The Ghan

Adelaide – Alice Springs

There are different ways to reach Alice Springs from Adelaide. Yes, you can fly, take the Greyhound or rent a car and self-drive. But there’s another more romantic option, one that gives you the same feeling of being on a journey as a road trip and that still covers the distance faster: the Ghan train.

The Ghan train
The Ghan train

The Ghan is one of those institutions that reminds of long bygone days, when pioneers crossed the Australian desert on camels. Guess which mode of travel we chose ;-)
Travelling at about 50 kilometers per hour, it takes 26 hours to reach Alice Springs.

662 meter long, and we were in the very last carriage
662 meter long, and we were in the very last carriage

The scenery that glides by is amazing. The landscape slowly changes to red desert, dotted with salt lakes that seem like mirages in the distance; a lone tree appears.

Red desert.
Red desert.
Salt lake
Salt lake

With a shower on board and restaurant carriage, it’s luxury travel for backpackers…

Lots of time on our hands to play Uno and have philosofical discussions ☺️
Lots of time on our hands to play Uno and have philosofical discussions ☺️

Next post: our outback adventures…

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