Rail, Tours, Stay & Packages in Barossa Wine Region, The Top End, Kangaroo Island, Darwin, Adelaide, Northern Territory, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy

13-day Ghan Adventure incl. The Top End, Adelaide, Barossa Valley & Kangaroo Island

The Ghan, Barossa & Kangaroo Island!

This amazing journey takes in a range of iconic destinations. Start your trip exploring Kakadu and Darwin, then travel on the iconic Ghan through Central Australia, stopping in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy before discovering Kangaroo Island.

FROM
$6,759PP
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DURATION
12 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Selected transfers

About this holiday

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Journey Map

Enjoy the very best of the dramatic scenery and diverse experiences offered by the contrasts between Australia’s vast interior and its rugged coastlines. And there’s no better way to link them all together than by travelling on The Ghan Expedition. You’ll be captivated by the power of Kakadu, the inspiring gorge country of Katherine, subterranean life in Coober Pedy, the tranquillity of the Barossa Valley and fascinating Kangaroo Island.

Highlights:

  • Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Cruise Yellow Water Billabong
  • Explore Nourlangie, Ubirr and Arnhem Land
  • Travel on the iconic Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide
  • Wildlife experience at Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Explore Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks
  • Cellar door wine tastings in the Barossa Valley

Inclusions

Your package includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Darwin (includes breakfast daily)
  • 2 days/1 night Kakadu and East Alligator River tour (includes accommodation and guided touring)
  • Transfer from hotel to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • 4 days/3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition - Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Transfer from Adelaide Parklands Terminal to Airport
  • 2 days/2 nights Kangaroo Island in Style tour (includes flights to and from the island, accommodation and personalised touring)
  • 3 nights accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast daily
  • 1 day northern Barossa Valley Voyager tour
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Accommodation

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Enjoy your stay at the Hilton Darwin

HILTON DARWIN:

Hilton Darwin is located close to Bicentennial Park and downtown CBD. Enjoy your spacious guest room featuring local artwork, WiFi (fees apply), HDTV and an ergonomic workstation.

MERCURE KAKADU CROCODILE HOTEL:

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is located in the wilderness of Kakadu National Park - situated in the township of Jabiru. Spacious, light and airy guest rooms provide a cool, inviting space, perfect for relaxing in after a long day exploring the region.

THE GHAN:

Platinum Service (twin and double share):

Boasting deluxe extras such as platinum transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Lounge and Restaurant, Platinum Service promises and delivers a journey beyond expectations. Platinum cabins havean abundance of space, almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. By day your cabin is a private lounge with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, the lounges convert to a comfortable bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds.

Gold Service (Single and twin share):

You'll enjoy private single or twin share cabin together with all-inclusive dining and beverages. 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. Twin Berth cabins have private ensuite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. 

MERCURE KANGAROO ISLAND LODGE:

Designed to blend with its surroundings, Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge sits in bushland overlooking American River Bay. Warm, welcoming and modern, with a comfortable bed and a practical bathroom, our rooms offer everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

HILTON ADELAIDE:

Overlooking Victoria Square, Hilton Adelaide is set in the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining precincts. The Central Market, Chinatown and Gouger Street - Adelaide’s most vibrant dining destinations – are also minutes away. Retreat to a stylish room with all you need for a relaxing stay.

Travel dates

Please note all fares are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to change without notice unless paid in full. Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability.

Prices based on 02 May 2020 departure:

  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $7,179 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $7,989 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $8,059 (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $8,849 (everyday purchase fare)
  • Platinum Service Twin cabin – from $10,189 per person twin share (everyday fare)

Prices based on 07 July 2020 departure:

  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $7,099 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $7,909 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $7,899 (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $8,689 (everyday purchase fare)
  • Platinum Service Twin cabin – from $10,109 per person twin share (everyday fare)

Prices based on 12 Sep 2020 departure:

  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $6,989 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $7,789 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $7,889 (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $8,649 (everyday purchase fare)
  • Platinum Service Twin cabin – from $9,889 per person twin share (everyday fare)

Prices based on 17 Oct 2020 departure:

  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $6,759 pp twin share (advance purchase fare)
  • Gold Service Twin cabin – from $7,559 pp twin share (everyday fare)
  • Gold Service Single cabin - from $8,199 (everyday purchase fare)
  • Platinum Service Twin cabin – from $9,659 per person twin share (everyday fare)

Don't see a departure date that suits you? This journey commences in Darwin every Saturday from May through to September 2020 and from June to September a Tuesday service is also available! For prices and live availability, freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your holiday.

Itinerary

Commences in Darwin on Saturdays and during June to September an additional service on Tuesdays is available- Call our travel team for prices on alternative dates.

Day 1 - Arrive Darwin

The starting point of your journey is the tropical capital of the north, where you'll check into your overnight accommodation. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.

