See the ancient Flinders Ranges landscape unfold before you on the full-day Afghan Express return trip from Port Augusta Railway Station to the historic outback town of Quorn.

Travelling the old Ghan route over red earth and bluebush plains from Port Augusta, you'll watch the ranges creep ever-closer before entering the Pichi Richi Pass with its rocky outcrops, dry riverbeds and beautiful hilly scenery.

The Afghan Express is the name railwaymen gave to the passenger train that ran from Terowie to Oodnadatta, through Quorn, in 1923. In time, this was abbreviated to the Ghan.

The railway was ultimately extended to Alice Springs by 1929. The Ghan used the Pichi Richi Railway route until 1956 when a new standard-gauge railway from Stirling North to Brachina bypassed the narrow gauge railway through the Pichi Richi Pass.

  • Full-day journey from Port Augusta Railway Station
  • Port Augusta to Quorn and return (78 km)
  • Approximately 6 hour return journey, including 2 hour stopover in Quorn
  • Wherever practicable, original Ghan steam locomotive¬†NM25 and genuine timber-bodied carriages built in the late 1920s will be used
  • Diesel services use an historic Ghan locomotive, either NSU52 or NT76
  • Single (one-way) tickets are available for a one-way journey from either Port Augusta or Quorn
  • Departs Port Augusta at 10.30 am, and arrives at Quorn at approximately 12.15 pm. The return journey departs Quorn at 2.30 pm, arriving at Port Augusta at approximately 4.30 pm
  • Route map

Timetable

2016

DayDateTimeDeparts from
May
Saturday14 May10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday28 May10:30 AMPort Augusta
June
Saturday11 June10:30 AMPort AugustaDouble Header Special WF to Quorn. Return Service 3.00 PM from Quorn
Saturday25 June10:30 AMPort Augusta
July
Saturday9 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday16 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday23 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
August
Saturday13 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday27 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
September
Saturday10 September10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday24 September10:30 AMPort Augusta
October
Saturday1 October10:30 AMPort AugustaDouble Header Special WF to Quorn. Return Service 3.00 PM from Quorn
Saturday8 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday15 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday29 October10:30 AMPort AugustaMay be diesel-hauled subject to fire risk

Fares

Adult return$82.00
Concession return$76.00
Child (4+) return$27.00
Family return (2 adults, 2 children)$194.00
Adult one-way$54.00
Concession one-way$51.00
Child (4+) one-way$20.00
Family one-way (2 adults, 2 children)$128.00

Bookings

See the bookings page for booking information.