Travel (safely) across the magical red centre

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31 August 2020

Say cheers over a glass of wine, with the great Australian landscape as your flowing backdrop… awaiting the pomegranate and cider marinated kangaroo lunch. The rolling red terrain frames the day and the sunburnt orange, purple and pink hues welcome in the night… before you step off the train, settling in front of a blazing fire and gourmet bush tucker.

There’s really only one way to see this Australia: travelling on the Ghan railway, cutting through the centre of the Land Down Under. The Ghan route across the outback is on every Australian’s bucket list. It’s an experience that calls you, to meet and understand the land we occupy, the people who make it so special, and the very essence of what it means to be Australian.

Where does the Ghan travel?

The Ghan train trip is the epitome of the great Australian ‘roadie’ and an experience that’s ingrained in our heritage. For 91 years, the Ghan has been traversing this mesmerising 3,000-kilometre route from Adelaide to Darwin. And now, there’s even more reason to finally check this off your bucket list, with the Northern Territory open for lucky South Australians. There’s no better time to take this enriching train journey than now.

The Ghan tickets re-opened on August 30, 2020

We’re so lucky to live in a country as fiercely beautiful as Australia. There are enough natural phenomena here to command your travel bucket list for years – one of the truly spiritual attractions being Uluru and the wander land that is the Northern Territory.

We have a land like no other and it requires a forensically slow itinerary to experience it.

On August 30, the Ghan re-opens with some once-in-a-lifetime specials that will be hard to say no to (especially after months, indoors).

Being a travel company, safety is always front and centre of the Ghan’s operations. We understand you might be nervous about travelling right now, which is why we’re only promoting adventures that have implemented clear health protocols.

The Ghan has implemented JourneySafe, a new operational plan to enhance and protect the health and safety of all guests and crew. This includes temperature screenings, physical distancing, hand sanitising stations, routine checks of air conditioning, optional dining in Ghan cabins, and new staff safety protocols. You can read about the full JourneySafe plan here.

With an experience like the Ghan exhibition, you don’t have to put travel on the backburner for another year.

The best time of year to travel on the Ghan

Winter and spring are the optimal seasons to enjoy Alice Springs, Katherine, and Darwin. The dry season runs from May to October, when the weather is the coolest. Expect perfect year-round temperatures of 32°C in Darwin. If you can’t plan to go until November and December or you’d prefer to give it an extra few months to see how the COVID-19 situation unfolds, there are special fares for these months. However, you risk the weather in the Top End not being as ideal for travel.

For your Ghan itinerary, it’s good to keep the weather in mind, as most travellers extend their trip, post-rail and venture out to the national parks. It’s not every day that you’re at the top of Australia and the terrain in this part of the country is unlike anything you’ve seen before. From helifishing, hot air ballooning and swimming with crocs, to mountain biking, canoeing and trekking, you won’t be short on activities when adventure calls you.

You’ll have plenty of options to get an adrenaline rush while on the train journey. Some of the optional activities include Simpson’s Gap Discovery Walk, Spirit of Mount Gillen or Nitmiluk Gorge helicopter flights, Pyndan camel treks, a scenic flight over Alice Springs, and day cruises throughout the train journey.

Dreaming about a trip to the Top End?

Are you excited at the possibility of travelling this year? If a train trip up to Darwin has always been a dream trip, don’t let 2020 end without ticking it off. This is one of the safest ways to travel right now – getting into the outback with a company who has been travelling it for 90 years.

We understand, you’ve probably got more questions and concerns than before COVID. At Angas Travel, curating tailored individual travel experiences has always been our go-to. Now, more than ever, your safety and comfort drive the adventures we map out. Our team has been doing this for over 45 years, so we know how to adjust to a changing world. With collective industry experience of 120 years, you’re in safe hands. Enjoy peace of mind, knowing we’ll be here well into the future.

In times like these, it’s wonderful that you can turn to experiences, closer to home. Those ‘someday’ destinations, that have been falling to the bottom of your bucket list, for faraway places. That someday is now. And you will be asking yourself why you left it so long.

We’ll always do the right thing by you. With the re-introduction packages, the Ghan prices might not be as low as this again. Contact us on 8131 2642 to discuss any queries about the Ghan train route, packages and timetables, and special limited-time prices.

All aboard… not all abroad.