The Ghan Expedition Returns with New Platinum Club

Great Southern Railway, operators of the iconic Ghan train in Australia, will reintroduce the popular four-day Ghan Expedition after a sell-out inaugural season last year. A total of 13 departures will leave between August 3 and October 26, 2016.


Travelling from Darwin to Adelaide, The Ghan Expedition showcases the best of Australia, from the tropical Top End to the wine growing regions of South Australia, via an optional fly-in trip to Uluru and a day spent in the underground mining town of Coober Pedy. The tariff includes a river cruising or canoeing at Nitmiluk Gorge, in Katherine; extended touring options in Alice Springs; an upgrade to a scenic flight, tour and lunch at Uluru; a full day at Coober Pedy, the underground opal mining town; and all on-board dining and beverages.


Outside of these dates, the normal three-day Ghan experience will continue but will not include Coober Pedy, scenic flights to Uluru, or an extended stay in Alice Springs.


In addition, new Platinum Club carriages will be added to the train after a major refurbishment. The Platinum Club carriage, for the exclusive use of Platinum guests, features a deluxe bar and lounge, fully flexible dining, a daytime lounge setting with adaptable dining options, and an evening banquet layout suitable for captain's dinners and larger group gatherings, with seating for 30 dining guests with an additional 20 in the lounge area. The Club’s quartzite tabletops are complimented by timber flooring, brass fittings and leather banquette lounge seating in tones of ash, moss and sepia.


The design concept for this new carriage was driven by two major requirements: to allow the unique nature of the Outback to take centre stage, and for the palette of textiles and materials to reflect the classic age of transcontinental travel.


The Ghan covers 2,979km between Adelaide and Darwin snaking through Australia's Outback via Alice Springs.

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