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top end north to south

yozzause's picture
yozzause

top end north to south

Hi there to conclude the holiday we travelled from Darwin to Adelaide on the Ghan , the train named after early explorers use of Afghan  camel drivers opening up the continent. The modern Ghan caters for 4 styles of travel, the Platinum class where opulence is the name of the game at about A$3,000 Gold comes in at A$2,000 where you still get good sleeping berths and fine dinning  We then have red class and you have a sleeper but dining is taken in a club style dinner and finally you have the red sit ups which is reclining chairs and the use of dinner and shared shower and toilet facilities this is where we travelled, and  for A$15 extra you could use the club car that had 24hr tea and coffee and club style seating for socializing.

The journey starts at 9.00 am with the first stop at Katherine where you are able to leave the train for a variety of tours,  we Explored the Katherine Gorge.

After some 4 hours the train sets off throughthe night occasionally allowing passing freights to pass at long loop sidings in the middle of nowhere. The next morning we pull into Alice Springs for another lengthy stop and more optional  excursions, the one that i took was to see the old Ghan where the steam train used to run, it was very good not so much for the old train but a world class motor museum that has a huge collection of historic as well as modern trucks. Another night spent before waking to the sight of the Flinders Ranges  and gradualy the outskirts of suburbia.

We had a nice hotel in Adelaide and caught the free tram into the markets here are some of the photos that i took of bread on sale also some of the wine we sampled in the Barossa.

 

 

All up a very good holiday can recommend Darwin and Kakadoo  train was good even travelling on the cheap like us at back packers rate of A$666 no frills but fun. Adelaide will definately have to visit again. Got into the zoo at childrens price on our youth  hostel pass and saw the giant Pandas and their great enclosure.  

Regards Yozza    

   

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wally

What memories that brings back Yozza.  I traveled on it from Alice Springs to Adelaide in 1990, before the rail had been completed northward to Darwin.  It was a 24 hour trip as I recall and I found even the economy seating to be comfortable beyond anything I'd ever experienced here in the States.  And the sights of the beautifully desolate Outback never got boring (of course, there was a pub car for diversion).

Thanks for sharing,

Larry

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yozzause

hi Larry so where abouts did you travel to in this wide land of ours, i met a nice group of Americans guys on a wine tour that were over here doing some work top secret work with the Australian Airforce, they were civilians but had been military men, they did enjoy the wines and were buying a few to take home to the states.  

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wally

I spent about 6 weeks, traveling from Sydney all the way up to Cape Trib, then flew over to Alice Springs, climbed Uluru, then took the Ghana down to Adelaide, visited Melbourne and finished back in Sydney.

I've got an expat brother who lives south of Brisbane, so the visit was partly to see him and partly to enjoy your beautiful country.

Truly lovely place and lovely people!

Larry

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Janetcook

Yozza,

Thanks for sharing about your trip.  I have never been to Australia but one of my favorite books is 'A Town Called Alice' so at least I was familiar with that name when I saw it! Another title popped into my mind when you mentioned the Americans you met who were doing top secret work.... Bill  Bryson's 'A Sunburnt Country'.... he made mention of mysterious happenings that apparently go un-noticed due to the largeness of the outback....lots of places for people to hang out and never get noticed...

My 'travels' to Australia all seem to be literary and you have just contributed to my collection :-)

Oh, I enjoyed looking at the huge variety of breads you included.  They look like a lot of the loaves I see posted here.

Take Care,

Janet

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holds99

Yozza,

Thanks so much for sharing your interesting adventure.  The breads in your photos look lovely, and many of the Australian wines which we get here are excellent. 

A number of years back my wife and I were on a bus tour of Alaska for a couple of weeks with a group of folks from Australia.  What a terrific group of people and what a great time we had with them.  On the last night, as we ramped up the celebration, they presented me with a gold kangaroo lapel pin and made me an honorary member of their clan.  So many good memories of that trip.  Incidentally, I still have my "roo" pin.  Having read a number of books about Australia I'm hoping someday to be fortunate enough to make it over to see your big, beautiful country, first hand.

Best wishes,

Howard