Ghan Expedition

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Day 1: Darwin

Arrive and transfer by private sedan to the hotel in Darwin

Activities and Services

Day 2: The Ghan

(B, L, D)

The Ghan - Courtesy Transfer by Shuttle Bus to the Darwin Berrimah Train Station ( 20KM away from CBD)

Your journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins at Darwin Rail Station where you'll take the small but momentous step from platform to carriage.

  • Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation.
  • Lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and delight with culinary wonders prepared onboard by our talented chefs.
  • All food is included in your fare, from a hearty full cooked breakfast to a delectable 3 course dinner.
  • And as you sit back and loosen your belt, you'll have arrived in Katherine ready to experience your first included Off Train Excursion to the magnificent and spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

Experience Katherine Outback Experience which provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances. The 'Stock Yards' is where the action takes place. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse. There is even time to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse. 

  • From the ancient sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge, to camel treks through Australia’s red centre or to the tastes of Adelaide’s Central Markets, you will experience more of Australia on these great train journeys.
  • Back on board you'll return to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, enjoying dinner as the sun sets over the outback.

Then back in your room you'll find your bed turned down. As the train rolls soothingly onwards, fall asleep in awe of wonders seen, and excited by those yet to come.

Expert tips

Carry  a small bag for the 3-nights journey

Included

  • Lunch and Dinner - All inclusive including Alcohol
  • Katherine Off train - Outback Experience

Katherine Outback Experience provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances.

  • Hear about Tom Curtain who began his professional horse training career in 2001 at Mt Sanford Station in the Northern Territory. It was in the stock camp he taught himself to play guitar. What started out as some fun, writing songs about life on the land and singing around the campfire, lead to the release of his award winning album ‘Smack Bang!’ in which the title track went to Number 1 in the Australian Country Music Charts.
  • Meet the team of dedicated people and station animals ranging from stock horses to working dogs, cattle, a buffalo and even a donkey who all have a key role in the show. The ‘Stock Yards’ is where the action takes place. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse, watch the Riverboyne Dog Team working cattle, goats or ducks in harmony, before interacting with Bernie the Buffalo, Tin Shaker the Brahman Steer and Legend the Trick Horse.
  • There is even time to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse. An action packed experience filled with fun facts and history about the cattle industry and Australian Outback.

This tour operates April to October.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – short walks required with a seated tour experience.

Day 3: The Ghan

(B, L, D)

Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. An outback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you'll ever see, setting the tone for the day ahead.

After coffee, a juice and a sumptuous breakfast you'll arrive in Alice Springs ready for another day of exploration.

ALICE EXPLORER

Visit the attraction triangle where you have time to visit two of the following venus.

  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base to learn about the vital medical care the service provides to thousands of Australians living in Outback Australia.
  • The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, one of three women’s museums in Australia, celebrating women in history who have made a significant contribution to Australia’s heritage.
  • Alternatively, if you want to get up close and personal with the reptiles of the Australian Outback visit the Reptile Centre, where you will meet Terry the Saltwater Crocodile and a range of other scaly friends such as goannas, frill-neck lizards and thorny devils. The choice is yours, tour times will be explained to you by you or Great Southern Rail Guide.
  • Re-join the group and travel to the historical precinct of The Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Here you’ll learn about day to day life of the first European settlement in Alice Springs and how the station played a pivotal role in bridging the isolation and communication gap between remote Australian towns. Established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, it is the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line.

Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day of touring in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna or explore.

At this point you may choose to upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight to Uluru, where you will enjoy lunch and take in aerial views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

There really is no better way to comprehend the vastness of the Northern Territory. Come the evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ Tour.  This is a truly unique experience with live Australiana music and a mouthwatering feast.

After dessert, cast your eyes skyward and ponder life, the universe and everything with an informative astronomical talk. And with a full belly and deep sense of wonderment, it's back on the train to rest up and roll out of Alice Springs, fulfilled in every sense of the word.

Activities and Services

Excluded

OPTIONAL UPGRADE – ULUṞU FIXED WING SCENIC FLIGHT & OUTBACK BBQ DINNER

Be sure to take your camera and capture these once in a lifetime memories. Transfer to Alice Springs Airport to board your chartered Uluṟu scenic flight. Undertake your safety briefing, board the aircraft and get ready for take-off.

