Solos Mix


An icon of Australian rail travel and one of the world’s great train journeys, ride the rails of history aboard The Ghan with this expedition between Darwin and Adelaide.

This flagship rail journey is the ultimate way to explore the Australian outback. This four day and three night, 2979km all-inclusive journey will take you to some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort.

The Ghan Expedition takes in immersive off train excursions in Katherine, extended time in Alice Springs inclusive of an authentic Red Centre dinner under the stars, and a full day in Coober Pedy. The Ghan Expedition itinerary also offers the upgraded option to tour Uluṟu.

It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience, all in the company of other solo travellers.

  • Ages:
    best suited 50 years+
  • Duration:
    4 Days
  • Status:
    Popular. Book Early.
  • Region:
  • Destinations:
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery, Luxe
  • Accommodation:
    Overnight 1st class sleeper train
  • Prices from:
    $3589, own sleeper cabin
  • Transport:
  • Pace:
  • Max Group Size:

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia


Darwin to Adelaide, The Ghan Expedition is the more indepth experience across 4 days, rather than just 3 days with the regular Ghan journey. It’s the immersive rail journey giving you more time to explore the outback with iconic stops including Katherine, Alice Springs, dinner under the stars, and a fully day in Coober Pedy.



  • 4 days/3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Gold Class Service
  • Single sleeper cabins onboard The Ghan, with shared bathrooms
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages 


  • Off train experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs
  • A full day in Coober Pedy
  • A spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station
  • Your choice between Nitmiluk Gorge’s powerful natural wonders and rich Indigenous culture, or a glimpse authentic outback life with a horse and working dog demonstration
  • Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy 


  • Rail travel aboard The Ghan, Darwin to Adelaide


  • 2 nights at group hotel (breakfast additional)
  • Full day guided tour; Litchfield National Park with Croc Cruise adventure
  • Picnic lunch
  • Darwin Sunset finish with prawns & sparkling wine
  • Small group tour 
  • Road transport to/from group hotel

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Departure Dates for this tour

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12 - 15 OCT 22
Bookings open
AUD$3645, own sleeper cabin

Prices per person


GOLD CLASS Package per person, with share bathroom


GOLD CLASS Twin Share Cabin for Sole Use, with ensuite


Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer



Litchfield National Park & Jumping Croc Cruise


Barossa Valley Day Tour


PRE & POST HOTEL STAY (prices variable and may increase until deposit paid for rail package)

PRE RAIL STAY DARWIN: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, king room
(breakfast not included) Rate applies: 8, 9 10 & 11 OCT 2022


PRE RAIL STAY DARWIN: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, king room with view (breakfast not included)  Rate applies: 8, 9, 10 & 11 OCT 2022


POST RAIL STAY ADELAIDE: Pullman Adelaide, deluxe room with breakfast
Rate applies: 15 & 16 OCT 2022



Trip Code: railghan22-10




Travellers flying into Darwin will need to arrive the day prior to The Ghan departure. Arriving only the day before would limit your options to explore Darwin and beyond and we recommend at least a two night stay. There’s many things to do and explore in Darwin and this is why we’ve packaged a two night stay that includes a fully day tour to Litchfield National Park and the Jumping Crocodile Cruise.

For details click Darwin Stay & Explore and prices page.



A unique and epic experience, explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide.


Darwin and Katherine

DEPARTS 10AM  Darwin Berrimah Terminal

The Ghan departs from and arrives at this Station. The Darwin Terminal is located 20 km from the City Centre. There is a hotel to train terminal transfer provided for Gold Class passengers. Once you’re settled into your private cabin, mingle with fellow travellers or sample the exceptional food, wine, and service onboard.  When it’s time for lunch, savour the regionally-inspired menu accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages, before an early afternoon arrival at the Top End township of Katherine.

