The Ghan: Red Centre Explorer
- 15 Days
- From £3,159
- Travel from south to north across Australia aboard The Ghan
- Visit the amazing World Heritage Listed Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa National Park
- Appreciate the soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon
- Experience stunning Kakadu National Park and cruise Yellow Water Billabong
- Spend time in Darwin and take a sunset dinner cruise in the harbour
- TOURS DEPART ON SATURDAYS
- 12 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast
- 2 nights aboard The Ghan in Gold Service, including all meals, beverages and off train experiences
- Guided touring in Uluṟu, Kata Tjuṯa, Kings Canyon and Kakatu National Park
- Transfer from Darwin station to hotel
- Sunset dinner cruise in Darwin
Arrive in Adelaide and check in at the Hilton Adelaide (or similar) for an overnight stay. Explore Australia’s food and wine capital at your leisure today.
You can combine this journey with either of the other two scenic rail routes – the Great Southern and the Indian Pacific, both of which stop in Adelaide. It’s also possible to travel on public trains to Melbourne or take a tour of Kangeroo Island. Let us know your plans and we can help put together your perfect Australian itinerary.
You have another free morning in Adelaide before heading to the station for your departure aboard The Ghan. Freshen up in your private compartment before lunch is served in the restaurant cars as the train heads towards the Flinders Ranges.
It’s time to settle into life onboard this afternoon as you head further into the Outback in air-conditioned comfort. Dinner this evening may feature regionally inspired cuisine such as barramundi or crocodile, accompanied Australian wines and beers.
Enjoy breakfast on the train accompanied by a spectacular sunrise over Marla as you continue into the heart of the Australian outback this morning.
After lunch onboard, you’ll arrive into Alice Springs and disembark and check in at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Today is at your own leisure to explore this remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out to explore. There are a number of interesting small museums you can visit to find out more about the European and Aboriginal history of the area, Aboriginal culture and local wildlife. Choose from one of the many restaurants available for dinner this evening.
Leave Alice Springs today for the awe-inspiring Uluru as you travel through rugged desert landscapes, passing the stunning MacDonnell Ranges. During the journey, you’ll stop at a camel farm and see magnificent Attila (Mount Connor).
Check in at the Voyages Sails in the Deserts Hotel (or similar) for a 2 night stay before heading out for a sunset experience at Kata Tjutu this evening.
After an early breakfast this morning, you’ll experience the majestic grandeur of Uluru from the sunrise viewing platform before a short journey to Kata Tjuta and its 36 mystical domes in the heart of the desert.
This afternoon, you’ll travel around the base of Uluru to visit Kuniya Walk and the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole as well as he Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. In the evening, watch the light fade over Uluru as you enjoy an Aussie barbecue.
Relax this morning at your hotel, perhaps taking advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and spa facilities on offer. Sails in the Desert’s Mulgara Gallery also features some stunning Indigenous art.
Later in the day, you’ll take a drive through the desert to Kings Canyon where you’ll check in for an overnight stay at the Kings Canyon Resort (or similar).
This morning, you’ll join a guided climb up to the rim of Kings Canyon for sweeping views over Watarrka National Park. This beautiful National Park covers 71,000 hectares (274 square miles) and has been home to the Luritja Aboriginal people for more than 20,000 years. If you have time, you can walk along the rim and descend into the lush Garden of Eden.
Return to Alice Springs later this afternoon, with a stop en route at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle and camel farm. On arrival in Alice Springs, check back in at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (or similar) for 2 nights.
Today is free to discover more of Alice Springs at your leisure. For a truly unforgettable experience, why not book a hot air balloon flight to appreciate the scale and beauty of the area? We can add this to your holiday package from £150 per person.
It’s time to leave Alice Springs today and reboard The Ghan for your onward journey north to Darwin. Settle back in to your cabin and enjoy the passing scenery as you travel on through the Northern Territory.
