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A one-of-a-kind 10-day journey, explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys - The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide. From the moment you step aboard, you will gently roll through ancient landscapes reawakening your senses, and uncover flavours, colours and details that far exceed your expectations.
Your expedition starts with four action-packed days in Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park. Based out of a luxury wilderness camp in Bamurru Plains, explore ancient landscapes and get up close to native wildlife including the famous crocodiles. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries and learn about Indigenous culture and history. Access secret locations on an exhilarating quad bike tour. Zoom across floodplains on an airboat wildlife safari. These are just some of the highlights of this ...
Your expedition starts with four action-packed days in Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park. Based out of a luxury wilderness camp in Bamurru Plains, explore ancient landscapes and get up close to native wildlife including the famous crocodiles. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries and learn about Indigenous culture and history. Access secret locations on an exhilarating quad bike tour. Zoom across floodplains on an airboat wildlife safari. These are just some of the highlights of this ultimate Kakadu experience.
Return to Darwin to embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys aboard The Ghan Expedition, a limited edition and signature rail journey of The Ghan. With a history dating back over 90 years to the first Afghan-Australian cameleers, this legendary train evokes a frontier spirit, a romantic connection to the land, and travelling on it creates a moving and unforgettable life experience.
Throughout your 2979-kilometre journey, visit some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort, with unique Off Train Excursions to suit every fitness level. In Katherine, explore the spectacular sandstone country of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge on a guided cruise, or get a taste of life on an authentic cattle station. In Alice Springs, discover the Red Centre your way with a tour of the town, a guided walk to Simpsons Gap or a visit to The Alice Springs Desert Park, where you can get up close to native wildlife. You may choose to elevate your experience with a scenic helicopter over Uluru. Or, you may embrace the colourful history The Ghan with a guided camel trek through the desert. Crossing the border into South Australia, venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. You’ll arrive into Adelaide having completed a travel experience many will only ever dream of.
But the journey doesn’t stop there! Head north to the world-famous Barossa Valley for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Visit three iconic wineries, starting at Jacob’s Creek, followed by St Hugo for lunch then Seppeltsfield to Taste Your Birth Year. Whether you’re a connoisseur or just starting out, you will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of fine wine and food.
This once-in-a-lifetime journey includes 9-nights’ luxury accommodation in Bamurru Plains, Darwin and Adelaide and onboard The Ghan. You’ll enjoy gourmet regionally inspired meals as specified in the itinerary as well as a unique range of activities and experiences that will show you the very best of each location. All transport is included.
Experience the best of the Australian Heartland onboard The Ghan with this unforgettable 10-day package that includes Kakadu and the Barossa Valley. From Darwin to Adelaide, no stone is left unturned.
Departure: departs Darwin on Saturdays (April - October)
Cabin Upgrade: The price is based on Gold Service Twin onboard The Ghan. Upgrade to Gold Superior and Platinum Service is available at an additional cost. Please contact us to book cabin upgrade.
Dates or itinerary don't fit? We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.
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At 12:45pm, a travel representative will meet you in the Darwin Airport arrival hall and transfer you to your charter flight to Bamurru Plains. For 30-minutes, you’ll soar over the lush landscapes and twists and turns of the Adelaide River before touching down at Bamurru Plains, located just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains. Those black dots you thought were trees are actually local buffalo or crocodiles, if you’re lucky!
Transfer via 4WD to your accommodation for the next three nights: Bamurru Plains. You’ll receive a grand welcome and orientation ahead of your afternoon activity and canapé service out on location in Bamurru’s wild and wonderful wilderness.
In the evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner before retiring to your safari bungalow, known for the abundance of bird and wildlife on its doorstep.
Just a short hop by light aircraft across the river systems that separate Bamurru Plains from Kakadu brings you to the heart of this country. Rock art galleries reveal stories of Aboriginal people and their ancient culture. Textures of colours, vistas across savannah woodlands and floodplains provide a sense of the spirituality of this ancient landscape.
From rock overhangs and caves at Ubirr Rock (think classic scenes from Crocodile Dundee) to the meandering waters of the East Alligator River that drains from the stone country of Arnhem Land and marks the boundary between Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, this day will expose the senses to country that is rich in Aboriginal culture, flora and fauna.
