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Departure Date: 18 April 2025 - 13 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Train The Ghan
  • Duration 13 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Apr 2025 - Sep 2025
  • Holiday type Rail Journeys
  • Holiday code TRA2268

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Ghan Rail and Outback Spirit Tour

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Experience the ever-changing landscapes and natural beauty of the Outback on board the legendary Ghan on this epic spirit of the Red Centre adventure holiday.

This epic adventure will allow you to discover some of the most captivating sights in Australia’s remote Red Centre, from the fascinating history hidden with Alice Springs, to the landscapes of Kings Canyon and the multi-coloured hues of Uluru.

Your captivating journey on board The Ghan will whisk you north through the bewitching landscapes of the inhospitable Australian Outback. Often described as a ‘national treasure’, The Ghan offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, following the tracks of pioneering explorers through the red heart of Australia, passing through parts of the great continent that most others cannot reach.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

2 night all-inclusive rail journey on board The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin with all meals, fine wines and beverages

Off Train Experiences in Marla and Katherine
Station to hotel transfers included in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin

Hotel Stays

2 night four-star stay in Adelaide at the Vibe Hotel Adelaide

2 night four-star hotel stay in Alice Springs at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
2 night four-star hotel stay in Kings Canyon at the Discovery Resorts – Kings Canyon
3 night five-star hotel stay in Uluru at the Sails in the Desert
2 night four-star stay in Darwin at the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
All hotel stays include breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

Small group touring with Outback Spirit on board five-star four-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz Coach

All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and beverages included while on tour in Central Australia
Alice Springs and West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon Scenic Rim tour
Uluru Sunset & Field of Lights Tour
Wintjiri Wiru Light & Sound Show
Uluru Sunrise Tour & Kata Tjuta
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise

All Flights, Taxes & Transfers^
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
^Transfers to and from the airport are not included and alternative arrangements will need to be made
*Prices shown include discount and savings based on two passengers sharing, booking directly with Imagine Holidays.
Main image used is for illustrative purposes only.

Your Journey

Your Itinerary

Days 1 - 2
Adelaide: Hotel Stay

Adelaide is a treasure trove of culture, flavours, and entertainment. Immerse yourself in Australia’s natural and artistic heritage at the Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australian Museum, or venture to the beach at historic Glenelg.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Adelaide

Day 3
Adelaide: Board The Ghan

Take up your all-inclusive, Gold Service cabin on The Ghan to begin the iconic rail journey from Adelaide to Darwin. As darkness falls, head to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, full of culinary wonders prepared by talented onboard chefs.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: The Ghan

Day 4
Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay

Located in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs is a remote town in the Northern Territory known as the gateway to Uluru. Spend two nights here at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel to relax and recharge before embarking on your incredible adventure tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Day 5
Alice Springs: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, your Outback Spirit adventure begins as you venture to the West MacDonnell Ranges where you’ll explore Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm. Following a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park, you’ll enjoy a classic-style outdoor BBQ and show under the incredible night sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Day 6
Kings Canyon: Hotel Stay

Today, you’ll bid farewell to Alice Springs for a visit to Ellery Creek before travelling to Ormiston Gorge to see its towering red cliffs. Stop for lunch at Glen Helen before journeying to the mighty Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Discovery Resorts - Kings Canyon

Day 7
Kings Canyon: Hotel Stay & Tour

This morning, you’ll experience the beauty of Kings Canyon with a spectacular 6km rim walk, which boasts breathtaking views of the Watarrka National Park. As afternoon turns to evening, enjoy sunset drinks and canapes at Light-Towers, an immersive sound and light installation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Discovery Resorts - Kings Canyon

Day 8
Uluru: Hotel Stay & Tour

Bid farewell to Kings Canyon as you depart for Uluru. This evening, you’ll attend the Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner, a breathtaking cultural experience, told through choreographed drones, lasers and projections illuminating the night sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sails in the Desert

Day 9
Uluru: Hotel Stay & Tour

This morning, you’ll head to Kata Tjuta for a guided walk in Walpa Gorge. Let your creativity shine during a Maruku Arts dot painting workshop before returning for drinks and canapes at Bruce Munro’s Field of Light.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sails in the Desert

Day 10
Uluru: Hotel Stay & Tour

Be enchanted by the landscape’s beautiful amber glow during a wonderful Sunrise Tour. Come evening, you’ll prepare for your Sounds of Silence Dinner where you’ll dine on local delicacies and wine under a star-filled sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sails in the Desert

