Murray Olds has been a long time sports journalist, specialising in his coverage of the Olympic Games, at 2GB. He is looking forward greatly to this magnificent journey. Murray is great fun and looks forward to having a terrific time with tour members on the Ghan.
Is back on radio on 2GB! After nearly a decade with 2UE, and having hosted a range of programs including the Fishing Show, Pet Show and Healthy Living, Murray can speak with some authority – and a lot of humour – on just about any topic you want to discuss! Murray Wilton is now back with his long-time friend and colleague Murray Olds on 2GB as ‘The Two Murrays’. Murray looks forward to meeting you on the fabulous Ghan!
The Ghan has been traversing the heart of Australia for more than eighty years. Now it’s your turn to explore the continent’s vast and remote interior. For four days and three nights, you will discover the Red Centre and the landscapes of this extraordinary land at a relaxing pace, in comfort and style. Your trip will take in the sweeping Adelaide Plains and the majestic Flinders Ranges of South Australia, and the ochre heart of the Red Centre. Your train journey through Australia will be made even more comfortable with service from the hospitality attendant including fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries.
Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/ toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 5 June, 2023 Darwin
The tour starts at Darwin Airport. Please meet in the arrivals area at 3:00pm We will then transfer in to central Darwin and our hotel. This evening the Two Murrays, Murray Wilton and Murray Olds will host a Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of our fantastic tour.
DAY 2 Tuesday 6 June, 2023 Kakadu
This morning we depart Darwin and cross the Marrakai Plains to Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s most impressive environmental wonderlands and a World Heritage site. It encompasses a variety of superb landscapes, which swarm with wildlife, and has some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art. We then check into our hotel in the Kakadu National Park.
DAY 3 Wednesday 7 June, 2023 Kakadu
Today we travel to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal art followed by a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural and historical significance of the park to its traditional owners. We will then enjoy a guided cruise on Kakadu’s Yellow Water billabong, which gives us a unique opportunity to experience this diverse and sublimely beautiful area and its associated wildlife. We then return to our hotel.
DAY 4 Thursday 8 June 2023 Darwin
This morning we visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and Yellow water before we take an Air Boat cruise on the Margaret River. We then return to Darwin and our hotel.
DAY 5 Friday 9 June 2023 Darwin
On our sightseeing tour today we visit Crocosaurus Cove and enter the world of the awesome saltwater crocodile, with some of the largest held in captivity. We safely watch the jumping croc feeding and walk through the air-conditioned reptile display. On the Darwin City tour we see the Chinese Temple and the lush Botanic Gardens and visit the historic sites including the East Point Military Precinct.
DAY 6 Saturday 10 June 2023 The Ghan
This morning we transfer to the Darwin Railway Station where we board the legendary Ghan train. After settling into your carriage, settle back and watch the Australian outback as we make our way to Adelaide. An exquisite menu will be available for meals whilst on the Ghan. 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. Cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders and exploring the region’s rich Indigenous culture. 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.
DAY 7 Sunday 11 June 2023 The Ghan
After our first night on The Ghan, we will be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits us in the outback town of Alice Springs. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, returning in time to meet Two Murrays for a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
DAY 8 Monday 12 June 2023 The Ghan
This morning we stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, where we’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, we’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 we can enjoy a nightcap as our journey continues.
DAY 9 Tuesday 13 June 2023 Adelaide
From the cabin window this morning we’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 we pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare for our mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, as we complete one of the world’s great travel experiences. After disembarking the train we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Adelaide the “City of Churches”, so called due to its 529 exquisite, architecturally designed churches, with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church being the oldest, dating from 1838. We then check into our hotel.
DAY 10 Wednesday 14 June 2023 Victor Harbor
A highlight of the trip! Today we take The Southern Encounter from Mt Barker just outside of Adelaide to the holiday town of Victor Harbor where we will stay for the next three nights. After leaving Mt Barker, the train first climbs up to the crest of the line and then winds down the eastern escarpment of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges. Native bushland unfolds from our carriage window and kangaroos and other animals might be seen trying to keep pace with the locomotive! It travels to Port Elliot before cresting the cliffs where passengers can experience some of the most picturesque coastal scenery in South Australia, with nothing separating us from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean – in winter the home of Southern Right Whale. This afternoon we visit the South Australia Whale Centre that was once a railway shed. The centre offers an incredible interactive journey through three floors of whaling history where we will discover new information at every turn. We check into our hotel late afternoon.
DAY 11 Thursday 15 June 2023 Victor Harbor
This morning we take the historic Horse Drawn Tram across the Heritage listed Causeway to Granite Island. The Tramway commenced operation in 1894 and is one of two remaining in the world that operate a daily service. We will have time to explore Granite Island known for its marine life and unusual granite formations. We then take a boat trip to see whales in season, seals, sea lions and dolphins at Seal Island and Wright Island.
DAY 12 Friday 16 June 2023 Victor Harbor
We travel on the Cockle Train to the nearby town Goolwa which is sited at the mouth of the Murray River by Heritage 400 class Redhen Railcar. We then visit the Murray Riverboat Centre that houses a museum of the riverboats. We take a cruise on the historic paddle steamer the Oscar W up the Murray River.
DAY 13 Saturday 17 June 2023 Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
This morning we travel to Cape Jarvis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is a South Australian icon and one of the world's finest nature destinations, with breathtaking landscapes, fascinating wildlife and a renowned food and wine industry. We will have a gourmet tour of the island visiting some of the wine, cheese and gourmet food producers that Kangaroo Island is famous for. There will also be time to explore the town of Kingscote after we check into our hotel.
DAY 14 Sunday 18 June 2023 Kangaroo Island
This morning we visit the westernmost part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia’s largest and earliest conservation parks. We travel through the park and enjoy breathtaking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. We will see the rock formations known as The Remarkables and Admirals Arch as we continue around the rugged southern coastline. In the afternoon we continue to the southern coast of the island, where we will have a tour of Seal Bay, viewing the sea lion colony and learning about their habitats before returning to Kingscote early evening. Tonight we enjoy a Final Night dinner to celebrate our tour.
DAY 15 Monday 19 June 2023 Departure
This morning we take the ferry back to the mainland and transfer to Adelaide airport. Upon arrival the tour concludes. Please book flights to depart 2:00pm or later.
*Prices per person in Australian Dollars
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Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The Ghan is operated by Journey Beyond and the train arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in The Ghan brochure 2023. All passengers must complete and sign the Travelrite International booking form and agree to The Ghan terms and conditions.
Tour Costs: The tour costs are based on train, general trans-port and accommodation costs at 1 March 2022. Travelrite International reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 90 days of departure from Australia.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $975 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a tour confirmation advice will be emailed to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 90 days||$975|
|90 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
REFUNDS: The tour is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
Travel Insurance: Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover tour members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the tour and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
BAGGAGE: There is limited baggage storage available in cabin on The Ghan. Day bags should be packed for your cabin and suitcases stored in the baggage compartment. Full details will be provided prior to departure.
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How to Book: Bookings can be made by completing a book-ing form and sending it with a deposit of $975 per person to:
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423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 36 years. It is fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) and fully IATA credited and directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for 28 years, and now runs over 120 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
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