A truly authentic Australian Adventure, following in the footsteps and camel tracks of our fledgling nation’s heroic pioneers, The Ghan Expedition is heralded as one of the world’s great rail journeys.
Explore spectacular Kakadu National Park, see the famous jumping crocodiles along with a host of other popular Top End attractions before stepping aboard The Ghan Expedition in Darwin and experiencing the wonders of Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy on your way to Adelaide.
- 4 nights accommodation in Darwin including breakfast daily
- 1 day Kakadu National Park Explorer including lunch and touring
- Half day Jumping Crocs and Nature Adventure including Jumping Crocodile Cruise and touring
- Transfer from Hotel to Darwin Rail Terminal
- 4 days/3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
- 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- Experience one of the most diverse landscapes
- Be amazed at the population of wildlife
- Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre
- Cruise Yellow Water Billabong
- See the many forms of Aboriginal rock at Nourlangie Rock
- Get up close to the prehistoric crocs
- Be impressed by the amazing array of native birdlife
- Visit the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
- Enjoy superb views across the Marrakai Plains and the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Kakadu National Park
World Heritage listed and the largest National Park in Australia, Kakadu is one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience and you’ll be amazed at the population of wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air. See some of the most amazing terrain Australia has to offer on your way to and inside Kakadu National Park. Travel on the Arnhem Highway across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains. Stop at Nourlangie to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch, join your local guide to cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and colourful birdlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre with informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu
Today is yours to explore Darwin at your own pace. Take in a spot of souvenir shopping or simply relax at your accommodation.
This morning is free for you to explore Darwin at your leisure. Perhaps make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy the tropical Darwin weather. Much of Darwin’s action happens along its revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands.
This afternoon, your jumping croc adventure begins. Just 60km from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to more than 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles. Travel down the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River. Cruise the river and thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see these prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards, continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for views over the Marrakai Plains, and then it’s onto Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to see a wetland ecosystem up close.
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.
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.
Off train Experience at Coober Pedy
After breakfast, this morning you’ll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as The Ghan Expedition Journey 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.
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.
|Gold Service Advance Purchase||$4,449|
|Gold Service Everyday||$4,839|
|Platinum Service Everyday||$6,949|
8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS 14 MEALS
* Prices based on twin share. Single supplements apply for single travellers. Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Rail Holidays Australia
Po Box 1430 Bathurst 2795
Telephone: 02 6331 1128 or 0418 337 263
*All prices and touring are correct at time of printing but are subject to change without notification.
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