Day 11
Alice Springs: Re-board The Ghan

Your Outback experience complete, today you’ll transfer back to Alice Springs where you’ll re-join The Ghan for your journey north. Sit back and relax as you watch the dramatic and beautiful scenery pass by your window from the Outback Explorer Lounge.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: The Ghan

Day 12
Darwin: Hotel Stay

Your last day on board The Ghan promises immersive experiences in Katherine’s wild landscape and the stunning Nitmiluk Gorge. As evening falls, you’ll arrive in Darwin and disembark to begin a two-night hotel stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 13
Darwin: Hotel Stay & Tour

Enjoy a day at leisure to delve deeper into the delights of Darwin. Come evening, you’ll make your way to Stokes Hill Wharf, where you’ll embark on a Charles Darwin sunset cruise around the beautiful harbour.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 14
Darwin: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
Take in some of the dramatic scenery on a tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, passing through the steep-sided gorge of Standley Chasm. Take a refreshing dip in one of several waterholes and learn about the diverse flora and fauna that thrives in this arid terrain.
Kings Canyon Scenic Rim
Kings Canyon Scenic Rim offers breathtaking vistas of Australia's ancient landscape. Carved by time, its towering sandstone cliffs and rugged terrain captivate adventurers. The Rim Walk unveils panoramic views of the canyon's depths, revealing a rich tapestry of colours and textures, a testament to the earth's enduring beauty and majesty.
Uluru Sunrise Tour
One of the most magical times to visit this incredible landmark, watch as the first light of the day changes the colour of the rock formations before your eyes. You’ll travel around the base of Uluru by private coach and have the opportunity to explore some of the caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings and carvings.
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Dine on canapes and bush tucker delicacies and enjoy the mesmerising view over the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Gaze at a star-speckled sky and relax with a glass of fine wine, as the hypnotic sound of the didgeridoo fills the night air.
Field of Lights
Bruce Munro's "Field of Light" is an art installation comprising thousands of glowing fibre optic stems scattered across landscapes. Inspired by the Australian outback, it enchants viewers with its otherworldly luminescence, inviting contemplation and connection with nature. Munro's work melds light, space, and environment into a mesmerising sensory experience.
Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise
Embark on a Charles Darwin sunset cruise around the beautiful harbour, indulging in a delicious Territory style buffet as you gaze out upon the spectacular views of the famous Darwin sunset, spreading bewitching multicoloured hues across the glittering waters, this incredible experience is one you’ll remember for a lifetime.

The Ghan

In 2019, the legendary locomotive celebrated 90 years of service. The Ghan offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, following the tracks of pioneering explorers through the red heart of Australia, passing through parts of the great continent that most others cannot reach.

Today, the north to south journey (or vice versa) across country covers almost 3,000 kilometres of track, from the lush green plains of South Australia to the rusty, dusty Red Centre and the tropical foliage of Darwin.

While many changes have been made to the train and its route across Australia, the pioneer spirit remains the same. On board you’ll discover fine dining and even finer wines, elegant cabins ranging from luxurious to the height of sophistication, attentive staff to ensure you make the most of this incredible experience, and a range of Off-Train excursions that show off the top sights of this mysterious, inhospitable land.

  • Occupancy 283
  • Tonnage 3 tons
  • Length 9,842 ft (3,000.00 m)

Life on Board The Ghan

From exquisite fine dining to cosy cabins and sophisticated lounges, spend your days on board doing as much or as little as you like.

Gold Service

From the moment you step on board, you’ll be immersed in the world of romance that epitomises rail travel. As the most popular service option, you’ll have everything you need to feel right at home for the duration of your journey. 

Choose between Gold Service Twin and Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to unwind after a day of Off Train Experiences. Catch up with new-found friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge and dine on delicious dishes in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. 

Gold Service fares include hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches, and three-course dinners; you can also choose to complement your meal with a selection of premium wines and beverages. 

  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant 
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages 
  • All-inclusive Off Train Experiences and Short Stops 
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest 
  • Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre 

Platinum Service

Nothing enhances the romance of rail travel quite like Platinum Service. Tailored for the discerning traveller, it adds a new level of luxury and sophistication to your journey.

Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service, world-class food and wine, and access to the exclusive Platinum Club for meals, and socialising.

