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11 Day N.T Ghan Adventure: Adelaide | Alice Springs | Darwin

Adelaide - Darwin - Alice Springs - Kakadu National Park

  • Enjoy a trip on the Ghan between Adelaide & Alice Springs
  • Stays in Alice Springs, Adelaide & Darwin
  • A range of amazing day trips & excursions, including Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, Uluru & more
  • 2023 dates available!

From $4,699 Typically $5,499 pp twin share

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Will we see YOU in the N.T? This itinerary is the perfect intro to our terrific top end. 

Start your journey on the legendary Ghan...this iconic rail trip connects Darwin and Adelaide, travelling through the red heart of Australia.  The contrast of the opulent Ghan journeying through the rugged outback is a memory you will treasure.  From Adelaide, witness South Australia's rolling green hills gradually change to the ochre red of the Flinders Ranges, then travel through the Red Centre to Alice Springs.  You will be able to experience the true spirit of our ancient land with a range of fantastic off-train excursions, as well as the delicious food and wines on board.

Then, enjoy a stay in Alice Springs, soaking up this historic town, as well as a full day tour to amazing Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Continue on to Darwin, the NT capital, where you can enjoy the warm weather, relaxed atmosphere, and day trips to Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park. 

 

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1

Arrive Adelaide 

As you arrive into Adelaide you can feel the history and culture of this splendid boutique city. Please catch a taxi to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to experience Adelaide. Perhaps relax at your hotel, explore its facilities and take a stroll around central Adelaide.  You could discover Adelaide’s laneway secrets, it's bars, cafes, galleries and boutique shops. Wander the tree-lined boulevard of North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. Take in the stunning flora at Adelaide Botanic Gardens or visit the bustling beachside neighbourhood of Glenelg with its white sandy beach, heritage hotels and alfresco cafés. 

Accommodation: The Terrace Hotel

Day 2

Adelaide Alice Springs

Enjoy a relaxing slow-paced morning at your hotel, before you catch a taxi to the Ghan railway station to begin your remarkable journey to Alice Springs.  Take a magical journey through the heart of the continent, for two days you'll be transfixed by the sheer beauty of Australia's ever changing landscape, the green rolling hills of Australia's fertile south, the vibrant ochre earth and cobalt skies of Australia's red-centre as your arrive in Alice Springs for a 2 night stay.

Accommodation: The Ghan (Gold Service, Twin Share)

Day 3

Alice Springs 

This morning you have some free time to explore Alice Springs at leisure. This afternoon enjoy the best touring sights of “The Alice”. We will visit the School of the Air. We learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio and may have the opportunity to listen to and observe actual lessons in progress on air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote ‘outback’. We also make a stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes that frequent Central Australia’s semi-arid desert, such as the Perentie Lizard and the Thorny Devil. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

Accommodation: Alice on Todd Apartments or similar

Day 4

Alice Springs Uluru

We will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation and head to the first stop of our day tour at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast. 

Travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) for the first walk of the day into the beautiful Walpa Gorge. Take in the stunning domes of Kata-Tjuta, see the wildflowers (depending on the season) and marvel at the views of the open plains on the return walk. Your tour then visits the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here, you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy souvenirs. Built from 90,000 mud bricks, the Cultural Centre was created with the help of the local Anangu people. The sacred site it is built on has special meaning to its traditional owners.

Head to the base of the majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock). From here, your tour guide will take you on a guided Mala Walk. Please note; tourists are no longer permitted to climb Uluru due to its cultural significance. 

The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where you will see many fascinating examples of Anangu rock art. Along the way, your guide will tell ancient stories of the Anangu People. Then, travel by coach to the back section of Uluru and start a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your guide will take you along a short track to the waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. You’ll hear stories of local traditions and learn how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by the Anangu people, whose ancestors are still alive today.

Finally, take in a breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly (or BYO beer) and a delicious Aussie BBQ dinner. This is an unforgettable Australian experience and something everyone should visit Uluru for at least once in their lives. 

Accommodation: Alice on Todd Apartments or similar

Day 5

Alice Springs  Darwin

Fly into Darwin and catch a taxi to your your Darwin hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighbourhood and central Darwin.

Accommodation: Vitina Studio apartments (or similar)

 

Day 6

Darwin Hop on Hop off Bus

Rich in cultural heritage, known for its balmy weather, and boasting an eclectic dining scene, the laid-back city of Darwin is a visitor’s delight. Explore the sights from atop a double-decker bus and set your own pace around the Northern Territory’s biggest town. This hop-on hop-off adventure hits all the top attractions, giving you plenty of time to explore sites like the Darwin Military Museum or get up close and personal with crocodiles in the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove. Zip around the city, hopping on and off at your leisure to immerse yourself in Darwin’s mix of frontier heritage and modern bustle. At the Aquascene Fish Feeding at Doctors Gully, watch the tide bring in an array of gentle fish species and wade into the water to feed them bread. Wander around the SKYCITY Casino, shop for arts and crafts at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and check out the pools, waterfalls, and tropical scenery of the Botanic Gardens. Visit The Defence of Darwin Experience to discover Darwin’s role during World War II, and check out the city’s shopping, dining, and entertainment scene at the Parap Markets, Waterfront Precinct, and Fort Hill Wharf. Your pass lets you hop back on the bus as many times as you’d like, so be sure to keep it handy as you tour.