  • You will fly just south of Pine Gap where the United States and Australian Joint Defence Space Research Facility is located before heading directly to Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Take in the spectacular outback scenery and vastness of Australia with a unique bird’s eye view.
  • On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, you will be met by your tour guide to commence your immersive experience of Uluṟu.
  • Rising out of the surrounding Central Australian desert, Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas) dominate the landscape. World Heritage-listed Uluṟu is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols and best known natural landmarks. The ancient monolith is impressive; Uluṟu is 348 metres above the plain, more than 860 metres above sea level and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres – that’s higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Chrysler Building in New York.
  • Here you will visit Mutitjula Waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral water snake. For centuries Mutitjula was an important campsite for Anangu at Uluṟu. On this walk, you will learn about Kuniya Tjukurpa – the great battle between Kuniya (woma python) and Liru (poisonous snake man).

Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling around the base of Uluṟu by vehicle. Hear cultural stories and environmental information from your local guide. Stop for the picture-perfect postcard photo – the one to make your friends jealous and to take pride of place on your mantelpiece.

  • On return to Ayers Rock Airport, board your aircraft and take to the skies again where you will fly closely around Uluṟu for a different perspective and see Kata Tjuṯa.
  • Kata Tjuṯa is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal tribe word meaning ‘many heads’. It is made up of 36 domes spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The tallest dome is Mount Olga and rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level. The ochre-coloured shapes are an intriguing and mesmerising sight.

Return to Alice Springs Airport and The Ghan to freshen up for dinner.

Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.

  • Please note weight restrictions do apply and vary depending on total weight of all passengers in the aircraft.
  • As this excursion is an optional upgrade, a cost will be payable direct to your Restaurant Manager. If you choose this excursion, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Excursions.

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – must be able to climb aboard the aircraft and guided walks required.

To avoid disappointment we highly recommend guests pre-book this tour, for more information on how to pre-book please contact our team.

 

Day 4: The Ghan

(B, L, D)

After breakfast this morning you'll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri.

  • Here, a friendly tour guide awaits ready to whisk you away for the day. Your destination - the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground.
  • Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.
  • Below the earth's surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.
  • After an eye-opening action-packed day - if you haven't chosen to stay and find your fortune - it's back on board with plenty of time to ease into a slower gear and prepare yourself for your final evening onboard The Ghan.
  • Dine in style in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, meet and share stories with new friends in the Outback Explorer Lounge (open until late) or simply head back to the privacy of your cabin to wind down, read a book and plan your next epic journey.

Activities and Services

Included

Coober Pedy is an ‘underground’ town where you could arrive with just the shirt on your back and leave a millionaire.

Tour the town and hear about its history. See the Serbian Orthodox Church, built underground with rock carvings in the walls, high roof ‘ballroom’ style design and stained glass windows making this one of Coober Pedy’s most awe inspiring structures.

Visit Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, an underground museum with detailed historical content of the town, an Aboriginal Interpretive Centre, an underground home known as a ‘dugout’ and an original opal mine. Should you wish, some professional advice is available on opal quality and pricing in the gift shop.

Visit the grassless golf course, the only golf club with reciprocal playing rights to St Andrews in Scotland. See a working opal field at the Quest Opal Mine where there is the chance to don a hard hat and grab a pick to try your luck at finding your own fortune. Here you will enjoy lunch.

With your fortune stored safely in your pocket, travel along a portion of The Dog Fence, the longest continual construction in the world. Stretching some 5,300 kilometres, it begins east of Surfers Paradise in Queensland and ends up north of Ceduna in the Great Australian Bight, South Australia.

Stop en route for a great photo opportunity before arriving at The Breakaways, a striking example of arid scenery. Looking out over the Breakaways it is hard to believe that a vast inland sea covered the area. Marvel at the scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate to high – stairs, steep inclines, short walks and navigating underground tunnels required.

 

Day 5: Adelaide

(B) 

Looking out of your window this morning you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.

After breakfast you'll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide.

Here, you may wish to extend your stay with trips to the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island topping the to-do list.

Excluded

Any optional touring in Adelaide

Day 6: End of Itinerary

(B)

Check out and transfer to the Airport

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