Holidays to Ayers Rock by train 2018/2019 - Photo
Holidays on The Ghan - Photo
Train trips on the Ghan to Ayers Rock - Photo
Red Centre tours 2018/2019 - Photo

itinerary

Day 1: Thursday – Alice Springs

Make your own way to your accommodation in Alice Springs. Settle in and commence your discovery of this outback town at leisure.

Day 2: Friday – Uluru and Kata Tjuta

After breakfast, join your coach transfer to Ayers Rock Resort. Travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm and marvel at majestic Attila (Mt Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) for an amazing sunset experience. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset enjoying gourmet canapés and Australian wine. (B)

Day 3: Saturday – Kata Tjuta and Uluru

Rise early to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Return to Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon, travel around the base of Uluru to Kuniya Walk and the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings. Later visit the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts. In the late afternoon, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset before transferring to the barbecue site to enjoy a true outback experience at the Aussie Barbecue. After dinner, your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, pointing out constellations and explaining Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars. (D)

Day 4: Sunday – Kings Canyon

An early start from Ayers Rock Resort rewards you with a magnificent desert sunrise en route to Kings Canyon. After stopping at Kings Creek Station for breakfast, make the rocky climb to the canyon rim (for those with a good level of fitness) for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor (an easier, shaded walk). Stop at Kings Canyon Resort before travelling to Alice Springs and your overnight accommodation. (B)

Day 5: Monday – The Ghan, Alice Springs

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and spend the day sightseeing in Alice Springs. Late in the afternoon join your transfer to Alice Springs Rail Terminal. Board The Ghan and settle into the comforts of your cabin. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant and mingle in the lounge, as you travel north towards Darwin. (B,D)

Day 6: Tuesday – The Ghan, Darwin

Enjoy breakfast as the train rolls towards Katherine. Arrive in Katherine where you can enjoy an Off Train Excursion to Nitmiluk Gorge, one of the highlights of your journey. Then continue to Darwin, arriving in the early evening, and transfer to your overnight accommodation. (B,L)

Day 7: Wednesday – Darwin

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel, or why not stay a little longer to explore the Top End. (B)

Alternative Departure:Darwin to Alice Springs, Adelaide to Alice Springs, Alice Springs to Adelaide

dates & pricing

Package Price Low Season Shoulder Season High Season
Gold Service Advance Purchase $2609 $2859 $3149
Gold Service Everyday $2849 $3149 $3309
Platinum Service Everyday $3979 $4419 $4599
  • Prices based on twin share.
  • Single supplements apply for single travellers.
  • Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability
  • Prices valid from 01 April 2018 – 31 March 2019
  • Fitness Level: A good level of fitness required – ability to walk and balance on uneven ground. Closed in/covered walking shoes are essential.

Highlights & inclusions

  • 2 nights a ccommodation in Alice Springs including breakfast daily
  • Coach transfer from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort
  • 3 days/2 nights Red Centre Highlights including accommodation, 2 meals, guided touring with visits to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and featuring * an Aussie Barbecue Dinner
  • Transfer from Hotel to Alice Springs Rail Terminal (or v.v.)
  • 2 days/1 night aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin (or v.v.), in Gold Service including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursion in Katherine
  • Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to Hotel (or v.v.)
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Darwin including breakfast

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