So, today (Sunday) we headed out from our hotel, and took our short ride to the Adelaide railway station to pick up The Ghan. It’s a 1,850 mile train ride across the middle of Australia, from Adelaide in the south, to Darwin in the north. It’s 2 nights and 3 days on the train. The name apparently is an abbreviation of an old nickname for the service, calling it the Afghan Express.
Anyway, a nice efficient check in service – greeted as we got out of the car, walked to the check in desk, got our boarding pass (the size of a credit card 😊😊) and off we went to get a quick bite to eat in the nice modern little terminal.
Then they announced boarding, and off we went:
So, settled in, figured our cabin out, bit of luggage sorting, introductions from our cabin team, and we quietly pulled out. To begin with, we passed through the Adelaide suburbs before getting out into the countryside. Then of course it was time for lunch !
The food on the train is actually pretty good. Seating is good and comfortable, and I like you get the decent sized windows so you can still see the views. During this first lunch sitting, we saw 3 kangaroos (or were they wallabies?) hopping their way across a field, so that was an encouraging start.
We moved along gradually watching the landscape change, up to Port Augusta which was where darkness started to settle in.
It was interesting to see the landscape gradually develop during the journey.
Finally, still slightly full from lunch, off we went for dinner !! 😂😂😂😂
I like that when you go for dinner, the cabin team quickly head to your cabin and bring the bed down, pull the blinds etc., making it ready for sleep time ! We were fine with that, as although we were somewhat well time adjusted, we still weren’t totally there, going to bed early and waking up early, so happy days. We both sort of find the gentle rocking of the train pretty conducive to getting off to sleep ☺️☺️☺️☺️