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South Australia to Red Centre Rock & Rail


From Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, to travelling on the incredible Ghan train through Australia’s Red Centre and watching the sun rise over Uluru – this wonderful trip will be as memorable as it is legendary!


Adelaide to Alice Springs with, Kangaroo Island, Ghan Rail & Uluru – 13 days

From Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, to travelling by train through Australia’s Red Centre and watching the sun rise over Uluru – this trip will be as memorable as it is legendary!

Your adventure begins in Adelaide, where you’ll have time to explore the City of Churches before spending two nights on stunning Kangaroo Island and joining a guided tour that introduces you to the island’s fascinating wildlife. Next, board the wonderful Ghan train bound for Alice Springs and enjoy the special Gold Class service that includes gourmet dining and all your drinks. Travel north and witness South Australia’s green hills gradually change to the ochre red of the Flinders Ranges, before crossing the border to the Northern Territory and arriving in Alice Springs the next morning.

There’s more amazing sightseeing in Alice Springs, including a day tour to West MacDonnell Ranges. Then travel further into the heart of Australia on a three-day tour that will feel like the adventure of a lifetime. Aboriginal guides will provide authentic Indigenous cultural experiences, discover unique flora and fauna, see dramatic rock formations, witness a breathtaking sunrise over Kata Tjuta and see the incredible changing colours of Uluru at sunset!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Treat yourself to fully-inclusive luxury aboard the famous Ghan in Gold Class
  • Explore Adelaide & enjoy amazing wildlife experiences on Kangaroo Island
  • Stay in remote private camps, complete with comfortable tents & ‘Endless Star’ dining
  • Aboriginal guides help you feel the spirit of this ancient land

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 3 nights Adelaide – superior hotel (typically 4-star)
  • 2 nights Kangaroo Island – hotel accommodation
  • Ghan Train – Adelaide to Alice Springs
    • 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
    • 4 nights Alice Springs Hotel (3.5 to 4 Star typically)
  • 3 days / 2 nights Uluru, Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta escorted permanent tented camping tour.
  • Adelaide city tour
  • Return transport & cruise to Kangaroo Island
  • South Eastern Kangaroo Island luxury coach tour
  • Alice Springs Half day Tour
  • West MacDonnell Ranges Escorted Coach Tour
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary

Departs Wednesdays:

2021 – 27 January to 24 March, 21 April to 16 June, 21 July to 15 September, 6 October to 8 December

Note: Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Prices may vary depending on your travel date.

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.

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 guarantees your own hotel rooms and includes 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

Independent, Rail & Tours with sightseeing



DAY 1 Arrive Adelaide
Arrive in Adelaide and feel the history and culture of 'The City of Churches'. Please catch a taxi from the airport or make your way to your 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 Adelaide.

DAY 2 Adelaide City Tour
Adelaide is famous for stylish architecture, beautiful parklands, boutique shopping, cafe strips, sandy swimming beaches, fabulous arts events, festivals, nightlife, and sandstone cottages with sweeping gardens. The diverse cultural mix of its one million population guarantees that the food is sensational. Adelaide is Australia's wine capital and lies between rolling hills to the east and beautiful sandy beaches to the west, with world class vineyards within easy reach.

Your friendly driver will pick you up in the comfortable air-conditioned luxury coach before sharing experiences, fascinating facts and enchanting stories in the onboard full commentary throughout the morning. Today see Victoria Square (heart of Adelaide City), Gouger Street (restaurant cafe strip), King William Street's famous boulevard, The Terraces (4 terraces that separate the city from its greenbelts) and Adelaide's magnificent parks, gardens and greenbelts. See River Torrens with its delightful garden banks, Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church (Adelaide's oldest church), fashionable Hutt Street and stop at Haigh's Chocolates to enjoy complimentary tea or coffee accompanied by fine Haigh's chocolates (Haigh's unavailable on Sundays).

See Beehive Corner at Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval (one of Australia's most notable cricket grounds and houses the Bradman collection), the quaint suburbs of North Adelaide; O'Connell Street (restaurants and trendy shops), St Peter's Cathedral, Colonel Light's Lookout on Montefiore Hill (spectacular views over Adelaide).

DAY 3 Tour to Cape Jervis & Cruise to Kangaroo Island
Choose from either an early morning pick up or afternoon pick up and tour to Cape Jervis to meet your cruise to Kangaroo Island.
Enjoy the 45 minute cruise to Kangaroo Island while taking in views of the St Vincent Gulf on one side and Long Bay on the other. On arrival on Kangaroo Island, get transferred to your Kangaroo Island hotel.

DAY 4 Discover Seal Bay
This morning get picked up from your hotel for your full day tour of Kangaroo Island.
Visit Seal Bay, home to the largest colony of Australian sea lions in Australia and join a guided walk along the beach to view these beautiful creatures. Take a tour of Emu Ridge Distillery, South Australia’s only eucalyptus oil distillery with oil that is distilled from the endemic Kangaroo Island narrow leaf mallee. You will also enjoy a special 2 course lunch in a unique bush setting at Vivonne Bay.

Discover a delightful interactive experience at the Raptor Domain, where you can watch an Australian “Birds of Prey” display. You will also visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, that is home to over 150 species of native Australian wildlife and where you can learn about endangered species, view snakes and crocodiles as well as get up close and personal with koalas and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Later, you will be dropped back at your Kangaroo Island hotel.

DAY 5 Cruise to Cape Jervis & Return to Adelaide
Enjoy an early morning pick up from your Kangaroo Island hotel and get transferred to your cruise back to Cape Jervis. On arrival in Cape Jervis you will be transferred to Adelaide for your overnight hotel accommodation.

DAY 6: Overnight Ghan Train Adelaide to Alice Springs
Please check out of your hotel and catch a taxi to the Ghan railway station to begin your journey to Alice Springs. Train departs at 12.30 pm. 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 towards the Northern Territory, 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 7: Alice Springs
Arrive in Alice Springs on the Ghan, make your way to your hotel and enjoy your morning at leisure. 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 8: Alice Springs Day Tour
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 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 9: 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 10 – 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 in advance as this does book out in advance. This can be done at the same time as placing your reservation with us. If booking on-line choose the ‘Book now’ button on this page, select your date of travel and number of passengers to display the Field of Light option under ‘OPTIONAL EXTRAS’. All Field of Light bookings are on request and will be confirmed within 24 hours of 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 in Alice Springs, accommodation is included in Alice Springs tonight. Meals Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 13 – 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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