The Australian Outback – known to locals as “The Bush” – has long been a land of the unknown. Although it covers more than 2.5 million square miles, the Outback is only inhabited by about 60,000 people. These largely untouched landscapes are alluring, inviting travelers to step back in time and discover aboriginal history, diverse flora and fauna and ultimately, a spectacular part of the world that is unfamiliar to most. And there is no better or more luxurious way to see the Outback than by train. All aboard The Ghan!
Originally called the Afghan Express, The Ghan was named after the cameleers who first explored Australia’s Outback more than 150 years ago. These cameleers were migrants from Afghanistan and were nicknamed Afghans, thus, The Ghan.
Considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan introduces passengers to the wide-ranging landscapes of the Outback, including everything from arid, “sunburnt country” to the more tropical landscapes near Darwin that boast beautiful waterfalls and sandstone gorges.
In 2017, Globus travelers will have two opportunities to stay overnight onboard The Ghan: on the 27-Day Great Adventure Down Under vacation or the 20-Day Exploring Australia tour. On these getaways, travelers will wind 882 miles from Alice Springs to Darwin through the center of Australia, stopping once in Katherine to visit the world-famous Nitmiluk National Park. Globus guests will also receive Gold Service accommodations with private sleeper cabins, all-inclusive dining and beverages and a choice of off-train excursions.
It’s safe to say that no Australian vacation is truly complete without experiencing the country’s roots in the heart of the Outback. Let Globus and The Ghan help you check off this incredible “bucket-list” destination!