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

2021

DayDateTimeDeparts from
September
Saturday25 September10:30 AMPort Augusta
October
Saturday2 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday9 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday23 October10:30 AMPort AugustaSteam to Quorn, Diesel to Port Augusta, # May be diesel-hauled subject to fire risk

2022

DayDateTimeDeparts from
April
Saturday2 April10:30 AMPort AugustaMay be diesel hauled subject to fire risk
Saturday16 April10:30 AMPort AugustaEaster Saturday
Saturday23 April10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday30 April10:30 AMPort Augusta
May
Saturday7 May10:30 AMPort AugustaMother's Day Weekend
Saturday21 May10:30 AMPort Augusta
June
Saturday4 June10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday11 June10:30 AMPort AugustaDouble-head Woolshed Flat to Quorn
Saturday18 June10:30 AMPort Augusta
July
Saturday2 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday9 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday16 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday23 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday30 July10:30 AMPort Augusta
August
Saturday6 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday20 August10:30 AMPort Augusta
September
Saturday3 September10:30 AMPort AugustaFather's Day weekend
Saturday17 September10:30 AMPort Augusta
October
Saturday1 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday8 October10:30 AMPort Augusta
Saturday15 October10:30 AMPort Augusta

Current Year Fares

Adult return$95.00
Concession return$85.00
Child (4+) return$31.00
Family return (2 adults, 2 children)$237.00
Adult one-way$73.00
Concession one-way$68.00
Child (4+) one-way$25.00
Family one-way (2 adults, 2 children)$183.00

Bookings

See the bookings page for booking information.