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Holiday packages to Central Australia on The Ghan 2018 - Photo
Tours on The Ghan to Ayers Rock & The Olgas 2018 - Photo
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DAY 1. Fri – Arrive Adelaide, Mt Lofty, Hahndorf (L,D)

Flights arrive in Adelaide where we board the coach and make our way via the Mt Lofty Ranges to the village of Hahndorf, classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Enjoy some free time here before making our way into Adelaide. 2 Night Stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide

DAY 2. Sat – Fleurieu Peninsula, Murray Mouth Cruise, McLaren Vale (B,MT,L,D)

Exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula we stop at Willunga Hill lookout for a photo opportunity before making our way to Goolwa to board the Spirit of the Coorong for a 2-hour Murray Mouth cruise. Sit back over a cuppa and listen to an informative commentary as we cruise past the sand dunes separating the river from the Southern Ocean. See beautiful scenery and birdlife and learn the history of the area and the role of the locks in maintaining the river environment. After our cruise, we head to the picturesque Horseshoe Bay for lunch, then on to McLaren Vale before returning to Adelaide.

DAY 3. Sun – City Sights Tour, Board The Ghan (B,L,D)

This morning we enjoy a city sights tour including North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. We stop at St Peter’s Cathedral and see the spectacular Adelaide Oval and Botanic Gardens. At midday, we are scheduled to board The Ghan, one of the great train
journeys of the world, bound for Alice Springs. Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged Mallee scrub and marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon as we make our way north into the Red Centre. 1 Night Stay: The Ghan in Gold Service

DAY 4. Mon – The Ghan, Marla Sunrise Experience, Arrive Alice Springs (B,L,D)

The Ghan makes a two hour stop in Marla where we enjoy a cuppa and sunrise experience before continuing on to Alice Springs. Disembarking The Ghan we join our local coach captain for transfers to our hotel for lunch followed by check-in. 3 Night Stay: Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs

DAY 5. Tue – West MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge, Simpsons Gap (B,L,D)

We discover the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at Flynn’s Grave before a visit to Ellery Creek Big Hole. We take time at Standley Chasm renowned for the red rocks, blue skies and white ghost gums. Enjoy lunch at Glen Helen Homestead before departing for Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap. GGP

DAY 6. Wed – Alice Springs Touring, Outback Bush BBQ (B,L,D)

Today we enjoy the sights of Alice Springs tour taking in Anzac Hill, a lookout offering spectacular views of the rugged MacDonnell Ranges, followed by a visit to the Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame located in the former Alice Springs Gaol. We then take a tour and lunch at the Royal Flying Doctor Service before having some free time this afternoon. Tonight, we enjoy an authentic bush BBQ celebrating the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. The evening is spent in the style of an old time cattle camp with a bush balladeer singing timeless Australian songs whilst locals share with you the epic story of their life and survival in this harsh land. GGP

DAY 7. Thu – Mt Connor, Uluru, Kata Tjuta (B,L,D)

Leaving Alice Springs we take a leisurely drive stopping first at Erldunda then breaking for a photo stop at Mt Connor. Later we pause for lunch at Curtin Springs Station then continue our journey towards Uluru, arriving at Ayers Rock. This evening before dinner we re-board the coach to witness the ever changing colours of f Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at sunset, sipping on sparking wine with canapés – MAGICAL. 3 Night Stay: Sails in the Desert Hotel Ayers Rock

DAY 8 Fri – Uluru Sunrise, Camel Ride (B,L,D)

Witness the Field of Light just before sunrise and then watch dawn over Uluru – just magical. Following breakfast back at the hotel, we join we take a walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and continue along to the Mala Walk. We drive around the base of Uluru, followed by a visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Our afternoon has us climbing into the saddle for a camel trek for another way to enjoy fabulous views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. An outback adventure led by an expert cameleer who shares knowledge of the desert’s wildlife and ecology along the way. GGP

DAY 9. Sat – Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight, Dot Painting Workshop, Sounds of Silence Dinner (B,D)

This morning experience an aerial view of Australia’s Red Centre during a scenic 25-minute helicopter tour of the famous landmarks Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Enjoy some free time in town to purchase your own lunch before meeting up again to spend the afternoon visiting Maruku Arts for a dot painting workshop. Under the expert guidance of local Indigenous artists have a go at creating your own dot artwork to take home as a memento of your experience. Tonight we dine under the canopy of the desert night at the Sounds of Silence dinner. Our evening offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours dining under the starry outback sky. Storytellers share tales as told in the stars as we indulge in sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapés. Later as the sun sets, we will feast on a BBQ buffet of authentic Australian delicacies complemented by Australian wines. GGP

DAY 10. Sun – Flights Home (B)

This morning we bid farewell to the Red Centre as we transfer to Uluru Airport for our respective flights home.

B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2018
$6200 $7450 11 May
8 June
13 July
3 Aug
  • Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking $1500pp
  • This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air, coach and rail component. Rail prices are correct at time of printing but are subject to change.
  • Great Southern Rail twin share cabins include en-suite facilities, single cabins include a wash basin in the cabin and shared shower and toilet facilities within the carriage.
  • N.B. Pre Adelaide and Post Darwin extensions can be arranged and must be confirmed in writing at time of booking
  • Green Guest Policy (GGP OPTION) – Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $40PP TWIN SHARE OR $80 SOLE USE
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up
    to 20 minutes
    • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
    • Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
    • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
    • Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided
    • Manage your own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Economy class flights to Adelaide and from Uluru ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • 2 nights Adelaide CBD
  • Mt Lofty lookout
  • Visit Hahndorf village
  • Fleurieu Peninsula; Willunga Hill
  • Spirit of the Coorong Murray River cruise
  • Horseshoe Bay; McLaren Vale
  • Adelaide city sights tour
  • 1 night The Ghan in Gold Service from Adelaide to Alice Springs with premium dining and standard beverages included onboard
  • Marla sunrise experience
  • 3 nights Alice Springs; Anzac Hill
  • West MacDonnell Ranges; Flynn’s Grave
  • Standley Chasm; Glen Helen Homestead
  • Ormiston Gorge; Simpsons Gap
  • Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Outback bush BBQ dinner
  • 3 nights 5 star Ayers Rock
  • The Olgas at sunset
  • Uluru sunrise & Field of Light
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • Camel trek; Mala Walk
  • Sounds of Silence dinner
  • INCLUDED: 25 minute helicopter tour of Uluru and the Olgas
  • Maruku Arts dot painting workshop
  • 26 meals

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