The Outback Railway

6 Day Short Break | Adelaide to Alice Springs

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Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only.

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Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement

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Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).
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Duration 6 Day Short Break

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The Outback Railway

6 Day Short Break | Adelaide to Alice Springs

Experience the spectacular Red Centre by rail and road! Board The Ghan in Adelaide for an unforgettable overnight train journey to Alice Springs. Then discover the ancient natural wonders of the outback including sunrise and sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock), as well as Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Departs

Sun, Adelaide
(Apr - Mar)

Flights to arrive prior to 10.00am

Returns

Morning of Day 6,  Alice Springs

Flights to depart anytime

On arrival in Adelaide make your own way to Adelaide Parklands Terminal to board The Ghan for your journey to Alice Springs (flights to arrive prior to 10.00am). Once you’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your Gold Service fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin. Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged Mallee scrub.

Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea. Your three-course dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and the selection of wines is equally outstanding with expert staff to help you find the perfect drop to match your meal. For those with a little steam left in the engine, make new friends in the Lounge or head back to your cabin for a good night’s sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise.

Hotel: The Ghan Gold Service, Overnight train

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Wake up and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of South Australia. Back on board, it’s time for brunch or even a full breakfast. And while you’re in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate sauce and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure, so why not take an Alice Springs town tour to visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region (own expense).

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Included Meals: Breakfast

Depart Alice Springs through the rugged desert landscape, passing the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Stop at a camel farm, where there’s the opportunity to ride one of these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense). View flat-topped Atila (Mt. Conner) in the distance, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon join your guide for a drive around the base of Uluru then travel to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here view Aboriginal rock art and learn about the area as your Driver Guide points out native flora and fauna and explains the history of Uluru.

After a visit to the cultural centre you’ll head to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking colour changes of Uluru, while enjoying sparkling wine and nibbles. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy our delicious award-winning barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting). Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival and dine on a meal of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken, garlic prawns and a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Barbecue Dinner

Rise early to travel to the sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, near Uluru and watch the first sunlight of the day creep across the desert plains it all its glory. Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee as the morning sun slowly changes the colour of Uluru. Travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Continue to the base of Walpa Gorge to explore the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations.

In the early afternoon travel through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort. Pass through Curtin Springs Cattle Station before viewing Atila (Mt. Conner) from the coach. After turning off the Lasseter Highway and on to the Luritja Road your Driver Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle area.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms

This morning join your Driver Guide for the rocky climb to the canyon rim for superb views of Watarrka National Park (for those with a good level of fitness). Alternatively explore the canyon creek bed, an easier, shady walk. Travel through the desert to Alice Springs.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs



Note: During the hotter months of the year where temperatures can reach and exceed 36° C or 97° F, the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb.  In this drier desert climate heat exhaustion, over these hotter months, is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions.  To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients we offer a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as an alternative.

Your short break concludes this morning. You’ll be transferred to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Travel Date
1 Dec 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
Adult Twin
$2240
Child
$1792
Single
$2650
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During the day, the compact Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Your journey will be made even more comfortable with service from our hospitality attendant including fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower.

The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.

The comfortable Standard Rooms offer spacious Kings Canyon accommodation with a separate en suite bathroom with shower/bath. Rooms feature either two double beds or one queen bed. Interconnecting rooms are also available.

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Need accommodation?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Ticket
  • Accommodation
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers - flight details to be provided 14 days prior to tour departure date

All prices are per person, land and rail content only. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

*Single traveller must pay the single price. Shared facilities in a Single Cabin. Price for private facilities in a Twin Cabin is available on request

What to Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle to hold 3 litres for the Rim Walk or 1.5 litres for the Creek Bed Walk
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Uluru: Low level of fitness required. Approximately 1 hour gentle walk
  • Kata Tjuta: Moderate level of fitness required. Uneven surfaces to complete Walpa Gorge walk Guests can return to the coach at any time if needed
  • Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for the 3 hour canyon Rim Walk
  • Low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon Creek Bed Walk

Dining

  • Breakfast (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Dinners (2)

Flight Information

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 10am into Adelaide Airport
  • Day 6: Flights to depart anytime from Alice Springs Airport

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