Combine the Ghan with this remarkable 11 day luxury Kimberley Coast cruise between Darwin and Broome aboard a Coral Expeditions small-ship, including tender boats for wilderness shore excursions. Ghan to Darwin with 3 nights in Darwin with luxury coach touring, 11 day expedition cruise from Darwin to Broome via the Kimberley and 4 nights in Broome with luxury touring. Experience the Ghan to Darwin and cruise to Broome in this Top End and Kimberley package. Discover King George, Vansittart Bay, Mitchell Falls, Bigge Island, King Cascades, Montgomery Reef, Raft Point, Horizontal Falls, the Lacapede Islands and a famous Cable Beach camel ride. Themes include: Kimberley, Kimberley Cruises, Rail and Sail, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia, Departs from Adelaide, Ghan, Small Expedition Ship, Luxury Coach, Returns from Broome. + Show more
Ghan Train Adelaide to Darwin (Gold Service)
All Flights (e.g. home to Adelaide & Broome to home)
11 Day Darwin to Broome Explorer Cruise
3 Nights Accommodation in Darwin
3 Nights Accommodation in Broome
2 Nights Gold Cabin Accommodation on Ghan (1 night ex Alice Springs)
2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, Special Cruise Dinner
All meals onboard Ghan, FREE beverages throughout your journey, FREE toiletries kit, Cabin Steward service, in-cabin music and commentary, use of "Outback Explorer Lounge"
All Ghan Off-Train Excursions & Activities (eg Alice Springs, Katherine, Marla, Manguri)
Ghan 90th Birthday Celebration Surprises (special extras if you travel June, July or Aug 2019)
All meals onboard Coral Expeditions vessel, Complimentary soda fountain soft drinks, tea and barista style coffee are available 24 hours a day, use of Lounges
Luxury Kakadu Day Tour
Darwin Coach Tour
Sunset Harbour Cruise with Special Dinner
Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Cruise at Katherine Gorge
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Train Station, Hotel and Airport)
FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 Value discounts and bonuses in Northern Territory and Western Australia)
Kimberley CruiseThe GhanAlice SpringsKatherine DarwinKakadu National ParkCruise on Yellow Water BillabongArafura SeaTimor SeaPalmerstonFlorence FallsWangi FallsTermite MoundsBuley RockholeAdelaide RiverMarrakai WetlandsArnhem HighwayHumpty DooWarradjan Aboriginal Cultural CentreWetlands Visitor CentreNourlangie RockRock Art Galleries (up to 50,000 years old)Cullen Bay MarinaMindil Beach Sunset MarketsWorld War II Oil Storage TunnelsCyclone Tracy MuseumCharles Darwin National ParkFannie BayUSS Peary Memorial Darwin Botanic GardensNorthern Territory Parliament HouseThe EsplanadeDarwin Convention CentreLyons CottageEast Point ReserveLake AlexanderCavanagh Street (old China Town)Kimberley
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DAYS 1–3 Ghan Adelaide to Alice Springs to Darwin
Fly into Adelaide and be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to the Ghan railway station to begin your journey to Darwin.
Take a magical journey through the heart of the continent, for three days you'll be transfixed by the sheer beauty of Australia's ever changing landscape, the green rolling hills of Australia's fertile south, the vibrant ochre earth and cobalt skies of Australia's red-centre and the balmy tropical grandeur of Northern Territory's capital Darwin.
See below for full details on your Ghan journey.Note: passengers embarking in Alice Springs join on Day 2.
When you arrive into Darwin you can sense the cosmopolitan and thriving atmosphere of this historic tropical north Australian city. You will be personally met at the Ghan railway station by DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to your Darwin hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighbourhood and central Darwin.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, 2 Nights Gold Service Cabin on the Ghan (1 Night ex Alice Springs), 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Luxury Alice Springs Coach Tour (Adelaide to Darwin customers only), Luxury Katherine Gorge Tour, Meet and Greet Personalised Rail Transfer, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAY 4 Darwin City Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise
Enjoy a leisurely start to your day today before your fascinating 4 hour guided tour of Darwin's rich culture and history.
