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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 2020 – 30 Sep 2020

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!

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Experience sunrise over Uluru on a two-night stay
  • Experience Earth Sanctuary with the Falzon family
  • Explore outback towns of Coober Pedy and Tennant Creek
  • Enjoy handcrafted experiences touring Nitmiluk & Kakadu
  • 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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Local Connection

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

Insider Knowledge

Local experts take you through Adelaide Central Market, underground for opals, through vineyards, and into indigenous life in Kakadu.

Cultural Immersion

Delve into Aboriginal rock art as you walk through, under and around ancient sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie in Kakadu.

Sustainable Footprints

Your contribution to National Parks and Wildlife protects Australia’s wilderness including Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks.

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, 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, 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, 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, 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

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, 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest barbecue dinner

Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping to view Karlu Karlu, an intriguing 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, 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, 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

Included Meals: Breakfast, 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. This afternoon in Darwin, choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Visit the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market where we’ll treat you to dinner or visit Crocosaurus Cove to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 2 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, Farewell Dinner

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

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade

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, 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, 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, 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 beakfast

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

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)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: From AUD 275.00 
Child Price: From AUD 220.00 

Outback Hot Air Ballooning

Your adventure begins with the balloons being inflated just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Whilst floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness, scenery and wildlife of the Australian outback. The tour includes your return transfers and a light breakfast. Please note this excursion is not recommended for the elderly or a less agile person. If you are unsure, please discuss your situation directly with Outback Ballooning. A compulsary aviation insurance charge of $30.00 per person is payable direct to Outback Ballooning. Prices from:

*Please Note:
- This excursion is not recommended for the elderly or a less agile person. If you are unsure, please discuss your situation directly with Outback Ballooning.
- An aviation insurance levy of $30.00 per person is payable direct to Outback Ballooning.
- Flights do not operate when weather does not permit safe flying.

Adult Price: From AUD 240.00
Child Price: From AUD 240.00

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights

A 40 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in this amazing landscape. These small plane options with extended flights that include both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Adult Price: From AUD 160.00
Child Price: From AUD 160.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. Prices from:

Adult Price: From AUD 139.00
Child Price: From AUD 139.00

Uluru Motorcycle Tours

Enjoy the thrill of a hot lap around Uluru or even travel a little further on the back of a motorcycle. Whatever blows your hair back! Prices from:

Adult Price: AUD 138.60
Child Price: AUD 69.30

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy a unique and exclusive dining experience with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. There’s sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic barbecue of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns. There is also a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s even time for stargazing.

Adult Price: AUD 67.50
Child Price: AUD 34.20

Field of Light Sunrise

With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 spheres of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing viewing area.

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Adult Price: AUD 150.00  (30 Minute)
Child Price: AUD 120.00 (30 Minute)

Kakadu Air Scenic Flight

One of the best ways to experience Kakadu is by a scenic fixed wing flight which allows you to see the amazing escarpments, waterways and wetlands. You will be amazed by the vastness and varied landscape that can be best experienced from the air. Prices from:

Adult Price: AUD 110.00

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights

This is the opportunity to experience Kings Canyon from the air at its most affordable level. These helicopter flights are designed to give perspective to the enormity of the area and a view into sections of the canyon not reachable by ground based touring. Prices from:


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

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 À la carte breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 11 Dinners with wine
  • 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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