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Old Ghan Museum

Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
08 8955 5047
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Ranked #26 of 32 Attractions in Alice Springs
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum describes the history of the legendary Ghan Railroad of Australia.
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Well what an interesting place. Not only do you see the old Ghan Train but there is the truck and at museum there as well. Very interesting for us as adults to see as well as kids to see. Was a way to spend a couple of hours.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A very good exhibition of railway related items, film and stories before you go through to walk down the carriages in one of the old Ghan trains. A real trip into the past. Very much a part of the story of Alice Springs.

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The museum was a bit lacking (not a train buff), the food in the cafe was just awful. The chicken soup was worse then dishwater.

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Gold Coast
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

After 3 months of drought, we had a rain soaked day in Alice Springs. With little that we hadn't already done we headed to the Ghan museum to have Devonshire Tea! The museum is set in the original train station and has a cosy little cafe with 3 tables inside beside an open fire which we needed in the freezing... More

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brisbane
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you like looking at a pile of rusting old junk and paying through the nose for the privilege then you might enjoy it. The camels yarded outside were more appealing.

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Mittagong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Lots of information to read and look at about the history of the Ghan train. Pitty there were not more different types of train carriages to look through. I travelled on the old Ghan in 1974 and wanted to look at the carriages we travelled in.

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Mt. Martha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

In the history of the Northern Territory the development of the Adelaide-Darwin railway played a critical role. Prior to the rail reaching Alice Springs, materials and supplies came on the backs of camels and later by early road transport. With the linking of Adelaide and Alice Springs by rail camel power declined, while road and rail played tandem in terms... More

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Just an amazing trip into the past, with footage of the last trip on the old line, pictures of the pioneers who made it all possible, Well worth the visit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The "gaol" (or jail) housed both male and female prisoners until the 1970's. Most of the focus is on the female population. You can walk through this museum and get a feel of what it was like to be imprisoned here. It appears that prisoners were treated (mostly) well. A nice half day not far from the town center that... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Brilliant museum, both the Old Ghan museum and the National road transport museum are a must see if you travel to Alice Springs. Extremly educational and thought provoking of how hard our forebearers had to work to open up this great counrty for future generations.

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