With Platinum Service, the food and wine are of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches, and four-course dinners, all paired with premium wines.

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

Premium amenities, luxuriously soft linen, and silk eye masks

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

90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).

Priority luggage check-in

Off-Train Experiences

The Ghan is a famous long-distance passenger train in Australia that travels from Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north, crossing the heart of the continent. While the primary focus of The Ghan is the on-train experience, there are also off-train experiences included in some of the journeys. These off-train experiences allow passengers to explore and enjoy various attractions along the route. Keep in mind that the specific off-train experiences may vary depending on the chosen journey. 

Katherine 

One common stop is in Katherine, located in the Northern Territory. Passengers may have the opportunity to explore the town and its surroundings. The Katherine Gorge, a stunning natural attraction in Nitmiluk National Park, is often a highlight. Visitors can take boat cruises or scenic flights to appreciate the beauty of the gorge. 

Alice Springs 

Another significant stop is often in Alice Springs, a town in the Red Centre of Australia. Passengers may have time to explore the town and its iconic landmarks, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. The rugged landscapes surrounding Alice Springs also offer opportunities for unique experiences like camel rides and visits to the MacDonnell Ranges. 

Coober Pedy 

Some journeys may include a stop in Coober Pedy, a town known for its opal mining industry. Visitors can explore underground homes, visit opal mines, and learn about the local history. The unique landscape of this outback town, with its underground dwellings to escape the extreme heat, is often a fascinating part of the journey. 

Marla 

Marla is a remote outpost in South Australia, and some journeys may include a brief stop. While the town itself may be small, it provides an opportunity to experience the vastness and isolation of the Australian Outback. 

Darwin or Adelaide 

Depending on the direction of the journey, the final destination city (either Darwin or Adelaide) offers its own set of attractions. In Darwin, passengers might explore the city’s rich cultural and historical sites, while in Adelaide, they may visit museums, gardens, and enjoy the vibrant urban atmosphere. 

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Cabins & Suites

Gold Twin Prices from $9,999pp

The Gold Twin cabins on board The Ghan offer passengers a comfortable and stylish retreat as they traverse the vast and awe-inspiring landscapes of Australia. Designed for both daytime relaxation and nighttime rest, these cabins feature spacious seating areas that convert into cozy sleeping quarters with upper and lower berths. The decor is modern and elegant, creating a pleasant atmosphere for travellers. With large panoramic windows, passengers can enjoy uninterrupted views of the ever-changing scenery, from the red-earthed expanses of the Outback to the lush greenery along the route. Gold Twin passengers also have access to shared shower and toilet facilities, ensuring convenience and comfort throughout the journey.  

  • For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day 
  • Power outlets in cabin 
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available 
Cruise Code: TRA2268
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Alternative Departure Dates
09 May 2025
09 May 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $10,499pp
12 September 2025
12 Sep 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $10,499pp

Gold Single Prices from $13,999pp

The Gold Single cabins on board The Ghan epitomise solo luxury travel across the captivating landscapes of Australia. Thoughtfully designed for the solo adventurer, these cabins offer a perfect blend of comfort and solitude. Featuring a comfortable seat which converts to a cosy single bed at night and large panoramic windows, these cabins provide an intimate space to unwind and absorb the breathtaking scenery. Guests in Gold Single cabins also have access to the exclusive Outback Explorer Lounge, fostering a social atmosphere for solo travellers to connect and share experiences.  

  • 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 
  • Complimentary Australian- made bathroom amenities 
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transfers available between Darwin Terminal and the city centre 
  • 60 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (2 x 30 kg each). 
Cruise Code: TRA2268
To Book Call
Alternative Departure Dates
09 May 2025
09 May 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $14,499pp
12 September 2025
12 Sep 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $14,499pp

Gold Premium Twin Prices from $11,999pp

The Gold Premium Twin cabins on board The Ghan redefine luxury rail travel, offering an indulgent and spacious retreat through the heart of Australia. Featuring walnut timber and polished brass details, these delightful cabins boast twin beds, panoramic windows, and en-suite bathrooms, these cabins seamlessly blend comfort with breathtaking views of the diverse landscapes. Passengers enjoy exclusive access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, where they can socialise, relax, and take in the scenery. Impeccable service and attention to detail characterize the Gold Premium Twin experience, providing a sumptuous haven for travellers as they traverse the iconic landscapes of the Australian outback on The Ghan. 

