A truly authentic Australian Adventure, following in the footsteps and camel tracks of our fledgling nation’s heroic pioneers, The Ghan is heralded as one of the world’s great rail journeys.
Offering a unique insight into the spectacular and ever changing landscape between Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Adelaide
The recently introduced The Ghan Expedition Journey, enjoys extended time to explore Alice Springs and a full day in the truely unique underground mining town of Coober Pedy
- The Ghan Expedition Journey
- Kakadu National Park
- Tiwi Islands
- RFDS Centre
- Litchfield National Park
- Wangi Falls
- Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
- Florence Falls
- Katherine Gorge
- Full Day Alice Springs
- Coober Pedy
- Serbian Orthodox Church
Wednesday 12 June 2019
Today we make our way to Sydney at your leisure (OPAL Card required) to overnight prior to our flight to Darwin
Thursday 13 June 2019
Sydney to Darwin
We make your way to Sydney Domestic Airport for your morning flight to Darwin. The rest of your day & evening is free.
Sydney Passengers join us at the airport
Friday 14 June 2019
Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience on the Tiwi Islands. Travel by Ferry and learn about the Tiwi people’s unique and rich culture as they introduce you to their traditional art displays and ceremonies. Enjoy discovering their interesting rituals. A truly exceptional and enlighten day on how 2 extremely different cultures adapted to coexist in harmony.
Saturday 15 June 2019
Darwin – Kakadu National Park
Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. 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.
Sunday 16 June 2019
Kakadu National Park – Darwin
This morning you’ll head off with 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. Join the Guluyambi 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. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes. Return Darwin late afternoon
Monday 17 June 2019
Litchfield National Park Waterfalls
Boarding early for the drive to Litchfield National Park down ‘the Track’ (Stuart Highway), you’ll be entertained by your Driver Guide with tales both tall and true of the history of Australia’s longest highway. The gorgeous town of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield National Park. Established in 1986, Litchfield National Park is a truly stunning destination with thundering falls, rainforest pockets and sacred historic sites. The termite mounds found at Litchfield National Park are the incredible architectural works with arches, tunnels, chimneys and nursery chambers, the mounds will leave you mystified. 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 with time for an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest.
One of the three major waterfalls along the western face of the Tabletop Range, Tolmer Falls is a truly spectacular sight. The base of the falls is home to several colonies of rare ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats. Lunch at Litchfield Café (included) before visiting Wangi Falls, the most accessible of rock pools and a perfect spot to take another dip before returning to Darwin.
Tuesday 18 June 2019
Free Day & Sunset Dinner Cruise
A free day until mid-afternoon to explore Darwin when we head to the RFDS Centre to experience the bombing of Darwin before joining a harbour cruise to relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset and boutique dining experience on board a traditional fishing ketch while cruising Darwin Harbour. Begin your cruise with a selection of homemade dips then enjoy some of the Territory’s freshest wild caught seafood. Savour our magnificent Banana Prawns, hot smoked Spanish Mackerel and freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters. Prime scotch fillet steaks, wild caught fish of the day, a selection of salads and crusty breads complement the fresh seafood selection.
Wednesday 19 June 2019
The Ghan Expedition Journey
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 Named after the Afghan Cameleers The Ghan takes you from the Northern to southern edges of this great continent.
Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in, 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. 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.
Thursday 20 June 2019
Off Train Experience at Alice Springs
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.
Come the evening you’ll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ Tour. This is a truly unique experience with live Australiana music and a mouth-watering feast. 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 21 June 2019
Off train Experience at Coober Pedy
After breakfast, this morning you’ll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as The Ghan pulls 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, 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 22 June 2019
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. On arrival late morning we transfer to our central hotel to drop off our bags and the rest of the day is free to explore the City of Churches.
Sunday 23 June 2019
This morning we make our way to the Airport for our flight back to Sydney and connecting service to Bathurst.
To finish a wonderful holiday!
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