Tours to South Australia with The Ghan 2018 - Photo
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Tours to the Northern Territory from Adelaide and including The Ghan /2018 - Photo

itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide

On arrival in Adelaide, tour the city, then join a local expert for a tour of vibrant Adelaide Central Market. This evening, relax with your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill. Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide. Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Travel to the Clare Valley for tastings at Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Explore the picturesque grounds and St. Aloysius Church, before stopping in Clare at lunchtime. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre. Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Walk this morning to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Hotel: Port Augusta. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Today visit Woomera, then travel through salt-lake country and observe the transformation to a stark, barren landscape as you near isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. A local guide will lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and private residence. Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock

Cross the border into the Territory today and continue to World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set at Australia’s most renowned natural landmark. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may take either a self-guided stroll around its 11 kilometre perimeter, or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain its ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and the culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu people. This afternoon, venture to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a series of magnificent rock domes to witness the sunset. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

After a lunch break at remote Kings Creek Station, a cattle and camel property, continue to Kings Canyon, a spectacular natural formation with sheer sandstone walls. A six kilometre rim walk of the canyon will reward you with Marvellous views of Watarrka National Park: an easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is another option. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling past vast cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian Outback. On arrival in Alice Springs, visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872, and drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’. Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9: Alice Springs

Join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the local Arrernte People at Alice Springs Desert Park. Continue to the headquarters of iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service. Be my guest dining experienceJoin the Falzon family for a home-cooked Be My Guest BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort. Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Before leaving Alice Springs, visit the School of the Air to witness a live classroom lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square Kilometres to children living in remote locations. Then travel north, stopping to visit Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles), a series of precariously-balanced boulders. Later, settle into your accommodation in the old gold-mining town of Tennant Creek. Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today you’ll travel north, visiting the eccentric Daly Waters Pub at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, where you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead used in the filming of the Australian classic ‘We of the Never Never’. A swim in the famous Mataranka thermal springs is a must-do for travellers. Journey on to Katherine for the night. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park, for a cruise along Katherine Gorge. Watch for wildlife and learn about the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Journey into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin & Included Choice

This morning visit fascinating Ubirr with its superb Aboriginal rock art dating back over 20,000 years. Climb to the top of the rocky outcrop for majestic views over the oodplains and escarpment country. This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Crocosaurus Cove, or perhaps sit back and relax at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 3 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park today, pausing to examine the amazing termite mounds. Visit Florence Falls, a double-plunge waterfall. Venture on to Wangi Falls for a swim in the large waterhole before returning to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Cruise Farewell Dinner. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner.

Day 15: Darwin ‘Free Time’

Take the day to relax before you board The Ghan tomorrow for your historic rail journey to Adelaide. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: The Ghan: Gold Service Darwin – Katherine

Your journey aboard The Ghan begins at Darwin Railway Station, where friendly staff will lead you to your comfortable private cabin. Take your time settling in, as the views from your window grow ever more rugged and spectacular. Lunch in the lushly appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to delight, with all dishes prepared on board by talented chefs. Arrive in Katherine this afternoon refreshed and ready to experience spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Train: The Ghan Gold Service, 3 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine.

Day 17: The Ghan: Katherine – Alice Springs

Wake up this morning in a world that feels a million miles from home. The outback sunrise could be one of the most majestic you’ll ever see. After breakfast you’ll arrive in Alice Springs, where you can embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town’s landmarks, take a closer look at some of Australia’s unique flora and fauna, or explore The Alice at your leisure. Train: The Ghan Gold Service. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine.

Day 18: The Ghan: Alice Springs – Coober Pedy

After breakfast this morning, as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri, a friendly guide awaits to whisk you away to the remote opal-mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Venture into the tunnels and caves of the town, visiting the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church. The famous Coober Pedy Golf Course is the only course in the world boasting reciprocal rights with St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Enjoy a gourmet lunch in a unique underground location before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape of the Breakaways Conservation Park. Train: The Ghan Gold Service. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 19: The Ghan: Coober Pedy – Farewell from Adelaide

A dramatic transformation takes place this morning as the rich ochre tones of the outback landscape make way for the lush green fields pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast you’ll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide and your momentous journey comes to an end. Make your own way to your hotel or airport. Included Meals: Breakfast

dates & pricing

Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2018
$9771 $11248 3 April
Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2018
$10011 $11488 24 April
15 May
Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2018
$10311 $12023 5 June
26 June
10 July
24 July
7 August
Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2018
$10071 $11783 21 August
4 September
18 September
2 October

Single prices above include shared facilities on board The Ghan. Ask us for prices for other cabin and room configurations.

Fitness Level

Moderate level of fitness required for walks at Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Walking on uneven surfaces is required to complete the walks, though there are alternate options available

WAYS TO SAVE

Departures from 1 April 2018

  • Early Payment Discount – 10% saving when you pay in full by 27 November 2017 (applies to land content only)
  • Early Payment Discount – 5% saving when you pay in full by 13 Feb 2018 (applies to land content only)

Highlights & inclusions

  • Iconic railway journey on The Ghan Expedition
  • Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
  • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley
  • Explore Wilpena Pound
  • Discover opals at Coober Pedy
  • Sparkling wine while watching the magnificent Uluru sunset
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red Centre
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Meet the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary for a Be My Guest dinner
  • Discover the Devils Marbles
  • Enjoy a refreshing ale at Daly Waters Historic Pub
  • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge & discover ancient rock art
  • Discover wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu
  • Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls
  • Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise
  • Included Choice Experiences in Darwin
The Ghan
  • Travel in the style & comfort of Gold Service
  • Indulge in all-inclusive local fare & beverages
  • Relax in your private cabin as you watch the landscape go by
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions

_ Dining_

  • 18 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 11 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
  • Day 19 – flights to depart after 3.00pm from Adelaide Airport

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