Alice > Darwin

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


I feel like a real traveler. I'm all backpacks and luggage tickets. Makes me look like I know what I'm doing, even if sometimes (most times) I'm flying by the seat of my pants. 
Last night I left Alice Springs after a day of exploring, preparation for the next leg of my tour and letting my feet rest a little. I stocked up on cereal bars and sherbet lemons (you know, the essentials) and readied myself to ride the world famous Ghan train. Pronounced gaan, not garn. Hopefully you'll learn from this and not be mocked by an Australian. I was curious about the train as I've never travelled in that way before and especially not over night. I would highly recommend it if you have the chance as it is not only more comfortable than a train or coach, it is relatively speedy and very interesting. If you, like me, can't help but look out the window on journeys, the Ghan is for you. I've got a few shots to share with you to try and give you an idea of what travelling on the Ghan is like. 


The exterior is impressive and kind of vintage looking. Can a train look vintage? If so, this one did.


The interior was remarkable plane-like. But much, much bigger.


Hopefully this gives you some idea of the size. The chairs recline yet there is still heaps (as an Aussie would say) of leg room. They also swivel around if you want to socialise. All singing all dancing, hey. 


Big windows allow you to watch the land fly by, stained by the setting sun. I snuggled down for the night and waited for the sun to rise, eager to see more. 


This is the sight I was greeted with as I woke up. Beautiful outdoors scenery without having to sleep in a tent and not wash your hair for three days. Only me that did that? Don't judge me... 


We disembarked at Katherine for a whistle stop tour of the gorge and a chance to stretch our legs. Immediately there is a change in temperature. Tropical was certainly in the air.


There is all sorts of wildlife in the gorge that includes crocodiles in wet season. Luckily for me it's dry season and I spotted this less fatal kookaburra. 


A quick, but very sweaty, hike to the top of the gorge let us in to this rather wonderful view. Whilst the views of Alice and surrounds were incredible, I've definitely missed water in a landscape. 


The weather up here was beautiful. Would have been rude not to catch some rays. 


Which is exactly what we did when we came back down too. We dipped our toes in the cool river and lay back and enjoyed the peace.


Before we hopped back on the bus we saw a tree full of bats. I'm so unused to these wonderful natural sites I stop and stare for minutes on end. 


Another 4 hours on the Ghan train, reds turned to greens and we had arrived in Darwin. The adventures start again a 6.30am tomorrow morning. Watch out Kakadu, I'm coming for you.
For now, I will leave you with another example of the beautiful wildlife the Northern Territory has to offer. These chaps made me fall behind my tour again, too! 

8 comments:

  1. Loving the updates on your Australian tour

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    1. So glad you're enjoying them! X

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  2. The Ghan reminded me of Ruby's diner., It has a 50's feel to it.

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    1. It really did. The steel exterior made it feel a bit like a bunker. Very cool. X

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  3. Reading this is bringing back memories from my own travels round Australia a few years ago. I want to go back!

    Have a fabulous time. Looking forward to reading more! x

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    1. I'm really enjoying it. Every part presents itself as yet another unforgettable experience! Xx

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  4. Don't worry, I don't usually wash my hair either when I go camping. Totes fine!
    Never heard of the Ghan train before, definitely need to look into this!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog ||

    Xx

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    1. Haha, so glad I'm not alone! Although that wouldn't stop me... Definitely look into it. If you're travelling up through the Northern Territory then it is much more interesting that a plane journey - and the food is better! Xx

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