12 Day Wetlands Experience & The Ghan Expedition Journey

Summary Itinerary

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Estimated price see below
  • Arrive Darwin
  • Darwin City Explorer
  • Wetland Experience
  • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
  • Darwin – Kakadu National Park
  • Jim Jim and Twin Falls
  • Kakadu – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin
  • Free day and Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Depart Darwin on The Ghan Expedition Journey – Off train Experience at Katherine
  • Off train Experience at Alice Springs
  • Off train Experience at Coober Pedy
  • Arrive Adelaide
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Full Itinerary

Tuesday

Arrive Darwin

Your Top End Wetlands Experience starts when you fly into Darwin and check into your preferred accommodation for the next 4 nights.

Wednesday

Darwin City Explorer

Experience Darwin’s rich culture and history. Your friendly local driver will provide full commentary and you can enjoy the colourful sights of Darwin in air-conditioned comfort. Take in the devastation of Cyclone Tracy and see Sweetheart at the NT Museum and Art Gallery. Marvel at the majesty of Darwin Harbour, enjoy a private tour of WWII Oil storage tunnels. The tour also visits Historical Palmerston Town, Parliament House, Defence of Darwin Experience, Darwin Botanic Gardens, Fannie Bay Gaol, Qantas Hanger & Aviation Heritage Centre.

Thursday

Wetland Experience

(L)

Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands, home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Enjoy viewing plenty of crocodiles plus a huge variety of birds and other local wildlife in their natural environment. Our boat design allows you to get up close to the animals with plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures as we cruise around this nature lover’s paradise. Enjoy listening to some Top End tales as we make our way out to the beautiful Corroboree Billabong for a magnificent cruise on these pristine wetlands. The wetlands are approximately a 90 minute drive from Darwin , en-route to the cruise we make a stop at Window on the Wetlands information centre and Fogg Dam Nature Reserve.

Once we reach Corroboree Billabong, we board our vessel for an amazing 2.5 hour scenic cruise viewing an abundance of birds, crocodiles and other wildlife in their natural environment. Learn interesting information about the wildlife of the region and enjoy lunch on the wetlands surrounded by nature at its best, an experience not to be missed. Your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary throughout the day, making your tour both fascinating and informative.

Friday

Litchfield National Park Waterfalls

(L)

Established in 1986, Litchfield National Park is a truly stunning destination. Here you can take in the splendour of thundering falls, rainforest pockets and sacred historic sites. The termite mounds found at Litchfield National Park are the incredible architectural works of local termites. Complete with arches, tunnels, chimneys and nursery chambers, the mounds will leave you mystified. Your Driver Guide explains the difference between Cathedral and Magnetic mounds. View the spectacular double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down the stairs to take a dip in the gorgeous plunge pool. Head back up through forest and open woodland. There’s also time for an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest. Next stop is at Tolmer Falls is a truly spectacular sight. You’ll marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of the falls.

Lunch is at Litchfield Café time to relax, and have another swim at Wangi Falls which is the most accessible of rock pools and is a perfect spot to take another dip before returning to Darwin.

Saturday

Darwin – Kakadu National Park

(L)

Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a wetlands cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. Optional Experience: Add-on a 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment.

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Sunday

Jim Jim and Twin Falls

(L)

Travel by 4WD to Jim Jim Falls. Take a 900 metre bushwalk to the Jim Jim Falls plunge pool, where there is time for swimming, relaxing and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Afterwards, travel to a scenic rest area for a picnic lunch. Then board boats to cruise up the first part of the gorge to Twin Falls. There is a 45 minute walk over slippery rocks with sand and rock ledges. Relax and enjoy spectacular scenery at the base of the falls. Today’s touring is only suitable for people with a good level of fitness.

Monday

Kakadu – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin

(L)

This morning join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Later, join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river to see a display of traditional hunting and gathering implements before heading back downstream. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin for the next 2 nights.

