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Ghan Alice Springs & Uluru Experience

$2,999

The iconic Ghan travels through Australia’s heartland on an extraordinary outback journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs. Witness green hills gradually change to ochre red ranges while you enjoy the fully-inclusive luxury of Ghan Gold Service.

Description

Ghan Rail from Adelaide to Alice Springs with Uluru – 8 days

The iconic Ghan travels through Australia’s heartland on an extraordinary outback journey.

Your adventure begins in Adelaide and as you travel north you’ll witness South Australia’s green hills gradually change to the ochre red of the Flinders Ranges.

The special train journey is made all the more memorable by the legendary Ghan Gold Service and fully-inclusive experience. Twin cabins feature a lounge that converts to an upper and lower-berth beds and private ensuite. A trip highlight is the regionally-inspired gourmet dining with free-flowing Australian wine, beer and spirits.

Arrive in Alice Springs and enjoy local sightseeing of the remarkable area. Then travel further into the Red Centre and witness a breathtaking sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Walk through the ‘Valley of the Winds’, stay in a private bush camp on Kings Creek Cattle Station with stunning views over the George Gill Ranges and take a mind-blowing walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon).

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Experience fully-inclusive luxury aboard the famous Ghan in Gold Class
  • Extended stay in Alice Springs with local sightseeing
  • See Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Creek Station, Watarrka & more
  • Take part in indigenous cultural experiences with Aboriginal guides

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Ghan Train – Adelaide to Alice Springs (also available in reverse)
  • 1 night Ghan private Gold Class cabin
    • All meals onboard Ghan
    • FREE beverages throughout your train journey
    • Complimentary toiletries kit
    • Use of Outback Explorer Lounge
  • 4 nights Alice Springs hotel (normally 3-star)
  • 3 days/2 nights Uluru, Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuta escorted tour with permanent tented camping
  • Alice Springs half day tour
  • West MacDonnel Ranges day tour

Departs Mondays:

2021 – 1 February to 25 March & 10 October to 30 November

Note: Dates and prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking.

Get the Brochure:

Click here 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 extra nights in Adelaide or Alice Springs and there’s the opportunity to treat yourself and upgrade to 4 or 5-star hotels.

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?

Single traveller surcharge of approximately $1500 for a Gold Class single cabin with shared bathroom. Rates will be confirmed at time of booking.

Booking Conditions:

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

Rail & Tours with sightseeing

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

From Adelaide to Alice Springs. (This tour operates in the reverse direction as below from Alice Springs to Adelaide – please ask for details.)

DAY 1: Overnight Ghan Train Adelaide to Alice Springs
Fly into Adelaide and make your way by taxi from the airport to the Ghan railway station to begin your journey to Alice Springs. Train departs at 12.30 pm. Please advise your travel consultant if you would like to spend one hotel night in Adelaide pre tour (extra expense).
The journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes you through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery on the planet. As you travel from South Australia up toward its red centre you'll be amazed at the sheer size and beauty of this spectacular country. Adelaide's green hills and country vistas transform into dramatic mountain ranges and rocky outcrops, as you head further north the ochre earth and blue skies contrast in a show of incredible natural beauty. As you arrive into the Red Centre of Australia you can still sense the strong pioneering outback spirit of Alice Springs.

Day 2: Alice Springs
Arrive in Alice Springs on the Ghan and enjoy your morning at leisure. Make your way to your hotel and overnight. Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, both 1,500km away. It’s a popular gateway for exploring the Red Centre, the country's interior desert region. Its 1872 origin as part of the Overland Telegraph Line (linking Darwin and Adelaide) is preserved in the vintage buildings and equipment at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

Day 3: Alice Springs Day Tour
This morning you have 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 to 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.

Day 4: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Tour from Alice Springs
(Includes Lunch) Departing from Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 am, our adventure begins as we travel towards the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Our first stop is Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole. Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge. Afterwards, we journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years. Travelling on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the local Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata. Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm.

Day 5 – Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime. Our journey begins heading south to Erldunda travelling through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for refreshments and a Camel ride if you're keen (own expense). On the way to Uluru we stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip. After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we travel to the base of Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, hearing of the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa).

Continuing on, we meet our local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime authentic Indigenous cultural experience sharing stories and passing on traditional methods of painting that plays an important part in the sustainability of Aboriginal Culture. Starting with a walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole, at the base of Uluru, be guided by the Anangu hearing stories of this unique landscape and the connection between the art, culture and connection to the land. We conclude at the Cultural Centre, where you may explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna of this unique area.

Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert. Afterwards settle in at our remote private camp, complete with our Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds.

After dinner this evening, you may choose to view the Field of Light art installation (optional and additional expense). After being collected from a location close to your campsite you will be transferred to the Field of Light. Enjoy a walk through this incredible light display at your own pace before being transferred back to our campsite. The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is Bruce Munro’s largest work to date. Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white. We highly recommend booking your Field of Light experience early as this does book out in advance. This can be done at the same time as placing your reservation with us. All Field of Light bookings are on request and will be confirmed after placing booking. Our reservations team will be in touch if there is no availability on your departure date, otherwise you are ready to experience this magical once in a lifetime experience. Meals Lunch (If joining tour from Alice Springs) – Dinner

Day 6 – Ayers Rock to Kings Creek Station
Rising early, take a short walk to a lookout close to our campsite to view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta without the hustle and bustle of the public viewing areas before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the "Valley of the Winds". Afterwards, we're off to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights' private bush camp, complete with bush toilet and shower. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and gives you a real feel for the outback. Dinner around the campfire makes for a very social time with another night out under the stars. Tonight, listen for the sound of dingoes howling in the distance while watching the desert sky light up above you. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7 – Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs
Today we head off to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka. We'll visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. Later we start making our way back to Alice Springs travelling on a typical outback dirt road. We'll drop you back at your accommodation early evening and usually all meet later for a bit of a night on the town (Alice seems like the big smoke after 3 days in the bush). For those finishing at Uluru tomorrow, a nights accommodation in Alice Springs is included tonight. (For those finishing in Alice Springs, accommodation is included in Alice Springs tonight). Meals Breakfast & Lunch

Day: 8 Depart Alice Springs.
Please catch a taxi to Alice Springs Airport as the tour comes to end today and memories begin.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road 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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