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9 reasons to explore Australia by rail in 2014

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Need an excuse to head down under? Well this year, Australia’s legendary train, The Ghan celebrates 10 years since its inaugural transcontinental journey across the heart of Australia. Here’s 9 reasons that will give you wanderlust… 

On 1 February 2004, The Ghan departed the south Australian capital city of Adelaide on its 2,979km crossing through the heart of the country to the ‘top end’. Two days later the train arrived at the Northern Territory capital of Darwin amid public celebrations.

To mark the milestone, we present the top 9 reasons to explore Australia by rail in 2014, and don’t worry there is no need to rough it as you can travel in luxury with the firm’s platinum and gold service cabins.

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1. Size matters. When it takes three days, two nights and a staggering 2,797km to complete a rail journey, you know you’re in for an adventure of sizeable proportions.

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2. Train your palate. More than 1.3 million restaurant-quality dishes are served aboard The Ghan every year. Whether you’re up for grilled saltwater barramundi, pasture-fed pork cutlet with macadamia and sage, Coorong Angus beef medallion or wild lime and coconut tart, it’s on the menu.

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3. Half a million ticks of approval. More than half a million travellers have experienced The Ghan since its journey was extended from Alice Springs to Darwin ten years ago.

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4. All-inclusive all year round. Platinum and gold service guests aboard The Ghan are now free to enjoy all regionally-based dining, quality on-board beverages and fascinating ‘off train excursions’ at key stops as standard extras.

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5. Prestigious history. While The Ghan has traversed Australia for the past decade, the train itself dates back to 1929 when it used to travel between Adelaide and Alice Springs.

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6. See 40,000 years of history in one day. More than 35,000 guests last year enjoyed the ancient wonders of Katherine Gorge. Marvel at the sheer sandstone cliffs, Aboriginal rock art and cruise the tropical waters where you might spot a croc!

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7. Meet new mates. The on-board Outback Explorer Lounge is open day and night to enjoy a complimentary beverage or two and meet new travel companions.

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8. Visit a town called Alice. The quintessential Outback town of Alice Springs is there for you to explore with your choice of complimentary Off Train Excursions.

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9. Go your own way. Whether you are up for a backpacking adventure in Red Service, travelling in comfort by yourself or with a partner in Gold Service or immersing yourself in luxury in Platinum Service, there’s on-board accommodation to suit all needs and budget.

Book your Ghan adventure by 30 April 2014 for travel from 1 November 2014 to save 25% off your journey, greatsouthernrail.com.au

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 11, 2014 | Australasia Australia Travel | View comments

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