The Ghan Train Taste of Two Cities

Duration: 10 Days

Price: from AU$5,395

Departure From: Darwin

Departure Date: Sunday & Wednesdays (April-Oct)

Tour Type: Independent

Meal Plan: B&B and seleected meals

Physical Grading: 2


Extend your Ghan train journey into this fabulous all encompassing holiday allowing you to soak up the sights, sounds and tastes of Adelaide and Darwin book-ending the most amazing train ride in the world.

Darwin is yours to explore when you start your journey with three nights’ accommodation in this laid-back city. Make the most of the tropical sunsets when you board Darwin Harbour Cruises’ Charles Darwin catamaran for a sunset dinner cruise. After a relaxed start to your journey, it’s time to amp up the excitement, boarding the iconic Ghan Expedition.

The Ghan train will make its way across the country from Darwin to Adelaide through the unique Red Centre. Once you arrive into Adelaide, the food and wine capital of South Australia is yours to explore with a three-night stay.

Darwin Awaits

The Ghan Train Taste of Two Cities Tour Highlights

  • 3 nights accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast daily
  • Explore Darwin’s fascinating history through its museums and visit galleries showcasing the region’s Indigenous art
  • Enjoy dinner with a breathtaking tropical sunset view on your Darwin Harbour Cruise
  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Train Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Adelaide, including breakfast daily
  • Discover the history of the Barossa Valley on a Taste the Barossa Premium Tour
  • Dine on a delicious regional lunch platter at Peter Lehmann Wines
  • Tastings at four wineries: Chateau Yaldara, Peter Lehmann Wines, Lambert Estate and Wolf Blass Wines
Barossa Wine Tasting Tour
Enjoy the Taste the Barossa Premium Wine Tour

The Ghan Expedition Off-Train Optional Experiences

Extend your journey with these unique Ghan train extra experiences

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.

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.

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 Platinum Club – The Ghan Train

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 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 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 Two Cities Prices & Departure Dates

For 2023 Ghan train departures please contact LOCO Journeys directly as availability is limited.

2024 Darwin to Adelaide Taste of Two Cities; 10 days, 9 nights, 17 meals. Departing Sundays, March to October and Wednesdays April to October.

CABINFARE TYPEApr & Sep – OctMay – Aug
Gold TwinAdvance Saver$5,395$5,850
Gold TwinEveryday$5,750$6,225
Gold SingleAdvance Saver$5,650$6,245
Gold SingleEveryday$5,955$6,575

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 expedition rail experience, please let us know at the time of booking. And if you wish to conclude your rail adventure in Melbourne, link your Ghan rail trip with The Overland. Find out how here.

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’ accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast daily
  • Darwin Harbour Cruises Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Transfer to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Transfer from Adelaide Parklands Terminal to hotel
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Adelaide, including breakfast daily
  • 1 day Taste the Barossa Premium Tour
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 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 Darwin
You've arrived in Darwin - it's your to explore. Spend the day at your leisure before checking in to your accommodation and enjoy 3 nights Double Tree by Hilton.
Stroll around the city today, taking in its fascinating history at your own pace. Wander to the Stokes Hill Wharf area, the Botanic Gardens or Chinese Temple and don't miss a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. This evening prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking tropical sunset from a location like no other - savour the sights and enjoy the swirl of the sea breeze as you sail and on a spacious, modern catamaran. Enjoy a sumptuous meal onbaord focused on local produce and fresh seafood. Nothing is more relaxing than soaking up the splendour of the skies, champagne flute in hand.
Today is for further exploration of the Darwin waterfront and its top-notch restatuarnts, taking in the relaces pace of life in the north. Alternatively, consider an optional tour (additional expense) to make the most of your time in the Top End.
Settle in to the comforts of The Ghan, relaxing in your cabin or mingling with fellow guests 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. The stunning gorge lies within the 292,000-hectare Nitmiluk National Park. You'll have the chance to explore it from the water with guided cruise options - an off train experience you'll never froget.
Your arrival into Alice Springs after breakfast rovides you with time to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia. Prepare for a day of fascinating experiences and in the evening, join your fellow guests at a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Mangui, 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 incredible 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 the have 'broken away'from the higher ground of the reserve. THe landscape was once an inland sea and over time has been transformed into a dramtatic 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 enjjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.
After completing the famous north-south crossing of the interior, you will arrive in Adelaide, where you will be transferred to your Mayfair hotel. The evening is free for you to explore on the many dining options close by.
Travel through the Adelaide Hills to the Barossa Valley to experiece a day of historical wineries, regional food, beautiful scenery and the people who make the Barossa Valley such a special destination. The first tasting is at Chateau Yaldara, one of the most photographed historic buildings in South Australia. Then, we traverse picturesque scenery and cross Jacobs Creek, heading towards the heart of the valley and the historic township of Tanunda. More internationally accaimed wines are on the menu at the beautiful Peter Lehmann winery, paired with a lunch platter of local produce. After a stop at Mengler's Hill Lookout to admire the valley views, we head onwards to a wine-tasting experience at Lambert Estate Wines. Our final destination is Wolf Blass Wines, where we'll explore the state-of-the-art cellar door of the multi-award-winning wine brand.
Make the most of a free day to explore Adelaide, the food and wine capital of Sotuh Australia. Stroll along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, home to the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Not far from here is Rundle Street and Rundle Mall, where you can indulge ins some retail therapy of quench your thirst at one of the many bars or restauarants. Alternatively, the beachside suburb of Gleneig is an easy 25-minute tram ride away.
Your journey comes to an end this morning as you farewell Adelaide and check out of your accommodation after breakfast, leaving with memories of awe-inspiring landscapes and unique outback experiences that will last a lifetime. Tour Ends.

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