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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 | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Oct 2021

Outback Tracks: Outback Adventure & Ghan Rail Journey

19 Day Guided Vacation

Adelaide Return

Experience the vast Australian outback onboard The Ghan Expedition, a legendary train and unforgettable adventure. Combining one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with AAT Kings’ flagship Outback Adventure provides the ultimate exploration through Australia’s dramatic outback.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Explore the best of South Australia and Central Australia to see the iconic outback sites and highlight regional destinations
  • Experience the variety of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks
  • Discover stories of indigenous culture
  • Discover through insider knowledge in the cities of Adelaide and Alice Springs on city sites tours
  • Take an 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
  • Enjoy all-inclusive Off Train Excursions

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Insider Knowledge

Explore the mining town of Coober Pedy with a locally guided tour through underground homes and through opal mines.

Local Connection

Visit an extraordinary, self sufficient outback property powered by sun and wind, and explore the night skies with the family’s telescopes.

Cultural Immersion

Delve deep into indigenous aboriginal rock art.at Uluru & Kakadu. Develop your understanding of culture at Alice Springs Desert Park with their included indigenous experience.

Sustainable Footprints

The money made from our guests staying at Wilpena Pound Resort contributes directly towards a sustainable economic future for the local Adnyamathanha people who in turn work with the resort to minimise our environmental footprint and participate in the co

On arrival today, explore the major sights of the city. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Relax this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Take a walk with your Travel Director to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound. Journey through the historic town of Quorn to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments

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.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to 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 to experience a majestic Uluru sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole where your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Consider an optional experience and rise early to visit the soul-stirring art installation in the desert, the Field of Light, 50,000 frosted glass spheres of light in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and white. Travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. 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, and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Travelling past vast cattle properties, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station and learn how it relayed message between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People. Then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Hear from brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Hotel: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping at Wycliffe Well, where you need to keep your eye out for a UFO! Your next stop is just as intriguing – Karlu Karlu, an outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. You'll stay tonight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Call in to 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.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its 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, for views over the surrounding wetlands. After an orientation on arrival in Darwin, the evening is free for you to explore.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 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 to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. Join your Travel Director 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 Expedition 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: 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 Alice Springs at your leisure.

Included Meals: A la carte 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: A la carte 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 Expedition rolls into Adelaide and your momentous journey comes to an end. Make your own way to your hotel or airport.

Included Meals: A la carte breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

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

Wilpena Pound Resort is spectacularly located within the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. Enjoy a haven of outback hospitality, stop and stay awhile as you soak up the incredible beauty of one of the earth’s oldest landscapes.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning
 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
  • 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Bluestone Motor Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse nature and culture of the Australian outback. Bluestone is the perfect place to stay at the halfway mark along the track from Alice Springs to Darwin and back, or coming west from Mt. Isa.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Colour TV
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
 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

  • 15 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 A la carte 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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