A trip aboard The Ghan, Australia’s great train following an epic stretch of railway that connects the north and south, is a truly unforgettable experience and allows you to get a flavour of the real Australia, taking you through scenes of towns, mountains, rivers, farmland and pure Australian outback.
Distant Journeys offers The Ghan tours covering a journey of over a thousand miles from Adelaide to Alice Springs, with premium Gold service onboard allowing you to travel in full comfort. Here’s just some of the breathtaking locations you’ll discover during your travels onboard The Ghan:
The largest mountain range of South Australia, the Flinders Ranges are unmistakable upon approach around 200 miles north of Adelaide. The landscape of the Flinders Ranges is hugely diverse, with an array of colours passing you by as you travel, transforming from greys blues at dawn through vibrant greens and yellows as the sun shines brightly to dramatic reds by dusk.
The first stop made by The Ghan, Port Pirie is one of the largest towns in South Australia. Specialising in the refinery industry, the views offered up by Port Pirie of vast smelters dominating the skyline and ships coming and going from the seaport is a huge contrast to the countryside landscapes that passed before it.
Another populous seaport town, Port Augusta is situated on the East Coast of the Spencer Gulf, an inlet of water teaming with marine life. It is the last large place of civilisation that we will meet until the end of the journey at Alice Springs, providing a gateway to Southern Australia’s isolated wilderness.
One of Australia’s most famous stretches of landscapes, the Outback covers an area of thousands of miles and is Australia at its most remote and untouched. The views are incredibly striking, with rock formations and sprawling desert just some of the things you can expect to witness. The Ghan takes you through a gigantic stretch of outback before emerging at the Red Centre, home to Alice Springs and known across the world for its almost luminous orange-red soil.
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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