Off Train Excursions

This distinctly Australian holiday includes a series of immersive off train excursions. River cruises, cultural experiences and optional camel rides or helicopter flights add another exciting dimension to your journey, giving you a chance to breathe in the beauty you’ve been watching pass by.

Experience the grandeur of one of the Northern Territory’s most monumental natural wonders with a leisurely Nitmiluk Gorge boat cruise. With a walk of around 700 metres over rocky terrain, you’ll need a good pair of walking shoes and a steady pair of legs.

The Ghan’s Cultural Experience Tour will take you to the heart and history of the beautiful Katherine region with a truly inspiring Indigenous experience. Create your own Indigenous painting, learn to throw a spear using a Woomera and lose yourself in ancient Dreamtime tales.

Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service base, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station or explore the flora and fauna at the Alice Springs Desert Park. It’s once in a lifetime experiences like these that will be remembered long after the wheels stop turning.

Step off the train into the remote reaches of northern South Australia. If you are traveling north bound, warm yourself with a morning cuppa against the stunning backdrop of an outback Marla sunrise. If you are traveling south bound, cast your eyes skyward for an amazing display of stars at The Ghan’s new Manguri stop.

Travelling Adelaide to Darwin, we stop in Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine. At Alice Springs and Katherine, Platinum and Gold Service guests have a choice of Off Train Excursions included in your fare or you may choose from our optional upgrades instead. The Outback Stop for this journey is in Marla where Platinum and Gold Service guests are invited to disembark for a light breakfast.

Marla Outback Experience

Marla Outback Experience

Marla

Platinum and Gold Service guests will be invited to disembark to stretch their legs and enjoy a light breakfast and tea/coffee in this remote location.

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs

The Desert Park is made up of three carefully recreated desert habitats making it an unforgettable close-up exploration of Outback flora and fauna.

Alice Explorer

Alice Explorer

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

Optional Upgrade - Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight

Optional Upgrade - Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight

Alice Springs

Early explorers trekked on foot across harsh desert to find magnificent landscapes that are now ingrained in Australian history and culture. Fast forward hundreds of years and today’s explorers enjoy these same landscapes with a touch more comfort and a bird’s eye view.

Optional Upgrade - Pyndan Camel Tracks

Optional Upgrade - Pyndan Camel Tracks

Alice Springs

Experience what transportation was like in bygone times for the Afghan traders of central Australia by riding on the back of a friendly camel.

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Katherine

Relax as you discover the grandeur of one of the Northern Territory’s most monumental natural wonders on this leisurely boat cruise.

Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise

Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise

Katherine

Learn more about the rich history and culture of the Katherine region through the fascinating interpretations of Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years.

Optional Upgrade - Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Optional Upgrade - Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Katherine

The Top End is full of hidden secrets that can only be discovered by soaring high above its vast and sometimes formidable terrain.

Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight

Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight

Katherine

Stretching for kilometres throughout the top end of Australia, Nitmiluk Gorge consists of a staggering 13 limestone formations which make up one of Australia’s most epic natural wonders.

Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine

There has always been a romance with the Australian Outback. It is a place like no other. The raw beauty, dramatic landscapes and isolation has created a special breed of people with great heart, strength and resilience who live and work at the hands of Mother Nature.

Optional Upgrade - Alice Springs and Surrounds Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Optional Upgrade - Alice Springs and Surrounds Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk

Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

Travelling Darwin to Adelaide, we stop in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy. Platinum and Gold Service guests have a choice of Off Train Excursions included in your fare or you may choose from our optional upgrades instead.

Optional Upgrade - Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Optional Upgrade - Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Alice Springs

Be sure to take your camera and capture these once in a lifetime memories. Transfer to Alice Springs Airport to board your chartered Uluru scenic flight. Undertake your safety briefing, board the aircraft and get ready for take-off.

Optional Upgrade - Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Optional Upgrade - Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Katherine

The Top End is full of hidden secrets that can only be discovered by soaring high above its vast and sometimes formidable terrain.

Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight

Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight

Katherine

Stretching for kilometres throughout the top end of Australia, Nitmiluk Gorge consists of a staggering 13 limestone formations which make up one of Australia’s most epic natural wonders.

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Katherine

Relax as you discover the grandeur of one of the Northern Territory’s most monumental natural wonders on this leisurely boat cruise.

Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise

Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise

Katherine

Learn more about the rich history and culture of the Katherine region through the fascinating interpretations of Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years.

Coober Pedy Explorer

Coober Pedy Explorer

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy was originally known as the Stuart Range Opal Field, named after John McDouall Stuart, who in 1858 was the first European explorer in the area. In 1920 it was re-named Coober Pedy, an anglicised version of Aboriginal words “kupa piti”, commonly assumed to mean “white man in a hole”.

Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Alice Springs

Simpsons Gap is one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Located 18 kilometres by sealed road from Alice Springs, it features the towering cliffs of Simpsons Range, a permanent waterhole, and opportunities to spot resident wildlife.

Alice Springs Desert Park and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Alice Springs Desert Park and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Alice Springs

The Alice Springs Desert Park is an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, animals and people of the arid regions. With over 200 desert animals and 400 plants to explore at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges, the Desert Park is a living field guide to Central Australia.

Alice Explorer and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Alice Explorer and Outback Pioneer Dinner

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems.

Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

Travelling Darwin to Adelaide, we stop in Katherine, Alice Springs and Manguri. At Katherine and Alice Springs, Platinum and Gold Service guests have a choice of Off Train Excursions included in your fare or you may choose from our optional upgrades instead. The Outback Stop for this journey is in Manguri where Platinum and Gold Service guests are invited to disembark for an Outback bonfire.

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Katherine

Relax as you discover the grandeur of one of the Northern Territory’s most monumental natural wonders on this leisurely boat cruise.

Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise

Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise

Katherine

Learn more about the rich history and culture of the Katherine region through the fascinating interpretations of Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years.

Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight

Optional Upgrade - Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight

Katherine

Stretching for kilometres throughout the top end of Australia, Nitmiluk Gorge consists of a staggering 13 limestone formations which make up one of Australia’s most epic natural wonders.

Optional Upgrade - Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Optional Upgrade - Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Katherine

The Top End is full of hidden secrets that can only be discovered by soaring high above its vast and sometimes formidable terrain.

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs

The Desert Park is made up of three carefully recreated desert habitats making it an unforgettable close-up exploration of Outback flora and fauna.

Alice Explorer

Alice Explorer

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

Optional Upgrade - Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight

Optional Upgrade - Spirit of Mt. Gillen Helicopter Flight

Alice Springs

Early explorers trekked on foot across harsh desert to find magnificent landscapes that are now ingrained in Australian history and culture. Fast forward hundreds of years and today’s explorers enjoy these same landscapes with a touch more comfort and a bird’s eye view.

Optional Upgrade - Pyndan Camel Tracks

Optional Upgrade - Pyndan Camel Tracks

Alice Springs

Experience what transportation was like in bygone times for the Afghan traders of central Australia by riding on the back of a friendly camel.

Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine

There has always been a romance with the Australian Outback. It is a place like no other. The raw beauty, dramatic landscapes and isolation has created a special breed of people with great heart, strength and resilience who live and work at the hands of Mother Nature.

Manguri Outback Experience

Manguri Outback Experience

Manguri

Platinum and Gold Service guests will be invited to disembark to enjoy a nightcap (served with premium chocolate) by the light of an Outback bonfire. Guests can gain a full appreciation of the stunning night sky through stargazing sessions with our trained crew.

Optional Upgrade - Alice Springs and Surrounds Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Optional Upgrade - Alice Springs and Surrounds Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk

Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk

Alice Springs

The Alice might be the gateway to the heart of Australia, but this town also holds some of its very own gems. Now is your chance to explore the iconic sites of the Alice to discover its significant place in Australian history.

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