If your dream is to see the best of the Australian outback and immerse yourself in the heart of it with hands-on experiences, this is your ultimate holiday. It doesn’t come any better than travelling on The Ghan, exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta, cruising Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and touring Kakadu, all in one sensational journey through the nation’s heartland.
- 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
- 4 nights accommodation in Alice Springs including breakfast daily
- 4 days/3 nights Kata Tjuta, Uluru and Kings Canyon including accommodation and guided 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
- Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to Hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in Darwin including breakfast daily
- 2 days/1 night Kakadu and East Alligator River including accommodation and guided touring
- 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
- Witness Uluru at sunrise and sunset
- Visit the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta
- Appreciate the soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon
- View informative displays at the Warradjan Cultural Centre
- Cruise Yellow Water Billabong
- See rock art galleries at Nourlangie
- Go ashore in Arnhem Land
Depart Adelaide on The Ghan
Board this legendary train at 12.15pm to the Territory experiencing 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 Territory.
Morning Experience at Marla & Alice Springs
Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback 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 for the next leg of your territory experience.
2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Free Day in Alice Springs
Today is free for you to explore the Alice at your own pace.
Alice Springs to Uluru
Prepare for one of life’s ultimate travel experiences when you begin your journey to Uluru. Along the way, you’ll visit a camel farm and see majestic Attila (Mount Conner) ahead of a sunset experience at Kata Tjuta.
2 nights Voyages Sails in the Desert
Kata Tjuta – Ulura
It’s an early start to experience the full grandeur of Uluru from the sunrise viewing area before your short journey to the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon, you’ll travel around the base of Uluru, visit Kuniya Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole before visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. End the day with an Uluru sunset complemented by an Aussie barbecue
Uluru – Kings Canyon
Start the day at leisure or take part in the free activities on offer at the Resort. Later, travel to Kings Canyon.
OVERNIGHT: Kings Canyon Resort
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for incredible views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon and, if you have time, descend into the Garden of Eden. Visit Kings Creek Station en route to Alice Springs.
2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Free Day in Alice Springs
Today is free for you to explore the Alice at your own pace. Ask about optional day tours
Board The Ghan in Alice Springs
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.
Off Train Experiences at Katherine arrive Darwin
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.
2 nights Rydges Darwin Centra
Free Day in Darwin
Today is free for you to explore the Darwin at your own pace. Ask about optional day tours
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Travel along the Arnhem Highway to the heart of Kakadu National Park. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre, cruise Yellow Water Billabong and stop at Nourlangie where you will be guided to ancient rock art galleries. OVERNIGHT: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Kakadu National Park to Darwin
Explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr, climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise and go ashore in Arnhem Land. Stop at Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.
OVERNIGHT: Rydges Darwin Central
Depart Darwin at your leisure after a wonderful complete Territory Experience
|Shoulder season||High season|
|Gold Service Advance Purchase||$5,379||$6,219|
|Gold Service Everyday||$5,909||$6,499|
|Platinum Service Everyday||$7,259||$7,809|
14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS 17 MEALS
* Prices based on twin share. Single supplements apply for single travellers. Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.