The Ghan ca­pac­ity boost

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JOUR­NEY Be­yond has an­nounced a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of its iconic “The Ghan” rail jour­ney be­tween Ade­laide and Dar­win, dou­bling peak sea­son de­par­tures to twice weekly and adding more Plat­inum Ser­vice car­riages.

The par­ent com­pany of Great South­ern Rail has also in­tro­duced new hol­i­day pack­ages con­nected with the ad­di­tional trips, which de­part Ade­laide each Wed and re­turn from Dar­win on Sat.

The growth will co­in­cide with the 90th an­niver­sary of the leg­endary train in 2019, which the com­pany is mark­ing with “90 days of cel­e­bra­tion” in the Jun- Aug high sea­son.

With the sec­ond weekly de­par­ture, trav­ellers will be able to break their jour­ney in Alice Springs and re­join the train a few days later.

The Dar­win-Ade­laide Sat de­par­ture is be­ing branded as “The Ghan Ex­pe­di­tion” with pack­ages in­clud­ing four nights in Dar­win, a day at the Litch­field Na­tional Park wa­ter­falls plus other lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, and then three nights on the train in­clud­ing all meals, bev­er­ages and off train ex­cur­sions in Kather­ine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.

Six new pre­mium Plat­inum Ser­vice car­riages will join the fleet “in re­sponse to high mar­ket de­mand”, the com­pany said.

Plat­inum Ser­vice of­fers large cab­ins with dou­ble beds, in-cabin break­fasts, trans­fers and ac­cess to the Plat­inum Club.

Guests booked on de­par­tures dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tory pe­riod can “ex­pect a few sur­prises to make their jour­ney ex­tra spe­cial”, while the com­mem­o­ra­tion will cul­mi­nate in a spe­cial an­niver­sary jour­ney sched­uled for 04 Aug.

The ad­di­tional de­par­tures are on sale now - for more de­tails see the cover page of to­day’s TD.

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