Combine the ultimate 4 day extended Ghan Expedition experience with 5 days of all-inclusive touring at its best in Darwin featuring Kakadu, Litchfield, Jumping Crocodiles, Special Harbour Dinner Cruise and more. Enjoy extended all-inclusive off-train excursions and meals onboard the Ghan Expedition, an extra night aboard the Ghan, full day touring in Coober Pedy with gourmet lunch as well an optional scenic flight over Uluru. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Themes include: Northern Territory, South Australia, Departs from Darwin, Ghan, Luxury Coach, Returns from Adelaide. + Show more
Extended Ghan Expedition Train Darwin to Adelaide (Gold Service)
All Flights (Home to Darwin & Adelaide to Home)
5 Nights Accommodation in Darwin
3 Nights Gold Cabin Accommodation on the Ghan Expedition
Hotel Breakfast Daily, Special cruise Dinner, 2 Lunches
All meals onboard Ghan Expedition, FREE beverages throughout your journey, FREE toiletries kit, in-cabin music and commentary, use of "Outback Explorer Lounge"
All Ghan Expedition Off-Train Excursions & Activities (eg Alice Springs, Katherine, Coober Pedy)
Ghan 90th Birthday Celebration Surprises (special extras if you travel June, July or Aug 2019)
Luxury Day Tours: Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, Jumping Crocodiles, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs
Special Outback Pioneer Dinner
Gourmet Underground Lunch in Coober Pedy
Darwin Coach Tour
Sunset Harbour Cruise with Special Dinner
Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Cruise at Katherine Gorge, Cruise Along Adelaide River
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)
The Ghan ExpeditionCoober PedyAlice SpringsOutback Pioneer DinnerKatherine DarwinKatherine Gorge CruiseKakadu National ParkLitchfield National ParkJumping Crocodiles CruiseCruise on Yellow Water BillabongSpecial Cruise DinnerArafura SeaTimor SeaPalmerstonFlorence FallsWangi FallsTermite MoundsBuley RockholeAdelaide RiverMarrakai WetlandsArnhem HighwayHumpty DooWarradjan Aboriginal Cultural CentreWetlands Visitor CentreSouth Alligator RiverNourlangie RockRock Art Galleries (up to 50,000 years old)Cullen Bay MarinaMindil Beach Sunset MarketsMitchell Street restaurants and cafesWorld War II Oil Storage TunnelsCyclone Tracy MuseumCharles Darwin National ParkFannie BayUSS Peary MemorialDarwin Botanic GardensNorthern Territory Parliament HouseThe EsplanadeDarwin Convention CentreLyons CottageEast Point ReserveLake AlexanderCavanagh Street (old China Town)Chinese TempleStokes HillFort Hill WharfTrendy Darwin WharfBicentennial ParkNT Government House
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Ghan Expedition – The Ultimate Ghan Experience
This package incorporates the extended 4 day Ghan ‘Expedition’ version of the Ghan journey, which expands the classic Ghan experience by an extra day. This epic journey enables you to stop and 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 and more active off-train excursions, special BBQ dinner in Alice Springs, immersive Katherine touring/cruising options, full day in Coober Pedy where touring options come with a delicious gourmet lunch. Plus you have all of the classic Ghan inclusions.
Most Ghan Darwin packages can also be upgraded to the popular Ghan Expedition, simply ask.
DAY 1 Fly to Darwin
Fly to Darwin this morning and feel the spirit of the Top End.
You will be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to your hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighborhood and central Darwin.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAY 2 Darwin Town Tour & 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 harbour. 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, savouring a delicious buffet dinner (with salad bar) 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, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAY 3 Kakadu Luxury Day Tour & Cruise
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 repellent, 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 4 Jumping Crocodiles Luxury Day Tour & Cruise
Enjoy some free-time this morning to explore Darwin before you set off for an exciting afternoon.
Travel inland to cruise a section of the Adelaide River and witness saltwater crocodiles close up as they leap out of the water to snatch their food. The Adelaide River starts in Litchfield National Park and is well known for its high concentration of saltwater crocodiles, along with other wildlife including white-bellied sea eagles, whistling kites, freshwater crocodiles, bull sharks and black flying-fox. An excellent opportunity to observe these primeval creatures as you cruise along the Adelaide River.