  • 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 
Cruise Code: TRA2268
To Book Call
Alternative Departure Dates
09 May 2025
09 May 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $12,499pp
12 September 2025
12 Sep 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $12,499pp

Platinum Twin Prices from $13,999pp

The Platinum Twin cabins on board The Ghan redefine luxury rail travel, offering an indulgent and spacious retreat through the heart of Australia. Featuring walnut timber and polished brass details, these delightful cabins boast twin beds, panoramic windows, and en-suite bathrooms, these cabins seamlessly blend comfort with breathtaking views of the diverse landscapes. Passengers enjoy exclusive access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, where they can socialise, relax, and take in the scenery. Impeccable service and attention to detail characterize the Platinum Twin experience, providing a sumptuous haven for travellers as they traverse the iconic landscapes of the Australian outback on The Ghan. 

  • Newly designed, contemporary cabins 
  • Premium amenities, luxuriously soft linen, and silk eye masks  
  • 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 
Cruise Code: TRA2268
To Book Call
Alternative Departure Dates
09 May 2025
09 May 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $14,499pp
12 September 2025
12 Sep 2025
13 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Adelaide: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Alight The Ghan & Hotel Stay , A...
Fr From $14,499pp

Your Hotel Stays

Adelaide

Included Hotel

Vibe Hotel Adelaide (Or Similar)

Discover unparalleled comfort and sophistication at Vibe Hotel Adelaide. Nestled in the heart of the city, this chic and contemporary hotel offers a perfect blend of style and convenience. Immerse yourself in modern amenities, spacious rooms, and exceptional service. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant surroundings or unwinding in the rooftop pool, Vibe Hotel Adelaide promises a memorable stay. Elevate your travel experience with us and indulge in the epitome of luxury and relaxation right in the heart of Adelaide.

Alice Springs

Included Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs (Or Similar)

Experience the essence of Alice Springs with a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs. Nestled amidst stunning landscapes, this hotel combines comfort with adventure. Enjoy spacious rooms, exceptional dining, and warm hospitality. Discover iconic attractions like the MacDonnell Ranges and explore Indigenous culture firsthand. Relax by the pool or rejuvenate at the spa after a day of exploration. DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs is your gateway to unforgettable experiences in the heart of Australia’s Outback. Treat yourself to a memorable stay that captures the spirit of this remarkable region.

Kings Canyon

Included Hotel

Discovery Resorts – Kings Canyon (Or Similar)

Explore the ancient landscapes – 440 million years in the making, of Kings Canyon and immerse yourself in its natural untamed beauty during a stay at the Discovery Resorts – Kings Canyon. Nestled in the tranquillity of a rugged bush setting, the accommodation has been thoughtfully designed to blend in with the stunning natural surroundings. Embark on a series of experience that will allow you to explore the unique landscapes, from a Kings Canyon Rim Walk to a scenic helicopter tour and savour an outback dining delight of a five-course dinner, set under a canopy of stars.

Uluru

Included Hotel

Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock (Or Similar)

Settle into the atmospheric Sails in the Desert hotel, surrounded by the ochre beauty of Australia’s Red Centre and with the monolith of Uluru looming in the distance. This superb luxury accommodation – comprising 228 beautifully appointed rooms and suites in the Ayers Rock Resort – sits harmoniously within the landscape and the ambience is enhanced by the presence of indigenous art in the Mulgara Gallery, shedding light on local cultures. Dine at the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or sample the indigenous-inspired cuisine at the Walpa Lobby Bar. Meanwhile, find serenity at the Red Ochre Spa with its range of facials, massage therapies and more, or take a dip in the gumtree-lined heated swimming pool.

Darwin

Included Hotel

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (Or Similar)

Vibe Hotel brings Darwin’s vibrant Waterfront district to your doorstep. Enjoy lush parks, lounge on the man-made beach and swim in the turquoise saltwater lagoon. The hotel’s accommodations boast spacious, contemporary accommodations equipped with free Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms an tea-and-coffee facilities. Take a dip in the hotel swimming pool, burn some calories in the well-equipped fitness centre, or take leisurely stroll along Darwin’s promenade to discover the city’s vibrant restaurant scene and nightlife. The superb location and excellent facilities at Vibe Hotel make for a relaxing, hassle-free stay.

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