Combine the Ghan with all-inclusive Uluru Ayers Rock and Alice Springs touring at its best, featuring Uluru Ayers Rock, sunrise camel ride, Kata Tjuta Olgas, Field of Light, 'Sounds of Silence' dinner and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Enjoy 5 days in Uluru Ayers Rock and 3 days in Alice Springs with flights, Central Australia small group touring, accommodation, meals and transfers. Enjoy a stunning sunset at Uluru Ayers Rock, a breathtaking sunrise at the Kata Tjuta Olgas, VIP access to the world renowned Field of Light as well as a sunrise camel ride with the beautiful Uluru Ayers Rock as your backdrop. This is truly Central Australia touring at it’s finest. Themes include: South Australia, Northern Territory, Departs from Adelaide, Ghan, Luxury Coach, Returns from Adelaide. + Show more
Ghan Train Adelaide to Alice Springs (Gold Service)
All Flights (home to Adelaide and Ayers Rock to home)
4 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock Resort
3 Nights Accommodation in Alice Springs
1 Night Gold Cabin Accommodation on the Ghan
Uluru Ayers Rock Sunset Tour with Canapes and Drinks (Small Group)
Olgas Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour with Picnic Breakfast (Small Group)
West MacDonnells Luxury Coach Tour
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 Katherine, Marla, Manguri)
Ghan 90th Birthday Celebration Surprises (special extras if you travel June, July or Aug 2019)
Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock Luxury Coach Tour
Alice Springs Coach Tour
Field of Light VIP Pass
Special Uluru “Sounds of Silence” Dinner
Sunrise Camel Ride
2 Ayers Rock “Experiences”: “Bush Yarn, Wintjiri Museum Tour”
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Train Station, Hotel and Airport)
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants and attractions in the Northern Territory)
The GhanUluru (Ayers Rock)Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)Alice SpringsWest MacDonnell RangesSounds of Silence DinnerField of LightSunrise Camel RideSmall Group TouringMarla Travellers RestKatherine Katherine Gorge CruiseStandley ChasmOrmiston Gorge and WaterholeGlen Helen GorgeGuided Walks at Mala and Mutitjulu WaterholeWalpa GorgeEllery Creek Big HoleUluru Ayers Rock Base DriveSchool of the AirHistoric Telegraph StationRoyal Flying Doctor ServiceAlice Springs Reptile CentreAnzac HillSunset Treats & DrinksWintjiri Arts & MuseumOchre PitsAyers Rock Resort
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DAYS 1-2 Ghan to Alice Springs
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 Alice Springs.
The journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes you through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery on the planet. As you travel from south Australia up toward its red centre you'll be amazed at the sheer size and beauty of this spectacular country, Adelaide's green hills and country vistas transform into dramatic mountain ranges and rocky outcrops, as you head further north the ochre earth and blue skies contrast in a show of incredible natural beauty.
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As you arrive into the Red Centre of Australia you can still sense the strong pioneering outback spirit of Alice Springs. You will be personally met at the Ghan railway station by DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to your Alice Springs 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 Alice Springs.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, 1 Night Gold Service Cabin on the Ghan, 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, Luxury Katherine Gorge (Darwin to Alice Springs customers only), Meet and Greet Personalised Rail Transfer, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 3 Alice Springs Luxury Coach Tour
Your Central Australian adventure starts off today by exploring the modern face of the historic pioneer town of Alice Springs, famous for Afghan cameleers, gold-diggers, flying doctor base, school of the air, The Ghan train, the usually dry Todd River, the Simpson Desert, 'A Town Like Alice', contemporary Aboriginal art (Todd Mall) and the Aboriginal Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years.
Enjoy our 4.5 hour luxury coach tour with great informative commentary from our experienced local guide. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service (headquarters of the globally respected medical service providing a critical link to remote communities throughout the Northern Territory), Historic Telegraph Station (site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide), School of the Air (provides education to primary school aged children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory since 1951), Anzac Hill (dedicated as a war memorial to honour those that have fallen in Australia's wars) and Alice Springs Reptile Centre (amazing NT animals like, saltwater crocodiles, huge goannas, frill-neck lizards and Gecko Cave). You will also get a great orientation of thriving Alice Springs, touring through the town and seeing the other main attractions such as the Cultural Precinct, National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, Road Transport Hall of Fame, Old Ghan Train Museum, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and Todd Mall.
