Outback to Ocean Ponant Prestige Stateroom, The Ghan, May -July 2023

Departures per week

The Outback to Ocean Ponant Prestige Stateroom, departs Adelaide

21 May 2023

14 June 2023

5 July 2023

26 July 2023

Day of departure

Outback to Ocean Ponant Prestige Stateroom, depart May 21, 14 June, July 5, Juky 2023

It departs on Wednesday at 12.10pm.

Duration

16
days
/
15
nights
Example:

Depart Adelaide on Wednesday at 12.15 pm.

  Outback to Ocean Ponant Prestige Stateroom, The Ghan, May -July 2023

Inclusions

  • 2 nights’ aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Darwin, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine
  • Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to Darwin hotel
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Darwin, including breakfast daily
  • Transfer from Darwin hotel to Le Soleal
  • 10-night Australia’s Iconic Kimberley expedition cruisea board PONANT’s Le Soleal
  • Transfer from Le Soleal to Broome hotel
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Broome, including breakfast• 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners

Details

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 0

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DAY 1  

BOARD THE GHAN IN ADELAIDE

Board The Ghan in Adelaide for an iconic showcase journey of inland Australia. As the train leaves the city heading forthe Flinders Ranges and beyond, the dramatic changes inland scape will ignite your imagination over the next two days. (L,D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights The Ghan

DAY 2

THE GHAN AND ALICE SPRINGSAfter your first night enjoying the fine dining and relaxed comfort of this iconic train, you’ll wake to an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla – a remote outpost 160kilometres from the Northern Territory border that marks the start of the Oodnadatta Track. Enjoy the magnificent outback scenery as you make your way onwards to AliceSprings. (B,L,D)

DAY 3

THE GHAN, KATHERINE AND DARWIN

When the landscape transforms into rocky gorges and fast flowing canyon streams, prepare to experience one of the Top End’s most impressive natural wonders, Nitmiluk Gorge. Continue to Darwin, where you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation. After checking in, you may wish to explore the Waterfront Precinct with its many restaurants and bars. (B,L)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel DarwinWaterfront

DAY 4

DARWINThere are many things to see and do in Darwin. We recommend a City Sights tour to learn more about this tropical city or venture out a little further afield on aLitchfield National Park tour, where you will see stunning waterfalls and waterholes surrounded by monsoonal vine forests. (B)

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel DarwinWaterfront

DAY 5

BOARD LE SOLEAL IN DARWIN

This morning is yours to explore Darwin at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transferred from your accommodation to the Port of Darwin to board Le Soleal for your Kimberley cruising. Settle into your elegant cabin, make yourself comfortable, and perhaps have a nightcap at the Blue Eye, a multi sensorial underwater lounge. (B,D)OVERNIGHT: 10 nights Le Soleal

DAY 6

LE SOLEAL AT SEA

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard services or sip a cool drink by the pool.Your expedition team will offer an enrichment programme focusing on Australian history, flora and fauna. Enjoy some down time on the deck sunbathing, relax in the sauna, or sample culinary specialties prepared by the Chef and GalleyTeam. There will be a brief technical stop at Pulau Meatimiarang but guests will be unable to disembark here.(B,L,D)

DAY 7

WYNDHAM

Wyndham is the northernmost town in Western Australia and in many ways is the gateway to the Kimberley. It is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands in the region. There are three complimentary excursions on offer (subject to availability):the Ord River experience, navigating between Kununurra and Lake Argyle; a scenic flight onboard a Cessna fromKununurra to the Bungle Bungle massif; or the El Questro experience, journeying through Emma Gorge and Zebedee Thermal Springs before boarding a Chamberlain River Cruise. (B,L,D)

DAY 8

KING GEORGE RIVER

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures change with the light creating a continually changing vista that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls, the highest single-drop falls in the whole of theKimberley. Your Expedition Team will escort you to the foot of the twin falls and explain the stunning geological formations of the canyon. (B,L,D)

DAY 9

VANSITTART BAY

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Gwion Gwion art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join yourExpedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries. (B,L,D)

DAY 10

SWIFT BAY

The Bonaparte Archipelago consists of a rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150kms along Western Australia's coast. Its remote location has ensured it remains are markably pristine location to explore and experience. The‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles. (B,L,D)

DAY 11

HUNTER RIVER

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with pockets of ancient rainforest, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the saltwater crocodile. The Expedition Team will share their knowledge as you explore by Zodiac, keeping a lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach theMitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.(B,L,D)

DAY 12 TO 13

COLLIER BAY AND HORIZONTAL FALLS

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer Archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by massive tidal movements, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, this movement of water creates unique phenomena. Nestled in the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’, described by SirDavid Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders oft he natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient rock art galleries. Activities here will be determined by the weather and tide conditions. (B,L,D)

DAY 14

LACEPEDE ISLANDS

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important BirdArea (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world and up to 20,000 RoseateTerns have also been recorded here, amongst the plethora of other birdlife. Join your Expedition Team for a guidedZodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife. (B,L,D)

DAY 15

BROOME

The town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. This is where your Kimberley cruising will come to an end. Early this morning, Le Soleal will dock in the Port of Broome, where you will disembark and be transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Visit the fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the Japanese Cemetery, dating back to 1896, with a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. (B)OVERNIGHT: 1 night Oaks Cable Beach Resort

DAY 16

FAREWELL

Take in any last-minute sights in and around Broome as your rail and sail adventure concludes. (B)

  Outback to Ocean Ponant Prestige Stateroom, The Ghan, May -July 2023
  Outback to Ocean Ponant Prestige Stateroom, The Ghan, May -July 2023

Pricing (per person)

2023

2023 Season

May - July 2023

2024

2024 Season

Date TBA 2024

Heading

Peak Season

(Unavailable from March to October inclusive)

Shoulder Season

(November 2018)

  • Platinum: $3,899 (every day fare)
  • Gold Twin: $2,599 (every day fare), $2,069 (advance purchase)
  • ‍Gold Single: $2,459 (every day fare), $1,949 (advance purchase)

Low Season

(December 2018, January, February 2019)

  • Platinum: $3,269 (every day fare)
  • Gold Twin: $2,069 (every day fare) . $1,649 (advance purchase)
  • Gold Single: $1,959 (every day fare), $1,549 (advance purchase)

Advance Purchase Fares
must be booked and paid for in full a minimum of six months in advance.
Only a limited number of these fares available per departure and are subject to availability.

Children aged 4-15 inclusive receive a 20% discount off the accompanying adult fare.
Children 0-3 free in existing bedding. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD).
Terms and Conditions apply.