11 Day The Ghan & Wetlands Experience

Available June to October 2018 

Summary Itinerary

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Depart Adelaide on The Ghan
  • Morning Experience Marla – Off train Experience Alice Springs
  • Off Train Experience Katherine – Arrive Darwin
  • Darwin City Explorer
  • Wetland Experience
  • Lithchfield National Park Waterfalls
  • Darwin – Kakadu National Park
  • Jim Jim and Twin Falls
  • Kakadu – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin
  • Free day and Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Depart Darwin
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Full Itinerary

Sunday

Depart Adelaide on The Ghan

(L,D) 

Board this legendary train at 12.15pm for 3 days Gold Service experience 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.

Monday

Morning Experience at Marla & Alice Springs

(B,L,D)

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.

Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range’s unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

Back on the Ghan there’s time to talk through the day’s discoveries with newfound friends 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

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

Wednesday

Darwin City Explorer

Experience Darwin’s rich culture and history. Your friendly local driver will provide full commentary and you can enjoy the colourful sights of Darwin in air-conditioned comfort. Take in the devastation of Cyclone Tracy and see Sweetheart at the NT Museum and Art Gallery. Marvel at the majesty of Darwin Harbour, enjoy a private tour of WWII Oil storage tunnels. The tour also visits Historical Palmerston Town, Parliament House, Defence of Darwin Experience, Darwin Botanic Gardens, Fannie Bay Gaol, Qantas Hanger & Aviation Heritage Centre.

Thursday

Wetland Experience

(L)

Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands, home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Enjoy viewing plenty of crocodiles plus a huge variety of birds and other local wildlife in their natural environment. Our boat design allows you to get up close to the animals with plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures as we cruise around this nature lover’s paradise. Enjoy listening to some Top End tales as we make our way out to the beautiful Corroboree Billabong for a magnificent cruise on these pristine wetlands. The wetlands are approximately a 90 minute drive from Darwin , en-route to the cruise we make a stop at Window on the Wetlands information centre and Fogg Dam Nature Reserve.

Once we reach Corroboree Billabong, we board our vessel for an amazing 2.5 hour scenic cruise viewing an abundance of birds, crocodiles and other wildlife in their natural environment. Learn interesting information about the wildlife of the region and enjoy lunch on the wetlands surrounded by nature at its best, an experience not to be missed. Your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary throughout the day, making your tour both fascinating and informative.

Friday

Litchfield National Park Waterfalls

(L)

Established in 1986, Litchfield National Park is a truly stunning destination. Here you can take in the splendour of thundering falls, rainforest pockets and sacred historic sites. The termite mounds found at Litchfield National Park are the incredible architectural works of local termites. Complete with arches, tunnels, chimneys and nursery chambers, the mounds will leave you mystified. Your Driver Guide explains the difference between Cathedral and Magnetic mounds. View the spectacular double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down the stairs to take a dip in the gorgeous plunge pool. Head back up through forest and open woodland. There’s also time for an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest. Next stop is at Tolmer Falls is a truly spectacular sight. You’ll marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of the falls.

Lunch is at Litchfield Café time to relax, and have another swim at Wangi Falls which is the most accessible of rock pools and is a perfect spot to take another dip before returning to Darwin.

Saturday

Darwin – Kakadu National Park

(L)

Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a wetlands cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. 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. Optional Experience: Add-on a 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment.

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Sunday

Jim Jim and Twin Falls

(L)

Travel by 4WD to Jim Jim Falls. Take a 900 metre bushwalk to the Jim Jim Falls plunge pool, where there is time for swimming, relaxing and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Afterwards, travel to a scenic rest area for a picnic lunch. Then board boats to cruise up the first part of the gorge to Twin Falls. There is a 45 minute walk over slippery rocks with sand and rock ledges. Relax and enjoy spectacular scenery at the base of the falls. Today’s touring is only suitable for people with a good level of fitness.

Monday

Kakadu – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin

(L)

This morning join 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. Later, join the Guluyambi Cultural 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. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river to see a display of traditional hunting and gathering implements before heading back downstream. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin for the next 2 nights.

Tuesday

Free day and Sunset Dinner Cruise

(D)

Relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset, a delicious Chef prepared steak and wild caught seafood banquet while cruising Darwin Harbour. Begin your cruise with a selection of home-made dips then enjoy some of the Territory’s freshest ocean caught seafood including Spanish Mackerel, Jewfish, and King Thread Fin Salmon (dependent on daily catch). Savor our magnificent Banana prawns, fresh Spanish Mackerel smoked daily on board (a specialty) or sample our succulent natural Coffin Bay oysters. Prime scotch fillet steaks– cooked to order, and a selection of freshly prepared salads and crusty breads compliment the fresh seafood selection. Freshly brewed tea and espresso coffee and a delicious homemade dessert conclude your dining experience. What a way to finish the Top End section of your Wetlands Adventure!

Wednesday

Depart Darwin

Depart Darwin at your leisure after a wonderful The Ghan & Wetlands Experience

  • Please note. Price per person twin share, Full Adult fares quoted
  • Darwin Accommodation is subject to personal preference and any available specials
  • Gold Service Twin Fare is quoted on The Ghan.
  • Pensioner Discounts or Advance Purchase fares may be available at time of booking.
  • To receive a firm quote within 48 hours please click here.

Available Jun to 14 Oct 2018

Full Adult fares From

Shoulder Season      $5,050         Sep Oct

High Season             $5,300   Jun, Jul, Aug

Australian concessions and accommodation specials may be available.

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