Enjoy some free time. Perhaps explore some more of Alice Springs or just relax in your hotel, taking advantage of the great facilities.
Alice Springs Luxury Coach Tour, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 4 West MacDonnell Ranges Luxury Coach Tour
Today explore the iconic West MacDonnell Ranges that form the dramatic ochre red back-drop to Alice Springs, including Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. This amazing Central Australia geological feature has many hidden treasures for you to discover.
Travel west on Larapinta Drive, passing the John Flynn Memorial (foot of the Mt Gillen), see what remains of the twin ghost gums (famous painting by Albert Namatjira), stop at Standley Chasm (amazing red cleft that glows) for a delicious morning tea, perhaps walk into the Chasm (Angkerle Creek bed). Stop at Ellery Creek Big Hole (optional short walk to the cool waterhole), visit the Ochre Pits and Glen Helen Gorge (semi-permanent waterhole) before your scrumptious lunch (with beer, wine or soft drink). Experience Ormiston Gorge and waterhole, with time to enjoy the refreshing waterhole (perhaps have a well deserved swim). Visit Simpsons Gap. All the time spotting for the amazing wildlife such as eagles, kites and falcons (soaring above the range on warm currents) as well as black footed Rock Wallabies and desert lizards.
Luxury Day Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Morning Tea, Guided Walk, Ploughman’s Lunch, Overnight Alice Springs Accommodation.
DAY 5 Tour from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock
This morning get picked up from your Alice Springs hotel and tour south towards Uluru Ayers Rock. Pass through the MacDonnell Ranges and stop at the Camel Farm to learn about the impact of camels in the history of Central Australia.
Enjoy the informative on board commentary from your friendly driver. Learn about the natural and geological history of the regions as we as the flora and fauna of the region and traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals.
You have the chance to stop for an optional morning tea at Mt Ebenezer Road House before continuing your journey to Uluru Ayers Rock. You also have the chance to take in views of Atila or Mt Connor, which is often mistaken for Uluru Ayers Rock before arriving at your Ayers Rock Resort hotel.
Tour from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock with Hotel Pick Up, Visit to Camel Farm, Overnight Ayers Rock Resort Accommodation.
DAY 6 Uluru Ayers Rock Sunset Tour & Bush Yarn Experience
This morning, visit the “Circle of Sand” at Ayers Rock Resort. Learn about Aboriginal history and culture by an Indigenous storyteller. Learn about traditional bush tucker or an Indigenous man’s survival kit including weapons such as spears, clubs and boomerangs.
This afternoon, spend time relaxing before you get ready for your special Uluru sunset tour. You will be picked up from Ayers Rock Reort and taken to iconic Uluru for a special 5 hour experience. Enjoy a drive around the base of Uluru and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent channel of water within the contours of this icon. Enjoy sparkling wine and gourmet treats while you take in the majesty of a sunset at Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the backdrop. Later you will be transferred back to Ayers Rock Resort.
“Bush Yarn” Experience, Small Group Uluru Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Uluru Base Drive, Sunset Treats and Wine, Overnight Ayers Rock Resort Accommodation.
DAY 7 Kata Tjuta Olgas Sunrise Tour, Museum Tour & “Field of Light” VIP Pass
Enjoy an early pick up this morning and travel into the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to view a spectacular sunrise over the 36 domes that comprise Kata Tjuta or “The Olgas”. Enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on the Western side of Kata Tjuta before continuing to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind that whistles between the massive domes of Kata Tjuta. Learn about the cultural significance of this sacred site before taking a stroll through this geological formation and learning about the environment that shaped this massive conglomerate of rock domes. Following this special 5 hour experience you will be transferred back to Ayers Rock Resort.
This afternoon enjoy a short tour of the Wintjiri Museum and learn about the region’s unique ecology and fauna endemic to the region. Learn about the Anangu land conservation and management processes before getting a brief historical overview of the area, dating back 30,000 years from Aboriginal habitation to the settlement of early European explorers.
