Spirit of the Red Centre

Travel deep in to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where you will feel the spirit of the traditional ancestors and the history of our pioneers. Sense the emotion of the outback without the crowds on an exciting, adventurous and interpretive experience.

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
  • Return coach transfer from and to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort
  • 4 nights accommodation in Ayers Rock Resort including  breakfast daily
  • 1 day SEIT Cave Hill small group touring
  • 1 day SEIT Patji small group touring
  • 1 day SEIT Mount Conner Outback 4WD Adventure small  group touring
  • Transfer from Hotel to Alice Springs Rail Terminal
  •  2 days/1 night aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursion in Katherine
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Highlights

  • Journey deep into the desert of Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia
  • Visit the site of the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa (Creation time)
  • View the magnificent cave paintings of Cave Hill
  • Learn about the oldest living culture in the world
  • Discover an ancient inland salt lake
  • Enjoy an outback dinner at Curtin Springs Station

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: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Tuesday

 Alice Springs to Uluru 

(B)

After breakfast, join your coach transfer to Ayers Rock Resort the heart of the red centre. This afternoon is free to explore at leisure. There are many activities to enjoy including garden walks, bush yarns or artist demonstrations.

4 nights Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel

Wednesday

Cave Hill

(B,L)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive invitation to visit the remote Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia. You will travel by 4WD deep into the desert to meet your Aboriginal hosts, the traditional owners of Cave Hill – the most significant art site in Central Australia. Experience the culture and history of the Anangu, listen to the teachings from the traditional owners, explore the Aboriginal songlines (stories), and enter the cave to survey the rock art of ancient times.

Thursday

Patji

(B)

Enjoy some free time this morning before your afternoon touring commences. Hosted by one of Uluru’s traditional owners you’ll visit Patji, located just outside of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Explore this extraordinary environment by 4WD and marvel at the expanse of desert overlooking Uluru and Kata Tjuta while enjoying drinks and light snacks at sunset

Friday

Mount Conner

(B,D)

This morning is free to relax by the pool. This afternoon you will enjoy the quintessential Aussie outback experience and absorb the ambience of the Red Centre. Explore Mount Conner, situated on a vast, fully operational, privately owned cattle station called Curtin Springs Station. You will discover an ancient inland salt lake. While you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, be captivated by the spectacular changing colours of sunset in the outback. Relish a three-course dinner at Curtin Springs Station before heading back to Ayers Rock Resort

Saturday

Uluru to Alice Springs

(B)

Take in any last-minute sights this morning before joining your coach transfer to Alice Springs.

2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Sunday

Free Day Alice Springs

(B)

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

Monday

Board The Ghan in Alice Springs

(B,D)

Leaving the Red Centre behind as you join The Ghan to travel further north towards Darwin. Back on the train there’s time to talk through the week’s discoveries with your fellow travellers 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

Off Train Experiences at Katherine arrive Darwin

(D)

Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory you’ll enjoy another full breakfast before leaving the Ghan 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.

The Ghan rolls 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. On arrival receive a complimentary transfer to your hotel of choice

FARES

PER PERSON

Shoulder seasonHigh season
Gold Service Advance Purchase$4,949$5,489
Gold Service Everyday$5,479$5,769
Platinum Service Everyday$6,829$7,079

 10 DAYS  9 NIGHTS  16 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:

Adelaide to Alice Springs (9D/8N)

Alice Springs to Adelaide (9D/8N)

Darwin to Alice Springs (9D/8N)

Alice Springs to Darwin (9D/8N)

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