Zeb and Eider Duck are on another train.
We had our first long train ride on Australia’s Indian Pacific, and now we are going on another one. This is the Ghan. The Indian Pacific travels east and west, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Ghan travels north and south, connecting Darwin with Adelaide.
We are getting on the train in Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Ghan is named for the Afghan camel drivers that worked in Australia building the telegraph system. That is why we have a camel emblem on the side of our train car. People are still getting on the train.
People are loading our luggage on the train.
Larry, the safety manager, said that we have about 36 cars on our train. We also have train cars with automobiles. Some people are bringing their personal vehicles with them. We, of course, retuned our rental car and our personal vehicles are in Colorado and Alaska, so no car for us. Soon we crossed the Elizabeth River.
This is one of Australia’s most important rivers. This is a view as we approach the town of Adelaide River.
The Ghan stops in Katherine.
We stay here for a couple hours. Eider’s dad took a shuttle into Katherine. Zeb’s mom took Zeb and Eider into Nitmiluk Park again. We were here before, but it is very pretty.
As we approached the Visitor’s Center, this wallaby was busy and did not pay attention to the tourists taking her photo.
Wallabies look like small kangaroos. We like this wallaby. Some passengers on the Ghan took a short version of the cruise we enjoyed through the gorges. We did a little hiking.
Back on the Ghan, we wanted to show you the inside of train passenger car.
The dining car looked like the one we showed you on the Indian Pacific train. In the morning the landscape had changed.
As we approached Alice Springs, in the center of Australia, the dirt is red and we are entering desert areas. We arrive in Alice Springs.
This camel statue is here to welcome all the passengers to Alice Springs.
We are leaving the train here and flying to Ayers Rock Airport where we will see Uluru, or Ayers Rock. In the airport, we visited the restroom. This was a new sign for us.
We liked our Australian train trips. We hope you travel by train there, too.