Your friendly local driver will pick you up in the comfortable air-conditioned coach before sharing experiences, fascinating facts and enchanting stories in the on-board full commentary. Enjoy the colourful sights of our unique city, take in the devastation of Cyclone Tracy, marvel at the majesty of Darwin Harbour, tour through the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels (engineering feat built to protect Darwin's oil supplies from the Japanese, now also houses a collection of Allied wartime photographs), see Sweetheart (famous 5.1m crocodile responsible for a series of attacks on boats) at the NT Museum and Art Gallery, and see Historical Palmerston Town, Parliament House, Military Museum, Darwin Waterfront, Darwin Botanic Gardens, Fannie Bay Gaol, Botanical Gardens, the Qantas Hanger and much more.
Time to relax and take your time getting ready for your Special Dinner tonight. As the sun goes down you will cruise off into the balmy tropical evening on a relaxing 2.5-hour sunset cruise around the harbor. Take in the cool night air on the top deck, experience the early-evening views of Darwin's Harbour and the unforgettable Top End sunsets. For your Special Dinner tonight, dine onboard the vessel, savoring a delicious buffet dinner (with salad bar), a choice of complimentary drink and first-class service as you look out across the pristine Arafura Sea. What an amazing first full day in the Top End!
Breakfast, Darwin Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Sunset Harbour Cruise, Buffet Dinner, Drinks, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAY 5 Kakadu National Park
World Heritage-listed Kakadu is internationally famous for very good reason. Experience Australia's biggest national park - with its dramatic escarpments, tropical rainforest, lush wetlands, millions of migratory birds, thundering waterfalls, sparkling waterholes, delicate waterlilies, prehistoric crocodiles, rock art galleries (up to 50,000 years old) and traditional aboriginal owners, the happy and proud Bininj/Mungguy people. Kakadu is a tapestry of treasures waiting to be explored with six (6) dramatically different seasons.
This morning skirt Francis Bay on Darwin Harbour, head out on Tiger Brennan Drive and see Berrimah Naval Defence base, Darwin suburb of Palmerston, spot for massive road-trains, head east on the Arnhem Highway, pass through Humpty Doo, cross the Marrakai Wetlands and Adelaide River. See the top end outback bush, eucalypts, palms and termite mounds. At Kakadu National Park on the South Alligator River, take a short guided walk to Nourlangie Rock to see ancient Aboriginal rock art (optional but included in the price), enjoy a tropical buffet lunch (cold meats, salad and fruit), take a 1.5 hour guided cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, spotting for crocodiles, brolgas, magpie geese and kites. Take in the serenity and beauty that nature gifts in the Kakadu wetlands and visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn the stories and traditional ways of the beautiful Aboriginal people of Kakadu. Head back into Darwin after a full day of discovery and wonderful experiences to treasure. If you choose to join the guided walks, don't forget your hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water. The memories of Kakadu last a lifetime.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, Optional Guided Walks, Tropical Buffet Lunch, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAY 6 Depart Darwin
The state of the art Coral Expeditions vessel takes you on an unforgettable journey of exploration in one of the world's most remote and beautiful locations, the sensational Kimberley coast is home to towering, misty waterfalls, rugged outback landscapes, majestic rivers, incredible Aboriginal art, and the stunning natural phenomenon the Horizontal Falls.
Board the vessel and meet your fellow travellers before the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.
Board the vessel at 08:00AM and depart Darwin at 09:00AM. Cross Cambridge Gulf and join the Expedition Staff for an informative presentation on the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.
Breakfast, Meet and Greet Personalised Port Transfer, Lunch, Kimberley Presentation, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation aboard Coral Expeditions vessel.
DAY 7 King George River and Falls
Explore King George River and Tranquil Bay before getting back on board and sailing to Jar Island.
Discover King George River, the first of the Kimberley’s “Big” rivers. Board the specially designed excursion vessel the “Xplorer” to discover the scenic gorges and cruise close to the base of King George Falls. Later explore Tranquil Bay before returning to the vessel.
Breakfast, King George Falls Cruise, Lunch, Tranquil Bay, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation aboard Coral Expeditions vessel.
DAY 8 Vansittart Bay DC3 and Jar Island
Jar Island in Vansittart Bay in the Kimberley region of WA is a magnet for visitors all eager to catch sight of the wealth of fabulous Bradshaw paintings that are etched into cave walls and alcoves of the island, these ancient rock art sites date back thousands of years and offer a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the Aboriginal people.
