Perhaps the most iconic and recognisable overnight train on this list, the Ghan is all about luxury. Getting its name from the first Afghan cameleers that arrived in Australia in the 19th century, the Ghan has been hosting unforgettable (and extremely Instagrammable) experiences for travellers for more than 90 years.
Choose from four different routes travelling between Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs. The Ghan Expedition, a four-day all-inclusive trip running the entire length of the track, is the train’s signature line and counts itself among the world’s greatest rail journeys. All up, it costs around $3,700, but there are shorter trips starting from around $1,500 if you’re restricted on budget.
If you can pull yourself away from the top-quality service, upgrades including scenic helicopter flights and camel rides can be added to your trip, while other experiences including gorge cruises and cycling tours are included in your fare. It’s all run by Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, the team behind the equally elegant Indian Pacific and newcomer Great Southern.