Taste of The Ghan: Inaugural Clare Valley Train Experience


The Ghan full-day experience disembarks Friday 8 October 2021 from Adelaide Parklands Terminal

16 September 2021

Join us on an epicurean adventure to tickle your taste buds and delight the gastronome in you. Experience The Ghan with a single day regional adventure, to the world-renowned Clare Valley, known for its food and wine—operating this spring with four exclusive departure dates available, starting 8 October 2021. 

Pete Egglestone, Chief Commercial Officer for Journey Beyond, the operator of The Ghan, said, “Most of our iconic long-distance train experiences have been affected at some point throughout the year, which is why we were so excited about getting The Ghan back on the tracks just over a week ago. Behind the scenes, though, and looking at what more we can offer, which has resulted in the Taste of The Ghan.”

We think the Clare Valley is a pretty special part of South Australia – it is one of the country’s oldest wine regions after all. And we like wine. So, we’re launching a limited-edition one-day train experience that pairs Clare Valley wines, vines, and winemakers with The Ghan experience,” Mr. Egglestone continued.

Journey Beyond has never hosted a local journey like this before, but we’ve distilled our knowledge of epic long-distance experiences to create something exceptional. We can’t wait to welcome a new cohort of guests onboard with the inaugural journey and introduce them to an immersive experience in a new region.  

Departing from and returning to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal, the journey begins with a fabulous pre-departure celebration at the Terminal. Once onboard, guests can relax and delight in a feast of the eyes, ears, and palate while enjoying breakfast en route to Clare Valley. On arrival, luxury coaches transport guests to a local winery for an insightful wine tasting, igniting the inner sommelier, and then off to enjoy a 3-course lunch amongst the vines at another local winery, replete with wine pairings.  

At day’s end, guests will re-board the train and enjoy a final glass of wine or port, paired with cheese and chocolate, on the return to Adelaide. Our Clare Valley partner vineyards include Pikes Winery/Slate at Pikes, O’Leary Walker and Bus DeVine at Pauletts. 

As part of South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) South Australia Great State Experience Vouchers, guests can use their voucher towards booking a Platinum or Gold Class Experience on the Taste of The Ghan. Bookings outside of SATC vouchers can book directly through Journey Beyond at https://journeybeyondrail.com.au/taste-of-the-ghan/. Additionally, as a proud partner with Qantas Frequent Flyer, members can earn 1 Qantas point per AU$1 spent to put towards their next rail holiday. 

When it comes down to it, this is what tourism – and Journey Beyond – is all about: designing and delivering incredible experiences to share.  

Media Contact: 

Cheryl Monkhouse, Journey Beyond, Content and Communications Manager

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