Today, visit Vanisttart Bay and later visit jar Island to view the incredible rock paintings of the island.
Walk across the salt flats of Vanisttart Bay with your Expedition Leader to see the wreckage of the US Air Force DC3 which crash landed here during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and learn about the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion) from your guest lecturers.
Breakfast, Vanisttart Bay Tour, Lunch, Jar Island Tour, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation aboard Coral Expeditions vessel.
DAY 9 Hathaway’s Hideaway and Mitchell Falls
This stunning four tiered waterfall majestically cascades over layers of red rock and into a deep pool, the rugged beauty of the Mitchell falls makes them one of the most photographed features of the vast and beautiful Kimberley, you can explore this magnificent waterfall system created by the Mitchell River as it carves its way through the sandstone margins of the Mitchell Plateau.
Explore Hathaway’s Hideaway and take an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls before enjoying a dinner on the beach at sunset.
Anchor in Winyalken Bay and travel ashore aboard the Xplorer to discover Hathaway’s Hideaway, a maze of sandstone caves. Take an optional helicopter flight over Mitchell Plateau to take in spectacular views of Mitchell Fall. Later enjoy a gourmet Aussie BBQ on the beach while enjoying a spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Bigge Island is famous for its amazing Aboriginal rock art paintings, the islands coastal caves are home to both Gwion Gwion (also known as Bradshaw art) and Wandjina art which date back 50000 years and are possibly the oldest images known to man, the Wandjina figures are distinct by their haloes around their heads which represent clouds.
Discover the rock art of Bigge Island and later explore “Careening Bay”.
Encounter the rock art gallery on Bigge Island with your Guest Lecturers and learn about the art forms and the myths that inspired them. Later, explore Careening Bay with your Lecturer before returning to the vessel.
Breakfast, Bigge Island Tour, Lunch, Carrening Bay, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation aboard Coral Expeditions vessel.
DAY 11 Prince Regent River and King Cascades
Situated in the vast Kimberley, the Prince Regent River region is one of Australia's most remote places, this wonderful wilderness is home to over half the bird and mammal species found in the Kimberley and is where you'll find the majestic splendour of the Kings Cascade, the roaring water cascading down the terraced rock face is a spectacular Kimberley attraction.
Cruise the Prince Regent River and enjoy lunch at Camp Creek.
Cruise to King Cascades on the Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer. Later enjoy a picnic lunch at Camp Creek and take a dip in the freshwater pools before returning to the vessel.
Breakfast, Prince Regent River Cruise, King Cascades, Picnic Lunch, Diner, Overnight Accommodation aboard Coral Expeditions vessel.
DAY 12 Montgomery Reef and Doubtful Bay
Montgomery Reef is one of the great natural wonders of the Kimberley coast, an astonishing spectacle, it's Australia's largest inshore reef and consists of sea-grass beds, islets and shallow lagoons, the outgoing tide reveals a stunning array of cascading waterfalls that attract feeding birds, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and dugongs.
Watch as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean and later cruise through Doubtful Bay.
Join the Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer and experience this natural phenomenon up close. Discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and dugongs and later, cruise through the gorgeous Doubtful Bay.
Raft Point is situated in the Kimberley region of WA, it's renowned for its ancient Aboriginal rock art which depicts images of mythical Wandjina spirits with their distinctive haloes, the scenery is spectacular and is home to a wealth of wildlife including turtles and dugongs, popular activities here include fishing, mud crabbing and birdwatching.
Cruise through Kuri Bay to Raft Point to view Aboriginal roc art and later explore Red Cone Creek and a swim at Ruby Falls.
Cruise through Kuri Bay to the impressive Raft Point and visit a secluded Aboriginal rock art gallery which houses some of the best preserved Wandjina art and Bradshaw Paintings. Later explore Red Cone Creek and maybe take a swim at Ruby Falls.
Breakfast, Aboriginal Rock Art Gallery, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation aboard Coral Expeditions vessel.
DAY 14 Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago
The Buccaneer Archipelago is remote and beautiful, consisting of 1000 scattered islands and low lying reef complete with secluded bays and shimmering white sand beaches, the islands are virtually uninhabited except for a diverse wealth of animals such as lizards, geckos, skinks and bats, a major attraction is the Horizontal Waterfall at Talbot Bay.
Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago and experience an exhilarating ride through Horizontal Falls before exploring Silica Beach on Hidden Island.
Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago to Horizontal Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Take a ride aboard the zodiacs through the mighty falls and later explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island and its stunning white sand beaches and crystal blue water.
The beautiful Lacepede Islands lying 120km north-west of Broome are designated an A Class Nature Reserve, these four remote, treeless islands are an important breeding habitat for green turtles and are home to an amazing and diverse array of birdlife including brown and masked boobies, Australian pelicans, silver gulls, sooty oystercatchers and roseate terns.
Cruise to the Lacepede Islands, explore the islands’ lagoons aboard the zodiacs and enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Cruise through Pender Bay and subject to tides visit the Lacepede Islands, one of the most important breeding grounds for Brown Boobies, Roseate Terns and Green Turtles. This evening reflect upon your expedition with your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks.
Broome lies 2389 km north of Perth, this historic and laid back town is an outback oasis with white sand beaches and shimmering turquoise waters which contrast vividly with the red ochre pindan earth, Broome is the pearling capital of the world and the gateway to the pristine Kimberley coast, sensational Cable Beach is 6 km from the township of Broome.
Arrive in Broome today and disembark the vessel before spending some free exploring the town.
Disembark in Broome at 08:00AM and spend the day exploring Broome township.
Breakfast, Port Transfer, Overnight Broome Accommodation.
DAY 17 Broome Town Tour
Broome is the gateway to the vast and beautiful Kimberley region and is home to the pure white sands of Cable Beach which ranks as one of the world's top beaches, visit the Japanese Cemetery where hundreds of pearl divers are buried, visit Chinatown's exquisite pearl showrooms, see ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point and visit vibrant weekend markets.
Enjoy a 2.5 hour Broome township tour this morning with hotel pick up and experienced local guides. Discover Cable Beach, Gantheaume Point, the Japanese Cemetery, Town Beach, Sun Pictures, Matso’s Brewery and a Pearling Masters High Tea and later spend the afternoon at your own leisure.
Broome Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick up, Pearling Masters High Tea, Overnight Broome Accommodation.
DAY 18 Cable Beach Camel Ride
A camel-ride along the pure white sands of beautiful Cable Beach is a must-do on any visit to Broome, this iconic Broome experience is unforgettable, the stuff of a million photographs, gaze in awe at molten gold sunsets over the glistening Indian Ocean from atop your friendly and well trained camel.
Enjoy a day of leisure and explore Broome at your own pace before enjoying a memorable sunset camel ride along Cable Beach.
Time to say goodbye to beautiful Broome your fellow travellers and friendly hotel hosts. You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Broome Airport to meet your flight home.
Inclusions onboard the Ghan
Relax in your private Gold Service Cabin and watch the red heart of Australia pass by through your large window. Enjoy all meals onboard the Ghan in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (flexible times, hearty breakfasts, two course lunches, three course dinners). Your package includes FREE soft drinks, beers, high-quality standard wines, base spirits, tea and coffee throughout your journey on board. You will also receive a FREE toiletries kit. You have Cabin Steward service, in-cabin music and detailed journey commentary (available from your cabin sound system) and you will love the cosy but exclusive atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge. Your package includes Gold Service but can be upgrade to Platinum Service.
Upgrade to Platinum Service: Experience the luxury of larger cabin space (twice the size of a Gold Service Twin Cabin) along with private Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the exclusive new Platinum Lounge and Restaurant. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Upgrade to the Ultimate Ghan Expedition: Savour the Ghan experience with this extended Ghan journey. The epic Ghan Expedition special departures have four days of leisurely and immersive off-train experiences, adding an extra day. See Upgrade Options below for details.
This package includes all flights as detailed below in the price section (including all fees, levies and taxes). However, we can tailor this package to include our special discounted 'package only' airfares from anywhere. Simply let us know.
Darwin and Broome Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Darwin and Broome. Our "Good Standard" central Darwin and Broome hotels have great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotels have superior facilities, stylish rooms and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotels are upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars).
The package is priced on the "Good Standard" option. See Optional Upgrades below for more details, or simply ask.