Katherine Gorge Encounter Travel

Afternoon Excursion, Katherine
Choose between a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders and exploring the region’s rich Indigenous culture, or experience a glimpse into the lives of those who call the outback home, with a fascinating day of discovery on a huge cattle station. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback, then back in your cabin you’ll find your bed turned down. Fall asleep as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner 


Alice Springs 

After your first night on The Ghan, you’ll be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs.

Dinner Under the Stars The Ghan

An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, this includes a guided tour in Uluru with lunch. You will return in time to meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

Note: If you choose to upgrade to the scenic flight, this will replace the excursions in Alice Springs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Manguri and Coober Pedy 

From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery, and a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Arrive to Adelaide

From your cabin window this morning you’ll see a dramatic change in landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Australia. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare for your mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great travel experiences.

Arrive Adelaide 10:50AM

In the smart southern city, you can extend your experience with a holiday package to the Barossa Valley, fascinating Kangaroo Island, or an expertly-curated tour of this food and wine loving capital.

Meals: Brunch

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Australia’s iconic rail journeys offer purpose-built carriages to do it in superb style. The Gold Service Single is a comfortable sleeper cabin option that offers all the luxurious inclusions of the Gold Service Twin such as fully inclusive dining with three gourmet meals per day, all-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, and your choice of Off Train Experiences as you travel.

Your stylish and ultra-modern cabin cleverly accommodates your belongings with a series of compartments and shelving options incorporated into the compact design. Your comfortable seat with full leg extension bench seat by day converts to a cosy bed by night. Your own complimentary, quality Australian-made toiletries are included. The soulful, reflective and contemplative nature of moving across the continent by train is ideally suited to travelling solo but you can be as quiet or as social as you wish.

Your Restaurant Manager arranges dining seating options to ensure you are always meeting fellow travellers over delicious meals, and the Outback Explorer Lounge is a focal point for all daily social interactions.

And, of course, your fabulous and included choice of Off Train Experiences mean you will be joining fellow guests as you experience the amazing places you visit together. Inside your cabin, choose from six music and journey commentary channels to add background ambience to your travels, and you have numerous power supply outlets to keep your devices charged. 



Hotel Name


Vibe Hotel Darwin


Ibis Adelaide (OCT 21) 
Pullman Adelaide (OCT 22)

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided. 

Gold SIngle Sleeper, The Ghan

Single Sleeper, Gold Service, The Ghan

Hotel restaurant, Vibe Hotel Darwin

Hotel restaurant, Vibe Hotel Darwin

Single Sleeper, Gold Service, The Ghan (day time)

Single Sleeper, Gold Service, The Ghan (day time)

Standard queen room, Ibis Adelaide

Vibe Hotel Darwin

Guest room with view, Vibe Hotel Darwin

Pullman Adelaide Deluxe room

Deluxe room, Pullman Hotel Adelaide


Perfectly positioned in the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is the ideal base for a getaway in Australia’s Top End.

Take a stroll to some of the city’s top restaurants, enjoy a dip in the Darwin Waterfront Lagoon, catch a movie at nearby Deckchair Cinema or venture into the CBD, where you’ll find a great selection of cafes, bars and attractions, including famous Crocosaurus Cove where you can get up close and personal with Australia’s saltwater crocodiles.

The hotel has a range of facilities including an outdoor pool, gym, on-site spa and Curve Restaurant and Bar, which serves up delicious Australian produce every day.

Guest Rooms have city views or general outlook
Guest Room with View have a water view

Rooms feature:

  • In-room safe, work desk, work desk, mini bar and tea & coffee amenities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Spacious bathroom with shower over bath
  • Bathroom amenities and hairdryer
  • 32 inch LCD TV, USB clock radio charging points

WiFi: Free at 512 Kbps


Located in the heart of the CBD the hotel's 311 rooms comprise of the latest Samsung television technology and views over the Adelaide Hills. The restaurant and bar spill out onto balconies that overhang Grenfell Street and share the floor with restaurant and conference facilities. The indoor gym comprises of Technogym equipment and WiFi is located throughout the hotel.

