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November 1, 2013updated Jul 30, 2015

The Ghan

By Chris Boyle


Top cabin: Platinum Cabin

Key selling points: The private lounge space with ample seating and a movable table in this premium cabin takes in postcard-worthy views through panoramic windows and becomes a comfortable double-bedded (or twin-bedded upon request) sleeping space where you can relax at night. An additional interior window allows you to catch the action on the inside of the train too, just in case you get tired of the passing Red Center landscape.

Standout service: A Platinum Service traveler celebrating her 60th birthday on the train was welcomed aboard with balloons and streamers.

Style: Bygone luxury, by in-house team, 2004

Special amenities: Appelles Apothecary bath amenities, private transfers at the beginning and end of journey, cabin steward service, complimentary wines, beers, and spirits Square footage: 83

Number of bedrooms: One

Number of bathrooms: One

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Number of cabins on train: Variable, but typically inclusive of 10 to 20 Platinum Cabins

Who’s slept here?: Australian country music singer James Blundell

Rate: $3,390 per person for a two-night itinerary

Route: The train travels through the heart of Australia, operating on scenic routes between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin, and taking in spectacular natural wonders like Red Center and the ancient Nitmiluk Gorge at Katherine.

Charter: Though not available for private charter, The Ghan does offer private carriages.

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