Airport, Rail and Port Transfers Included
You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to the railway station, from the railway station on arrival in Darwin to your hotel and from your hotel to the cruise terminal to begin your cruise to Broome. You will also be transferred from the port in Broome to your hotel.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book
You receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Darwin and Northern Territory at shops, restaurants attractions, wineries etc. It's a great way to save even more on your Northern Territory holiday.
All Off-Train Excursions & Activities Included
This package includes all Off-Train activities with various touring options:
Alice Springs: Choose from a selection of included tour options. (Upgrade to the Ghan Expedition and also experience the Outback Pioneer Dinner)
Katherine: Choose from a selection of included tour and gorge cruise options.
Marla (Ghan Classic Adelaide to Darwin): Disembark to enjoy a light breakfast and tea or coffee in this remote and tiny enclave.
Manguri (Ghan Classic Darwin to Adelaide): Disembark to enjoy a nightcap, served with premium chocolate, by the light of an Outback bonfire.
Coober Pedy (Ghan Expedition upgrade): Full day in Coober Pedy. Tour the tunnels and caves of this underground town, visit the underground Serbian Orthodox church, see Umoona Opal Mine, enjoy a gourmet underground lunch and visit the Breakaways stunning outback moonscape.
The Ghan in Detail
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The legendary Ghan... This remarkable journey connects Darwin and Adelaide, travelling through the red heart of Australia. The contrast of the opulent Ghan journeying through the rugged outback is a memory you will treasure. From Adelaide witness South Australia's rolling green hills gradually change to the ochre red of the Flinders Ranges, then travel through the Red Centre to Alice Springs, before reaching the tropical Top End through Katherine to Darwin. You will feel the true spirit of our ancient land. Enjoy the off-train touring and activities. Savour the delicious food and wines.
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Coral Expeditions in Detail
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For 33 years, Coral Expeditions has focused on small ship expedition cruises to faraway lands. The fleet of three (soon to be four) Australian-flagged and crewed ships were purpose-built for exploring. The fleet of three expedition style cruise ships has been specially designed and purpose-built to our exacting standards. With no more than 120 guests, there are no queues. The cuisine is small-batch, our wines are Australian artisanal, and the service is personalised. Come explore your world with Australia’s pioneering cruise line.
Large enough to provide all the modern amenities and comforts of larger cruise ships, yet small enough to enable us to access reef and island sites inaccessible to other vessels. Australian registered and staffed, whichever Coral Expeditions small ship you choose to cruise aboard, you are assured of a personalised and unique adventure.
Upgrade to Platinum Service to join a select group of passengers that will experience the very best in luxury train travel onboard the Ghan including the new and exclusive Platinum Club Car.
Platinum Service includes: Spacious private lounge style cabins, premium ensuite cabin with twin or double bed, panoramic views to each side, personalised cabin steward service, private transfers to and from your journey (up to 50kms), generous luggage limit (3 x 30kg), the new and exclusive Platinum Club Car, Outback Explorer Lounge and Queen Adelaide Restaurant access, Off Train Excursions, all onboard meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, breakfast served to you in your cabin if you choose (new regional based menu), standard wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks are also included.
The indulgent Platinum Service cabins are nearly twice the size of Gold Service cabins and come with premium fittings. The large panoramic windows give you the best seats onboard the Ghan plus you have an interior window to give you views of both sides of the train at the same time. During the day, your cabin will be configured as a private lounge, with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, it is converted to a comfortable bedroom, with either a double bed or twin beds. Platinum Upgrades start at $1390 per person. All packages can be upgraded to include luxurious Platinum Service, simply ask.
Ghan Expedition Upgrade850*$
The Ultimate Ghan Experience. Upgrade to the ultimate “Ghan Expedition” for a special extended 4 day train journey allowing you to stop and really immerse yourself in some of the most remote yet captivating parts of Australia in style and luxury. Extras Include: extra night aboard The Ghan, extended off-train excursions and special BBQ dinner in Alice Springs, immersive Katherine touring/cruising options, full day in Coober Pedy where touring options come with gourmet lunch. The additional time taken creates an incredible, one-of-a-kind Ghan experience. The popular Ghan Expedition (4 day, 3 nights) operates from Darwin to Adelaide only between April to October for 2018 and 2019; and also March 2020. All touring options included in the price. Upgrade your package to incorporate the amazing “Ghan Expedition” from just $850 per person more.
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