Outback Australia 2022: Trip Review

Geikie Gorge cruise

Tour Title: Wonders of Kimberly
Tour Company: AAT Kings (Tour 1) and Journey Beyond Rail (Tour 2)
Places Visited: Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra, Katherine, Darwin, Alice Springs, Manguri / Coober Pedy
Dates: 16 August 2022 to 03 September 2022 (16 days)

It has always been a desire of mine to do a long distance train journey and when I was in primary school I was enthralled by outback Australia and in particular west coast. This trip allowed me to do both at the same time and enjoy it with my sister Kara as a bonus.

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The Ghan Expedition (Darwin to Adelaide)

Tour Title: The Ghan Expedition
Tour Company: Journey Beyond Rail
Carriage B Coordinator: Kaitlin
Key Staff: Kayla, Hollie, Carmen, Loz, Hayley, Oliver, Eden
Passengers Members: 184 (29 carriages can be more)
Room: Carriage B / Room 4 (Twin Share)
Off Train Excursions: Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy
Dates: 31 August 2022 to 03 September 2022 (4 days)
Ghan Journal Entries

I took this tour as part of the Wonders of Kimberly trip with the other tour being the Untamed Kimberly 2022 (bus tour with AAT) which started in Broome and ended in Darwin just before this tour. The Ghan travels 2,797 kilometres between Darwin and Adelaide over four days.

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Outback Australia 2022: Day 16 – Coober Pedy to Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 03 September 2022.
Highlights: The Ghan experience, Returning home

Today was the last few hours on The Ghan. Waking up around 6.30 am after a nice sleep in my cabin I realised that we were only a few hours out from Adelaide and the end of The Ghan experience.

Three hours outside Adelaide
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Outback Australia 2022: Day 15 – Alice Springs to Coober Pedy, SA

Friday 02 September 2022.
Highlights: Emu and Kangaroo sightings, remote Australia, Umoona Opal Mine Museum, Quest Mine experience, the stunning Serbian Underground Church, The beautiful Breakaways

A nice nights sleep in our cabin followed by a full breakfast had us ready for our Explore Alice Springs all day excursion today. We even saw some emus and kangaroos running in the outback before our train stop!

Coober Pedy, SA – just before our stop at Manguri train station
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Outback Australia 2022: Day 14 – Katherine to Alice Springs, NT

Thursday 01 September 2022.
Highlights: The amazing Royal Flying Doctors Service, Learning at the Reptile Centre, Alice Springs School of the Air, ANZAC Hill, Dinner at the Alice Springs Race Track

We awake to the news that Alice Springs was experiencing unseasonable wet weather. They can in some years only have 1 or no dry season rainy days. A lot of today’s excursions were cancelled and the night under the stars dinner was moved to Alice Springs Race Track. The excursion we selected was still on so other than the 13c temperature our day only had a minimal impact.

Alice Springs, NT – A but wetter than we expected
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Outback Australia 2022: Day 13 – Darwin to Katherine, NT

Wednesday 31 August 2022.
Highlights: The Ghan Journey begins, Epic helicopter experience Katherine Gorge, Amazing meals and service

Darwin, NT – The Ghan

Today the main focus of this trip, at least for me, begins today with The Ghan experience!

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