Ghan Adelaide to Alice Springs to Darwin
Experience Orient Express style luxury contrasting against the raw beauty of the Red Centre onboard the legendary Ghan, and then discover balmy tropical Darwin for 5 nights. Immerse yourself in this ancient land and feel the true spirit of Australia.
Our Ghan and Darwin holiday package will leave you with an indelible impression. Travel north through the heart of Australia, cutting your way through South Australia and the Red Centre to the Top End. From Adelaide marvel as South Australia's rolling green hills and sweeping planes change to the ochre red Australian outback and the see the handsome Flinders Ranges, before travelling to the Red Centre, Alice Springs, Katherine and then to tropical northern Australia and Darwin. Plus you have stop and discover experiences in Alice Springs and Katherine. Ghan operations began in 1878, however it took a further 130 years of 'planning' for the final stage of the line to Darwin to be constructed in 2004 - creating one of the world's most amazing train journeys. The Adelaide-Darwin railway line now has 14 stations and is 2,979 km (1,851 miles) long. In Darwin you have plenty of time to relax in the warmth and explore our northern city.
This very popular Ghan package includes your luxurious "Gold Service" private cabin and all meals onboard the train, your flight home, 5 nights Darwin hotel accommodation, Darwin Coach Tour, transfers and more. 7 Day Package from Alice Springs, 8 Day Package from Adelaide.
Darwin Coach Tour
The tropical northern city of Darwin is located on a massive and spectacular harbour on the Timor Sea. It has a multicultural population of 129,062 people, that is a melting-pot cultures from more than 50 countries, who pride themselves on their unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Darwin has year round balmy weather and has many popular attractions including Aquascene, Burnett House, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Convention Centre, Deckchair Cinema, East Point Reserve & Lake Alexander, Fannie Bay Gaol, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, Lyons Cottage, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Northern Territory Parliament House, USS Peary Memorial and the fascinating World War II Oil Storage Tunnels. There is plenty to see and do in our magnificent and vibrant Top End.
Your Coach Tour today includes: see Smith Street Mall, Mitchell Street (restaurants and cafes), St Mary's Cathedral, Cavanagh Street (old China Town), Chinese Temple, Stokes Hill, Fort Hill Wharf, Trendy Darwin Wharf precinct on the harbor, World War II oil storage tunnel, Christ Church Cathedral, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Government House, Parliament House, Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade, Casino Mindil Beach (Darwin's famous market is located here). Visit the Museum & Art Gallery. Learn about Cyclone Tracy (mother nature's hand in changing this city). See the upmarket Fannie Bay and Darwin Botanical Gardens. Spot for wallabies in the grasslands.
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. Upgrade to Platinum Service from $1830 per person.
Upgrade to 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. Upgrade to the Ghan Expedition from $800 per person.
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 Hotel 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. Upgrade to "Deluxe" hotel from $120 per person and to the "Luxury" hotel from $200 per person (for all 5 nights)
Rail and Airport Transfers Included
You will be transferred from the Adelaide Airport to the Ghan Railway station to begin your journey to Darwin and from Ghan railway station on arrival in Darwin to your Darwin hotel. You will also be transferred from your hotel to Darwin airport for your journey home.
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.