12 Day Cobourg Peninsula & Arnhem Land Experience

Available May to October  

Summary Itinerary

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

Sunday 

Depart Adelaide on The Legendary Ghan 

(LD)

Board this legendary train for 3 days Gold Service experience through the sweeping Adelaide Plains and Australia’s unique outback (Upgrade to platinum class available). Named after the Afghan Cameleers The Ghan takes you from the Southern to Northern edges of this great continent.

Stepping aboard the legendary Ghan at noon and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin. Once you’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Platinum or Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.

Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea.

A three course meal in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and as darkness falls outside the train’s windows, talk inevitably turns to the impressive outback gourmet menu. Entrees include a South Australian Regional Seafood Tasting Plate, a succulent rack of lamb for mains, and your choice of desserts including a regional cheese plate with Barossa Valley brie, Limestone Coast clothed cheddar and Lobethal goat blue.

The selection of wines is equally outstanding and staff are expert in helping you find the perfect drop to match your meal. For those with a little steam left in the engine, make new friends in the Lounge or if all that mouthwatering food and sightseeing has taken it out of you, head back to your cabin for a good night’s sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise.

Monday

Off train Experience at Alice Springs

(BLD)

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA. For those travelling Southbound, you’ll be treated to an amazing showcase of outback stars in Manguri, a remote town around 40kms from Coober Pedy.

Back on the Ghan, it’s time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial – perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you’re in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs.

Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range’s unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

Back on the train there’s time to talk through the day’s discoveries with newfound friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge before freshening up for dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Tonight, try the Roasted kangaroo fillet with crocodile boudin blanc, potato purée and quandong jus. Crocodile has long been a Northern Territory bushfood staple. The crocodile boudin blanc (white sausage) featured on the menu has been created in collaboration with award-winning smallgoods purveyor, Barossa Fine Foods.

Tuesday

Arrive Darwin

(B)

Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory you’ll enjoy another full breakfast before leaving the train for a day of cultural delights. Endless options await in Katherine. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River gazing in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive cultural experience. Spend the day with the Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning their ways and trying some of the skills developed over thousands of years. Activities include basket weaving; spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo. You can choose to upgrade your excursion with a helicopter or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks where aside from magnificent views, you may witness ‘Bolung’, the rainbow serpent who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge.

A late lunch awaits back on board the Ghan – possibly the Grilled goldband snapper fillet, steamed asparagus spears, with orange, cranberry, parsley and papitas cous cous with a saffron aioli. Then kick backback, and savour the last few hours of this epic journey.

Roll into Darwin at 5.30pm then ease back into ‘life on the land’ exploring the harbour, the bars and restaurants of this laid back Top End city. At Darwin there is a complimentary transfer to accommodation for the next 2 nights. Starting your Cobourg Peninsula & Arnhem Land experience

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. 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

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. Where 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 early enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as you make our way back to Kakadu National Park. Withmany 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

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

Depart Darwin

Depart Darwin at your leisure after a wonderful The Ghan, Cobourg Peninsula & Arnhem Land Experience

  • 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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Full Adult Fares From

Shoulder Season $7,238       Sep Oct

High Season       $7,488 May, Jun, Jul, Aug

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