You’ve arrived in Darwin – it’s yours to explore. Spend the day at your leisure before checking in to your accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Rydges Darwin Central
This morning take a stroll around Darwin, taking in the fascinating history at your own pace before joining your afternoon City Sights tour. This afternoon your tour will take in the best of this tropical city, highlights including the Stokes Hill Wharf area, Botanic Gardens and the Chinese Temple, the Mooring Basin, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory plus Darwin Aviation Museum. (B)
DARWIN TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
It’s time to visit one of the world’s most incredible natural environments. As you travel along the Arnhem Highway south-east of Darwin the anticipation builds. Soon you’ll be in the heart of the world famous 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 depicting the rich Aboriginal history of the area at the Warradjan Cultural Centre, and be guided to ancient rock art galleries at Nourlangie.
OVERNIGHT: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (B,L)
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN
At the World Heritage area Ubirr, your guide will reveal extraordinary art sites of spiritual significance to local Indigenous people dating back more than 20,000 years. On your way to join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River, you’ll visit a stunning lookout to take in the majestic vistas of the renowned Kakadu wetlands. Later, with special permission of the traditional owners, enjoy the privilege of going ashore in Arnhem Land. To cap off an enriching day, you’ll visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.
OVERNIGHT: Rydges Darwin Central (L)
BOARD THE GHAN IN DARWIN
Your journey like no other begins with a leisurely, mid-morning departure fromDarwin. Once you’re comfortably settled into your cabin, we make our way through the lush, green, tropical north and you make your way to the restaurant for a five-star lunch accompanied by a selection of fine wines.
An early afternoon arrival at the famous Top End township of Katherine and you have a choice of an afternoon filled with Off Train Excursions that take in the natural beauty of the Gorge, as well as its cultural and historic significance forIndigenous and early settlers. Back on board in the early evening and there is plenty of opportunity to share your experiences with fellow guests before, during and after a sumptuous dinner. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep and when you wake, you are greeted by a view of the spectacular Red Centre
THE GHAN, ALICE SPRINGS
Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. A spectacular outback sunrise setting the tone for the day ahead.
After coffee and a sumptuous breakfast you'll arrive in Alice Springs ready for a day of exploration.
Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included Off Train Excursions, taking in the delights of this famous outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna or explore the Alice at your own leisure.
At this point you may choose to upgrade your excursion with the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Come the evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ Tour
Breakfast is served as we arrive into Manguri where we disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach to enjoy a full day of touring in and around the truly unique, underground opal mining township of Coober Pedy where more than half of the residents live underground.
Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where you may even catch opal fever as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine.
Below the earth's surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.
Dinner is served back on board with plenty of time to ease into a slower gear and prepare yourself for your final evening onboard The Ghan.
THE GHAN, ADELAIDE
Looking out of your window this morning you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.
After breakfast you'll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide.