"Ghan To Darwin - After Decades Of Waiting "
Ghan to Darwin - for years and years it was just a dream.
It seemed like it would never actually happen, the extension of the famous long distance railway route from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
For as long as anyone can remember, the only route to Darwin from the south was the never ending Stuart Highway. Sure, there were railway tracks around Darwin itself, but they didn't really go anywhere. Now that's all changed and not too long ago the Ghan to Darwin finally became a reality.
The images in this video are not exactly exciting as such, but what they represent is one of the most exciting developments in the history of Australia's Northern Territory, both from the point of view of its accessibility for tourists and supplies, and with regard to the very real feeling of isolation that has always pervaded this bastion of "outback" Australia.
Now you can board the Ghan in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, or in the Red Centre of Alice Springs, and without having to drive the mind numbing distance of the Stuart Highway yourself you can comfortably cruise into the northern capital, the gateway to Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu National Park alone is worth the trip, with its rocky outcrops such as Nourlangie Rock and Obiri, resplendent with ancient testimonies of Aboriginal culture, and the wonders of the Yellow Waters.
Or take a short flight in a small aircraft to the Tiwi Islands just north of Port Darwin. Here you can experience Aboriginal culture completely different to that of the mainland.
Whatever brings you here, there's no doubt you'll find it worth taking the Ghan to Darwin.
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