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If you’re looking for a cross country journey that will show you the very soul of outback Australia, this is it. Imagine travelling on The Ghan, exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta, cruising Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and touring Kakadu, all in one sensational 14-day journey through the nation’s heartland.
Departing from Adelaide, journey onboard The Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs. 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.
From Alice Springs, venture out to Kata Tjuta and Uluru, the beating red heart of Australia. Explore these otherworldly rock formations and learn about their cultural and spiritual significance to the Aboriginal peoples. The sunrises ...
From Alice Springs, venture out to Kata Tjuta and Uluru, the beating red heart of Australia. Explore these otherworldly rock formations and learn about their cultural and spiritual significance to the Aboriginal peoples. The sunrises and sunsets you will see here are unforgettable.
On the way back to Alice Springs, stop in at Watarrka National Park for a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. You will have the chance to visit the Garden of Eden, a beautiful rock hole surrounded by rare plants found nowhere else on Earth.
Reboard the Ghan and continue your journey north to Katherine, where you may discover the spectacular sandstone country of Nitmiluk National Park and the majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge on a guided cruise. 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.
Upon arrival Darwin, take time to explore the capital of the Top End before venturing out to Kakadu National Park, one of the world’s most spectacular natural environments. Here, you will see timeless Aboriginal rock art, unique bird and wildlife and pay a special visit to Arnhem Land, a wild and untamed landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries. Your tour concludes in Darwin.
Throughout your travels, you’ll stay 13-nights 4 & 5 star accommodations on a twin share basis including 3 days/2 nights onboard the Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs and Alice Springs to Darwin. You’ll receive Gold Service everyday: rooms with all the comforts of home, fascinating Off Train Excursions, knowledgeable guides and, onboard The Ghan, all-inclusive gourmet dining, fine wines and beverages. All transport and transfers provided. Luggage allowance is 60 kilograms per person.
Experience the ultimate cross-country journey through the heartland of Australia with this incredible 14-day package from Adelaide to Darwin featuring The Ghan, Uluru, Nitmiluk (Katherine), Kakadu National Park and more. This truly is the holiday of a lifetime!
Departure: departs Adelaide on Feb - Nov
Cabin Upgrade: The price is based on Gold Service Twin. Upgrade to Gold Superior and Platinum Service is available at an additional cost. Please contact us to book cabin upgrade.
Solo Travel: For solo traveller, Gold Single is available onboard The Ghan. The price is from $6,219pp. Please contact us to book Gold Single. Please contact us to book.
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Departing from Adelaide, begin your journey through the heart of Australia onboard The Ghan. From the comfort of your private cabin, you’ll look on in wonder as rolling pastural lands make way for some of the oldest rock formations in the world: The Flinders Ranges.
Take time to explore the legendary train, to get acquainted with the first-class facilities – the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and the Outback Explorer Lounge – and mingle with your fellow travellers.
As darkness swallows the rich ochre tones of the outback, it’s time to indulge in a regionally inspired dinner and all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.
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 Alice Springs, the beating red heart of Australia. Enjoy brunch on the train as you cross the border into the Northern Territory and pass through the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Alice Springs - the capital of the outback having completed one of the world’s great travel experiences.
You’ll stay the next two nights at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters.
You have a whole day to do as you please in Alice Springs. Why not take a guided walk of 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? Or, wander around The Alice to discover 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 else, get up close to over 200 desert animals and 400 plants at The Alice Springs Desert Park.
If you want to really appreciate the scope and beauty of the area surround The Alice, we strongly recommend you book one of the Alice Springs day tours.
DAY 3 OPTIONAL ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Feel the anticipation build as you travel towards Uluru (Ayers Rock), the beating red heart of Australia.
As you approach, you’ll see majestic Attila (Mount Conner), a flat topped and horseshoe shaped mountain that rises to a height of 300 metres (984ft). Don’t confuse this mighty mountain for Uluru – the best is yet to come!
Watch the sunset pink to deep red over the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before settling into Sails in the Desert, your home for the next two nights.
DAY 4 OPTIONAL ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Rise with the sun to experience the full splendour of Uluru at dawn. As sunlight plays with the landscape, the rock formation changes colour before your eyes.
From here, a short drive takes you to Kata Tjuta, which simply translated means ‘heads many’. Tours take in either Walpa Gorge, a gentle but rocky track that leads you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood, or the spectacular Valley of the Winds.
In the afternoon, you’ll travel around the base of Uluru. You’ll visit Kuniya walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole, one of the few permanent water sources around Uluru. You may see wallabies among the tall grasses and river red gum trees. Bush foods also abound including tjantu (bush tomatoes), ili (figs) and arnguli (bush plums). Take a moment to sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the beginning of time.
