As the majestic Ghan winds through the ever changing landscapes on its journey to the Northern Territory, you will be in for a treat of immersive excursions to discover the magic of the Red Centre, the sprawling wetlands of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
Your train adventure kicks off in the southern capital of Adelaide, popularly known as the city of churches where you will enjoy an over night stay at a hotel.
Here you can lose yourself amongst the masterpieces of the famous Art Gallery of South Australia. Alternatively, you can escape the city’ bright lights and spend time soaking up the countryside’s rolling hills and stunning coastline.
Here you will board the magnificent Ghan for your journey south through the beguiling landscapes of the vast Australian Outback to retrace the footsteps of pioneering explorers in the heart of the country.
Known as a national treasure, The Ghan will rumble through the MacDonnell Ranges’ rusty red hues and the beguiling charms of South Australia plains.
Settle down to a gourmet dinner curated by chefs using locally sourced ingredients. You will also enjoy off train excursions to explore Katherine, Alice Springs and Marla while uncovering ancient cultural stories.
Imagine Holidays has put together an amazing seven nights outback adventure departing June to August 2022 with prices starting from $5,299^ per person in gold twin cabin.
* Two nights all-inclusive rail journey on board The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin with all meals, fine wines and beverages
* Off train excursions in Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine including Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
* One night four star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast
* Four nights four-star hotel stay in Darwin with breakfast
* Fully escorted tours to Litchfield National Park and Waterfalls; Charles Darwin Sunset dinner cruise and Tiwi Islands cultural and Tiwi Islands cultural tour
Your holiday starts in multicultural Adelaide which is infused by a curious blend of influences that permeates into the city’s restaurants, arts scene, live music and fashionable bars.
Make time to visit the South Australian Museum for insights into the country’s artistic heritage or stroll along Port Adelaide and stop by to savour a harbourside eatery.
You will then board the legendary Ghan for your two-night journey through the Australian Outback. Onboard train staff will be at your beck and call as you settle into your private cabin where you are able to view the changing scene from your picture window. As darkness falls, head to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for a delectable and sumptuous regionally-inspired dinner matched with fine wines and beverages.
Wake up to the new picture window the next day and be in a world which feels miles from home. Watch the sun rise at Marla, an outback post in the remote reaches of South Australia. Following brunch, you will wind your way through the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs for a day of exploration.
As you head further to the tropical north, you will come face-to-face with the pristine wilderness of Katherine and marvel at the stunning Nitmiluk Gorge, one of the Top End’s most impressive natural wonders. Cruise through the awe-inspiring gorge and learn more about the ancient Indigenous rock paintings.
As evening falls, you will arrive in Darwin where you will disembark and stay in a hotel for four nights.
After a relaxing day of leisure, you will make your way to Stokes Hill Wharf where you will board a Charles Darwin sunset cruise around the beautiful harbour. A delicious Territory-style buffet will be served as you gaze out on the spectacular hues spreading bewitching colourful hues across the glittering waters. It’s an experience you will remember for a long time.
Spend the next day exploring the wonders of Tiwi Islands on an exciting cultural tour onboard a high-speed deluxe catamaran for a 2.5 hour cruise to Wurrimiyanga on Bathurst Island to participate in a traditional smoking ceremony and totem dance. At Tiwi Islands art centres, you will share a cup of billy tea and damper with the artists.
The next day, you will experience Litchfield National Park with its lush monsoon forests, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. Walk up to giant termite mounds, see Tolmer Falls as the water cascades down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. You can even feed the barramundi and turtles at Howard Springs Nature Park. To complete the day, head to Wangi Falls to enjoy a refreshing swim in the large plunge pool
Your Top End adventure ends the next day when you will fly home armed with a wealth of fantastic memories of a fabulous holiday.