Red Centre Secrets

The rail journey from Adelaide to Alice transports you to a sacred and spiritual landscape unlike any other on the planet. Home to staggering natural wonders and rich in history, your unique itinerary will see you experience the impressive landforms of the Red Centre, learn the Dreamtime stories of the local Aboriginal people, and marvel at the changing colours of Uluru as the sun sets.

Inclusions

  • 2 days/1 night aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Alice Springs, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experience in Marla
  • Transfer from Alice Springs Rail Terminal to Hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation in Alice Springs including breakfast daily
  • 4 days/3 nights Kata Tjuta, Uluru and Kings Canyon tour including accommodation and guided touring
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Highlights

  • Sunrise and sunset at Uluru
  • Explore the rock formations of Walpa Gorge
  • See the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • Enjoy an Aussie barbecue under the stars
  • Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon

Sunday

Depart Adelaide on The Ghan

(L,D) 

Board this legendary train at 12.15pm to the Red Centre experincing Gold Service through 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 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 in the Red Centre.

Monday

Morning Experience at Marla & Alice Springs

(B,L)

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable red centre sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA. Manguri is 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.

OVERNIGHT: DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Tuesday

 Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta

(B)

This morning you’ll depart Alice Springs and travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. You will visit a camel farm and marvel at the majestic Attila (Mount Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy the afternoon experiencing the natural wonders, unique flora and native wildlife of the area, as you travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. An unforgettable day fades to dusk as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under an equally sparkling outback sky.

2 nights Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel

Wednesday

Uluru – Kata Tjuta

(D)

Watch the glistening sunrise over Uluru as you begin day four of your adventure. Your connection with the environment continues as you explore Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, uncovering its unusual rock formations, before touring the base of Uluru. You’ll see ancient rock art and get to know the rich Aboriginal and European history of the area. Watch as day turns to night with sunset over Uluru, finishing with an Aussie barbecue under the stars

Thursday

Ulure – Kings Canyon

This morning take some time to relax in the Red Centre or explore the Resort. See artists at work, learn more about the region’s history, geology, flora and fauna in the museum, enjoy the smells and sights of native gardens, or a bush yarn at the Circle of Sand. In the afternoon join your tour to Kings Canyon.

OVERNIGHT: Kings Canyon Lodge

Friday

Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Today, experience the majestic views over the Watarrka National Park as you challenge your senses on a rim walk of Kings Canyon. But don’t worry, if heights aren’t for you there is an alternative (and easier) walk across the boulderstrewn canyon floor. Then it’s a well-earned rest after you head back to Alice Springs.

2 nights DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

Saturday

Free Day – Alice Springs

(B)

Explore Alice Springs at your own pace. This small outback town is rich in history. Enjoy its many walking trails, which are well signed posted and provide insightful facts on the region. No trip to Alice is complete without experiencing a camel ride for yourself – these gracious animals and their Afghan handlers played a vital role in outback history, their service reflected in The Ghan’s emblem.

Sunday

Free Day Alice Springs

(B)

Today is free for you to explore the Alice at your own pace.

Monday

Farewell  Alice Springs

(B)

This morning your adventure to the Red Centre comes to an end. On checking out of your accommodation it’s time for your onward journey home.

FARES

PER PERSON

Shoulder seasonHigh season
Gold Service Advance Purchase$3,299$3,729
Gold Service Everyday$3,599$3,899
Platinum Service Everyday$4,869$5,159

 8 DAYS  7 NIGHTS  8 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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ALTERNATIVE JOURNEYS:

Alice Springs to Adelaide (8D/7N)

Alice Springs to Darwin (8D/7N)

Darwin to Alice Springs (8D/7N)

 

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