"THE GHAN EXPEDITION" ULTIMATE HEARTLAND TRAVERSE 10D9N

From €7,666.33 Per Person, Twin Share
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At a Glance

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 ...

Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in an extraordinary bush experience on the coastal floodplains of Australia’s Top End & stay at Bamurru Plains safari lodge on the edge of Kakadu National Park
  • Enjoy an incredible scenic flight to World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park & connect with the oldest living culture on earth
  • Marvel at Ubirr's Aboriginal rock art & meander down the East Alligator River on the Guluyambi River Cruise
  • Signature wetlands airboat safari to get up close to native wildlife including the famous crocodiles and birds
  • Enjoy spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • Journey from Darwin to Adelaide by rail with immersive Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy including cultural tours, hikes, river cruises, optional scenic flights and more
  • Experience the adventure and romance of luxury rail travel aboard The Ghan Expedition
  • Indulge in an all-inclusive gourmet, regionally inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Gourmet regionally inspired cuisine, with all-inclusive dining, fine wines and beverages aboard The Ghan Expedition
  • Indulge in the Barossa Valley’s world-famous food and wine & taste Your Birth Year at Seppeltsfield

What's Included

  • 3-nights’ accommodation at Bamurru Plains in a Safari Bungalow - the most exclusive stays in Australia just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains, including chef-prepared all meals, beverages from a select open bar
  • Daily guided wilderness safaris at Bamurru Plains: airboat safaris, quad bike adventures, open top safari drives, crocodile spotting river cruises and guided wilderness walks
  • Full day shared Kakadu experience including travel to Kakadu by scenic flight from Bamurru Plains to Jabiru and returning overland by 4WD, Kakadu National Park entry fee, cruise on the East Alligator River, guided tour of Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Bamurru Plains and Darwin return charter flights
  • 1-night accommodation at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
  • Private transfer from Darwin hotel to Rail Terminal
  • 4-day/3-night onboard The Ghan Expedition in a Gold Twin sleeper cabin, including all meals, fine wines and beverages in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences (with optional upgrades as specified)
  • Evening off train experience in Manguri
  • A spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
  • 60 kilograms of luggage allowance per guest for the Ghan Expedition
  • 2-nights’ accommodation at The Mayfair Hotel
  • Ultimate Barossa Day including Adelaide return transfers, Jacob’s Creek and St Hugo vineyard guided tour & wine tasting, St Hugo 4-course lunch, and Seppeltsfield 'Taste Your Birth Year' experience

Itinerary

DAY 1 Darwin & Touching down at Bamurru Plains by Charter Flight
Bamurru Plains Safari Bungalow
Dinner
DAY 2 Ultimate Kakadu & Arnhem Land Adventures with a Scenic Flight
Bamurru Plains Safari Bungalow
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 Bamurru Plains – A day of wildlife safaris
Bamurru Plains Safari Bungalow
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Wetlands Airboat Safari & Return to Darwin by Charter Flight
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Breakfast
DAY 5 Darwin & Katherine Gorge Cruise – Embark on the rail journey of a lifetime
Onboard The Ghan Expedition (Gold Twin)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 Alice Springs – Discover the Red Centre your way
Onboard The Ghan Expedition (Gold Twin)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Manguri & Coober Pedy – Discover Australia’s underground opal capital & Enjoy a Unique Unground Lunch
Onboard The Ghan Expedition (Gold Twin)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 Adelaide – Complete one of the world’s great rail journeys

 

Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
Breakfast
DAY 9 Barossa Valley – Indulge in a gourmet food and wine tour
Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10 Complete one of the world’s great travel experiences
Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Departs Darwin on Saturdays (April - October). 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.

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How To Get There

- The departure point is Darwin, Northern Territory

- The finish point is Adelaide, South Australia

- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Adelaide and Darwin

Weather & Climate

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.

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Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All 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 Supplement
All 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 insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

Liability
The 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 Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local 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. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. 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 Operator
The 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.

Evacuations
In 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 Insurance
In 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.

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