BOARD THE GHAN IN ADELAIDE
All aboard The Ghan for your departure from Adelaide. There’s no better viewpoint to watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia change into rugged Mallee scrub, as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon.
OVERNIGHT: The Ghan (L,D)
THE GHAN, ALICE SPRINGS
Wake up with a coffee and step off the train to witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla – a remote outpost 160 kilometres from the Northern Territory border. After more incredible outback scenery, you’ll arrive into Alice Springs in the early afternoon and transfer to your accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs (B, L)
ALICE SPRINGS TO KATA TJUTA
This morning you’ll depart Alice Springs and travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. You will visit a camel farm and marvel at the majestic Attila (Mount Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy the afternoon experiencing the natural wonders, unique flora and native wildlife of the area, as you travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. An unforgettable day fades to dusk as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under an equally sparkling outback sky.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel (B)
ULURU AND KATA TJUTA
Watch the glistening sunrise over Uluru as you begin day four of your adventure. Your connection with the environment continues as you explore Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, uncovering its unusual rock formations, before touring the base of Uluru. You’ll see ancient rock art and get to know the rich Aboriginal and European history of the area. Watch as day turns to night with sunset over Uluru, finishing with an Aussie barbecue under the stars. (D)
ULURU TO KINGS CANYON
This morning take some time to relax in the Red Centre or explore the Resort. See artists at work, learn more about the region’s history, geology, flora and fauna in the museum, enjoy the smells and sights of native gardens, or a bush yarn at the Circle of Sand. In the afternoon join your tour to Kings Canyon.
OVERNIGHT: Kings Canyon Lodge
KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS
Today, experience the majestic views over the Watarrka National Park as you challenge your senses on a rim walk of Kings Canyon. But don’t worry, if heights aren’t for you there is an alternative (and easier) walk across the boulder-strewn canyon floor. Then it’s a well-earned rest after you head back to Alice Springs.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights DoubleTree by Hilton
Explore Alice Springs at your own pace. This small outback town is rich in history. Enjoy its many walking trails, which are well signed posted and provide insightful facts on the region. No trip to Alice is complete without experiencing a camel ride for yourself – these gracious animals and their Afghan handlers played a vital role in outback history, their service reflected in The Ghan’s emblem. (B)
Camel Riding at Pyndan Camel Tracks
$79 per person.
For a true outback experience, hop aboard a camel for a relaxing ride through Wine Gums Station. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind perspective as you view the beautiful backdrop of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
This morning your adventure to the Red Centre comes to an end. On checking out of your accommodation it’s time for your onward journey home. (B)