Today you will cruise the Adelaide River in crocodile infested waters, watch as your guide entices wild saltwater crocodiles to jump and snatch their food (witnessing crocodiles in a relatively close situation), visit Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre (educational display with sweeping views over the wetlands, plus see birds of prey scavenge for leftovers), see Fogg Dam Nature Reserve (Top End wetlands eco system with an abundance of birds and reptiles). Today is an amazing adventure.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Cruise Along Adelaide River, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAY 5 Litchfield Luxury Day Tour
This is a truly beautiful and spiritual destination. The iconic Litchfield National Park is famous for stunning cascading tropical waterfalls, warm swimming holes, the Tabletop Range sandstone plateau, monsoon tropical rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds and ancient aboriginal sites of the Wagait people. Significant attractions include Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Tjaetaba Falls, Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls, Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek.
Today you will discover Litchfield, including Florence Falls, the termite mounds, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Buley Rockhole and will have the opportunity to take a dip in refreshing natural plunge pools boarded by magnificent pandanas palms.
We skirt Francis Bay on Darwin Harbour, head south out of Darwin on the Stuart Highway, take a short break at the town of Batchelor, stop at the Meridian Termite Mounds (learn about Cathedral and Magnetic Termite Mounds), visit Florence Falls (stunning views, perhaps walk down to the plunge pool for a swim in this beautiful oasis), visit Buley Rockhole (cascades and many rockpools offer an opportunity for a refreshing swim), perhaps take a walk to Tolmer Falls (breathtaking valley with a waterfall and distant views toward the coast over cattle stations), see monsoon forests and woodland areas, enjoy a homestyle lunch (with cold meats, salad and tea or coffee), visit Wangi Falls and plunge pool (perhaps take a dip or a stroll through lush tropical forest or relax and just take it all in). Head back to Darwin, reflecting on your enchanting day of enriching experiences on this beautiful and spiritual land.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Ups, Picnic Lunch, Overnight Darwin Accommodation.
DAYS 6-9 Extended Ghan Expedition to Adelaide
Ready yourself for an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience on The Ghan Expedition.
Beginning in Darwin, this epic four day journey will take you to some of the most remote yet captivating parts of Australia. You will be personally met at your hotel by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to the Ghan railway station begin your adventure.
See below for full details on your Ghan Expedition journey.
Enjoy an extra night on the Ghan and upgraded off-train excursions including a special Outback Pioneer BBQ dinner under the stars in Alice Springs, immersive Katherine / cruising options and a full day of touring options in Coober Pedy which include a gourmet lunch.
Your Outback Pioneer Dinner includes live Australian music, and a fest of steak and traditionally made damper before enjoying informative astronomical talk under the stars.
Another truly unique experience on the Ghan Expedition is an optional scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru. This is a wonderful way to take in the vastness of the Red Centre and one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
Your friendly tour guide awaits your arrival in Manguri to take you for your full day excursion to the opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy.
Explore the tunnels and caves of this underground town and visit an underground Serbian Orthodox Church and mine for riches before setting of for the Breakaways and continuing your journey towards the rolling green landscapes of South Australia.
On arrival in Adelaide, you will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to Adelaide airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not extend your stay and visit the sights and surrounds of Adelaide or maybe visit world famous wineries of the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley.
The choice is yours.
Meet and Greet Personalised Rail Transfer, 3 Nights Gold Service Cabin on the Ghan Expedition, 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Luxury Alice Springs Touring, Special BBQ Dinner, Luxury Katherine Gorge Tour, Luxury Coober Pedy Tour with Gourmet Lunch, Optional Scenic Flight of Uluru, Meet and Greet Personalised Departure Transfer.
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 Expedition 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.
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 Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Darwin. Our "Good Standard" central Darwin hotel has great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotel has superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotel is 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.
Rail and Airport Transfers Included
You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to your hotel, from your hotel to the railway station and from the railway station on arrival in Adelaide to the airport to meet your flight home.
All Off-Train Excursions & Activities Included
This package includes all Off-Train activities with various touring options:
Katherine: Choose from a selection of included tour and gorge cruise options.
Alice Springs: Choose from a selection of included tour options and the Outback Pioneer Dinner.
Coober Pedy: 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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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 25kg), 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 $1740 per person. All packages can be upgraded to include luxurious Platinum Service, simply ask.
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