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The Ghan: 7-night North to South Rail Adventure

Earlybird discounts + solo savings

Enjoy a fun-filled stay in Darwin (including a spectacular Litchfield National Park tour and the famous jumping crocodiles) before stepping aboard The Ghan for an extended expedition itinerary across Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy en route to Adelaide.

FROM
$3,699PP
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DURATION
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7 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Twin share advance purchase fares from $3,699 per person twin share / $3,789 solo.

This brilliant holiday package includes accommodation and touring in Darwin, followed by an extended Ghan Expedition including time in the Red Centre.

  • Take in the splendour of thundering falls, rainforest pockets and sacred historic sites of Litchfield National Park
  • Discover the incredible architecture of the termite mounds
  • View the spectacular double waterfalls of Florence Falls
  • Marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of Tolmer Falls
  • Swim in the rock pools of Wangi Falls
  • Get up close to the prehistoric crocs
  • Witness the amazing array of native birdlife
  • Visit the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
  • Enjoy superb views across the Marrakai Plains and the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

Inclusions

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  • 4 nights' accommodation in Darwin including breakfast daily
  • 1 day Litchfield National Park Waterfalls including lunch and touring
  • Half day Jumping Crocs and Nature Adventure including Cruise and 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
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Need to arrange flights? Our local Aussie travel agents can happily send you a quote. Just give us a free call on 1300 414 198 to learn more.

Accommodation

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Platinum Cabin by day

Your package includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation in Darwin 
  • 4 days/3 nights aboard The Ghan
Gold Service onboard The Ghan:
  • For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
Platinum Service onboard The Ghan:
  • All-inclusive dining, beverages, Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences
  • Spacious Double or Twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service Twin cabin
  • By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans
  • By night, lounges are converted to double or twin beds
  • En suite equipped with separate shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian bathroom amenities
  • Power outlets and in-cabin safe
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary
  • Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train
  • Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising
  • Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin
  • Refreshments served in-cabin
  • 90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).

Travel dates

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April to October 2020

Tour departs every Saturday. Enquire now for availability and pricing.

June 2020 to August 2020

Tour departs every Tuesday & Saturday. Enquire now for availability and pricing.

GOLD SERVICE - ADULT ADVANCE PURCHASE

(must be booked at least 6 months in advance)

  • Shoulder Season - From $3,699 per person twin / From $3,789 solo
  • High Season - From $4,239 per person twin / From $4,659 solo

GOLD SERVICE - ADULT EVERYDAY

  • Shoulder Season - From $4,499 per person twin / From $4,549 solo
  • High Season - From $5,049 per person twin / From $5,449 solo

PLATINUM SERVICE - ADULT EVERYDAY

  • Shoulder Season - From $6,599 per person twin / From $11,579 solo
  • High Season - From $7,249 per person twin / From $13,099 solo

Should Season - Apr and Sep - Oct 2020
High Season - May to August 2020

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - ARRIVE DARWIN
You’ve arrived in Darwin – it’s yours to explore. Spend the day at your leisure before checking in to your accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: 4 nights Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

DAY 2 - LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. First stop of the day is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also a chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole. To finish the day, you will visit Wangi Falls, with its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. (B,L)

DAY 3 - LEISURE DAY
Today is yours to explore Darwin at your own pace. Take in a spot of souvenir shopping or simply relax at your accommodation. (B)

DAY 4 -JUMPING CROCODILES
This morning is free for you to explore Darwin at your leisure. Perhaps make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy the tropical Darwin weather. Much of Darwin’s action happens along its revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands.

This afternoon, your jumping croc adventure begins. ust 60 kilometres from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to more than 1,600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles. Travel down the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River. Cruise the river and thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see these prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards, continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for views over the Marrakai Plains, and then it’s onto Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to see a wetland ecosystem up close. (B)

DAY 5 - BOARD THE GHAN EXPEDITION IN DARWIN
This morning it’s time to board The Ghan. Settle in as you relax in your cabin or mingle with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge. Enjoy lunch on board before you arrive in Katherine for your Off Train Excursion. In a region renowned for jaw-dropping natural assets, Katherine boasts one of the Top End’s best – the incredible Nitmiluk Gorge.
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights The Ghan (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - THE GHAN EXPEDITION, ALICE SPRINGS 
After breakfast you’ll arrive into Alice Springs, with plenty of time to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia. Prepare for a day of fascinating excursions and, in the evening, dine under a million stars. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - THE GHAN EXPEDITION, COOBER PEDY
When you next disembark in remote Manguri, you’ll enjoy a full day exploring the amazing opal mining township of Coober Pedy. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - THE GHAN EXPEDITION, ADELAIDE
After completing the famous north-south crossing of Australia’s interior, you will arrive into Adelaide where your adventure comes to an end. (B)

Questions

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Luggage?

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.

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.

Can I pre-book my Off-Train Excursions?

Off Train Excursions preferences can only be organised once on board the train and are not able to be pre-booked. The only exception to this is for The Ghan Expedition, where the Uluru Scenic Flight can be booked prior to travel.

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.

Is Wi-Fi available on board the train?

No, currently Wi-Fi is not available.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.