Last year, the first northsouth Australian passenger train made its inaugural trip on the fresh-laid track between the red-rock heart of Alice Springs and the sultry tropical surrounds of Darwin. Named for the Afghan camel drivers who first ran the route after European colonization, the train now covers nearly 2,000 miles from Adelaide to Darwin, traveling through some of the world's most sparsely populated regions. From a new station in the outback town of Katherine, intrepid travelers can take a helicopter flight through the 20-million-year-old canyons of Katherine Gorge. Big spenders can opt for the stylish Chairman's Car, a private carriage with its own lounge and an exclusive dining room for eight.
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» AUSTRALIA: A two-night trip on the Ghan (011-61-8-8213-4592, www.trainways.com.au) from Adelaide to Darwin starts at US$340 per person for a Day-Nighter seat and US$1,404 for a sleeper, which includes meals.