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

2020

DayDateTimeDeparts from
April
Saturday11 April10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday18 April10:30 AMPort Augusta
May
Saturday2 May10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday16 May10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday30 May10:30 AMPort Augusta
June
Saturday6 June10:30 AMPort AugustaDouble Header Special WF to Quorn. Return Service 3.00 PM from Quorn
Saturday13 June10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday27 June10:30 AMPort AugustaPichi Richi Marathon weekend
July
Saturday4 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday11 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday18 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
August
Saturday1 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday15 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday29 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
September
Saturday12 September10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday26 September10:30 AMPort Augusta
October
Saturday3 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday10 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday24 October10:30 AMPort AugustaSteam to Quorn, Diesel to Port Augusta; May be diesel-hauled subject to fire risk

Current Year Fares

Adult return$89.00
Concession return$83.00
Child (4+) return$30.00
Family return (2 adults, 2 children)$223.00
Adult one-way$71.00
Concession one-way$66.00
Child (4+) one-way$24.00
Family one-way (2 adults, 2 children)$178.00

Bookings

See the bookings page for booking information.