Ghosts of The Ghan Tour

 

OPERATES

March – November (excluding Good Friday)

ACCOMMODATION

Port Augusta – Standard Double Room

Maree – Standard Double Room

Oodnadatta – Camper  Trailer, bush loo and shower

Lamberts Geographic Centre -Camper  Trailer, bush loo and shower

Alice Springs
Standard Double Room

DEPARTS

10am from your Adelaide accommodation

2020 RATES

TWIN SHARE
From $4150.00 pp

1 PERSON VIP TOUR
From $8300.00

  • National Rail Museum Adelaide

  • Wadalta Outback Discovery Centre

  • Flinders Ranges

  • Farina Historical Society

  • Port Augusta

  • Quorn

  • Hawker 

  • Maree township

  • Oodnadatta township

  • Finke township

  • Oodnadatta Track

  • Lake Eyre

  • Coward Springs

  • Dalhousie Springs

  • Simpson Desert

  • Amazing Outback Scenery

Adelaide – Port Augusta

We pick you up from your accommodation in Adelaide at 10am. We head on out to the National Rail Museum for a few hours before we leave the hustle and bustle of the city for the open road.

We travel along side the gulf and stop at Port Germain for a last look at the water.

We arrive unto Port Augusta late in the afternoon and prepare for the journey into the heart of Australia and follow the Ghost of the Ghan.

Port Augusta – Maree

This morning we head into the Wadalta Outback discovery Centre in Port Augusta.

We officially start the trip north at the old station then head into the Flinders Ranges following the Overland Telegraph Line and the original Ghan. This is a spectacular start to the journey. The road winds through the the plateau’s and hills.

We visit Quorn for a short walk of the historic township. We travel onto Hawker for lunch. Here you can wander the main street for your selection of local fine foods or head to the pub for a counter meal.

We depart after lunch to Maree. We straddle the Flinders Ranges this afternoon with stops along the way to soak up the afternoon light. Stops at the historic townships of Beltana, Farina, Parachilna and the old Overland Telegraph Line.

We arrive in the small town of Maree, once a bustling railway changeover point for the journey north. Wander the town late into the evening. Visit the newly opened Ghan History Centre located on the old platform. Overnight tonight in the Historic Maree Hotel.

Maree – Algebuckina Bridge
Oodnadatta Track

Today we hit the dusty Oodnadatta Track. A must do is a stop at the outback post for the most delicious fresh bread you’ve ever had.

We start heading into the red centre. We stop during the day at old sidings, walk sections of the old track and look at the engineering feat that was the laying of this remote railway line destined for Darwin. 

We visit south Lake Eyre and stand 13m below sea level, walk up to the artesian blanche Cup and The Bubbler mound springs. These are both excellent examples of natural artesian springs in an otherwise flat landscape.

Across to Coward Springs for morning tea and a well deserved  soak in the natural spa on the edge of the wetland – 29 degrees centigrade and high in mineral salts, it is always refreshing!

We continue on to William Creek (population 10). This is our lunch break today. Wander the remote pub and look at the area’s history plastered on the walls. The pub was established for the workers of the worlds biggest station property, Anna Creek. Here is the chance to do an optional flight over Lake Eyre if you wish.

This afternoon sees us travelling across the Moon Plain with a historical walk through the Strangways repeater station for a glimpse of very early life in the centre. A stroll through the cemetery re affirms this.

Tonight we camp out in our camper trailer, have a fire by starlight next to a stunning permanent waterhole on the River Neales.

The Algebuckina Bridge is a sight to see. The longest span bridge in South Australia sits quietly ageing in the harsh desert sun.

Oodnadatta – Lamberts Geographical Centre of Australia

This morning we travel to the old rail town of Oodnadatta. Here we wander through the old station and relics of the old days when this was a bustling town. Once the rail head for many many years before the extension of the rail on to Alice springs.

We divert out to Dalhousie Springs for a swim and lunch. Dalhousie Springs is located in Witjira National Park, on the western edge of the Simpson Desert. It’s about 180 kilometres north east of Oodnadatta and about 500 kilometres south of Alice Springs. The spring water bubbles up from deep underground. The water temperature varies around the pool, so if you’re getting too hot in one place, you can swim to another. The water temperature ranges from 38 to 43 degrees Celsius.

We also visit the ruins of Dalhousie Station, a remote station that was very important in the early days of settlement. 

After lunch, we follow the old camel staging points of Bloods Creek and Opossum Waterhole. We cross the border and head to tonight’s bush camp at Lamberts Geographical Centre of Australia.

Lamberts Geographical Centre of Australia – Alice Springs

Today is the final leg to Alice Springs.

Our travel sees us pass through the old rail siding and aboriginal community of Finke (Aputula). There is a chance to see the local aboriginal art gallery this morning that’s located inside the old railway pub.

Today is one of the hardest sections of road to cover. This section was the most notorious section of railway as we pass through  original cuttings, the Pedrika Sandhills, amazing painted desert mesas, Coolabah lined creek beds.

And the MacDonnell Ranges slowly come into sight. 

We arrive just in time for lunch in Alice. We check you into the Mecure Resort for a clean up.

Late in the afternoon we complete our tour together with a stroll into Simpsons Gap to see the local wildlife and extraordinary afternoon colours of the MacDonnell Ranges. 

  • Experienced Local Guide

  • Private 4×4 Vehicle
    Toyota Landcruiser 200 series

  • All meals except listed below
  • Unlimited bottled water

 

ACCOMMODATION

  • Port Augusta – Standard Double Room
  • Maree – Standard Double Room
  • Oodnadatta – Camper  Trailer. Bush Loo and Shower
  • Lamberts Geographic Centre – Camper Trailer. Bush loo and Shower
  • Alice Springs – Standard Double Room

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Dinner Day 1 (own choice & costs)
  • Lunch Day 2 (own choice & costs)
  • Dinner Day 5 (own choice & costs)
  • Add-ons

We can arrange any of the following activities for you at the time of your booking. The itinerary allows time for these.

  • Pichi Richi Railway Ride
    (if running and available)

  • Lake Eyre Scenic Flight.