short break icon 6 Day Short Break

The Outback Railway

  • The Ghan

    The Ghan

  • Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

    Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

  • Kings Canyon

    Kings Canyon

  • Uluṟu Sunrise

    Uluṟu Sunrise

  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience

    Aboriginal Cultural Experience

  • Uluṟu Base Walk

    Uluṟu Base Walk

  • Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

    Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

Tour codes: ZRA6B, ZRA6R

Prices From

$2154

adult twin ?

$1718

child ?

$2396

single ?
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Accommodation Standards

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide – The Ghan

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). Sit back, relax and enjoy the comfort of the train as the outback scenery passes you by.

Hotel: The Ghan Gold Service (Budget or Standard), Overnight train

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: The Ghan – Alice Springs

When you arrive at Alice Springs Railway Station you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore or relax.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis (Budget) or Lasseters Hotel (Standard), Alice Springs

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset & Barbecue

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: Outback Pioneer Hotel (Budget) or Desert Gardens Hotel (Standard), Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Barbecue Dinner

Day 4: Uluru – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – Kings Canyon

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. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. This afternoon travel to Kings Canyon.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms (Budget or Standard)

Day 5: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

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: Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis (Budget) or Lasseters Hotel (Standard), Alice Springs

Day 6: Farewell from Alice Springs

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

Note:

  • Kings Canyon on day 5 — 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.

6 Day Short Break

Departs

Sun (Apr - Mar) from Adelaide

(flights to arrive prior to 10.00am)

Returns

Morning of day 6 at Alice Springs

(flights anytime)

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

  • Accommodation
  • National Park Entry Fee
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided no later than 14 days prior to departure.


Dining

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

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat 
  • Water bottle to hold 3 litres
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

  • Uluru: Low level of fitness required. The Kuniya Walk is approximately 1 hour gentle walk on flat ground.
  • Kata Tjuta: Moderate level of fitness required. Walking on uneven surface required to complete Walpa Gorge walk, however, guests can return to the coach at any time if needed.
  • Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for three hour walk around the canyon’s rim. 
    Or low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon floor walk.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

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.

Tour with Budget Accommodation (ZRA6B)

Standard Room at Outback Pioneer Hotel
Where you'll be staying
  • The Ghan Gold Service  
  • Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis  
  • Outback Pioneer Hotel  
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms  
> More detail
FROM
$2154
adult twin ?
$1718
child ?
$2396
adult single ?

Tour with Standard Accommodation (ZRA6R)

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Where you'll be staying
  • The Ghan Gold Service  
  • Lasseters Hotel  
  • Desert Gardens Hotel  
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms  
> More detail
FROM
$2199
adult twin ?
$1754
child ?
$2486
adult single ?

Note:

  • All prices are per person, land and rail content only. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.
  • If the hotel lished is unavailable, you will be accommodated at a hotel of comparable standard.
  • *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.


Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. 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.

  • Budget (B)

  • The Ghan Gold Service
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Twin Room (Night)
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Twin Room (Day)
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Room
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Restaurant
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Restaurant

    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.

    • Features
    • Compact sleeper accommodation
    • Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments
    • Cabin Steward service
    • In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary
    • Complimentary toiletries kit
    • Free ‘Platform’ magazine
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis
    10 Gap Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870
    • Standard Room at Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis
    • Reception area at Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis
    • Exterior & driveway at Ibis Styles Alice Springs
    • Seasons Restaurant at Ibis Styles Oasis
    • Swimming Pool at Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis

    Set among tropical gardens in Alice Springs, the hotel is a haven for travellers exploring the area. The Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis sits just minutes from the town centre and features two pools, a spa, sauna, BBQ area, restaurant and bar. The hotel’s location is ideal for exploring the attractions of Alice Springs.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Ensuite
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Hair Dryer
    • In-house movies
  • Outback Pioneer Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872
    • BBQ Area at Outback Pioneer Hotel
    • Reception area at Outback Pioneer Hotel
    • Pool Area at night at Outback Pioneer Hotel
    • Standard Room at Outback Pioneer Hotel
    • Outback Pioneer Hotel's front exterior at night

    The Outback Pioneer Hotel provides comfortable, clean accommodation for the traveller who is simply looking for somewhere to rest between their outback adventures.

    Standard Rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature one queen and one single bed. All rooms have private en suite, television and movies on demand.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Hair dryer
    • Private bathroom
    • Refrigerator
    • ISD/STD phone
    • In-house movies
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872
    • Exterior view of Kings Canyon Resort
    • Standard Room at Kings Canyon Resort
    • Aerial view of Kings Canyon Resort
    • Rocky lookout at Kings Canyon Resort

    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.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Wi-Fi
    • Phone
    • Ensuite
    • Insect screens
    • Hair Dryer
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Blankets
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
  • The Ghan Gold Service
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Twin Room (Night)
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Twin Room (Day)
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Room
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Restaurant
    • The Ghan Gold Service - Restaurant

    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.

    • Features
    • Compact sleeper accommodation
    • Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments
    • Cabin Steward service
    • In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary
    • Complimentary toiletries kit
    • Free ‘Platform’ magazine
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Lasseters Hotel
    93 Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT, 0870
    • Front Exterior Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Front Exterior Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Pool at night at Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
    • Superior Room at Lasseters Hotel 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.

    • Features
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Mini Bar
    • 26” LCD flat screen with Austar
    • In-house movies
    • In-room safe
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Swimming Pool
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872
    • Reception at Desert Gardens
    • Arnguli Grill dining option at Desert Gardens
    • Superior Room at Desert Gardens
    • Swimming Pool at Desert Gardens

    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.

    Please Note: Desert Gardens is undergoing refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms and restaurant area. Completion of refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms will be May 2016 and the restaurant until March 2017.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Private veranda or courtyard
    • Heater
    • Hair dryer
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Mini Bar
    • In-room safe
    • In-house movies
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872
    • Exterior view of Kings Canyon Resort
    • Standard Room at Kings Canyon Resort
    • Aerial view of Kings Canyon Resort
    • Rocky lookout at Kings Canyon Resort

    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.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Wi-Fi
    • Phone
    • Ensuite
    • Insect screens
    • Hair Dryer
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Blankets
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
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