Take a ride on the iconic Ghan to break the monotony of border closures | Wellington Hours
One of the most famous trains in the world makes a rare detour.
In a sign of the COVID times, for the first time the iconic Ghan goes on day trips.
With the lockdowns, border closures and all that will likely only be residents of South Australia who can take advantage of this rare opportunity.
On October 8, The Ghan will fly to the famous Clare Valley for a gourmet gallop, with three more dates to follow.
This is a train made famous for the length of its journey from south to north across the Australian mainland.
Considered one of the world’s greatest train journeys, The Ghan has captivated travelers since its maiden voyage in 1929, providing an Australian adventure with all the comforts and luxuries that come with train travel.
The journey from Darwin to Adelaide via Alice Springs in three to four days also offers a unique glimpse of the outback.
The Ghan has been on and off the rails because of the pandemic and the travel bans that followed.
The equally famous Indian Pacific, which crosses the Nullabor from Sydney to Perth from east to west, is still hanging.
The operators of The Ghan, The Journey Beyond, came up with the idea of a few day trips to get The Ghan back on track.
Commercial Director Pete Egglestone said: “Most of our iconic long-distance train experiences have been affected at some point in the year, which is why we were so excited to get The Ghan back on track. a little over a week ago.
“Behind the scenes, however, and looking at what more we can offer, which culminated in Taste of Ghan.”
Climb aboard for the limited-edition, full-day train experience that pairs the wines, vines and winemakers of Clare Valley at The Ghan.
“Journey Beyond has never hosted a local trip like this before, but we’ve distilled our knowledge of epic long-distance experiences to create something exceptional. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of guests to board with the maiden voyage and introduce you to an immersive experience in a new region, ”Mr. Egglestone said.
The Ghan will leave the Adelaide Parklands terminal with a pre-departure celebration, then enjoy breakfast en route to Clare Valley.
Once there, coaches will take passengers to a local vineyard for wine tasting, then depart for a three-course lunch among vineyards at another local vineyard, filled with food and wine pairings.
At the end of the day, guests will board the train again and enjoy a nightcap of wine or port, accompanied by cheese and chocolate, on the return trip to Adelaide.
South Australians can use their “Grand State Experience” to book a Platinum or Gold class experience on Taste of Ghan.