Crossing a big country by rail

The Ghan in Darwin - Image credit Great Southern Rail

A journey on the legendary Ghan is a wonderful way to experience the vastness of the Australian Outback.

There’s an enthusiastic female trainspotter in Darwin who has seen the trans-continental train called The Ghan arrive and depart dozens of times since it first rolled into Darwin in February 2004. She’s at the station with her camera twice a week – she knows all the crews and she has more than 500 photographs of the engines and carriages of this wonderful train.

One of these days, she plans to climb aboard and make the trip south – until then, she’s happy to simply record the comings and goings of one of the world’s great railway journeys.

Named in memory of the Afghan camel drivers who helped to pioneer the harsh and beautiful Red Centre of Australia, the train runs between Darwin and Adelaide for three days and 2979 kilometres – tropical mangroves and crocodiles at one end, stately gardens and church spires at the other.

In between the two extremes is the lush tropical vegetation lining the steep banks of the mighty Katherine Gorge, ...


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Gold Service Twin Cabin Night - Image Great Southern Rail.jpg
Gold Service Twin Cabin Night - Image Great Southern Rail.jpg
Gold Service_Outback Explorer Lounge - Image Great Southern Rail.jpg
Gold Service_Outback Explorer Lounge - Image Great Southern Rail.jpg
Views from The Ghan - Image Great Southern Rail.jpg
Views from The Ghan - Image Great Southern Rail.jpg
The Ghan in Darwin - Image credit Great Southern Rail.jpg
The Ghan in Darwin - Image credit Great Southern Rail.jpg