Outback Tracks

19 Day Guided Vacation | Adelaide Return

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Outback Tracks

19 Day Guided Vacation | Adelaide Return

Outback Tracks: Outback Adventure & Ghan Rail Journey

19 Day Guided Vacation

Adelaide Return

A momentous rail journey from Darwin to Adelaide at the end of your Outback Adventure holiday. Experience the vast Australian outback on board The Ghan. Travel through the heart of Australia and fall in love with the diverse dramatic landscapes. From the tropical far north, to Golden Outback and the rolling hills of Adelaide, you’ll experience it all!

This itinerary is valid from 1 April 2019.

The Ghan Rail Journey

  • Iconic railway journey on The Ghan Expedition
  • Travel in the style and comfort of Gold Service
  • Indulge in all-inclusive local food and beverages
  • Relax in your private cabin as you watch the landscape go by
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions

Outback Adventure Guided Holiday

  • Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
  • Wine tasting in the Clare Valley
  • Explore Wilpena Pound
  • Discover opals at Coober Pedy
  • Sparkling wine at a magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Discover indigenous culture in the Red Centre
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Learn about the traditions of the Arrente people at Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Dine with the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary
  • Discover Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
  • Swim at Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge
  • Spot wildlife on the Yellow Water Billabong
  • View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu
  • Swim beneath Litchfield’s pristine waterfalls
  • Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise
  • Included Choice Experiences in Darwin

On arrival today, explore the major sights of the ‘City of Churches’. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Meet the traders and share the history of this 140-year old icon. Relax this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting with a local food expert at the Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares.

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Take a walk with your Travel Director this morning to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound. Journey through Pichi Richi Pass and the historic town of Quorn on your way to Port Augusta, a natural harbour on the Spencer Gulf. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments, Port Augusta

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through salt-lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings, including a church and a private residence.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to dual World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you witness the sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Rise early this morning to experience a majestic Red Centre sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, you may like to take either a self-guided stroll or a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to superb Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Leave Ayers Rock this morning to travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, whose ancient red rock walls soar 100 metres above Kings Creek. The 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Travelling past vast cattle properties today, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station, then drive to Anzac Hill for panoramic views over ‘The Alice’.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People at Alice Springs Desert Park. Gain an insight into the endangered animals of the Red Centre and enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey show. Later, visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this iconic facility provides emergency medical assistance in the outback. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a homecooked Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Afterwards, hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Visit the legendary School of the Air this morning, then travel north, stopping to view Karlu Karlu, an intriguing outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. Your accommodation tonight is at the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Tennant Creek

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Today you’ll travel further north, visiting the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs is a must-do. Journey on to Katherine for the night.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its stunning variety of birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, which affords magnificent views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments. This afternoon in Darwin, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner, visit Crocosaurus Cove, or perhaps sit back and relax under the stars at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the park’s amazing termite mounds. Stop to view Florence Falls, then venture on to Wangi Falls for an opportunity to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner

Take the day to relax before you board The Ghan tomorrow for your historic rail journey to Adelaide.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your journey aboard The Ghan begins at Darwin Railway Station, where friendly staff will lead you to your comfortable private cabin. Take your time settling in, as the views from your window grow ever more rugged and spectacular. Lunch in the lushly appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to delight, with all dishes prepared on board by talented chefs. Arrive in Katherine this afternoon refreshed and ready to experience spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

Hotel: The Ghan Gold Service, Private cabin, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Wake up this morning in a world that feels a million miles from home. The outback sunrise could be one of the most majestic you’ll ever see. After breakfast you’ll arrive in Alice Springs, where you can embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town’s landmarks, take a closer look at some of Australia’s unique flora and fauna, or explore The Alice at your leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

After breakfast this morning, as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri, a friendly guide awaits to whisk you away to the remote opal-mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Venture into the tunnels and caves of the town, visiting the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church. The famous Coober Pedy Golf Course is the only course in the world boasting reciprocal rights with St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Enjoy a gourmet lunch in a unique underground location before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape of the Breakaways Conservation Park.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

A dramatic transformation takes place this morning as the rich ochre tones of the outback landscape make way for the lush green fields pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast you’ll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide and your momentous journey comes to an end. Make your own way to your hotel or airport.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Overlooking either Adelaide's historic parklands or the CBD, the superior rooms offer recently refurbished decor, with a selection of bedding configurations, large work desks, excellent lighting, flat screen colour televisions, broadband internet, variety of cable channels and in-house movies.

    Features

  • Broadband Internet access
  • Executive Desk
  • Marble bathroom with double vanity
  • In-room safe
  • Communal self-catering kitchen
  • Laundry/Valet service
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Coat stand
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Majestic Oasis Apartments is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta, only 3 hours drive North of Adelaide in South Australia. The property comprises 75 self-contained serviced apartments.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • LCD TV
  • Austar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Guest Laundry
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Electric blankets
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

For the best in Outback Accommodation and Tours - an experience of a lifetime. The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy.

    Features

  • Colour TV
  • In-house movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Internet access
  • IDD Phones
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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.

    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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Retreat to the luxury of Kings Canyon Resort after an active day of hiking through the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park. The sensitively designed property is located in Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon. Naturally, the Kings Canyon Resort has been built to blend in harmoniously with the surround.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Insect screens
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Blankets
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar
  • Hair dryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Paraway Motel is within walking distance to the town centre. Set in tropical gardens with a shaded pool, Paraway Motel is a great place to relax while on holiday or traveling for work.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Refrigerator
  • Phone
  • TV
  • Guest Laundry
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.

    Features

  • Bathtub and shower
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Ensuite
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Mantra on the Esplanade offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin’s CBD. The property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset. 

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Phone
  • Internet Access
  • LCD TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness required for walks at Wilpena Pound, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
  • Walking on uneven surfaces is required to complete the walks, though there are alternate options available

Dining

  • 18 Full Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 11 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Adelaide Airport
  • Day 19 – flights to depart after 3.00pm from Adelaide Airport

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