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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Gold coin to see Gold Class

The famous Ghan. While there are other great train journeys in Australia, the others don't quite cut it.

There is something so pioneer and gung-ho about travelling 2 979 kilometres through Australia's red heartland in the tracks of the Afghan cameleers who once led their camel trains through this desert (hence the name of the train).

Even if you never get the chance of undertaking this iconic Australian rail journey, just visiting the Ghan is an experience.

And on Saturday 1 June, you can do just that when the Ghan opens up for a public viewing.

The Ghan can be anything between 16 carriages (471 meters) and 26 carriages (710 meters) long. The time I travelled on it from Darwin down to Adelaide I was amazed to see people arriving in taxis. They were not simply dropped at the station but rather driven right up to their carriages along the extended platform because it would have been too far to walk with their luggage if they hadn't.

Step on board and take a look at the luxury.

There are salon cars for pre-dinner drinks. You can also wile away the hours in these comfortable arm chairs looking out at the desert through panoramic sized windows.

There is a dining car -- think Orient Express luxury here -- where travellers are served their silver service meals.

You can look inside the compartments, which are a real feat of ingenuity - there are so many little cupboards and knickknacks that transform a tiny space into everything you could possible want for this two night, three day journey up to Darwin.

This is the first such opening in four years.

Entry to the train is a gold coin donation to Great Southern Rail's charity partner, the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Not a chance dear! We just wouldn't fit.

Visitors can also enjoy special travel deals, Off Train Excursion displays, a sausage sizzle and free face painting for children.

The event celebrates the 2013 launch of The Ghan's all-inclusive fares for its Platinum and Gold Service guests.

This means that there are no extras when you travel on the Ghan in these classes. Drinks are now included as well as the four hour whistle-stop tours at Katherine and Alice Springs.
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Why? To experience the luxury and ingenuity of the Ghan
When: 11am to 4pm on Saturday, June 1
Where: Platform 1 at Adelaide Parklands Terminal, Richmond Rd, Keswick
Cost: Free except for a gold coin donation for charity
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I never had you down for a gunzeller Nadine :)
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