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Old Ghan Museum

Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
08 8955 5047
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Ranked #23 of 31 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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brisbane
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Darwin, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

A fantastic snap shot of ouor history! It was great to relive memories of time gone by! Worth stopping while in Alice to have a look around.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Fascinating collection of items from the Old Ghan rail route. A very useful introduction before travelling the many disused stations to Marree. A bit dusty and looks a little unloved in parts.

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Brisbane
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Our resident train buff, aged 6, LOVED this museum. The Old Ghan and carriages that you could walk through, a stream train out the back that may one day be restored, a tractor he could sit in and pretend to drive, a train video and lots of train memorabilia. It got a thumbs up from the other child and the... More

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Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We spent a very pleasant afternoon here and at the adjacent transport museum. It was a great celebration of central Australia's transport history.

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