Sunday, December 26, 2010

Leaving Alice stop... Darwin!

....but everyone knows that its not just that simple to go from Alice Springs to Darwin. Even though they are in the same territory, we aren't just talking a simple bus trip to get you there. As I said in an earlier post, we are talking 2,979 kilometres (11846 miles) and I am not just jumping on a bus or car. I'm taking the World Famous Ghan!

For all of my international readers, you are probably wondering what it is (which probably proves that its not "World Famous" at all). Wikipedia describes it as: see this link.

Lets just say its one of the Great Australian Railways, which its website describes as a "transcontinental adventure offers an unsurpassed view of Australia - North to South over three unforgettable days." I am taking half of the journey, which takes a day and a half - leaving at 6pm and then arriving in Darwin at 5.30pm the following day. Its website says that if you travel on this train, you "are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world". It was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, taking many of its passengers from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia (where they'll pick me up!). I'll "be entering the Top End" where the landscape that I have become accustomed to (arid, dry Central Australia) will "mellow with subtropical flora staking its claim over the passing scenery."

I am so excited about this part of my trip. This is definitely one of the highlights of my Oz Overlander Experience and I hope to get as many photos as possible to show you all.


1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited to ride with this kind of train
    I think it so definitely adventure.

    from Afghan Cameleers