The Gahn Expedition "A holiday all about the journey"

Photo Credit: Great Southern Rail

Photo Credit: Great Southern Rail

The Gahn Celebrates 90 years this year in outback adventure. Great Southern Rail describes it as “a legendary rail journey renowned for its rich place in Australian history and its connection with this awe-inspiring country”.

At Sanford Travel we believe the Journey is just as important as the destination; in a world where flights have become the most common route in holiday transportation we don’t often go on vacations where everything in the middle is all part of the JOURNEY. That is why the Gahn Expedition is truly a unique experience.

The legendary four day, three night, 2979km journey begins in Darwin, taking you to some of the most isolated yet fascinating parts of Australia. This is no ordinary train ride; the accommodation speaks LUXURY. Operating April through to October 2019, May is the perfect time to lock this fantastic experience into your calendar.

Sneak Peak at Highlights of each day

(Highlights credit: Great Southern Rail)

Day 1: Depart Darwin to Katherine

Experience Katherine Outback Experience which provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances. The 'Stock Yards' is where the action takes place. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse. There is even time to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse. 

Day 2: Alice Springs

A full day of touring in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna or explore.

Day 3: Coober Pedy

Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.

Below the earth's surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.

Day 4: Arrive in Adelaide

Looking out of your window this morning you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.

After breakfast you'll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide. Here, you may wish to extend your stay with trips to the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island topping the to-do list.

Louise Brettell