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The Ghan Expedition & Northern Territory Discovery

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 03 September 2025 - 9 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Train The Ghan
  • Duration 9 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Apr 2025 - Oct 2025
  • Holiday type Rail Journeys
  • Holiday code TRA2262

Includes 3 night all-inclusive rail journey

2025 travel dates now on sale

Glide through the ever-altering landscapes of the Outback in style on board the legendary Ghan Expedition.

Your adventure begins with three nights in Darwin, rich in indigenous culture and unique natural landscapes. You may choose to explore the city’s rich history at the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery, or visit the breathtaking landscapes of Kakadu National Park. Enjoy a Charles Darwin harbour sunset cruise, indulging in a delicious Territory style buffet.

Next, board the majestic Ghan Expedition for your journey south through the bewitching landscapes of the Australian Outback. Wind through the MacDonnell Ranges’ rusty red hues and the charms of the South Australian plains, as you tuck into gourmet meals and enjoy Off Train Experiences. Arriving in Adelaide, you’ll disembark for your three-night hotel stay, where you’ll have the chance to explore South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, including a Barossa and Hahndorf highlights tour.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

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

Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy including Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
Station to hotel transfers included in Darwin and Adelaide

Hotel Stays

3 night four-star stay in Darwin at the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

3 night four-star stay in Adelaide at the Vibe Hotel Adelaide
All hotel stays include breakfast

Tours

Charles Darwin Harbour Dinner Cruise

Barossa and Hahndorf highlights tour

All Flights & Taxes
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
*Prices shown include discount and savings based on two passengers sharing, booking directly with Imagine Holidays, departing 20 October 2024.

Your Journey

Your Itinerary

Days 1 - 2
Darwin: Hotel Stay

The Northern Territory’s tropical capital combines balmy nights, colourful cultures and exciting wildlife. In fact, this whole area is rich in indigenous culture and unique natural landscapes for you to explore and experience during your stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 3
Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay

This evening you’ll embark on a Charles Darwin sunset harbour cruise. Whilst on board, you’ll indulge in a delicious Territory style buffet as you gaze out upon the spectacular views of the famous Darwin sunset.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 4
Darwin: Board The Ghan

Settle into your comfortable private cabin and enjoy a delicious lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, before arriving at the Top End township of Katherine where you’ll enjoy a cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition

Day 5
Alice Springs: Off Train Experience

This morning, watch as the sun rises over the endless outback, one of the most spectacular views of a lifetime. Following breakfast, a full day of off train experiences awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition

Day 6
Coober Pedy: Off Train Experience

Enjoy a morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri. Here you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half the residents live underground.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition

Day 7
Adelaide: Alight the Ghan

Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare for your arrival into Adelaide, where you’ll disembark for a hotel stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Adelaide

Day 8
Adelaide: Tour & Hotel Stay

Your first stop is Seppeltsfield Winery for a tasting, the most historic winery in the Barossa. After a memorable cellar door experience, it’s then onto Lamberts Estate for a delicious two course lunch and more wine tasting.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Adelaide

Day 9
Adelaide: Hotel Stay

Your holiday nearly over, you’ll enjoy a final night in Adelaide to explore the city at your own leisure before you return home tomorrow. Browse museums, hit the beach or visit the famous chocolate factory.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Adelaide

Day 10
Adelaide: Fly Home

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

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. 

For prices please select your departure airport

Cabins & Suites

Gold Twin Prices from $6,799pp

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: TRA2262
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Alternative Departure Dates
02 April 2025
02 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
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09 April 2025
09 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
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21 May 2025
21 May 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $7,399pp
25 June 2025
25 Jun 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $7,199pp
16 July 2025
16 Jul 2025
9 nights
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13 August 2025
13 Aug 2025
9 nights
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Fr From $6,999pp
08 October 2025
08 Oct 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $6,699pp

Gold Single Prices from $7,799pp

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: TRA2262
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Alternative Departure Dates
02 April 2025
02 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $7,999pp
09 April 2025
09 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $7,799pp
21 May 2025
21 May 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $8,399pp
25 June 2025
25 Jun 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $8,199pp
16 July 2025
16 Jul 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $8,199pp
13 August 2025
13 Aug 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $7,999pp
08 October 2025
08 Oct 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $7,699pp

Gold Premium Twin Prices from Sold Out

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: TRA2262
To Book Call
Alternative Departure Dates
02 April 2025
02 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
09 April 2025
09 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
21 May 2025
21 May 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
25 June 2025
25 Jun 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
16 July 2025
16 Jul 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
13 August 2025
13 Aug 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
08 October 2025
08 Oct 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out

Platinum Twin Sold Out

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: TRA2262
To Book Call
Alternative Departure Dates
02 April 2025
02 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
09 April 2025
09 Apr 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
21 May 2025
21 May 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Sold Out
25 June 2025
25 Jun 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $10,999pp
16 July 2025
16 Jul 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $10,999pp
13 August 2025
13 Aug 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $10,999pp
08 October 2025
08 Oct 2025
9 nights
Itinerary Includes: Darwin: Hotel Stay, Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay, Darwin: Board The Ghan, Alice Springs: Off Train...
Fr From $9,999pp

Your Hotel Stays

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.

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.

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