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Ghan Rail & Kimberley Trail

$9,999

It doesn’t get much bigger, bolder and more Australian than this incredible adventure from Adelaide to Darwin on the legendary Ghan train, time to explore the Top End and a 4WD adventure on the Kimberley Trail to Broome! Plus you can book early to save big!

Description

Ghan Rail, Darwin & Kimberley Trail Tour – 23 days

It doesn’t get much bigger, bolder and more breathtakingly Australian than this incredible adventure!

The journey starts in Adelaide, where you’ll board the iconic Ghan for an extraordinary journey from south to north through the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Your all-inclusive train ride from Adelaide to Darwin is an experience you won’t forget any time soon, with regionally inspired dining onboard, fine wines and drinks flowing freely, plus great guided off-train experiences.

The “wow” moments don’t stop when you reach Darwin and experience a thrilling Jumping Crocodile luxury tour and cruise on the mighty Adelaide River. There’s also time to explore the Top End at your own pace.

Next get set for an incredible 4WD adventure that takes you on the popular Kimberley Trail from Darwin to Broome, exploring the highlights of Katherine and the Kimberley en route.

Start with a cruise up spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge before arriving in Western Australia. Explore the Lake Argyle and Ord River region. Venture into remote Purnululu National Park to explore the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles then take the Gibb River Road and discover the Mitchell Plateau and El Questro Wilderness Park. Immerse yourself in the West Kimberley Gorges before arriving into Broome, home to Cable Beach and local producers of exquisite south sea pearls.

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Indulge in fully-inclusive luxury aboard the famous Ghan with Gold Service
  • Enjoy exploring Darwin, with its sunset markets, war memorials, great eateries & more
  • Take a thrilling 4WD tour through some of Australia’s most remote & spectacular regions
  • So many inclusions & sightseeing highlights, like a scenic helicopter transfer & cultural cruise!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 1 Night Adelaide Hotel (Holiday Inn Express Adelaide or similar) 
  •  Ghan Train – 3 days Adelaide to Darwin
    • 2 nights Ghan Gold Service twin cabin with private ensuite
    • All meals onboard Ghan
    • FREE beverages throughout your train journey
    • Cabin steward service, in-cabin music and commentary
    • FREE toiletries kit
    • Use of “Outback Explorer Lounge”
    • All Ghan Off-Train Excursions & Activities (eg Alice Springs, Katherine, Marla, Manguri)
  • 4 Nights Darwin Hotel (Double Tree by Hilton Darwin or similar)
    • Darwin Tour
    • Jumping Crocodile Luxury Tour & Adelaide River Cruise
  • Darwin to Broome 4WD Tour
    • Experienced Tour Guides
    • Meals as specified
    • Camping Plus upgraded accommodation (see below)
    • National Park entry fees
    • Indigenous guided Tunnel Creek experience
    • Zebedee Springs permit
    • Mitchell Falls Scenic Helicopter Transfer
    • Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise
    • NitNit Dreaming Cultural Cruise
  • Meals – 22 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 12 dinners

Departs Adelaide:

2021 – 11, 25 May; 08, 22 June; 06, 20 July; 03, 24 August; 07 September

2022 – 10, 24 May; 7, 21 June; 5, 19 July; 2, 23 August; 06 September

Note: Subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date and seasonal surcharges.

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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 or upgrade?

You can add extra nights at the start or end of the trip. As us about hotel upgrades or enjoying Platinum class on the Ghan.

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. Please contact us for current single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

The regular price is valid until 31 March, 2021, unless sold out sooner.

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 and Escorted Tour

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Welcome to Adelaide
As you arrive into Adelaide you can feel the history and culture of this splendid boutique city. 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.
Overnight Adelaide Accommodation.

DAYS 2-4 Ghan Adelaide to Alice Springs to Darwin
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 Darwin.

Take a magical journey through the heart of the continent, for three 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 and the balmy tropical grandeur of Northern Territory's capital Darwin.

When you arrive into Darwin you can sense the cosmopolitan and thriving atmosphere of this historic tropical north Australian city. Please catch a taxi to 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.

Details on your Ghan journey and inclusions on board The Ghan:
Relax in your private Gold Class Cabin and watch the red heart of Australia pass by through your large window. Enjoy all meals onboard the Ghan in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (flexible times, hearty breakfasts, two course lunches, three course dinners). Your package includes FREE soft drinks, beers, high-quality standard wines, base spirits, tea and coffee throughout your journey on board. You will also receive a FREE toiletries kit. You have your own en suite, Cabin Steward service, in-cabin music and detailed journey commentary (available from your cabin sound system) and you will love the cosy but exclusive atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge. 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Luxury Alice Springs Coach Tour (Adelaide to Darwin customers only), Luxury Katherine Gorge Tour, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.

