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Darwin to Uluru Rail Break (7 day)

  • The Ghan

    The Ghan

  • Darwin

    Darwin

  • Kakadu Escarpment

    Kakadu Escarpment

  • Ubirr

    Ubirr

  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise

    Yellow Water Billabong Cruise

  • Angkerle (Standley Chasm)

    Angkerle (Standley Chasm)

  • Alice Springs

    Alice Springs

  • Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas)

  • Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

    Uluṟu (Ayers Rock)

  • Muṯitjulu Waterhole

    Muṯitjulu Waterhole

Tour codes: DRY7

Prices From

$2317

adult twin ?

$1854

child ?

$2661

single ?
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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

On arrival at Darwin Airport, (flights anytime) you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to explore Darwin.

Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Standard), Darwin

Day 2: Darwin – Kakadu National Park

Travel across Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains and deep into Kakadu National Park. There is the opportunity for an optional 50 minute scenic flight (own expense). Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu; we join our local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. before returning to Darwin.

Hotel: Aurora Kakadu, Superior Room (Standard)

Included Meals: Lunch

Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight (50 mins)
Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight (50 mins)
FROM
  • $210 adult
  • $168 child

Add-on a 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment.

Experiencing Kakadu from the air gives you a true sense of the vastness of this amazing landscape. Between June & November, this fabulous scenic flight takes you out over Arnhem Land and Dinosaur Valley, following the rugged escarpment along the boundary of Kakadu National Park. It passes ancient Nourlangie and Lightning Dreaming, the beautiful savannah woodlands, South Alligator River, deep-water billabongs and floodplains. Between December & May, you’ll fly over breathtaking Jim Jim and Twin Falls.

Day 3: Kakadu National Park – Darwin

This morning head off with your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.

Note: During the months of November to May, access to Ubirr and East Alligator River is not always possible. Alternative touring will be arranged.

Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Standard), Darwin.

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 4: Darwin – The Ghan

This morning is free for you to explore Darwin. This afternoon you will be transferred to Darwin Railway Station to board the Ghan bound for Alice Springs. Sit back, relax and enjoy the comfort of the train as the outback scenery passes by.

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

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 5: The Ghan – Alice Springs

On arrival in Alice Springs you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, tour the sights of 'The Alice' including The School of the Air. We 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.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Stop at the Camel Farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. Camels, ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia’s interior, were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. You have the opportunity to ride a camel (own expense). 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. Hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. There is time for stop at Mt Ebenezer road house for a quick break. 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 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. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide points out some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel (Standard), Ayers Rock Resort.

Optional Experience
Add-on Uluru Barbecue Dinner
Add-on Uluru Barbecue Dinner
FROM
  • $120 adult
  • $60 child

After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then dine on a menu of steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Day 7: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring 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. You will then be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flights. (Flights to depart after 1.00pm)

7 Day Rail Break

Departs

Sun,Darwin
(Apr & Nov-Mar)

Flights any time

Returns

Day 7, Ayers Rock Resort
11:00am approximately

Flights to depart after 1:00pm


(Reverse itinerary from Ayers Rock to Darwin is also available.
See tour YRD7)

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.
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • 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)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinner (1)

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Water bottle to hold 1 litre, or 3 litres for those choosing to do the Kings Canyon rim walk
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

  • Kakadu: Nourlangie Rock is a 1.5km walk around the base. The walk has built in steps along the path.
    Ubirr walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout.
  • Uluru: Low level of fitness required. 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 Standard Accommodation (DRY7)

Gold Service on The Ghan
Where you'll be staying
  • Travelodge Mirambeena Resort  
  • Aurora Kakadu, Superior Room  
  • The Ghan Gold Service  
  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters  
  • Desert Gardens Hotel  
> More detail
FROM
$2317
adult twin ?
$1854
child ?
$2661
adult single ?

Note: This itinerary is valid from 1 April 2017. 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.



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.

  • Standard (R)

  • Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
    64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0800
    • Standard Room at Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
    • Driveway and front entry to Travelodge Mirambeena
    • Swimming Pool at Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
    • Treetops Restaurant at Travelodge Mirambeena
    • Swimming Pool Area at Travelodge Mirambeena Resort

    Located in the heart of the CBD, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin is an inner city oasis, close to everything in town while providing privacy in a lush setting.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • LCD TV
    • In-house movies
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Dining table and chairs
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Refrigerator
    • Radio
    • In-room safe
  • Aurora Kakadu, Superior Room
    South Alligator, Kakadu National Park/Arnhem Hwy, Kakadu, NT 0886
    • Superior Room at Aurora Kakadu Hotel
    • Wetlands Kakadu Restaurant at Aurora Kakadu Hotel
    • Swimming Pool at Aurora Kakadu Hotel
    • Exterior grounds at Aurora Kakadu Hotel
    • Aerial View at Aurora Kakadu Hotel

    Aurora Kakadu is located at South Alligator in the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Set in attractive, spacious & lush tropical surroundings, you can marvel at the stunning wildlife from the comfort of this unique resort.  Aurora Kakadu is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day sightseeing, from a dip in the refreshing pool to watching the sun set over the resort billabong, it really is the perfect place to end your day.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Ensuite
    • TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • 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
  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
    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
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