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The Ghan

Listed under Train Journeys in Northern Territory, Australia.

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The Ghan, garishly bright, plunges through the heart of the Australian outback, from Adelaide right across to Darwin via Alice Springs in three days. Desert wilderness, tropical paradise and fresh, fertile lands make this a trip of great variety and colour, providing a snapshot cross-section of the famous 'red centre'.

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“Day Three on the Ghan”

Almost 48 hours after boarding The Ghan on Day One in Darwin, and with only a few hours to go to Adelaide, I was surprised to wake up and discover that we were still very much in the Australian outback... However, as the minutes and hours rolled by, inc… Read more...

Written by  Nora Dunn. Read more about Nora's Ghan Experience

“Day One on the Ghan”

One of my motivations in returning to Australia for a few months has been to experience the world-class multi-day train journeys that venture through some of the most uninhabitable parts of this sunburned country. The first of these train journeys that … Read more...

Written by  Nora Dunn. Read more about Nora's Ghan Experience

“Day Two on the Ghan”

On day two of my three-day epic journey on The Ghan, I awoke from my slumber and gazed out the window. One of my favourite things about overnight train travel is laying in bed and watching the sun rise over the moving landscape... Read more...

Written by  Nora Dunn. Read more about Nora's Ghan Experience

“Through time, across a nation”

By Louise Southerden for the Sydney Morning Herald First Published July 25, 2009 Stephen Hawking once said the absence of tourists from the future suggests that time travel is probably impossible. But he might have been persuaded otherwise if he'd trav… Read more...

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“Scenes of Martian Redness in Australia”

By Matthew Link for Time First Published 23rd July, 2009 Making the three-day, 1,900-mile (3,000 km) journey from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south in this kind of comfort comes at a cost, of course — $2,100 a head in the case of the n… Read more...

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“Where Camels Once Trod, a Train Crosses Australia ”

By Iver Peterson for The New York Times First Published: August 11, 2009 THE Ghan, part cruise train, part the working train that it started as, 90 years ago, is Australia’s transcontinental north-south line — a private railroad now running… Read more...

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The red train in the picture above is not the Ghan

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Thanks for letting us know! We've replaced the pic with some by Nora Dunn, one of our bloggers who's taken the trip. How was your experience?

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