The Territory Complete

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as you step onboard The Ghan to Alice Springs. Marvel at Uluru and explore Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds. Tour Kings Canyon, and take a 4WD safari before rejoining The Ghan and travelling on to spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and the city of Darwin. Experience the incredible beauty of Kakadu when you cruise Yellow Water Billabong and East Alligator River whilst gaining an insight into the culture and mythology of the area by your local guide.

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Adelaide to Darwin

14 Days13 Nights

Package includes:

  • 1 night aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Alice Springs
  • Transfer to/from Alice Springs Rail Terminal to hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation Alice Springs
  • 4 day/3 night Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon tour
  • 1 day Palm Valley 4WD Safari tour
  • 1 night aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin
  • Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to city centre
  • 3 nights accommodation Darwin
  • 2 day/1 night Kakadu National Park and East Alligator River tour

Day 1 (Sun)

The Ghan, Adelaide

Commence your journey when you step aboard The Ghan in Adelaide and travel north to Alice Springs. Venture deep into the heart of Australia and watch as the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. (L,D)

Day 2 (Mon)

The Ghan, Alice Springs

Wake up to witness an unforgettable outback sunrise during our short stop at Marla in the remote reaches of South Australia. Once back on board, enjoy a bite to eat from our extensive brunch menu, whether you’re after something light or a big hearty meal, we have something to cater for all. Arrive into Alice Springs in the early afternoon and be transferred to your accommodation, Lasseters Hotel. (B,L)

Day 3 (Tue)

Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru by coach. Take in the rugged desert landscape as you pass through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Stop at a Camel Farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia and have the opportunity to ride a camel (optional cost). View Mt Conner in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive to Kata Tjuta for one of the best sunset experiences in Central Australia. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view from the central valley between the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with gourmet canapés and Australian wine. (B)

Day 4 (Wed)

Kata Tjuta and Uluru

Rise early and travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area to watch the first rays of sun set the Red Centre alight. Continue onwards to Kata Tjuta and spend some time exploring Walpa Gorge and the unusual rock formations. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru as your guide informs you of the sacred sites to be found at Uluru. After a short drive, you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock art paintings and learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. In the late afternoon, travel to the sunset viewing area and watch as the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is famous.

Day 5 (Thur)

Kings Canyon

The morning is at your leisure to relax or explore the many facilities and activities available at Ayers Rock Resort. In the early afternoon, travel through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort where you may be able to catch a glimpse of the sun setting behind Carmichaels Crag.

Day 6 (Fri)

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn Canyon floor. Stop at Kings Creek Station to purchase lunch and to explore the working cattle station. Travel through beautiful desert landscapes as you continue your journey back to Alice Springs where you will be dropped at Lasseters Hotel, your accommodation for the next three nights.

Day 7 (Sat)

Alice Springs

Today is free to explore Alice Springs at your own pace. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a balloon ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges, or for an alternative experience take a serene camel ride across the incredible ochre land. (B)

Day 8 (Sun)

Palm Valley

Join your 4WD safari tour through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct which is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection and the works of Albert Namatjira. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into Palm Valley. See spectacular rock forms, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees. Visit the spectacular rock formation known as the Ampitheatre and enjoy a picnic lunch. On the return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colours of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges in the afternoon light. (B,L)

Day 9 (Mon)

The Ghan, Alice Springs

Check out of Lasseters Hotel this morning and enjoy free time before joining The Ghan to travel further north towards Darwin. Back on the train there’s time to talk through the weeks’ discoveries with your fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge before freshening up for dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Tue)

The Ghan, Katherine and Darwin

Today you’ll disembark for a morning of cultural delights in Katherine. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River or gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, taking part in an exclusive cultural experience. Rolling into Darwin late this afternoon you will be transferred to the city centre. Your overnight accommodation is at DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade. (B,L)

Day 11 (Wed)

Darwin

Spend today discovering all that Darwin has to offer. Chairs and tables spill out of street-side restaurants and bars, innovative museums celebrate the city’s past and galleries showcase the region’s rich Indigenous art. (B)

Day 12 (Thur)

Darwin to Kakadu

Step aboard your coach and head towards Kakadu National Park. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. (B,L) For the experience of a lifetime why not book a 50 minute scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land. ($250.00 per person)

Day 13 (Fri)

Kakadu to Darwin

Spend the morning exploring the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, to the lookout for a view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including information about local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain and bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore to Arnhem Land before boarding the coach for your journey to Darwin. Return to DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade for your final night’s accommodation. (L)

Day 14 (Sat)

Darwin

Your adventure through the centre of Australia concludes this morning upon checking out of your hotel. (B)

Fares

Total Package Per Person Twin Share

Prices valid from 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

From $368* per person per day

Package Price*
Gold Service Everyday Adult from $5715 pp
Gold Service Advanced Purchase Adult from $5155 pp
Gold Service Pension Saver Pensioner from $5011 pp
Platinum Service Everyday Adult from $8095 pp

* From prices based on Gold Service Advance Purchase twin share, 01 Mar - 31 Mar. Palm Valley 4WD Safari tour does not operate 01 Dec - 28 Feb. Single supplements apply for single travellers. Advance Purchase and Pension Saver fares are subject to availability, please see page 82 for booking conditions.

Fitness Level: Good level of fitness required - ability to walk and balance on uneven ground. Closed in/covered walking shoes are essential.

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