At Ubirr Rock, you will find some of the Kakadu’s most impressive Aboriginal rock art galleries, some dating back as far as 50,000 years. A 1.5-kilometre walk will take you through two rock art galleries before ascending to the top of the rock, where you will be rewarded with panoramic views out over the Nadab floodplain. The climb is relatively easy going and there will be plenty of time to stop and take photographs and learn about the culture and history of the Aboriginal people responsible for this incredible art.
After a wild bush picnic lunch, join a Guluyambi River Cruise. As you meander down the East Alligator River, an Aboriginal guide will share insight into Indigenous culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many animals and plants as well as bush survival skills.
Count the crocodiles lining the banks of the river before disembarking in Arnhem Land, where your guide will demonstrate the use of traditional hunting and gathering tools. With only a select few operators allowed access into Arnhem Land, this will be a truly unique experience.
In the afternoon, stop off at the Bowali Visitor Centre for a chance to learn more about the environments as well as stock up on any authentic souvenirs, returning in time for sundowner drinks, canapes and the comfort of the safari lodge as the sun sets over Bamurru Plains.
Explore Bamurru Plains in a new way on a guided quad bike adventure. Criss-cross between floodplain savannah, monsoonal forests and dry open areas dotted with termite mounds and keep an eye out for buffalo and brumbies. You’ll visit areas inaccessible by regular 4WD and the local guides will show you some of their favourite secret spots.
Enjoy lunch around the wet edge pool overlooking the floodplains. After, enjoy your time at your leisure. Why not go for a swim? Or learn about the history of the area with a book from the library? Feel free to wander back to your bungalow for an afternoon rest.
Around 3:30pm, venture further afield by open top 4WD to look for the buffalo, wallabies and birdlife of the tropical savannah. Alternatively, embark on a cruise of the Sampan Creek, home to one of the largest crocodile densities in the world.
Cap off your time in Bamurru Plains with Bamurru’s signature experience: a morning airboat safari around the floodplain wetlands of the Mary River. An airboat safari is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience an environment that is home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. These birds will take flight as you zip across the floodplains, flocks sometimes thousands of birds strong.
Back on dry land, it’s time to head back to the camp to freshen up before departing on your private charter flight back to Darwin. In the arrival terminal, you will be met by a private chauffeur who will transfer you to your accommodation for the evening: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront.
With pick up included from the Vibe Hotel Darwin, begin your journey through the heart of Australia onboard the Ghan. From the comfort of your private cabin, you’ll take in remarkable Top End views before stopping in the iconic outback town of Katherine for an afternoon of Off Train Excursions.
You’ll visit the spectacular sandstone country of Nitmiluk National Park and the majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, where mesmerising cliffs glow in the changing light. You’ll have the chance to explore the gorge from the water with guided cruise options to suit every fitness level. The sheer walls of the gorge, etched by time and the elements, are home to a myriad of animal and plant life, much of it unique to this area and all playing a role to the lives of its traditional owners.
If you’d prefer to take it easy, venture out to an authentic cattle station to witness real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations entwined with live music and humorous bush tales. You will have the opportunity to interact with some of the four-legged station characters including Tin Shaker the Brahman Steer and Bill the Buffalo, while learning about the Northern Territory’s rich pastoral history before enjoying a delicious morning tea.
As the sun sets over the outback, enjoy dinner in award-winning Queen Adelaide Restaurant before retiring to your cabin, where you will find your bed turned down.
Continue south to Alice Springs, the gateway to central Australia.
Upon arrival in this stunning outback town, choose the Off Train Excursions that interest you. Take a four-kilometre guided walk to Simpsons Gap, one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges, where flora, fauna and Indigenous culture come together in one magical location. Take a guided coach tour of The Alice and visit iconic sites including ANZAC Hill, the Telegraph Station and The School of the Air, established in 1951 to help with the education of students in remote areas who were unable to attend face-to-face lessons. Or, get up close to over 200 desert animals and 400 plants at The Alice Springs Desert Park.
If you’re seeking a more bespoke experience, why not upgrade to an optional experience? Get the ultimate bird’s eye view of Australia’s beating heart with a scenic flight to Uluru.
Tonight, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, where you will see the night sky like you have never seen it before. The lack of artificial light makes the stars shine bright against an impossibly dark sky. Make sure to make a wish upon a shooting star!
