While the Ghan traces the original route of Australia’s pioneering cameleers, today you’ll travel in utmost luxury. You’ll enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining and open bars as you sweep through the outback wilderness, pausing for a full spread of included touring. There’s everything from visits to remote Aboriginal communities to river cruises and stops at frontier-town Alice Springs. Either side, there are luxury stays among Darwin’s beaches, Adelaide’s heritage and Kangaroo Island’s rural splendour. Here, you’ll enjoy full-board dining and two days of touring, spotting sea lions and, yes kangaroos, on guided bush walks.
Days 1-2: Depart UK
Begin in style with complimentary airport access before your flight out to Australia.
Days 3-4: Darwin
Arriving into Darwin, you’ll be met at the airport by a private driver and brought to your luxury hotel. It’s superbly positioned, with a chic pool framing spectacular citywide views and Darwin’s glittering waterfront just a short stroll away. Built anew, it’s host to a superb collection of restaurants and bars, while its beach makes the most of the city’s tropical climate. The city is, after all, closer to Bali than its own capital. Don’t also miss out on the sunset markets, while heading out of Darwin rewards with fishing expeditions and hikes in verdant national parks.
Day 5: The Ghan: Nitmiluk Gorge
A private transfer will bring you aboard the Ghan itself, settling into your wood-panelled cabin to enjoy all-inclusive drinks and fine dining. Expect the likes of barramundi and kangaroo fillet paired with Australia’s fine wines, best taken in the elegant lounge car. Then, as the city melts into the rust-red of the Australian outback, you’ll begin your included touring with a cruise along the Katherine River. It’s a scenic delight, watched over by the towering sandstone cliffs of Nitmiluk Gorge. Alternatively, learn about the local indigenous culture with a visit to the Jawoyn people. Activities range from basket weaving and spear throwing to painting and learning to play the didgeridoo.
Day 6: The Ghan: Alice Springs
Start your day with a full breakfast – complete with Belgian chocolate waffles and eggs just the way you like them. Then, in among your multi-course meals and bar-car delights, you’ll roll into Australia’s Red Centre with Alice Springs. Immerse yourself in its frontier-town heritage, perhaps with an optional camel ride or helicopter flight out over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. However, we highly recommend the option of visiting Uluru – that great Australian icon. Then, further delights await back on the train, with a dinner of gourmet takes on bushfood staples, including crocodile boudin blanc. End the day with a pause in Manguri, taking in the twinkling beauty of the outback stars.
Days 7-8: Adelaide
As the ochre scrubland of the Flinders Ranges merges into South Australia’s pastoral verdure, you’ll enjoy a last indulgent breakfast aboard the Ghan. Then, rolling into Adelaide, you’ll again be met by a private driver, who’ll see you to your luxury hotel. Housed in the city’s 19th-century treasury, its historic façade belies sleek interiors. Centrally located, you’ll have all of the city’s delights on your doorstep, with Adelaide’s rich heritage laid bare in near-countless churches and the neoclassical Art Gallery of South Australia. But, the city also has a delightfully forward-thinking outlook, evident across farmers’ markets and hip bars hidden in narrow laneways.
Day 9: Kangaroo Island
A private airport transfer and short flight hop will today bring you on to Kangaroo Island for two days of dramatic seascapes and native wildlife. Your included touring will start at Rocky River in the Flinders Chase National Park, where precipitous cliffs front windswept grasslands that host everything from kangaroos to Cape Barren geese. Then, it's on to the wild beauty of Remarkable Rocks before an Aussie barbecue lunch sets you up for a stroll down Koala Avenue. The marsupials of Grassdale’s historic farm and the crystal-clear waters of Vivonne Bay will then see you on to your European villa accommodation, set among 60 acres of rolling farmland. End the day with a gourmet dinner.
Stay: Molly's Run or similar (Superior)
Day 10: Kangaroo Island/Adelaide
You’ll have some further time on Kangaroo Island today, with your included touring starting at the Seal Bay Conservation Park. After learning how the Australian sea lion survives the rigours of the Southern Ocean, you’ll continue south for a bush walk down to the island’s spectacular sand dunes – the Little Sahara. Following a picnic lunch here, you’ll then head to the north coast for a beach stroll before your flight back to Adelaide. On arrival, a private transfer will see you to your hotel for one final night. Perhaps end in style with one of the city’s fine restaurants.
Days 11-12: Adelaide/UK
Today, a private transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home.
Good to know:
Advance purchase special rates are available when booking six months or more prior to travel. Please note this is subject to availability – contact us for more information.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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