Kakadu Splendour & The Ghan Expedition Journey

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. 

 

For a deep connection with nature, our Kakadu Splendour itinerary takes you to the heart of this World Heritage wonderland. Followed by a journey aboard The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide, connecting you with some incredible landscapes and an Off Train Excursion along the way.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation in Darwin including breakfast daily
  •  Half day Darwin City Sights tour
  • 2 days/1 night Kakadu and East Alligator River including accommodation and guided 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
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Highlights

  • View the 19 aircraft on display at the Darwin Aviation Museum
  • See the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork
  • Stroll the George Brown Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Cruise Yellow Water Billabong in search of saltwater crocodiles
  • Discover the beauty of Nourlangie and Ubirr
  • Go ashore in Arnhem Land

Saturday 

Arrive Darwin

You’ve arrived in Darwin – it’s yours to explore. Spend the day at your leisure before checking in to your accommodation for the next 2 nights Rydges Darwin Central

Sunday 

Darwin

(B)

This morning take a stroll around Darwin, taking in the fascinating history at your own pace before joining your afternoon City Sights tour. This afternoon your tour will take in the best of this tropical city, highlights including the Stokes Hill Wharf area, Botanic Gardens and the Chinese Temple, the Mooring Basin, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory plus Darwin Aviation Museum.

Monday

Darwin – Kakadu National Park

(B,L)

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. Overnight Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Tuesday 

Kakadu National Park – Darwin

(L)

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

Wednesday

The Ghan Expedition Journey 

(L,D)

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

Off Train Experience at Alice Springs

(B,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.

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

Off train Experience at Coober Pedy

(B,L,D)

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

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.  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.

FARES From

PER PERSON

High season
Gold Service Advance Purchase$4,709
Gold Service Everyday$5,099
Platinum Service Everyday$7,209

 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.

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