Lunch and dinner are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and between meals, you can socialise with your fellow passengers in the comfort of the Outback Explorer Lounge.
The landscapes continue to change this morning as The Ghan continues towards Katherine. Known as ‘the place where the outback meets the tropics’, with abundant greenery in stark contrast to the red centre of the territory. Take a cruise down the serene Nitmiluk Gorge, spotting the ancient rock art of the Jawoyn people along the way.
A few hours later, The Ghan will pull in to Darwin station where you’ll disembark and transfer to your accommodation, the Rydges Darwin Central Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Spend a full day exploring Darwin at your own pace. The capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin is actually closer to Bali than to Sydney and you can feel this sense of separation in the unique atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city. There are plenty of museums to discover including the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, featuring a great Aboriginal art collection and an exhibition dedicated to Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin in December 1974. For something completely different, why not go to Crocosaurus Cove and get up-close and personal with six of the largest crocodiles in captivity?
This evening, take a two-and-a-half hour dinner cruise on the Charles Darwin catamaran, where you can enjoy a delicious local buffet and watch one of Darwin’s world-famous sunsets.
After breakfast this morning, it’s time to hit the road – the Arnhem Highway to be precise, and make your way into Kakadu National Park, the largest National Park in Australia with terrain encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre, take a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong and stop at Nourlangie where you will take a guided tour of the fabulous ancient rock art galleries.
Your accommodation tonight as at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (or similar), where you’ll have an overnight stay.
Today is action-packed as you explore the World Heritage listed area of Ubirr, climbing up through ancient rock art galleries to a lookout with sweeping views over the surrounding wetlands. You’ll also join a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on Kakadu’s scenically spectacular East Alligator River, during which you’ll have the privilege (with permission of the traditional owners) of going ashore in Arnhem Land.
To finish the day, you’ll visit Bowali Visitor Centre, offering information on Kakadu National Park, it’s wildlife, history and cultural significance for the indigenous people. Back in Darwin, check in for a final night at the Rydges Darwin Central Hotel (or similar)
Leave Darwin today for your onward journey. We can provide flights back to the UK or a stop off en route in locations such as Los Angeles or Singapore.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Located in the heart of Adelaide, overlooking Victoria Square and with the Central Market next door, the Hilton Adelaide is the perfect base to explore the city. Bedrooms over views over the Adelaide Hills or the Bay with amenities including tea & coffee making facilities, flat-screen TVs and a mini bar. The hotel also boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool. a fitness centre, a tennis court & jogging track, a lobby lounge and a restaurant.
The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is located in the centre of Alice Springs, close to the golf course. Bedrooms come with LCD flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access ad and all the other amenities you would expect from a 4* Deluxe hotel. Facilities on the property include a heated swimming pool. health and fitness centre, a concierge desk as well as a choice of three restaurants and four bars.
Just a 5-minute walk from the Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) lookout, Sails in the Desert is a great place to take in the desert sunrise or sunset. The air-conditioned bedrooms have a minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. Each room has an en suite bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool where you can relax with a drink, a day spa and a gallery of Aboriginal art. There are also a range of dining options to choose from.
Situated between Ayers Rock and Alice Springs,Resort offers a range of accommodation from tents in the outback to private bedrooms with 4* facilities. The wealth of leisure facilities available include a tennis court, two swimming pools and a children’s playground.
Rydges Darwin Central is a modern boutique hotel, conveniently lin the heart of Darwin’s city centre within walking distance of the waterfront. Each air-conditioned bedroom comes with an en suite bathroom, an LCD TV with pay-per-view movies, and a dining area. There is also an Italian restaurant, an outdoor plunge pool and 24-hour room service.
From the marble foyer to its distinctively shaped exterior, Mercureis a unique hotel in the wilderness of . Spacious bedrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, a TV and a mini bar. All bedrooms open up onto a central courtyard with easy access to the outdoor swimming pool as well as the restaurant and bar.