From Darwin, through Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and finally to Adelaide, the develop jaunt offers travellers something different each day
In the boundless island continent of Australia, too often guests and citizens wing right over the top and out of the country rather than visualizing whats in the middle. Because of the vast distances of unpopulated areas, Australians and the eight million tourists who visit per year principally travel the country by aeroplane. We hop from capital city to tourist destination merely seeming out airplane windows to view the barren land beneath. But theres something to be said for visualizing the in-between.
Thats what attains the Ghan Expedition so special. The 2,979 km develop jaunt allows its guests to discover Australia unadorned. The Ghan Expedition is a three-night, four-day jaunt, starting in Darwin and stopping in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy, before arriving in Adelaide. At every stop, a number of off-board outings are offered to passengers. Most are included in the cost of the ticket, although some such as scenic flights and helicopter rides are optional extras.
There are two grades on The Ghan, amber and platinum. Gold class includes two single bunks and an ensuite bathroom with a picture window out one side of the develop. Platinum class features a doubled bed and window opinions out of both sides of the carriage. I travelled in gold class and was impressed by the high level of comfort of the cabin. Space is tight but neatly employed. The bed linen is inn quality. It is folded back and chocolates are left on your pillow each night.
The Ghan is a slick running. Operator Great Southern Rail, the same company that runs the Indian Pacific Railway, has learned how to make its passengers seem special. Nice little touches such as the Appelles Apothecary toiletry range, made from Australian native parts and sourced sustainably round down an excellent menu, great logistics and a clever offering of outings to make this trip-up value for fund.
Its not inexpensive( the gold class twin cabin expenditures $3,299 per person) but if you dont have a lot of time, its a good way to discover the centre of Australia and get a taste of Indigenous culture. Its an amuse-bouche , but a splendid one.
People of all ages, grades, backgrounds and nationalities hop aboard this develop. Most passengers are retirees, but younger pairs are attracted by the increasing number of active off-train outings, and the impressive meat and wine menu. I satisfied pairs from Austria, UK and US, and many Australians. I satisfied one couple celebrating their 40 th bridal anniversary and another celebrating a 40 th birthday.