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Tour code: NAADR

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Discover the Australian outback on a journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre, all the way to Darwin in the Top End, followed by an iconic rail journey on board The Ghan. See Australia’s vast rugged landscapes by road and rail and discover the culture, history and diversity of the remote reaches of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Adelaide

You'll be transferred from Adelaide Airport to your hotel by private car. This afternoon explore the sights of Adelaide then join a local food expert for a guided tour of 140 year old Adelaide Central Market. Relax with your Travel Director at a welcome reception and dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Travel to the Clare Valley for a wine tasting at the Jesuit owned Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest existing winery in the region. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre covering nearly 8,000 hectares.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3
Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta

Take a walk with your Travel Director to Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound. You'll likely see wild emus and kangaroos grazing along the riverbank. Journey through Pitchi Richi Pass and historic Quorn on your way to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre then venture to Cena on Chapel for a delicious dinner.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4
Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit Woomera, then travel through salt lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, Australia's opal capital! Visit an underground church and home with a local guide and view an opal demonstration. Tonight enjoy dinner at Umbertos Restaurant.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 5 - 6
Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock – Kata Tjuta
Day 5: Coober Pedy – Ayers Rock

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

See the Red Centre set alight by the morning's first rays of sunlight. After sunrise tour the base of Uluru. Enjoy a guided walk with your Travel Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. Visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. This afternoon visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon

Travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the 'forgotten wonder of Central Australia' and stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You're off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with views of Watarrka National Park. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 - 9
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs – Aboriginal Culture
Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Journey to Alice Springs and visit the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872. It served for 60 years as one of 12 stations on the 3,000km Overland Telegraph Line that relayed messages between Adelaide and Darwin. Top off the day at Anzac Hill for panoramic views over Alice Springs.

Day 9: Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Cultural Icon Learn about the life of the Arrernte People, including the search for water and bush food, from a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park. Enjoy a captivating Birds of Prey presentation. Continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how it brings health services to people in the bush. Be My Guest Dining Icon Join Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon for a home cooked gourmet Be My Guest BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy with the Falzon family and they may even lead you in a sing-a-long, accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast, Be My Guest dinner

Day 10
Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Your first stop is the School of the Air. Witness a live class room lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres, to children living in remote locations. Later, travel north towards Tennant Creek stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well on the way to visit Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 11
Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today you'll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub for a refreshing ale at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, 'Land of the Never Never'. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs. Travel on to Katherine for the night.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 12
Katherine – Kakadu

Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn. Then travel deep into Kakadu National Park for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. See a stunning array of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and little kingfishers. You’ll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the shallows. This afternoon perhaps take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 13-15
Kakadu – Darwin – Litchfield National Park – 'Free Time'
Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin

This morning visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views over the flood plains and escarpment country. Included Choice Icon This afternoon on arrival in Darwin, you can choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You could take the opportunity to visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where we'll treat you to dinner and a spectacular sunset over the Timor Sea, or visit Crocosaurus Cove at your leisure or even sit back and relax at Darwin's famous Deckchair Cinema.

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park, see the amazing Termite Mounds, then Florence Falls to view the plunge pool from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a swim in the crystal clear waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director for a farewell dinner on board a Darwin Harbour Cruise. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin – it's time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback adventure.

Day 15: Darwin 'Free Time'

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

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 13: Breakfast. Day 14: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner. Day 15: Breakfast.

Day 16-18
The Ghan: Darwin – Katherine – Alice Springs – Coober Pedy
Day 16: The Ghan: Darwin – Katherine

This morning your journey aboard The Ghan begins at Darwin Rail Station, where you'll take the small but momentous step from platform to carriage. Friendly staff will lead you through corridors to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation. Lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and delight with culinary wonders prepared on board by our talented chefs, from hearty full cooked breakfasts to delectable 3 course dinners. And as you sit back and loosen your belt, you'll have arrived in Katherine ready to experience your first included Off Train Excursion to spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

Day 17: The Ghan: Katherine – Alice Springs

Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. An outback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you'll ever see, setting the tone for the day ahead. After coffee, a juice and a sumptuous breakfast you'll arrive in Alice Springs ready for another day of exploration. Here you have the opportunity to 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 landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure.

