Not a formal Off Train Experience as such but an added bonus that we like to include if we can! Magnificent Manguri is a rail siding 30 minutes outside of Coober Pedy in South Australia and in this instance, darkness is our friend. The outback’s pitch-black sky unsullied by man-made lights mean the stars out here are truly something to behold.
We pull into Manguri after dinner and invite guests off to enjoy a nightcap around a bonfire while taking in the brilliant carpet of bright stars on a clear night. You’re unlikely to find yourself in Manguri at any other time so while this is a short stop, it’s the kind of stop that adds to a very memorable journey on The Ghan.
PLEASE NOTE: This stop is only on the southbound journey from Darwin to Adelaide in March and November.