Luxury train travel right across the ditch
Posted on March 25, 2016
For most of us our holiday starts with an air flight, getting in our car, or boarding a cruise ship to exotic destinations. The one mode of travel that is not utilised is LUXURY TRAIN TRAVEL. The readers of the South African Magazine know the good old BLUE TRAIN AND THE ROVOS RAIL in South Africa. For those of you from Europe THE ORIENT EXPRESS.
Did you know that right over the ditch the legendary GHAN takes you deep into the heart of Australia? This journey promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.
Day 1 : A midmorning departure from Darwin and the luxurious adventure begins as you glide through the tropical bush.
Lunch is served soon after departure. Enjoy a fine wine while enjoying the spectacular views before arriving at the truly remarkable Nitmiluk ( Katherine) Gorge. A chance to take a cruise through the gorge keeping with the luxurious pace of THE GHAN.
Early evening you return to the train where you freshen up and meet fellow travellers around the bar to discuss your days adventures. The fresh air will have made for a good appetite which will be satisfied by a sumptuous dinner. Perhaps a nightcap and off to dreamland brought on by the slow rocking and clickety clack of the train. ZZZZZZ
Day 2 : During the night you have travelled into the nations geographic and spiritual heart, the Red Centre. After a leisure breakfast arrival in Alice Springs. Enjoy tours that include lunch visiting the Town of Alice. Its friendly people claim to live the closest to every beach in Australia – ha ha!!
With 11 hours in Alice Springs there is an opportunity to take a flight to Uluru ( also known as Ayers Rock). This must be booked prior to departure as they only travel in 12 seater aircrafts. This give you the best viewing as everyone has a window seat. BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE……
After a wonderful day experiencing Alice or flying to Uluru return to the train and after a freshen up enjoy a true Australian Outback dining experience under a million stars. Because it is so dark you will see stars like you have never seen before. The lounges on the train are open till late so perhaps the usual nightcap and off to sleep. ZZZZZ Night two at an end!!
Day 3 : Breakfast is served as the train arrives in Manguri where you disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach to enjoy a full day touring in and around the truly unique underground mining township of Coober Pedy.
Dinner is served back at the train where you can enjoy your last nightcap as the journey continues through the night and wake up to the ancient and majestic Flinders Ranges.
Day 4 : Enjoy a leisurely breakfast while enjoying the views. Mid-morning brings you into Adelaide where you disembark and leave with wonderful memories and in the relaxed mode of luxury train travel.
You can break the journey and travel by overnight train Darwin to Alice Springs and then fly out of Alice Springs to Uluru and then home. Or fly into Alice Springs and take the overnight train to Adelaide. This will reduce your cost but still gets you the place that claims it lives the closest to all Australian Beaches !!!
Another Train is the Indian Pacific which runs from Sydney to Perth or visa versa.