The outback train ‘The Ghan’ was en route to Darwin when Nothern Territory borders closed to those from Melbourne. The train was forced to stopped on Thursday at Marla, 970km NW of Adelaide, to bus them back to Adelaide.

The 32 Melburnians were politely (hopefully) kicked off the train as a number of the guests had visited the high-risk exposure sites. Journey Beyond, the operator of the rail service provided them overnight accommodation once they arrived in Adelaide.

A statement said, “Affected guests on the south-bound Ghan Expedition who disembarked in Alice Springs and those on the Indian Pacific disembarking in Adelaide will also be accommodated overnight.”

“We appreciate our guests’ experience have been significantly impacted through no fault of their own, or ours, and we are working to help manage their individual circumstances as best as possible.”

The travellers were already 1,000km into their 2,979km journey when they had to depart. They boarded the train only a day earlier and had visited Melbourne and high-risk areas during their time in Melbourne.


With a 970km, 12-hour bus trek back to Adelaide, there are concerns of if they will be forced to stay on the bus the entire time or are allowed to have a break. One person also asked “If they had it wouldn’t they have potentially given it to the others on the train already being such close quarters? What’s happening with the others? Do they embark into the community on return?”

Removing the Melbourne passengers may only be solving half the problem.

The Ghan is a 2,979km, three-day train journey from Adelaide to Darwin through outback Alice Springs and Katherine.