The Outback Railway

6 Day Short Break | Adelaide to Alice Springs

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The Outback Railway

6 Day Short Break | Adelaide to Alice Springs

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

12.20pm, Sun (Apr-May) & (Sep-Mar) Sun & Wed (Jun-Aug)

Returns

9:00am in Alice Springs

 

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. 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, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea. Dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy, and the selection of wines is equally outstanding. Then head back to your cabin for a good night’s sleep.

Hotel: The Ghan Gold Service, Overnight train

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Wake up and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at your morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of South Australia. Back on board, it’s time for brunch or even a full breakfast. After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs. (Transfer from The Ghan to your hotel is an additional cost.)

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginal people. There is time for a stop at a local roadhouse for a quick break, then 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, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Later, travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sites. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying sparkling wine. After sunset, continue to our exclusive venue, with Uluru as your backdrop, for a delicious barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting).

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Barbecue Dinner

Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight. Make your way to the viewing platform to see many kilometres into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. Later, travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta and continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through it follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Later, travel through the desert scenery to King Canyon Resort.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms

Make the steep rocky climb to the rim of the Kings Canyon for spectacular views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge from a series of look-out points along the way. Time permitting, your Guide may take you to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole. The rim walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. If you wish to take an easier, shorter walk instead, you will explore the boulder strewn canyon creek bed, getting up close to the native plants and birdlife that call this part of the world home. Travel on 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 in Alice Springs. (Airport transfer is an additional cost.)

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.

Day 1 - The Ghan Gold Service, Overnight train

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 Ghan Gold Service
Day 2 - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

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.

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Day 5 - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs

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.

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Day 3 - Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

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.

Desert Gardens Hotel
Day 4 - Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms

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.

Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

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

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

  • International flights to arrive into Adelaide prior to 9:00am
  • Domestic flights to arrive into Adelaide prior to 10:00am
  • Flights to depart Alice Springs after 9:00am

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