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Tours to the Northern Territory from Adelaide and including The Ghan 2020 - Photo

itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide

On arrival today, explore the major sights of the city. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Relax this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner. Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide. Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound. Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Take a walk with your Travel Director to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound. Journey through the historic town of Quorn to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant. Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through salt-lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings. Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 5: Coober Pedy – Uluru

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you witness the sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark. Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

Rise early to experience a majestic Uluru sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole where your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Uluru– Kings Canyon

Travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. The 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed, and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls. Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling past vast cattle properties, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station and learn how it relayed message between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years. Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Alice Springs

Join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People. Then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Hear from brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest barbecue dinner

Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping to view Karlu Karlu, an intriguing outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. You’ll stay tonight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek. Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine

Call in to the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs is a must-do. Journey on to Katherine. Hotel: Paraway Motel. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu National Park

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin & Included Choice

Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, for views over the surrounding wetlands. This afternoon in Darwin, choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner or visit Crocosaurus Cove to explore at your leisure. Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the park’s amazing termite mounds. Stop to view Florence Falls, then venture on to Wangi Falls to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. Join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise. Included Meals: Breakfast, 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. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: The Ghan Expedition Gold Service Darwin – Katherine

Your journey aboard The Ghan Expedition 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, Private Cabin, 3 nights. Included Meals: Lunch, 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 Alice Springs at your leisure. Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, 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. Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, 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 Expedition rolls into Adelaide and your momentous journey comes to an end. Make your own way to your hotel or airport. Included Meals: A la carte beakfast

dates & pricing

Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2020
$10431 $12058 14 Apr
Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2020
$10631 $12258 5 May
19 May
Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2020
$10951 $12773 2 June
23 June
7 July
21 July
4 Aug
18 Aug
Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2020
$10751 $12573 1 Sep
15 Sep
29 Sep

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

Highlights & inclusions

  • Experience sunrise over Uluru on a two-night stay
  • Experience Earth Sanctuary with the Falzon family
  • Explore outback towns of Coober Pedy and Tennant Creek
  • Enjoy handcrafted experiences touring Nitmiluk & Kakadu
  • Take an iconic railway journey on The Ghan Expedition
  • Travel in the style and comfort of Gold Service
  • Indulge in all-inclusive local food and beverages
  • Relax in your private cabin as you watch the landscape go by
  • Enjoy all-inclusive Off Train Excursions
  • Visit an extraordinary, self sufficient outback property powered by sun and wind, and explore the night skies with the family’s telescopes.
  • Local experts take you through Adelaide Central Market, underground for opals, through vineyards, and into indigenous life in Kakadu.
  • Delve into Aboriginal rock art as you walk through, under and around ancient sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie in Kakadu.
  • Your contribution to National Parks and Wildlife protects Australia’s wilderness including Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks.
  • 15 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 À la carte 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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