This evening, get ready for a once in a lifetime opportunity. The world renowned “Field of Lights” installation is artist Bruce Munro’s largest creation to date and features 50,000 slender stems topped with radiant frosted glass spheres spread over an area of seven football fields in the foreground of Uluru.
Get picked up from Ayers Rock Resort and transferred to a remote desert location for your VIP “Field of Light” experience. Enjoy special VIP access and a range of outback canapés, sparkling wine and beers while you watch the colours change as the sun sets and the stems illuminate and your host provides you an insight into this magnificent art piece. Experience a 45 minute self-guided walk through this immense piece of art before ascending a dune to get a panoramic view of this world famous installation. Later, you will be returned to your Ayers Rock Resort for the night.
Small Group Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour, Outback Picnic Breakfast, Wintjiri Museum Tour, Field of Light Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Outback Canapés, Drinks, Overnight Ayers Rock Resort Accommodation.
DAY 8 Sunrise Camel Ride & Special Sounds of Silence Dinner
This morning, get picked up from Ayers Rock Resort and enjoy a sunrise camel ride through the desert landscape. Learn about the flora and fauna of the region from your experienced cameleer. After your hour long camel ride enjoy freshly baked beer bread damper with quandong jam and billy tea or coffee.
Wander through the fully working saddlery where all of the camel saddles are handmade. Discover 130 years of history surrounding camels and the Afghan cameleers and their pivotal role in opening up the outback in the ‘Staging Post’, including a fully restored Cobb and Co stagecoach. See the camel race track, home of the Uluru Camel Cup and trophies won from all over Australia. Meet the outback cameleers, hear their stories and most importantly fall in love with the “rock” star camels. You will leave with lifelong memories of the outback and have a new found respect for camels.
Enjoy a free afternoon before getting ready for your special “Sounds of Silence” dinner. Inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame, this dinner offers a truly magical 4 hour experience.
Get picked up from your Ayers Rock hotel and be transferred to the special viewing area overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for your delicious 3 course dinner under the outback sky with Uluru in the background.
Enjoy a quality selection of Australian wine and beer with your first course before helping yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet dinner incorporating native bush ingredients. Learn about the southern night sky and the planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the outback atmosphere from the resident star talker as well as a didgeridoo performance.
Sunrise Camel Ride with Hotel Pick Up, Morning Tea, Special Sounds of Silence Dinner with Hotel Pick Up, Canapés, Drinks, Buffet Dinner, Overnight Ayers Rock Resort Accommodation.
DAY 9 Fly Home
Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and the spirit of the outback today.
You will be picked up from your Ayers Rock Resort hotel and transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for 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.
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.
Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Ayers Rock Resort and Alice Springs. Our "Good Standard" central Ayers Rock Resort and Alice Springs 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 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.
Airport and Rail Transfers Included
You will be personally met by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to the railway station and from the railway station on arrival in Alice Springs to your hotel. You will also be transferred from your Ayers Rock Resort hotel to Ayers Rock Airport for your journey home.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book
You receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Alice Springs and Northern Territory at shops, restaurants attractions, wineries etc. It's a great way to save even more on your Northern Territory holiday.
Uluru Ayers Rock Experiences
Your package includes a variety fascinating and immersive Ayers Rock “Experiences” that operate at various times. You can choose on the day when to take each one. Please note due to cultural, weather or other reasons experiences described here may possibly operate on different days or be replaced by alternative experiences. The full list of current Ayers Rock Experiences and times will provided upon arrival at Ayers Rock.
All Off-Train Excursions & Activities Included
This package includes all Off-Train activities with various touring options:
Katherine (Ghan Classic Darwin to Alice Springs): Choose from a selection of included tour and gorge cruise options.
Marla (Ghan Classic Adelaide to Alice Springs): Disembark to enjoy a light breakfast and tea or coffee in this remote and tiny enclave.
Manguri (Ghan Classic Alice Springs to Adelaide): Disembark to enjoy a nightcap, served with premium chocolate, by the light of an Outback bonfire.
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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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