a ride across australia aboard the ghan - charcoal barbecue australia
Coast breakfast host Brian Kelly rides the "Hann" from top to bottom across Australia, along the trail Trail Blazers, a warm Thursday night, I sit with my passengers on a Ghan adventure rail trip in the backyard of the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
We left Darwin the day before. day, three-
In the evening, journey through the center of Australia for 2979 km kilometers.
Along the way, there will be stops and stops
Train trips by Catherine, Alice Springs and Cooper pedi. The Ghan —
One of three Australian train trips run by the Great Southern Railway
Its name comes from campers who came to Australia from Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1839, and locals nicknamed it "Ghans.
They played an important role in the construction of Port Augusta. to-
The Alice Springs Railway, which transports supplies to early settlers inland.
With the gradual introduction of the railway, camels and drivers lose economic value, and many campers release their expenses to the wild, where they thrive.
Today, there are about a million wild camels in the interior.
It was not until 2001 that the first turf of the soil was opened, extending the railway from Alice Springs to Darwin at a distance of 1420 km.
Surprisingly, it took just 30 months to build, and since Ghan's first trip in 2004, more than a traveler has started this amazing railroad through the Australian Red Center
When I arrived at Darwin Berimah railway station, the first thing I thought about was the huge size of the train.
It is drawn by two large diesel electric locomotives, 902 from the nose to the tail.
A total of 38 carriages provide platinum or gold accommodation options for 248 passengers.
There are also four restaurants serving local cuisine as well as wine and beer.
Helpful staff directed us to the cottage and explained-
Restaurants and restaurants to choose from
Travel by train at each stop.
Our first stop was at Catherine Canyon on Wednesday afternoon.
Here, a cruise ship took us along the Catherine River and into two huge canyons with towering sandstone cliffs, and the captain told us to take care of the indigenous Jawoyn people in the area.
Back on the train, there was plenty of time to take a shower at the bar, change clothes and have an ice beer before going to dinner --a three-
Local wine package.
This is a great way to meet passengers from all over the world.
Back to the cabin before going to bed, the bed was sorted out, and the gentle rocking movement of the train made me into a great night.
We arrived at the center of Australia the next morning. Alice Springs.
The excursions here include a guided walking tour of Alice Springs Desert Park, a Gap discovery hike by the Simpsons and an off-road mountain bike "adventure", but I chose the battle upgrade of Uluru, which included a tour guide.
Uluru, one of Australia's most iconic symbols, was able to have a picnic next to this ancient behemoth and then visit the base, which the guide pointed out to us some of its incredible features, it.
Fly back to Alice on our flight six.
Sitting in the seat of Cessna, looking at the land below, I have an impression of how vast and Old this continent is.
We flew over the Fink River, one of the oldest rivers in the world.
The highlight of that evening was the inland pioneer dinner at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
We had a great night in this dramatic setting, and a local band entertained us.
We also received a speech on the night sky, pointing out distant stars and planets with lasers --
In addition to this, there are adventure activities for camel riding.
The main course for dinner was chicken and leeks pie followed by steak cooked with charcoal BBQ, pavlova and top Australian cheese --
Not bad in the middle of inland!
It was really cold outside at night, but the Great Southern Railway team thought of everything and there was a free poncho on each chair --
This is a good souvenir of the trip.
Our next stop, Coober Pedy, is an opal mining town about 680 km kilometers south of Alice Springs.
It is the world's largest gem producer with a population of about 3500, many of whom live underground due to extreme temperatures, with temperatures of about 50 degrees Celsius in summer. Opal-
While there are inspired outings available here, I chose to travel to the majestic breakfast Reserve, whose name comes from the colorful hills that appear from a distance and "break" from the higher ground ".
It looks like a lunar landscape.
The view from the rest lookout is spectacular, and the Great Southern Railway has once again stirred up a lovely surprise.
On arrival, there was a table full of white cloth and selected drinks. . .
In the desert. Nice.
On our way back to Cooper Pedi, we stopped in front of the big dog fence.
This uninterrupted wire fence extends over 5300 km kilometers to South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales as a barrier to prevent wild dogs from entering the southern sheep country.
After arriving at Cooper Pedi, we were taken directly to the golf club.
There is no grass leaf to see. . .
There is no grass in the Green Party.
But if you are a golfer, the annual fee for the game is $75.
This fee will make you a member and game right of St. Andrew, Scotland. Not a bad deal.
We had lunch at the Opal Quest mine at work, which is a working mine, and after lunch it entered the mine, with a free Ghan hardhat guide completed by a town character George, he has been mining all his life.
We ended the day with a guided interactive tour of the museum which included an original underground home.
The train was waiting for us on a remote side, called Manguri, and there was another surprise in the store.
We were greeted off the bus by a new hand towel, wiping the dust on our faces.
The fire outside is burning, and as we chat with other travelers in the open landscape, we enjoy drinks and cans again.
It was a good experience.
Back on board, we had a night to cover with a 850 km long leg before arriving in Adelaide --
For us, the end of this line.
After an incredible trip, we arrived on time at eleven o'clock A. M. on Saturday morning.
I know why it was rated as one of the greatest train trips in the world.
Nothing is more magical and romantic than a relaxing train holiday, which has been on track all the time.
By rail: Darwin-to-
The Adelaide expedition explored between April and October.
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