Start your day with a freshly brewed coffee or juice as the day dawns at Marla, an outback outpost in the remote reaches of South Australia. Make sure to have your camera handy for when the sky begins to bleed red, yellow and pink across The Ghan and the surrounding landscape. You are sure to feel as if you are on another planet!
Continue on to the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. While in Coober Pedy, choose the Off Train Excursions that suit you. On a guided tour, discover the majestic Breakaways, named for the colourful low hills that appear from a distance as if they are ‘broken away’ from the higher ground of the reserve. Admire the beauty of Australia’s national gemstone at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, the Opal capital of the world. Or, jam it all in with an action-packed excursion that hits all the hotspots: the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Opal Mine, the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre, the grassless golf course and more.
Whatever you decide, you’ll cap it off with a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground.
Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.
Cap off one of the world’s great rail journeys with a leisurely brunch overlooking the spectacular Flinders Ranges.
Mid-morning, you’ll arrive into Keswick Station, Adelaide, where a private chauffeur will meet and transfer you to your inner CBD accommodation: The Mayfair Hotel with Adelaide’s Riverbank and entertainment precincts right on your doorstep. Why not enjoy some drinks at the sophisticated HENNESSY Rooftop Bar atop the Mayfair Hotel (at guest's expense), named after the original architects of the Mayfair’s heritage-listed CML Building – ‘Hennessy, Hennessy & Co’, offering sweeping views of Adelaide.
Experience the best the Barossa has to offer with the Ultimate Barossa Day Tour. Visit three iconic wineries starting at Jacob’s Creek, followed by St Hugo for lunch then Seppeltsfield to Taste Your Birth Year.
The day begins at the world-famous Jacob’s Creek with an interactive wine tasting designed to challenge your senses through an ‘Introduction to Wine’. No matter whether you’re a connoisseur or just starting out, you’ll leave with a better understanding of wine and food.
Next visit St Hugo to partake in an intimate ‘Past, Present & Future’ tour and wine tasting. Enjoy a walking tour through the estate, vineyard and unique cork trees, followed by a wine tasting that delves into the current and yet to be released vintages of St Hugo Wines.
After a gourmet four course lunch, the final winery of the day is the iconic Seppeltsfield where you will have the rare opportunity to ‘Taste Your Birth Year’ through the famed Centennial Collection – an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to the current year.
You’ll return to Adelaide and The Mayfair at the end of the day.
All good things must come to an end! After a hearty breakfast, transfer to the Adelaide Airport at a pre-arranged time to commence your onward journey.
Departs Darwin on Saturdays (April - Ocotber). Price is based on Gold Twin on board the Ghan Expedition. Please contact us for group bookings or cabin upgrade to Gold Superior, Gold Single, and Platinum Service.
- The departure point is Darwin, Northern Territory
- The finish point is Adelaide, South Australia
- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Adelaide and Darwin
Kakadu is located in the tropics, 12 to 14° south of the Equator. The climate is monsoonal, characterised by two major seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The 'build up' describes the transition between these two seasons. During the dry season (April/May to September), dry southerly and easterly trade winds predominate. Humidity is relatively low and rain is very unusual. The wet season (January to March/April), however, is characterised by warm temperatures and, as one would expect, rain.
In the Red Centre, the four traditional seasons are distinct, with temperatures plummeting below freezing during winter nights (June to August) and soaring to well above 40°C (105 F plus) in the height of summer (December to January). Meanwhile, the shoulder seasons of April-May and September are mild with some warmer days. Rain is not common in the desert, but it does rain on occasion. Please be prepared for wet and windy conditions on all trips.
Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny weather for most of the year. Annual sunshine hours are high, at over 2,500 hours. Rainfall comes mainly in winter. Unlike the east coast cities of Sydney and Brisbane, Adelaide’s skies are cloudier in winter than in summer. Please be aware that temperatures can be extremely hot in summer.
As the highest level of service, Platinum Service offers guests a range of deluxe extras including Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts, personalised cabin steward service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club.
Gold Twin offers a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day.
Gold Superior cabins feature a ¾ size double bed plus an additional fold down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, mini-bar and en suite.
Gold Single offers a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage.
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.Payment DetailAll pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.Single SupplementAll accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.General Cancellation Policies- Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee- Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurancePlease Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.LiabilityThe participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.Child PolicyPlease consult travel consultant on age limit.Changes to ItinerariesLocal conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. 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If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.Cancellation by The Tour OperatorThe walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.Force Majeure'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.EvacuationsIn rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.