Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions provides some of the best ways to travel around the vast country of Australia. Sit back and relax between destinations, as you enjoy watching the scenery change from luscious mountain ranges and coastal retreats to earthy reds in the stunning Outback.
Whether you would rather explore between the Pacific and Indian Oceans or witness the fiery desert colours and rugged ranges, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions have the journey for you.
The Ghan Classic
Named after the hardy Afghan camel trains, The Ghan provided the first form of transport to the Red Centre. This service has evolved into an impressive rail journey combining magnificent scenery, fine-dining and friendly service.
Travelling in air-conditioned comfort you’ll marvel at the spectacular colours of the Outback, the rugged MacDonnell Ranges, the cultural capital of Darwin, sheep stations and that red-baked earth of the Simpson Desert on this epic adventure through the heart of Australia.
The Ghan Expedition
Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the outback on this four day expedition. Fine-dining, friendly service and spectacular scenery are just a few things that make this experience one of the most incredible rail journeys in Australia.
Enjoy a range of exciting Off Train Excursions, including a tour to the stunning Katherine Gorge, an outback dinner in Alice Springs and a full day tour of Coober Pedy.
The famous Indian Pacific traverses Australia from Sydney to Perth and vice versa between the sparkling waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Wildlife you may spot on this journey include dingoes, kangaroos and birdlife, as well as the Indian Pacific’s emblem, the wedge-tailed eagle, with its incredible wingspan of up to two metres. When you travel on the Indian Pacific you are in for the journey of a lifetime.
From April 2018, the Indian Pacific will be introducing a new Blue Mountains morning excursion for all guests travelling Eastbound.
Explore Australia's southeast and discover rugged coastlines, exhilarating capital cities, sun-kissed beaches and rolling hill. From the buzzing city of Brisbane travel along the stunning coastline taking in the everchanging landscapes of golden beaches, lush rainforest, the red sands of the Outback to beautiful Adelaide. Off Train Experiences included in the Grampians, Canberra, Melbourne, 12 Apostles, Hunter Valley and the Northern New South Wales coast.
Gold Service Twin cabins include private washbasin, shower and toilet facilities. The cabin is spacious offering a 3-seater lounge. Newly-refurbished Gold Single cabins have private washbasin facilities, with toilets and showers located at the end of the carriage. During the day you can relax in the privacy of your cabin and at night this converts to a single or upper and lower sleeping berth.
Gold Service also includes dining in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant with complimentary beverages in the Outback Explorer Lounge during your journey. All Off Train Experiences are included in this fare.
Upgrade to Platinum for a heightened level of comfort during your onboard experience. Your spacious private lounge-style cabin has panoramic views to each side and a personalised cabin steward service. Platinum also includes five course meals in the Platinum Club, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as first preference to all Off Train Experiences.
For guests travelling in Platinum, Great Southern Rail will also provide private chaffeur transfers (up to a maximum of 60km) to and from the train. Please ask your Travel Designer to pre-book these for you.
For more details on the Platinum and Gold Service, download the Pre Departure Information Pack.
The Ghan prices*:
Adelaide to Alice Springs or vice versa from: Gold Service £1,045 | Platinum £1,898
Alice Springs to Darwin or vice versa from: Gold Service £1,045 | Platinum £1,898
Adelaide to Darwin or vice versa from: Gold Service £1,045 | Platinum £1,898
The Ghan Expedition from: Gold Service £2,545 | Platinum £3,968
The Indian Pacific prices*:
Adelaide to Perth or vice versa from: Gold Service £1,378 | Platinum £2,255
Sydney to Perth or vice versa from: Gold Service £1,859 | Platinum £2,979
Adelaide to Sydney or vice versa from: Gold Service £700| Platinum £1,080
The Ghan timetables:
Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
Departs Adelaide: Sunday at 12:15, Arrives Alice Springs: Monday at 13:45
Departs Alice Springs: Monday at 18:15, Arrives Darwin: Tuesday at 17:30
Darwin – Alice Springs - Adelaide
Departs Darwin: Wednesday at 10:00, Arrives Alice Springs: Thursday at 09:10
Departs Alice Springs: Thursday at 12:45, Arrives Adelaide: Friday at 13:00
The Ghan Expedition - Darwin - Adelaide
Departs Darwin: Wednesday at 10:00, Afternoon excursion and overnight in Katherine
Full day excursion and overnight in Alice Springs, Full day excursion and overnight in Coober Pedy, Arrive Adelaide: Saturday at 10:50
The Indian Pacific timetables:
Sydney – Adelaide – Perth
Departs Sydney: Wednesday at 15:00, Arrives Adelaide: Thursday at 15:15
Departs Adelaide: Thursday at 21:40, Arrives Perth: Saturday at 15:00
Perth – Adelaide – Sydney
Departs Perth: Sunday at 10:00, Arrives Adelaide: Tuesday at 07:20
Departs Adelaide: Tuesday at 10:15, Arrives Sydney: Wednesday at 15:15^
Adelaide – Sydney
Departs Adelaide: Tuesday at 10:15, Arrives Sydney: Wednesday at 11:30
^If you choose not to join the Blue Mountains morning excursion, you will arrive into Sydney at 11:30
Great Southern timetables:
Adelaide – Brisbane
Departs Adelaide: Friday at 9:00am, Arrives Brisbane: Sunday ay 4:20pm
Departs Brisbane: Monday at 10:15am, Arrives Adelaide: Thursday at 9:30am
*Subject to availability. Discount applicable on The Ghan and Indian Pacific only. Please note prices are per person based on twin share. T&C's apply.