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The Ghan TrainNorthern Territory, AustraliaDarwin, Northern TerritoryGhan Train Gold Service

Alice Springs to Darwin on The Ghan – 6 Days

$2,599

Board The Ghan for an unforgettable all-inclusive journey through the Northern Territory from Alice Springs to Darwin. This special deal also includes two nights to explore both Alice Springs and Darwin, plus sightseeing tours in both cities!

Description

The Ghan Train from Alice Springs to Darwin with City Stays – 6 days

Take a remarkable journey through the heart of the continent on the legendary Ghan train. Be mesmerised by the beauty of Australia’s ever-changing landscape, from the centre’s rich ochres of the land and bright cobalt skies, to the lush tropics and balmy feel in Darwin.

This journey begins in Alice Springs with a two-night stay and tour of the outback town’s main sights.

Then board The Ghan and enjoy regionally inspired dining and complimentary drinks as you relax in your private Gold Class cabin and watch the red heart of Australia pass by through your large window Along with the amazing fully-inclusive service on board, a choice of off train excursions are also included in Katherine.

After a sensational two days on The Ghan, roll into Darwin for two nights in the tropical north with a city sightseeing tour included and time to explore at your leisure!

Hurry, the last available cabins for departure 31 May and 9 August, 2022, are on sale now!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Indulge in fully-inclusive luxury aboard the famous Ghan Gold Class
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wine & beverages and immersive off-train experiences
  • Take a break in Alice Springs and enjoy time discovering the Red Centre
  • The extended holiday has two nights to explore Darwin, including a guided city tour

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Ghan Train – 2 days Alice Springs to Darwin
    • 1 night Ghan private Gold Class cabin
    • All meals onboard Ghan
    • FREE beverages throughout your train journey
    • Complimentary toiletries kit
    • Cabin steward service, in-cabin music and commentary
    • Use of Outback Explorer Lounge
    • Off-train experiences in Katherine
  • Accommodation – hotels are based on standard rooms
    • 2 nights Alice Springs – Aurora Hotel or similar
    • 2 nights Darwin – Darwin Frontier Hotel, or similar
  • Sightseeing – 1.5 hour Alice Springs coach tour
    • 1.5 hour Darwin coach tour

Departs Alice Springs:

Gold Twin from $1990 – 31 May or 9 August 2022 – last cabins!

Note: Prices are per person based. Departure and price is subject to confirmation at time of booking & prices may vary depending on availability when you book. Contact us for travel at other times of the year in 2022 and 2023.

Get the Brochure:

View Brochure

Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer?

You can add nights in Alice Springs and Darwin.

Plus, there’s the opportunity to upgrade the hotels, add more sightseeing tours or include flights.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Contact us for a single traveller price that covers the cost of your own rooms and includes a Gold Single cabin with shared bathroom facilities.

Booking Conditions:

This deal is valid until 28 February 2022. The last Ghan cabins will sell out quickly.

Prices are correct as of 14 February 2022. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent Rail with sightseeing & city stays

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Board The Ghan in Adelaide
Make your way out to Adelaide Parkland Terminal this morning, where you will board the great red carriages of The Ghan train heading north. After settling into your cabin why not head to the Outback Explorer Lounge car for a drink with your fellow passengers. Enjoy the view as you tuck into a fine dinner (Overnight Onboard) D

DAY 2 The Ghan to Alice Springs
Make an early start today as the train stops at the tiny town of Marla, some 1000km north of Adelaide, and here you can enjoy breakfast around a campfire watching the sunrise. Once back on board relax at leisure before lunch and arrival into Alice Springs where you bid farewell to the train and head to your hotel for a 2-night stay.

Explore Alice Springs at your leisure and learn how the town has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region. The traditional custodians of the land are the Arrernte people, who refer to Alice as ‘Mpwante’. Visit Alice Springs Reptile Centre, home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia. (Overnight Alice Springs)

DAY 3 Uluru-Kata Tjuta Tour from Alice Springs
A full day sightseeing tour is included to experience the wonders of Kata Tjuta & Uluru as part of your Northern Territory adventure.

Travel in air-conditioned comfort, hear intriguing stories and learn the secrets of this unique world-renowned destination. We provide meals, beverages and snacks so all you have to do is focus on your incredible surroundings.

Combining luxury with exploration and discovery, this day tour is one of the most popular things to do during an authentic outback discovery holiday. Professional tour guides show you the real outback on this one day tour.

EARLY MORNING
You will be collected 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.

EARLY AFTERNOON
Kata Tjuta
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.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre
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.

MID-LATE AFTERNOON
Uluru – Mala Walk
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.
Uluru – Mutitjulu Waterhole
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.

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

AFTER SUNSET
After sunset and the dinner, we then make the return journey to Alice Springs and drop off those passengers finishing their tour at Alice Springs Accommodation.

DAY 4 The Ghan to Darwin
The Ghan departs Alice Springs today and make sure you arrive at the GHAN railway station in time to begin your remarkable journey to Darwin.

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 vibrant ochre earth and cobalt skies of Australia's red centre and as you travel to the balmy tropical grandeur of Northern Territory's capital Darwin.

DAY 5 Arrive Darwin
It's breakfast on board today but soon enough the train will arrive at Katherine for some off-board exploration. Katherines breath-taking gorge can be enjoyed by boat, or for the experience of a lifetime why not take a helicopter ride? Meals are served in the Queen of Adelaide restaurant car before the train pulls into Darwin for the end of its journey, some 2,979km. Make your way by taxi to your hotel for a 4-night stay. (Overnight Darwin)

DAYS 6-8 Darwin & Kakadu National Park Tour
Darwin is Australia’s only tropical capital city and is the largest city in the Northern Territory. It is a former frontier outpost and the gateway to Kakadu National Park. Darwin is treasured country to its traditional owners, the Larrakia people, who are prominent and active members of the local community. A multicultural city, it boasts a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds.
Explore the city at your leisure. Darwin’s popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also, near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.

During your stay, a Kakadu National Park Explorer full day tour is included.

World Heritage listed and the largest National Park in Australia, Kakadu is one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience, and you’ll be amazed at the population of wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air. See some of the most amazing terrain Australia has to offer on your way to and inside Kakadu. Marvel at the concentration of rock art sites that illustrate Aboriginal culture, some dating back 50,000 years.

Kakadu National Park – Travelling along the Arnhem Highway, the Marrakai Plains will provide a beautiful backdrop for your journey.
Warradjan Cultural Centre – Call in to learn more about the region.
Bininj people – Learn about the traditional owners of Kakadu.
Yellow Water Billabong Cruise – Join a local guide to spot saltwater crocodiles and colourful birdlife, including sea eagles, brolgas and tiny brilliantly-hued kingfishers.

Estuarine Crocodiles – See them basking in the shallows and on the sandy banks.
Lunch – Enjoy time out at Cooinda Lodge.
Nourlangie – Walk with your Driver Guide to view many different forms of Aboriginal rock art at this site.
Optional Scenic Flight – Fly over the Kakadu escarpment.
Included Meals: Lunch

DAY 9 Depart Darwin
Please catch a taxi to Darwin airport for your flight home. We are sure you will have had a memorable holiday on THE GHAN.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road and rail conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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