News, Culture & Society

Why a luxury train that travels from Adelaide to Darwin in 73 hours has a NINE MONTH waiting list

An iconic Australian train that travels 2979km north to south across the country has a strong waitlist of up to nine months.

The Ghan snakes across diverse outback landscapes from Adelaide to Darwin and offers an unforgettable luxurious experience.

Inside the 30 carriages of the 774m train awaits comfortable cabins, premium service from the 49 staff members on board, restaurants, bathrooms and lounge suites.

The train ride takes 73 hours to travel from Adelaide to Darwin and offers a range of off-train experiences, such as visiting Cooper Pedy, Katherine and Alice Springs. 

Australia’s legendary train The Ghan travels from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory

Inside the 30 carriages of the 774m train awaits comfortable cabins, premium service from the 49 staff members on board, restaurants, bathrooms and lounge suites

Inside the 30 carriages of the 774m train awaits comfortable cabins, premium service from the 49 staff members on board, restaurants, bathrooms and lounge suites

With more Australians exploring their own backyard as overseas remains unreachable due to Covid-19, The Ghan is an ideal option

With more Australians exploring their own backyard as overseas remains unreachable due to Covid-19, The Ghan is an ideal option

The history of legendary train, originally dubbed ‘The Afghan Express’, traces back more than 150 years to 1839 when migrant cameleers blazed the long trail to the centre of the country delivering mail and supplies.

Once built the train was then named ‘The Afghan Express’ to honour the outback pioneers before being shortened to The Ghan.

With more Australians exploring their own backyard as overseas remains unreachable due to Covid-19, The Ghan is an ideal option.      

The history of legendary train, originally dubbed 'The Afghan Express', traces back more than 150 years to 1839

The history of legendary train, originally dubbed ‘The Afghan Express’, traces back more than 150 years to 1839

On-board meals are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and included in the cost, with all the meals looking decadent and delicious

On-board meals are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and included in the cost, with all the meals looking decadent and delicious 

But the premium luxury experience comes at a hefty price tag of $6,495 per person, whereas the gold twin cabins range between $3,865 and $4,295 per person

The gold single cabin package also costs $3,495, though all cabins aren't available until early 2022

But the premium luxury experience comes at a hefty price tag of $6,495 per person, whereas the gold twin cabins range between $3,865 and $4,295 per person

The premium experience features spacious double and twin cabins almost twice the size of a gold twin cabin as well as a full-size ensuite

The premium experience features spacious double and twin cabins almost twice the size of a gold twin cabin as well as a full-size ensuite 

But the premium luxury experience comes at a hefty price tag of $6,495 per person, whereas the gold twin cabins range between $3,865 and $4,295 per person.

The premium experience features spacious double and twin cabins almost twice the size of a gold twin cabin as well as a full-size ensuite, priority check-in to inclusive off-train excursions, 75kg luggage space and access to the premium lounge area.

The gold single cabin package also costs $3,495, though all cabins aren’t available until early 2022.

The gold single package includes access to a smaller cabin, all-inclusive off-train excursions and short trips, 60kg of luggage space, complimentary shuttle bus transfers, dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. 

The gold single cabin package also costs $3,495, though all cabins aren't available until early 2022

The cabins are also equipped with ensuite bathrooms

The gold single cabin package also costs $3,495, though all cabins aren’t available until early 2022

Images shared on Instagram of the off-train excursions appear to be adventurous and unique, while the inside décor looks as if you¿re being transported back in time

The train ride would be idea for couples, families and friends who want to appreciate Australia¿s natural surroundings

Images shared on Instagram of the off-train excursions appear to be adventurous and unique, while the inside décor looks as if you’re being transported back in time

The train ride takes 73 hours to travel from Adelaide to Darwin and offers a range of off-train experiences, such as visiting Cooper Pedy, Katherine and Alice Springs

The train ride takes 73 hours to travel from Adelaide to Darwin and offers a range of off-train experiences, such as visiting Cooper Pedy, Katherine and Alice Springs

On-board meals are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and included in the cost, with all the meals looking decadent and delicious.

Images shared on Instagram of the off-train excursions appear to be adventurous and unique, while the inside décor looks as if you’re being transported back in time.

The train ride would be idea for couples, families and friends who want to appreciate Australia’s natural surroundings.  

FACTS ABOUT THE GHAN

Average length of train – 774m

Length of track – 2979km

Average speed of train – 85km/hour

Average number of carriages – 30

Source: Journey Beyond Rail

49 onboard crew

5 Platinum Service beds 

258 Gold Service beds

40,000 litres of diesel

3000 litres of water for each carriage 

3 power vans

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk