When I told big-city Aussies in Sydney and Melbourne that I was about to travel on the Ghan, their eyes nearly always lit up. “Oh you’re so lucky, I’ve always wanted to do that!” several gushed. “You’ll love it,” one guy beamed. “My parents did it last year and are still raving about it.” Just one unenlightened young urbanite didn’t seem to get it, scrunching his face to ask, “Why?”
Why, sir? Because how often does one get the chance to take a luxury train across an entire continent, right through its breathtakingly beautiful heart? To visit extremely remote and often downright bizarre locations in the outback, without having to worry about driving for days, and potentially crashing into a camel or a kangaroo? To have all of your excursions and meals perfectly pre-arranged, so all you need to do is show up and enjoy them? And all of this while following in the hallowed heelsteps of the girls from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? Why indeed.
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