Route stops include:

  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Crocosaurus Cove
  • Doctors Gully, Aquascene Fish Feeding
  • Cullen Bay Jetty
  • Casino, Mindil Markets, Botanic Gardens
  • Museum and Art Gallery of Nothern Territory
  • Military Museum – Defence of Darwin Experience
  • Parap Markets
  • Waterfront Precinct
  • Fort Hill Wharf

Accommodation: Vitina Studio apartments (or similar)

Day 7

Katherine Gorge Day Tour

Discover Katherine Gorge on this full-day tour including a 2-hour cruise to spot aboriginal rock art and wildlife, lunch and a visit to beautiful Edith Falls.

Start your day with an early-morning pick-up from your hotel and head to the wonderful Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge. Along the way, stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery – a site dedicated to those killed in the air raids in Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls, where you have time for a refreshing swim in the waterhole, fringed with paper-bark and pandanas beneath the falls. After a picnic lunch, enjoy a two-hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge, with a chance to see freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Enjoy the amazing scenery around you and spot bird life unique to this area.

On your return journey, take a brief tour of the town of Katherine, the hub of the region's cattle and farming industries. Travel via Pine Creek, a historic gold-mining town, and have a quick stop at Adelaide River before returning to Darwin.

Accommodation: Vitina Studio apartments (or similar)

 

Day 8

Kakadu National Park Day Tour

Discover Kakadu on a full-day trip, including wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, lunch and visit to Nourlangie to see ancient Aboriginal rock art.

Start your day with an early-morning hotel pick-up and travel on one of the longest roads in Australia, the Stuart Highway. Arrive at the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and marvel at this landscape of exceptional beauty and diversity. The park is surrounded by mangrove-fringed coastal areas, expansive flood plains, lowland hills and open woodland. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and learn about the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Next cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, search for saltwater crocodiles, and view the colourful range of bird life—for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at the Nourlangie Rock for a guided walk and view the ancient Aboriginal rock art before returning to Darwin.

Accommodation: Vitina Studio apartments (or similar)

 

Day 9

Litchfield National Park

Discover beautiful Litchfield, visiting Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls with an included lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to swim beneath the falls too!

Leave Darwin behind you and explore the natural wonders of Litchfield National Park. Be captivated by the spectacular cascades of Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls. Swim in idyllic waterholes surrounded by the monsoon rainforests and soak up the natural beauty with picture-perfect views. Start your day early with hotel pick-up and travel to the stunning Litchfield National Park. Stop at the termite mounds along the way, the incredible architectural work of local termites. Continue to Florence Falls and view the magnificent double waterfalls from a high vantage point. Then take time to walk down the stairs and swim in the refreshing plunge pools.

Enjoy a hearty buffet lunch before travelling to Wangi Falls for great views of the water cascading down to a deep waterhole at the base of the falls. For your last stop, visit Wangi Falls. Make time to relax or take another dip in this large pool of crystal-clear water. After a day of taking in great views of spectacular nature, it's time to head back to Darwin.

Accommodation: Accommodation: Vitina Studio apartments (or similar)

 

Day 10

Litchfield National Park

Discover beautiful Litchfield, visiting Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls with an included lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to swim beneath the falls too!

Leave Darwin behind you and explore the natural wonders of Litchfield National Park. Be captivated by the spectacular cascades of Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls. Swim in idyllic waterholes surrounded by the monsoon rainforests and soak up the natural beauty with picture-perfect views. Start your day early with hotel pick-up and travel to the stunning Litchfield National Park. Stop at the termite mounds along the way, the incredible architectural work of local termites. Continue to Florence Falls and view the magnificent double waterfalls from a high vantage point. Then take time to walk down the stairs and swim in the refreshing plunge pools.

Enjoy a hearty buffet lunch before travelling to Wangi Falls for great views of the water cascading down to a deep waterhole at the base of the falls. For your last stop, visit Wangi Falls. Make time to relax or take another dip in this large pool of crystal-clear water. After a day of taking in great views of spectacular nature, it's time to head back to Darwin.

Accommodation: Accommodation: Vitina Studio apartments (or similar)

 

Day 11

 

Depart Darwin

Today, say goodbye to the sunshine and head home.

Want to extend your stay, add on a Kimberley cruise or fly away to Broome? Just ask!

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • 1 night onboard The Ghan in a Gold Service^ cabin from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  • All onboard meals and drinks
  • All off-train excursions and activities 
  • 1 night Adelaide accommodation
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Alice Springs
  • Full day tour to Uluru
  • One way economy airfares form Alice Springs to Darwin
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation in Darwin 
  • 1 day Darwin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise Day Tour
  • Kakadu National Park Day Tour
  • Litchfield National Park Tour

 

Accommodation

The Ghan - Gold Service^ cabin from Adelaide to Alice Springs on twin share basis (^upgrade to Platinum Class cabins at additional cost, subject to availability)

Alice Springs -  Alice on Todd Apartments (or similar)

Darwin - Vitina Studio apartments (or similar) 

Adelaide - The Terrace Hotel (standard room twin share)

 

 

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Airfares to Adelaide/from Darwin
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Airport transfers
  • Any extra activites not listed in the itinerary
  • Tipping & gratuities

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $2120.

 

Child Policy 

Children that are 2 to 11 years of age are eligible for a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Fitness Requirements 

Fitness level required: to undertake most Off Train Experiences a good level of fitness is required, including the ability to walk and balance on uneven ground. Sensible walking shoes are required.

Departure Dates


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