Before heading back to the resort, you’ll visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Anangu culture and the park’s natural environment through exhibits and free presentations with Anangu and park rangers.
This unforgettable day concludes with a spectacular Uluru sunset complemented by an Aussie BBQ.
Use the morning to relax or take part in the free activities on offer at the resort. Take a guided walk through the native gardens of the Desert Gardens Hotel. Join a bush yarn at the Circle of Sand with a local Aboriginal storyteller. Or, browse incredible works by local artists at the resort’s art galleries or the Wintjiri Arts + Museum.
DAY 6 OPTIONAL ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Later in the day, travel to Watarrka National Park, home to the majestic Kings Canyon.
Feel on top of the world as you walk along the towering red rock cliffs of Kings Canyon and take in views of the forest of palms below. A six-kilometre round trip, the iconic Kings Canyon Rim Walk will take you down into the Garden of Eden, a beautiful rock hole surrounded by rare plants, before ascending to panoramic views over the red sand dunes. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended.
You’ll then visit Kings Creek Station, a real working cattle station where you’ll have the chance to try the famous Kings Creek camel burgers.
You’ll stay the next two nights at Crowne Plaze Alice Springs Lasseters.
Enjoy free day in Alice Springs to tick off any activities and sites you might have missed the first time around.
DAY 8 OPTIONAL ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
It’s time to get back onboard The Ghan and get reacquainted with your cabin.
As the train heads north, mingle with your fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge or simply relax, look out your window and watch the world go by.
The landscape continues to transform as you head towards Katherine, where you’ll choose from Off Train Excursions you’ll never forget.
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.
In the evening, arrive in Darwin, where you will transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront.
The day is yours to explore Darwin at your leisure. Sleep in and make use of the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre and in-house movies. Or, venture into the CBD and sample the city’s attractions such as Mitchell Street, Smith Street Shopping Mall and Crocosaurus Cove. You may also wish to take it easy around Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct, where you will find a popular wave pool, saltwater lagoon and colourful cafes and eateries.
In the late afternoon, check out the city’s best angles on an iconic sunset cruise of Darwin Harbour. Aboard the Charles Darwin, cruise for two and a half hours and enjoy a sumptuous Territory-inspired buffet with fresh Australian seafood and local produce, served in air-conditioned surrounds. The crew will provide commentary along the way, giving you an insight into the Harbour’s history, cultural significance and biodiversity. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including crocodiles, dolphins, dugongs and turtles.
Journey along the Arnhem Highway to the heart of Kakadu National Park, one of the world’s most spectacular natural environments. Learn about local Aboriginal culture and history at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles on a cruise of Ngurrungurrudjba (Yellow Water Billabong).
Finally, marvel at World Heritage-listed rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), home to a number of species found nowhere else on the planet including the chestnut-quilled rock pigeon and the barrk or black wallaroo.
Delve deeper into Kakadu at Ubirr, another famous Aboriginal rock art gallery. Ubirr’s rock art is considered among the best in the world, with fine examples of x-ray painting as well as contact art from the time when Indigenous people first encountered Europeans. During your visit, you’ll climb a moderately steep 250 metre track to a rocky outlook with magnificent views across the Nadab floodplain.
After, join the Guluyambi Cruise and, with special permission of the traditional landowners, enjoy the privilege of going ashore at Arnhem Land. Home to the Yolngu Aboriginal people, Arnhem Land is a wild and untamed landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries.
Cap off the day with a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre, where you can watch a 25-minute video presentation to help you gain a greater understanding of Kakadu’s landscape and moods. You can also take a look at the Marrawuddi Gallery for Aboriginal arts, crafts, books and gifts.
In the evening, return to Darwin where you will stay the night at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront.
Having completed your life-changing adventure, it is time to check out of your hotel to commence your onward journey.
Departs Adelaide Feb - Nov. Price is based on Gold Twin. Please contact us for group bookings or cabin upgrade to Gold Superior, Gold Single, and Platinum Service.
- The departure point is Adelaide, South Australia
- The finish point is Darwin, Northern Territory
- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Adelaide and Darwin
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.
Darwin in the Top End of the Northern Territory has two distinct seasons, the 'wet' and the 'dry'.
The wet season (November – April)
The wet season in Darwin is characterised by high humidity, monsoonal rains and storms. Average temperatures range from 24.7 - 32 °C (76.5 - 89.6°F), and humidity can push past 80 per cent.
The dry season (May – October)
The dry season, from May until October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21.6– 31.8°C (70.9 - 89.2°F), and humidity levels are much lower: around 60 – 65 per cent.
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. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.Changes in PricesWhile 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 LimitsYou 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 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.