Overnight - Hilton Darwin

Day 2- Darwin to Kakadu National Park (B, L)

As you travel along the Arnhem Highway, the excitement level escalates. Soon you'll be in the heart of Kakadu National Park enjoying a full day of immersive experiences. You'll cruise the Yellow Water Billabong, search for saltwater crocodiles, see a variety of informative displays at the Warradjan Cultural Centre and be guided to ancient rock art galleries at Nourlangie.

Overnight - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 3 - Kakadu National Park to Darwin (L)

At the World Heritage area of Ubirr, you guide will reveal art sites dating back more than 20,000 years. On your way to join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River, you'll visit a lookout to take in the majestic vistas of the Kakadu wetlands. Later, with special permission of the traiditional owners, you'll go ashore in Arnhem Land, finishing with a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre.

Overnight - Hilton Darwin

Day 4 - Darwin - Leisure Day (B)

Your day is free to enjoy Darwin.

Overnight - Hilton Darwin

Day 5 - Board The Ghan Expedition in Darwin (B, L, D)

Today, you join The Ghan Expedition and your first Off Train Excursion is soon underway when you choose from a range of options in Katherine.

Overnight - The Ghan Expedition

Day 6 - The Ghan Expedition, Alice Springs(B, L, D)

After your first night on The Ghan, you'll wake in the Red Centre of Australia, Alice Springs. Prepare for a day of fascinating excursions and, in the evening, dine under a million stars.

Overnight - The Ghan Expedition

Day 7 - The Ghan Expedition, Coober Pedy(B, L, D)

When you next disembark in remote Manguri, you'll enjoy a full day exploring the amazing opal mining township of Coober Pedy.

Overnight - The Ghan Expedition

Day 8 - The Ghan Expedition, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island (B, D)

Pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges as you head towards Adelaide. On arrival, transfer to the airport for your flight to magical Kangaroo Island. You will be met by your guide for transfer to your accommodation.

Overnight - Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Day 9 - Kangaroo Island (B, L, D)

Commence your two-day tour this morning. Walk through Lathami Conversation Park, visit a beautiful beach to stroll among Australian sea lions and then head off to explore more of the island.

Overnight - Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Day 10 - Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

See the island's wild side today in Flinders Chase National Park. Then it's onward to dramatic Cape du Couedic and Remarkable Rocks. After more touring, you'll be transferred to the airport for your return to Adelaide.

Overnight - Hilton Adelaide

Day 11 - Barossa Valley Day Tour from Adelaide (B, L)

Today you'll be touring the Barossa Valley - one of the world's great wine regions With exclusive cellar door experiences, you'll be hosted by passionate vignerons explaining what makes this region and its wines so special.

Overnight - Hilton Adelaide

Day 12 - Adelaide - Leisure Day (B)

Enjoy Adelaide at your leisure.

Overnight - Hilton Adelaide

Day 13 - Farewell to Adelaide (B)

This spectacular two weeks full of incredible experiences finishes in Adelaide this morning for your return journey home.

Questions

Can I fly out the same day as the train arrives? We highly recommend that guests do not book flights same day as arrival without allowing for late running trains. This would mean allowing for at least 3-5 hours after the scheduled arrival time, and an overnight stopover.

How much luggage can I take with me? Guests should bring an overnight bag to their cabin containing everything needed for the journey. Each guest travelling are entitled to checked in luggage, however checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. In Gold service guests are allowed 2 bags x 30kg and guests travelling in Platinum Service are allowed 3 bags x 30kg.

Can I take any pets or animals with me on-train? No - the only animals permitted on GSR services are specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired.

Can I take my walking frame/wheelchair/ scooter on board the train? No - these items must be checked-in as stored luggage. A specially modified pushchair can be requested for use on train (with the assistance of a Carer or travelling companion) - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

What medical assistance do the on-train staff provide? Staff are trained to administer basic first aid, however our staff are not able to provide routine medical aid during a journey. Guests requiring medical attention or mobility assistance on board any of our trains are required to arrange for their own Carer to travel with them.

Can my necessary medication be refrigerated? Yes subject to space within our on-board fridge compartments - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can I take oxygen onboard? Yes - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Does the train carry power outlets for CPAC machines? Cabins on the Indian Pacific have 240V power outlets installed which can be used for a CPAC machine. It is recommended that a surge arrestor/protector be used to protect the machine when it is plugged in case of a power surge.

Do I need any cash or credit cards onboard? As the rail journeys are all-inclusive you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off-Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising our EFTPOS or credit card facilities.

Dress Code onboard the train? Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Platinum Service and Gold Service. Warm clothes are recommended for evenings onboard the train, as the air-conditioning can be cool. It is recommended that guests pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for off-train touring. Sensible shoes are advisable for walking between carriages. Long, sturdy pants may be required for some Off-Train Excursions.

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Fine print

Travel at 60 booking conditions apply

For Advance Purchase Holiday Packages full payment is required six months prior to the travel date.

Advance Purchase amendments cannot be made less than fourteen(14) days prior to travel date and can only be made to travel dates if the change is greater than six (6) months prior to the new proposed departure date, subject to Advance Purchase fare type availability.

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