Tuesday

Free day and Sunset Dinner Cruise

(D)

Relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset, a delicious Chef prepared steak and wild caught seafood banquet while cruising Darwin Harbour. Begin your cruise with a selection of home-made dips then enjoy some of the Territory’s freshest ocean caught seafood including Spanish Mackerel, Jewfish, and King Thread Fin Salmon (dependent on daily catch). Savor our magnificent Banana prawns, fresh Spanish Mackerel smoked daily on board (a specialty) or sample our succulent natural Coffin Bay oysters. Prime scotch fillet steaks– cooked to order, and a selection of freshly prepared salads and crusty breads compliment the fresh seafood selection. Freshly brewed tea and espresso coffee and a delicious homemade dessert conclude your dining experience. What a way to finish the Top End section of your Wetlands Adventure!

Wednesday

The Ghan Expedition

(LD)

Complimentary Transfer to which departs Darwin 10am Board this legendary train for 4 days Gold Service experience through Australia’s unique outback (Upgrade to platinum class available). Named after the Afghan Cameleers The Ghan takes you from the Northern to southern edges of this great continent.

Your journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins at Darwin Rail Station where you’ll take the small but momentous step from platform to carriage. Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation. Lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and delight with culinary wonders prepared onboard by our talented chefs. All food is included in your fare, from a hearty full cooked breakfast to a delectable 3 course dinner.

And as you sit back and loosen your belt, you’ll have arrived in Katherine ready to experience your first included Off Train Excursion to the magnificent and spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

Experience Katherine Outback Experience which provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances. The ‘Stock Yards’ is where the action takes place. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse, watch the Riverboyne Dog Team working cattle, goats or ducks in harmony, before interacting with Bernie the Buffalo, Tin Shaker the Brahman Steer and Legend the Trick Horse. There is even time to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse.

If you’d prefer to ramp it up a notch, you’re welcome to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter flight or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks, providing unparalleled views of the geographic wonders that gave rise to many of the aboriginal Dreamtime stories.

Back on board you’ll return to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, enjoying dinner as the sun sets over the outback. Then back in your room you’ll find your bed turned down with a cheeky nightcap waiting on the bedside table. As the train rolls soothingly onwards, fall asleep in awe of wonders seen, and excited by those yet to come.

Thursday

Off train Experience at Alice Springs

(BLD)

Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. An outback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you’ll ever see, setting the tone for the day ahead. After coffee, a juice and a sumptuous breakfast you’ll arrive in Alice Springs ready for another day of exploration.

Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia’s incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure.

At this point you may choose to upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There really is no better way to comprehend the vastness of the Northern Territory.

Come the evening you’ll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback Pioneer Dinner. This is a truly unique experience with live Australiana music and a feast of mouthwatering steak and traditionally made damper. After dessert, cast your eyes skyward and ponder life, the universe and everything with an informative astronomical talk. And with a full belly and deep sense of wonderment, it’s back on the train to rest up and roll out of Alice Springs, fulfilled in every sense of the word.

Friday

Off train Experience at Coober Pedy

(BLD)

After breakfast this morning you’ll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri. Here, a friendly tour guide awaits ready to whisk you away for the day. Your destination – the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.

Below the earth’s surface, you’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.

After an eye-opening action-packed day – if you haven’t chosen to stay and find your fortune – it’s back on board with plenty of time to ease into a slower gear and prepare yourself for your final evening onboard The Ghan. Dine in style in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, meet and share stories with new friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge (open until late) or simply head back to the privacy of your cabin to wind down, read a book and plan your next epic journey

Saturday

Arrive Adelaide

(B)

Looking out of your window this morning you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast you’ll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide.

Here, you may wish to extend your stay with trips to the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island topping the to-do list. Or stay close to the city, nibbling, sipping and munching your way through the famous Central Market, perusing the revitalised Riverbank precinct (including the updated Adelaide Oval and free Donald Bradman Exhibition), before exploring a myriad of chic laneway restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in this, Australia’s City of Churches

  • Please note. Price person twin share is a guide only Full Adult fares quoted
  • Will vary with concessions, Darwin Accommodation is subject to personal preference and any available specials.
  • Gold Service Twin Fare is quoted on The Ghan.
  • Pensioner Discounts or Advance Purchase fares may be available at time of booking.
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31 May to 14 October 2018

Estimated Price

High Season $6,280

includes generous accommodation allowances.

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