites of Litchfield National Park
  • View the spectacular double waterfalls of Florence Falls
  • Marvel at the water cascading into the deep waterhole at the base of Tolmer Falls
  • Swim in the rock pools of Wangi Falls
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner of local seafood and produce with a sunset view on your Darwin Harbour Cruise
  • Get up close to the prehistoric crocodiles
  • Enjoy a view of a wetland ecosystem up close at the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Darwin Jumping Crocodiles
Darwin Jumping Crocodiles

The Ghan Expedition Off-Train Optional Experiences

Extend your journey with these unique Ghan train taste extra experiences

Katherine: Nitmiluk Gorge Scenic Helicopter Flight – Stretching for kilometres throughout the top end of Australia, Nitmiluk Gorge consists of a staggering 13 limestone formations which make up one of Australia’s most epic natural wonders.

Croc N history Explorer Ticket Adelaide – Combine three of Darwin’s premier attractions with on ticket and save. The flexible Croc n History Explorer package gives you full day entry to Crocosaurus Cave, RFDS Tourist facility and the Darwin Big Bus for a hop-on, hop-off transport option.

Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight & Outback BBQ Dinner – Be sure to take your camera and capture these once in a lifetime memories. Transfer to Alice Springs Airport to board your chartered Uluṟu scenic flight. Undertake your safety briefing, board the aircraft and get ready for take-off.

Uluru Scenic Flight
Uluru Fixed Wing Flight

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 taste of the top end 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 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 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 Train Taste of the Top End Prices & Departure Dates

For 2023 Ghan Train Taste of the Top End departures please contact LOCO Journeys directly as availability is limited.

2024 Darwin to Adelaide, 8 days, 7 nights, 15 meals. Departing Saturdays and Tuesdays April to October.

CABINFARE TYPEApr & Sep – OctMay – Aug
Gold TwinAdvance Saver$5,250$5,740
Gold TwinEveryday$5,605$6,115
Gold SingleAdvance Saver$5,275$5,920
Gold SingleEveryday$5,580$6,250

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 train Taste of the Top end 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

  • 3 nights onboard The Ghan
  • 4 nights accommodation in Darwin
  • 15 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 | Arrive Darwin
You’ve arrived in Darwin – it’s yours to explore. Spend the day at your leisure before checking in to your accommodation.
Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats, including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls, and cascades. The first stop of the day is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity to take a scenic interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the possibility for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading to the deep waterhole. To finish the day, you will visit Wangi Falls, with its large, crystal-clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. This is a great day for photography, including the amazing stand of termite mounds.
Today is yours to explore Darwin at your leisure. This evening enjoy a dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour aboard a modern and spacious catamaran in air-conditioned comfort. View the spectacular Darwin sunset while enjoying a delicious Territory-style dinner.
This morning is free for you to explore Darwin at your leisure. Perhaps make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy the tropical Darwin weather. Much of Darwin’s action happens along this revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands. This afternoon, your jumping croc adventure begins. Just 60 km from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to more than 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous jumping crocodiles. Travel down the Stuart Highway for your river cruise and feel the thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see the prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards, continue to Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to see a wetland ecosystem up close.
This morning, it’s time to board The Ghan. Settle in as you relax in your cabin or mingle with fellow travellers. Enjoy lunch on board before you arrive in Katherine for your first Off Train Experience. 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, with plenty of time to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia. Prepare for a day of fascinating experiences and in the evening, dine under a million stars at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
After a morning stop at the outback outpost of 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 a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Discover the diversity of Coober Pedy’s spectacular Breakaways on your guided walking tour, taking in the colourful low hills that from a distance look as if they have ‘broken away’ from the higher ground of the reserve. This area was once an inland sea and over time, has transformed into a dramatic landscape that changes colour with the passing of the sun, creating an almost surreal panorama. Dinner is served back on the train, where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.
After completing the famous north-south crossing of Australia’s interior, you will arrive into Adelaide, where your adventure comes to an end, leaving you with memories of awe-inspiring landscapes and unique Top End and outback experiences that will last a lifetime.

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