Day 18: The Ghan: Alice Springs – Coober Pedy

After breakfast this morning you'll wake up and rub your eyes with disbelief as we pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri. Here, a friendly tour guide awaits ready to whisk you away for the day. Your destination - the sun-scorched opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and glimpse the famous Coober Pedy Golf Course - the only course in the world boasting reciprocal rights with St. Andrew's course in Scotland. Below the earth’s surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.

Hotel: The Ghan Gold Service, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 16: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day 17: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day 18: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 19
The Ghan: Coober Pedy – Farewell from Adelaide

Out of your window this morning you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the Outback make way for the green fields and 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 from the railway station to Adelaide Airport.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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19 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Adelaide and returns to Adelaide

Highlights

  • Journey aboard The Ghan
  • Join a food expert at Adelaide Central Market
  • Clare Valley wine tastings
  • Explore Wilpena Pound
  • Discover opals at Coober Pedy
  • Explore mystical Kata Tjuta
  • Learn about indigenous culture in the Red CentreAboriginal Cultural Icon
  • Climb Kings Canyon
  • Meet the Falzon family for a Be My Guest dinner Be My Guest Dining Icon
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge
  • Yellow Water Billabong cruise
  • View Ubirr rock art in Kakadu
  • Swim in Litchfield's waterfalls
  • Enjoy a Darwin Harbour dinner cruise
  • Included Choice Experiences in Darwin Included Choice Icon
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

 

The Ghan

  • Indulge in all-inclusive local fare & beverages
  • Relax in your private cabin on a three-seater lounge as you watch the landscape
  • Personal room service
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions

Inclusions

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (18)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Be My Guest dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (8)
  • Dinners (3)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm
into Adelaide Airport
Day 19   Flights to depart after 3.00pm
from Adelaide Airport

What to bring

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

Fitness Level

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.

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $530
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $395
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $265
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $795
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $660
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $530
 
Triple share    Save up to $265
Kings Club    Save up to $265

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA, 5000

    • Swimming Pool at Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    • Breakfast Area Stamford Plaza Adelaide
    • Stamford Plaza Adelaide Exterior
    • Stamford Plaza Adelaide Superior Room

    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
  • Wilpena Pound Resort
    Wilpena Road, Flinders Ranges Via Hawker, South Australia 5434

    • Wilpena Pound Resort - Aroona Room
    • Wilpena Pound Resort - pool
    • Wilpena Pound Resort - exterior
    • Wilpena Pound Resort - outdoor seating area

    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
  • Majestic Oasis Apartments
    Marryatt Street, Port Augusta, South Australia 5700

    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Room
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Views
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Reception
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Room
    • Majestic Oasis Apartments - Exterior

    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
  • Desert Cave Hotel
    3 Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy, SA 5723

    • Desert Cave Hotel - Front Exterior at dusk
    • Desert Cave Hotel - lobby area
    • Desert Cave Hotel - room
    • Desert Cave Hotel - underground bar
    • Desert Cave Hotel - underground room

    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
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872

    2 nights

    • 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
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872

    • Kings Canyon Resort - Exterior
    • Kings Canyon Resort - Exterior
    • Kings Canyon Resort - Aerial

    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
  • Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870

    2 nights

    • Barra on Todd Restaurant at Chifley Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Superior Room at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Reception area at Chifley Alice Springs Resort

    Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Chifley® Hotel Alice Springs 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
  • Bluestone Motor Inn
    1 Paterson St, Tennant Creek, NT 0860

    • Anna's Restaurant at Bluestone Motor Inn
    • Exterior of Bluestone Motor Inn at Tennant Creek
    • Double room at Bluestone Motor Inn Tenant Creek
    • Swimming Pool at Bluestone Motor Inn Tenant Creek

    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
  • Paraway Motel
    9-9 O'Shea Terrace, Katherine NT

    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Standard Room
    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Street Exterior
    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Pool Area
    • Paraway Motel - Balcony Exterior

    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
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
    1 Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 0886

    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Superior Room
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Aerial View
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Reception
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Gallery Area

    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
  • Mantra on the Esplanade
    88 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT 0800

    3 nights

    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Lobby
    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Exterior
    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Superior Room
    • Mantra on the Esplanade - Pool

    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
  • The Ghan Gold Service

    3 nights

    • 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