I took this photo of Ayres Rock (Uluru) on a recent vacation to
Australia. I traveled by The Ghan train to Alice Springs.
Take The Ghan train and experience spectacular desert colors of
The Ghan is a strange name for a train service and comes from
the term 'The Afghan Express' when Afghan camel trains trekked the
same route before the railroad was built.
Assuming you travel the complete route, a journey
on The Ghan train would take 48 hours and travel 1850 miles (2,979
km) from Adelaide in South Australia, to Alice Springs, and on to
Darwin in the Northern Territory.
This is Wave Rock in Western Australia. I took this
photo before boarding the Indian Pacific train from Perth to
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If you have the time, Aussie is a wonderful country
for a self-drive car or camper van vacation. Driving is on the left
side of the road (the opposite to North America). The other thing
to remember when planning your Australia car hire, or camper van
hire, is that Australia is a vast continent and care needs to be
taken when traveling through desert areas. For example, the
Nullarbor Plain has long stretches of straight road and you need to
watch out for local hazards like kangaroos.
Before booking your Australia car hire, do some
research on the Internet using terms like 'Australia car hire' and
'camper van hire Australia'.
More about Aussie vacation packages and cheap air
fares New Zealand and Australia
Airfares to Australia are competitively priced
flying major airlines like: Qantas, United Airlines, Air New
Zealand, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines to name a
Many airlines and travel agents offer cheap air
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vacation packages from budget to luxury travel. Search the Internet
using terms like 'cheap air fares to Australia' and 'Australia
You'll find a range of Australia vacation packages
to choose from including: rail tours, resort vacations, farm stays,
self drive Australia-wide car hire, cruises, camper van hire, group
& escorted tours of Australia, eco tours, adventure travel and
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Australian car hire and camper van hire is a great
way to travel OZ. This photo shows a hire car driving pass the
Olgas in the Red Center of Australia. Cheap air fares to Australia
are available as well as a range of Aussie holiday deals online
from budget priced to luxury escorted tours.
To find more information on Australia vacations,
Aussie car hire and cheap air fares to OZ contact a travel agent or
Enjoy planning your vacation down under.
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Many Australian holiday packages include a journey from Adelaide
to Darwin via Alice Springs on The Ghan train.
The thing I remember most about the Ghan train trip was the
spectacular colors of the Aussie outback. The golds, the reds and
the wide open desert as you venture to the heartland of
Australia... it is an amazing Australia vacation experience.
The Ghan stops at Alice Springs aptly named the 'Red Center' of
Australia. Alice Springs is gateway to Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon and
Before booking, check various OZ vacation deals to see if they
allow for a brief stopover (one or two days) in Alice Springs to
give you time to see Ayers Rock and perhaps take a hot air ballon
ride or helicopter ride over the Olgas.
Various Australia vacation packages also include travel on the
Ghan to Darwin... gateway to the Kakadu National Park where you'll
see giant crocs and amazing wildlife.
Sydney opera house, Australia.
The Indian Pacific Train Across The Nullarbor Plain... The
World's Longest Stretch Of Straight Railroad Track (330 miles)
The Nullarbor Plain is a huge limestone plateau along the south
coast of western South Australia and eastern Western Australia. The
Nullarbor Plain stretches 100,000 square miles and includes
limestone caves and rare vegetation and fauna.
The Indian Pacific train takes 65 hours, passes through three
states on its way from Sydney to Perth. I boarded the Indian
Pacific train at Perth in Western Australia and traveled to
Adelaide before joining The Ghan train.
Check various Aussie vacation packages to see the options of
traveling from Sydney or Melbourne to Adelaide by the Indian
Pacific train, and then on to Perth on the Indian Pacific or
connect with the Ghan train at Adelaide.
Hire a car or camper van is a great way to see the
country, but be prepared for the conditions if you are traveling
through the outback on your Aussie trek down-under.
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