DAY 5 Darwin Tour
The tropical northern city of Darwin is located on a massive and spectacular harbour on the Timor Sea. It has a multicultural population of 129,062 people, that is a melting-pot cultures from more than 50 countries, who pride themselves on their unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Darwin has year round balmy weather and has many popular attractions including Aquascene, Burnett House, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Convention Centre, Deckchair Cinema, East Point Reserve & Lake Alexander, Fannie Bay Gaol, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, Lyons Cottage, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Northern Territory Parliament House, USS Peary Memorial and the fascinating World War II Oil Storage Tunnels. There is plenty to see and do in our magnificent and vibrant Top End.
Darwin Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Overnight Accommodation.

DAY 6 Explore Darwin
The vibrant city of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory has a wealth of exciting things to see and do, get a taste of the city on a visit to Mindil Beach Markets, sail Darwin's fabulous harbour, enjoy outdoor festivals, art precincts and waterside restaurants, the city is also the gateway to sensational Litchfield National Park and the Tiwi Islands.
Overnight Darwin Accommodation.

DAY 7 Jumping Crocodiles Luxury Day Tour & Cruise
Enjoy some free-time this morning to explore Darwin before you set off for an exciting afternoon.

Today you will cruise the Adelaide River in crocodile infested waters, watch as your guide entices wild saltwater crocodiles to jump and snatch their food (witnessing crocodiles in a relatively close situation), visit Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre (educational display with sweeping views over the wetlands, plus see birds of prey scavenge for leftovers), see Fogg Dam Nature Reserve (Top End wetlands eco system with an abundance of birds and reptiles). Today is an amazing adventure.

Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Cruise Along Adelaide River, Overnight Accommodation.

Day 8 Free day Darwin
Free day to explore Darwin at leisure. Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its 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.

Day 9 Nitmiluk Gorge & Katherine
Departing Darwin at approximately 7am we travel south to the natural spring of Edith Falls. After a break and a refreshing dip, we head for the remote outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. This inspiring natural wonder comprises 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On an afternoon NitNit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore two of these gorges and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. (LD)

Day 10 Lake Argyle
We continue west along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into Western Australia as we travel to expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. The sunset cruise on the lake is a stunning way to end the day. (BL)

Days 11-12 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years.
Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic helicopter flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $450pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

Days 13-14 El Questro Wilderness Park
Two nights here allows free time join one or more of the many activities on offer. This could include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a bush tucker walk or a bird watching tour. Or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)

Day 15 Drysdale Station
Drysdale River Station is an oasis in the outback. This million acre, family owned and operated cattle station, runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle and lies in the North Kimberley on the Gibb River Road. Hanging out in the true blue Australian outback means you have all the magical scenery and feeling of isolation you could ask for. On arrival you may wish to explore the nearby surroundings or sit back and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden, warm yourself around the log fire in the cool night air. (BL)

Days 16-17 Mitchell Plateau
Our two day diversion to the majestic Mitchell Plateau is a highlight of the trip. Enter real 4WD country as we travel the rugged Kalumburu Road then turn off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. After crossing rivers and passing through ancient Livistonia palm forests, we emerge from the savannah and onto the Mitchell Plateau. With two nights camping in the National Park, we trek to Little and Big Merten Falls, take a dip in pristine plunge pools and view Bradshaw rock art. A return scenic helicopter flight offers a bird’s eye view of this extraordinary landscape. (BLD/BLD)

Day 18 Mt Elizabeth Station
Descending from the plateau we travel to the Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, where you will be able to enjoy the scenery and see what Kimberley cattle station life is really like. Surrounded by water spots, rocky rises and grasslands, you will be sure to take a great photo, enjoy bush walks and settle in for a lovely evening in the Kimberley outback. (BLD)

Day 19 Silent Grove
Discover lily-laden Galvans Gorge, and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, pausing for a refreshing swim on our way to Silent Grove. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years – an easy place to while away a few hours! (BLD)

Day 20 Windjana Gorge
Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and Indigenous bush tucker before setting up camp.
 (BLD)

Day 21 Tunnel Creek
The morning is spent exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800’s. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. After lunch, we return to the Gibb River Road and visit the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’ before completing our journey to Broome. 
(BLD)

Day 22 Free day Broome
The 24-hour Broome Explorer Pass allows for unlimited travel on the routes of the Broome Explorer Bus. It also provides a range of exclusive offers to allow you to make the most of your time in Broome. Specials deals with:
Willie Creek Pearls tours, Zookeepers Store Restaurant, Zanders Restaurant
Matso's Broome Brewery, Mount Romance Sandlewood Co, Broome Time Accom and Art Gallery

Day 23 Broome
You are free to depart Broome at any time today. If you have more time we recommend you consider a Broome Sights town tour to discover the secrets of this fabulous outback town, or take a trip up to Cape Leveque for a day. (B)

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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