Ibis Adelaide is adjacent to Rundle Mall and the Adelaide Oval, Casino, and Convention Centre are within walking distance.

Address: 122 Grenfell Street, 5000 Adelaide 


Positioned in the heart of the Adelaide Central Business District and with Adelaide's world-class dining experiences and vibrant East End right on the doorstep, Pullman Adelaide is perfectly located.

Stay connected with ultra-fast Wi-Fi in the lobby and throughout the hotel. For those needing to regenerate and re-energise, enjoy the lap-pool with spa & sauna is the place. There is a fully equipped Fit Lounge & Bike Zone. Salt Restaurant and Bar infuse impeccable service with a modern, evolving dining experience featuring fresh seasonal and local produce.

Deluxe rooms offer 1 king size bed with city view; 32 SQM Room, 50 inch TV, Mini Bar, Shower, Slippers, Bathrobes, Desk, Plush Bedding, CO Bigelow bathroom amenities, Views over Adelaide.

WiFi: Free

Address: 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide



More About Accommodation


Tour Starts: Darwin 
Tour Ends:  Adelaide  

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.


Train Embarkation: Darwin
Coach transfers to Darwin Rail Terminal are available for Gold Service guests departing from selected Darwin hotels including Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront. Departures between 8AM-8:30AM

Train Disembarkation: Adelaide
After disembarkation onward transfers are by your own arrangement.

On request we provide an airfare quote.  If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence. 

Departure Airfares Adelaide
We recommend not to book flights earlier than 1PM on departure / disembarkation day. The train arrives to Adelaide Parklands Terminal at 10:50AM. Allow time to disembark, collect luggage and transfer to Adelaide airport. Travel distance/time train terminal to airport is 10 minutes by car | 5 km.

If joining from outside Australia, you must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country (some countries have lesser requirements). Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

Due to COVID-19 there are Northern Territory border entry requirements. It is mandatory to fill in an online border entry form for the Northern Territory prior to departing for your trip.

The form will need to be filled in not more than 72 hours prior to departure. Please click here for the link to the N.T Government website. The link will include information and steps leading to filling in the border entry form.  Please note that once you have filled in the border entry form, you will need to print a copy out. This will be checked on arrival into Darwin.

The rail company emails passengers 72 hours prior to travel with entry permit information also to the Northern Territory also details of forms to be completed for entry to South Australia.


Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers in our group. This is a Solos Mix tour. We have a group onboard The Ghan but there are other travellers, not part of our group they will be couples or otherwise.

We’ve hand picked a line up of tours with that are popular choices for solo travellers. There’s a mix of travellers, single travellers and couples travelling together – this is our SOLOS MIX offer.  From our ‘know-how’ these are trips popular with solo travellers.

We only select small group tours for our Solos Mix selection. There’s a good likelihood of more than a few solo travellers joining the tour.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]

We require you to complete our Booking Form including a self-completed Fit to Travel declaration. Travellers of 70 years or over or with a pre existing medical condition or disability, may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.   See MORE ABOUT FITNESS in More Information section below

There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.  Sensational destinations are just the beginning – this is also a culinary journey starring regionally-inspired food, fine wines, and local specialities, on board the unique dining carriages.

You’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in the dining carriages. The Ghan’s expert culinary team works closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best ingredients, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

Due to space constraints, guests are advised to take onboard only hand luggage containing the requirements for their rail journey. Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey.

Certain items are prohibited from being carried in your luggage at all. Valuables including your passport, medicine, fragile or perishable items must be carried onboard as cabin baggage. An additional fee may apply to excess luggage. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full conditions. Occupational Health and Safety legislation provides guidelines outlining the safe weight that can be lifted by our staff. We appreciate your co-operation.

The operator, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions reserves the right to refuse any luggage item for travel.

For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.


'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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