13 Day Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhem Land Experience & The Ghan Expedition Journey

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Arrive Darwin
  • Darwin City Explorer
  • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
  • Darwin to Kakadu National Park
  • Kakadu National Park – Arnhem Land – Cobourg Peninsula
  • Cobourg Peninsula
  • RAMSAR wetland
  • Cobourg Peninsula – Darwin
  • Free day and Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • The Ghan Expedition Journey – Off train Experience at Katherine
  • Off train Experience at Alice Springs
  • Off train Experience at Coober Pedy
  • Arrive Adelaide

Full Itinerary

Monday

Arrive Darwin

On arrival make your way to your preferred overnight accommodation begining your Cobourg Peninsula Experience. (A range of quality accommodation is available for you to choose from).

Tuesday

Darwin City Explorer

(B)

Experience Darwin’s rich culture and history. Your friendly local driver will provide full commentary and you can enjoy the colourful sights of Darwin. 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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

Darwin to Kakadu National Park

(L,D)

Depart Darwin for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route joining a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong. Here you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles. Visit White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic walk to the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you have the opportunity to swim in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life. Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawurlandja Lookout. A short climb takes us up the sloping sandstone to provide views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment. Overnight Anbinik Kakadu Resort (Bush Bungalow).

Friday

Kakadu National Park – Arnhem Land – Cobourg Peninsula

(B,L,D)

Travel to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. A 15 km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains covered in bird life and water lilies running up alongside the Arnhem Land escarpment. Upon arrival at Gunbalanya visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with your Aboriginal guide to be shown around the Injalak Hill art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia before returning to the Injalak Art Centre and continuing on to the Cobourg Peninsula.

Upon arrival at Cobourg Peninsula Coastal Camp (your home for the next 3 nights) you will be greeted by the resident camp caretakers and served nibbles on the cliff top, relaxing as the sun sets over Port Essington.

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Saturday

Cobourg Peninsula

(B,L,D)

Spent the morning exploring the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park by boat, Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six species of marine turtle, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs and plenty of fish. The cruise will stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruin, which was established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British. Return to camp this afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems, try your luck at fishing or simply enjoy the solitude from a hammock overlooking the ocean.

Sunday

RAMSAR wetland

(B,L,D)

Today we explore the eastern side of the Park by 4WD. Cobourg is home to the first RAMSAR wetland (wetlands of international importance) in world with freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs 100m from the coastline. Continue on via the northern beaches, commonly used as turtle nesting areas and covered in a wide range of shells. At low tide explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of marine life. After lunch go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Later in the afternoon visit the Park’s Cultural and Information Centre before returning to camp.

Monday

Cobourg Peninsula – Darwin

(B,L)

Depart Cobourg Peninsula early enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as you make our way back to Kakadu National Park. With many stops along the way we will enjoy lunch near the banks of the mighty East Alligator River. After lunch visit Ubirr Rock viewing some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art. A short walk to the top of Ubirr offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country. Your last stop is a visit to the Mamukala wetlands, which at times is a haven for thousands of Magpie Geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles, before returning to Darwin for the next 3 nights.

Tuesday

Free day and Sunset Dinner Cruise

(D)

A final free day to explore Darwin before joining a harbor cruise to relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset. Complimented beautifully with a delicious Chef prepared steak and wild caught seafood banquet. Savouring a selection of the local daily catch with Banana prawns, fresh smoked Spanish mackerel (a specialty), Coffin Bay oysters and prime scotch fillet cooked to order.

Wednesday

Depart Darwin The Ghan Expedition Journey

(L,D)

Your complimentary transfer to Darwin Rail Terminal and ready yourself for an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience on The Ghan Expedition. Beginning in Darwin, this epic four day, three night, 2979km tour will take you to some of the most remote yet captivating parts of Australia in style and luxury. 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. 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 the 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. This provides 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.

Returning to your room you’ll find your bed turned down. 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

(B,L,D)

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

(B,L,D)

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 worldly 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 a wonderful The Ghan, Cobourg Peninsula & Arnhem Land Experience before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide at 10.50am. 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.
Or make your way home at your leisure.

  • Please note. Price per person twin share, Full Adult fares quoted.
  • 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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Shoulder Season  $8,238   Sep Oct

High Season         $8,478   May Jun Jul Aug

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