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By popular demand - Catch THE GHAN for a 17-hour trip

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17-hours of THE GHAN: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey to air all day Sunday on SBS VICELAND.

Australian audiences have had a first taste of Slow TV, and it left them wanting more.

This Sunday 14 January, from 2.40am – 8.30pm, SBS VICELAND will be all train, all the time with the spectacular journey of The Ghan in full, for 17 hours. 

Australia’s first foray into the Slow TV movement last Sunday night on SBS got the nation talking, trending nationally on social media, and recorded an average of 583,000 viewers in metro + regional markets throughout the three hour program*, making this the highest performing SBS program in the past 12 months (based on overnight rating).

This 17 hour extended-duration version captures the entire iconic 2979 kilometre rail journey from Adelaide to Darwin, omitting the black screen night time segments of travel, and is not commercial-free. 

Produced by Mint Pictures for SBS, The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey explores a story important to our shared multicultural history. The train line and subsequent development of central Australia can be attributed to local Indigenous communities as well as early immigrants, including Europeans, Chinese, and the Afghan cameleers ‘The Ghan’ is named after.

The 17 hour The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey will be available after broadcast on SBS On Demand, and the three hour version is available to catch up on now.


THE GHAN - the 17 hour journey starts 2:40am this Sunday on SBS VICELAND.

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