Australia’s transcontinental Indian Pacific offers a twice-weekly service in both directions between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, across more than 2,704 miles. Almost 300 miles of it is across the longest straight track in the world, the Nullarbor Plain. The journey takes three nights, and our travelers report it’s frequently a very jolly departure, with many Aussies traveling the route, especially around holiday periods.
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The Ghan’s wild history started in 1878. That year, construction began on a line from Port Augusta. For about 50 years, until 1929, the last leg to Alice Springs was on Afghan camels, and that’s where today’s train gets it name. The Alice to Darwin “Top End” route, dreamed of for more than a century, started construction in 2001. The first train arrived Darwin in 2004. The service has been swamped with travelers. It takes 48 hours—two nights on board—to travel from Adelaide to Darwin over 1,852 miles of track. The Ghan has added Platinum luxury-class service. Currently it runs twice a week from April to October – but just once a week year round. Urgent to know: do not book your international air until we have confirmed your space on the trains! Schedules subject to change.