Australia: From Top to Bottom in Style

Journey through the magical heart of Australia by train from Adelaide to Darwin.

Explore Adelaide and its surrounds with a FREE Barossa and Hahndorf tour, before embarking on The Ghan to Darwin, where you will explore the World War II bomb sites on a two-hour cruise and tour.

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The Ghan Expedition between Darwin and Adelaide.



Tour Highlights

  • 2-nights accommodation in Adelaide
  • Full day tour – Barossa and Hahndorf Tour
  • 2-night all-inclusive The Ghan rail journey in Gold Service
  • 2-nights accommodation in Darwin
  • FREE Darwin Harbour World War II Bomb Sites Cruise & Tour


  • 2-nights accommodation in Adelaide
  • Full day tour – Barossa and Hahndorf Tour
  • 2-night all-inclusive The Ghan rail journey in Gold Service
  • 2-nights accommodation in Darwin
  • FREE Darwin Harbour World War II Bomb Sites Cruise & Tour


  • Flights
  • Food & drinks unless otherwise mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary.


The Ghan Expedition route map.
The Ghan Expedition route map.


Your journey starts in the City of Churches – Adelaide. A full day tour to Barossa and Hahndorf is included for a food and wine experience.

  • Pickup approximately 915am
  • Welcome to the Barossa & Hahndorf
  • Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre
  • Mengler Hill Lookout & Saltram Wine Estate
  • Lunch at the South Australian Company Store
  • Adelaide Hills & Herbig Family Tree
  • Hahndorf German Village
  • Drop off approximately 515pm

Talk to one of our experts about extending your stay with a 2-night trip to Kangaroo Island.

Departing Adelaide – The Ghan

The Ghan bar car pre dinner. Image by Jason Dutton-Smith.
The Ghan bar car pre dinner. Image by Jason Dutton-Smith.

As you depart Adelaide, you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia give way to rich ochre tones of the outback.

Once you’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines.

With all meals and beverages included in your Platinum or Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.

A three course meal in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and as darkness falls outside the train’s windows, talk inevitably turns to the impressive outback gourmet menu.

Entrees include a South Australian Regional Seafood Tasting Plate, a succulent rack of lamb for mains, and your choice of desserts including a regional cheese plate with Barossa Valley brie, Limestone Coast clothed cheddar and Lobethal goat blue.

The selection of wines is equally outstanding and staff are expert in helping you find the perfect drop to match your meal.

Marla & Alice Springs

Road to Alice Springs.
Road to Alice Springs.

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA.

Back on board, it’s time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial – perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you’re in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all!

After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs.

Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park.

To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range’s unique beauty with 360 degree views (additional cost).

Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta (additional cost).

Back on the train there’s time to talk through the day’s discoveries with newfound friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge before freshening up for dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

Try the roasted kangaroo fillet with crocodile boudin blanc, potato purée and quandong jus. Crocodile has long been a Northern Territory bushfood staple. The crocodile boudin blanc (white sausage) featured on the menu has been created in collaboration with award-winning smallgoods purveyor, Barossa Fine Foods.

Katherine Gorge

Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory you’ll enjoy another full breakfast before leaving the train for a day of cultural delights.

Endless options await in Katherine.Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River gazing in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive cultural experience.

Spend the day with the Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning their ways and trying some of the skills developed over thousands of years. Activities include basket weaving; spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo.

You can choose to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter or scenic flight over

Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks where aside from magnificent views, you may witness ‘Bolung’, the rainbow serpent who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge.

The Ghan at Darwin Station. Image by Jason Dutton-Smith.
The Ghan at Darwin Station. Image by Jason Dutton-Smith.

A late lunch awaits back on board – possibly the Grilled goldband snapper fillet, steamed asparagus spears, with orange, cranberry, parsley and papitas cous cous with a saffron aioli. Then kick backback, and savour the last few hours of this epic journey.

Roll into Darwin at 5.30pm then ease back into ‘life on the land’ exploring the harbour, the bars and restaurants of this laid back Top End city.

Arrive into Darwin

Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Spend the next couple of days enjoying the history and culture of the Top End while exploring Darwin. Enjoy your FREE Bomb Sites of Darwin Harbour Cruise and Tour during your stay.


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