short break icon 7 Day Rail Break

Darwin to Uluṟu 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: DRY7B, DRY7R

Prices From

$2299

adult twin ?

$1834

child ?

$2566

single ?
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Accommodation Standards

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

On arrival in Darwin you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Budget Motel Room (Budget) or Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Standard), Darwin

Day 2: Darwin – Kakadu National Park

Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries.

Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (Budget) or Aurora Kakadu, Superior Room (Standard)

Included Meals: Lunch

Optional Experience:
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.

Optional Experience
Add On Kakadu Scenic Flight (50 min)
Add On Kakadu Scenic Flight (50 min)
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 Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes.

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, Budget Motel Room (Budget) or 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 (Budget or Standard), Overnight train.

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 5: The Ghan – Alice Springs

On arrival at Alice Springs Railway Station you will be transferred to your hotel. Tour the sights of ‘The Alice’ including the historic Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Finish the day with views from Anzac Hill.

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

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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.

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

Optional Experience: 
Add-on the
 Uluru Barbecue Dinner

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). 

Optional Experience
Add-on Uluru Barbecue Dinner
Add-on Uluru Barbecue Dinner
Day 7: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta – Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Watch the gorgeous sunrise at Uluru then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Return to Ayers Rock Resort before transferring to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 12.30pm).

7 Day Rail Break

Departs

Sun (Apr-Jul & Nov-Mar) from Darwin

(Flights any time)

Returns

11:00 approximately
at Ayers Rock Resort 

(Flights to depart after 12.30pm)


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

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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)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Dinner (1)

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat 
  • Water bottle
  • 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 (DRY7B)

Standard Room at Outback Pioneer Hotel
Where you'll be staying
  • Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Budget Motel Room  
  • Aurora Kakadu  
  • The Ghan Gold Service  
  • Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis  
  • Outback Pioneer Hotel  
> More detail
FROM
$2299
adult twin ?
$1834
child ?
$2566
adult single ?

Tour with Standard Accommodation (DRY7R)

Gold Service on The Ghan
Where you'll be staying
  • Travelodge Mirambeena Resort  
  • Aurora Kakadu, Superior Room  
  • The Ghan Gold Service  
  • Lasseters Hotel  
  • Desert Gardens Hotel  
> More detail
FROM
$2349
adult twin ?
$1874
child ?
$2666
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)

  • Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Budget Motel Room
    64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0800
    • Driveway and front entry to Travelodge Mirambeena
    • Swimming Pool Area at Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
    • Treetops Restaurant at Travelodge Mirambeena
    • Budget Motel Room 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
    • In-room safe
    • Hair Dryer
    • Shower
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Air-conditioning
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Flat Screen TV
  • Aurora Kakadu
    South Alligator, Kakadu National Park/Arnhem Hwy, Kakadu, NT 0886
    • Aurora Kakadu Hotel Standard Room
    • Wetlands Kakadu Restaurant at Aurora Kakadu Hotel
    • Aurora Kakadu Hotel Swimming Pool
    • Aurora Kakadu Hotel Exterior
    • Aurora Kakadu Hotel Aerial View

    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
    • Ensuite
    • Private balcony
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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