Darwin to Alice Springs - The Ghan

Departures per week

The Ghan departs weekly during November and February (only).

Day of departure

The Ghan departs Darwin on Wednesdays at 10 am

Duration

2
days
/
1
nights
Example:

Depart Darwin Wednesday at 10.00 am, arrive in Alice Springs on Thursday at 9.10 am

Darwin to Alice Springs - The Ghan

Inclusions

  • all meals and beverages onboard
  • enjoy an afternoon exploring the beauty of Katherine gorge
  • transfer from select Darwin CBD hotels to Darwin Station

Details

Day 1

Darwin and Katherine

You board the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the train in Darwin and depart mid-morning. Soon after pulling away from the platform there is time fora cool drink or leisurely cuppa, before a beautifully presented, modernAustralian lunch is served along with a selection of fine wines. The famous Top End township of Katherine is the stunning and much anticipated stop where you can enjoy a number of Off Train Excursions that take in the cultural significance, Indigenous and early settler history and of course, the simply spectacular natural beauty of the region.Departing Katherine in the early evening, more stories and experiences are shared with fellow travellers before dinner and then followed by more socialising and perhaps a nightcap.

Day 2

Alice Springs

After a comfortable night’s sleep, you awake in the remarkable Red Centre. Soon after breakfast, arrive and disembark in Alice Springs.

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Day 1 (Sunday)

THE GHAN, ADELAIDE

Board The Ghan in Adelaide, and make the most of the creature comforts on board as you head towards the Flinders Ranges and beyond.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan (L,D)

Day 2 (Monday)

THE GHAN, ALICE SPRINGS

Wake to an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla, and enjoy the jaw-dropping natural landscapes that pass by as you travel to Alice Springs.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (B,L)

Day 3 (Tuesday)

LEISURE DAY

Today is your chance to explore Alice Springs, the beating heart of Australia's Red Centre. (B)

Day 4 (Wednesday)

ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU

Prepare for one of life’s ultimate travel experiences when you begin your journey to Uluru. Along the way, you’ll see majestic Attila (Mount Conner) ahead of a sunset experience at Kata Tjuta. OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Voyages Sails in the Desert (B)

Day 5 (Thursday)

KATA TJUTA and ULURU

It’s an early start to experience the full grandeur of Uluru from the sunrise viewing area before your short journey to the 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon, you’ll travel around the base of Uluru, visit Kuniya Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole before visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. End the day with an Uluru sunset complemented by an Aussie barbecue. (D)

Day 6 (Friday)

ULURU AND KINGS CANYON

Use the morning to relax or take part in the free activities on offer at the resort. Later in the day, travel to Kings Canyon.

OVERNIGHT: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 7 (Saturday)

KINGS CANYON AND ALICE SPRINGS

Join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for incredible views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon and, if you have time, descend into the Garden of Eden. You’ll then visit Kings Creek Station en route to Alice Springs.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters               

Day 8 (Sunday)

LEISURE DAY

Today is yours to explore Alice Springs at your own pace and discover the hidden treasures of this historic outback town. (B)

Day 9 (Monday)

BOARD THE GHAN IN ALICE SPRINGS

It’s time to get back on board The Ghan and get reacquainted with your cabin. As the train heads north, enjoy watching the beautiful scenery pass by your window as you relax with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan (B,D)    

Day 10 (Tuesday)

THE GHAN, KATHERINE AND DARWIN

The landscapes continue to transform as you head towards Katherine, where you’ll embark on an Off Train Excursion exploring natural wonders that you’ll never forget. A few hours later, you’ll arrive in Darwin for a transfer to your accommodation.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Rydges Darwin Central (B,L)  

Day 11 (Wednesday)

LEISURE DAY

Explore the top sights of Darwin at your leisure. You could visit the Stokes Hill Wharf area, Botanic Gardens, the Chinese Temple, the Mooring Basin, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory or the Darwin Aviation Museum. (B)     

Day 12 (Thursday)

DARWIN TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

Travel along the Arnhem Highway to the heart of Kakadu National Park, one of the world’s most incredible natural environments. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre, cruise Yellow Water Billabong and stop at Nourlangie where you will be guided to ancient rock art galleries.

OVERNIGHT: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (B,L)               

Day 13 (Friday)

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO DARWIN

Explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr, where you will climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Then join the Guluyambi Cruise and, with special permission of the traditional owners, enjoy the privilege of going ashore in Arnhem Land. To cap off the day, stop at Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.

OVERNIGHT: Rydges Darwin Central (L)

Day 14 (Saturday)

FAREWELL

This morning it’s time to check out of your hotel, completing your life-changing two-week adventure. (B)

Darwin to Alice Springs - The Ghan
Darwin to Alice Springs - The Ghan

Pricing (per person)

April 2019 - March 2020

Peak Season

Unavailable from March to October 2019 inclusive

Shoulder Season

November 2019, February 2020

April 2020 - March 2021

Peak Season

Unavailable from April to October 2020 inclusive

Shoulder Season

November 2020, February, March 2021

Advance Purchase $ 1,359

Advance Purchase $ 1,269

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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.