|Excited! A dream come true.|
I was literally bubbling with excitement when the shuttle bus arrived at my hotel to take me, along with a number of others, on the 15 minute trip to the railway station. And there she was, The Ghan, all 700 plus metres of her, sparkling silver in the dazzling sun. The train, which takes its name from Australia's early pioneering Afghani camel drivers, is so long that the shuttle bus drives along beside it dropping passengers off at their respective carriages where they are each greeted by their personal carriage attendant.
Once aboard a very warm welcome and tea and biscuits awaited in my cabin plus information on the various off train tours available. The beauty of this adventure trip is that all food, drink and off train tours are included in the fare meaning that in the four days I was aboard I never spent another dollar. The cabins are immaculate, compact and very well designed so that there is a place for everything including a tiny, but thoroughly workable, en suite bathroom. I sat in my room, happily sipping my tea and reading the tour information until, once all were aboard, we moved off. Then it was time to explore the lounge, a wonderful place to meet fellow passengers. With a glass of bubbly in hand I sat and chatted to all sorts of friendly, interesting people. They were mainly Australian but there were a fair few New Zealanders, some Americans, Canadians and a couple of young tourists from France and Germany. Everyone was happy and excited and looking forward to their Out Back adventure. The barman was pretty busy I can tell you!
|My lounge seat converted to a bunk|
|The Ghan stretches into the distance|