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The Ghan Train

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Explore the jagged scenery and ancient Aboriginal art of Kakadu National Park

Uluru, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, The Ghan, Darwin, Kakadu National Park

Includes return Economy airfares

13 days from £pp including flights and hotels

Explore the russet-hued desert and spectacular geology of the atmospheric Northern Territory and discover what makes this region so unique. more »
Start with the world’s most famous rock at Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre, before boarding the iconic /Ghan/ train, finishing up with the stunning gorges and wildlife-rich billabongs of the Top End. This far-reaching journey is wild, beautiful, and unforgettable.

What's included

  • International flights
  • 8 nights in 4-4.5* hotels & hand-picked accommodation
  • 8 days' car hire
  • 1 night Gold Sleeper Cabin on board The Ghan train from Alice Springs to Darwin
  • Uluru Night at the Field of Light
  • Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta tour
  • Kakadu Yellow Water Cruise
  • Transfers in Darwin from The Ghan station to hotel
13 days from £pp
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What to expect

  • Watch the sun setting at Uluru and the Field of Light art installation
  • Board the iconic Ghan train for an overnight desert adventure
  • Sail, kayak, or just walk along the dramatic cliffs of Katherine Gorge
  • Explore the jagged scenery and ancient Aboriginal art of Kakadu National Park

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ)
  • Time difference: GMT+9.5
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
  • Flying time from UK: Around 20 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles

Your itinerary

Days 1-2

Fly from the UK to Uluru

Days 3-4

Uluru

You’ll never forget the first time you set eyes on the faceted red surface of Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site and the definitive symbol of Australia. Sometimes thought of as a monolith, Uluru is actually part of a much larger underground rock formation, only parts of which peep above the surface. Explore nearby Kata Tjuta, an immense domed arrangement of deep-red rock, part of this same structure and watch the sunset over Uluru and the 50,000 glass spheres mesmerising Field of Light installation, glass of fizz in hand. Later, sit down to a candlelit dinner of Australian delicacies, before looking up and watching the twinkling stars light the sky.

Voyages Desert Gardens
Night at the Field of Light Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta tour

Day 5

Kings Canyon

Not to be outdone by nearby Uluru, Kings Canyon’s towering walls, dense palm forests and secluded waterholes are best viewed on the popular 4-mile rim hike, usually done at sunrise or sunset to see the changing colours. The Luritja have inhabited Watarrka National Park for 20,000 years and it’s possible to take a guided walk with one of the elders to try and understand the area’s significance. Many birds live in this area, and enthusiasts can spot species, such as the grey-headed honeyeater and the black-breasted buzzard.

Kings Canyon Resort

Day 6

Alice Springs

There is no other town like Alice, gateway to the Red Centre. Take a look around this dusty, yet surprisingly modern town and shop for original Aboriginal art in the various markets and galleries. A good place to start exploring is with a hike up Anzac Hill, which gives a fabulous view over Alice and the distant mountains. In town, take a look around the Old Gaol and the Old Courthouse, and don’t forget Alice Springs Desert Park, a conservation-focused open-air park that recreates the habitats of the desert’s flora and fauna.

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Day 7

The Ghan

Hop on board the legendary Ghan train for an epic desert crossing, one of the planet’s unmissable train journeys. Experience the vastness of the desert and appreciate the enormous size of the continent as you travel overland through the orange dust to Alice Springs, a unique experience that only travelling by train can bring. With private sleeper cabins and an onboard restaurant car, see the desert in style as you head deep into the heart of Australia, gaze from the windows and watch the world go by.

Ghan - Private Gold Sleeper Cabin
1 night on board the Ghan train from Darwin to Alice Springs

Days 8-9

Darwin

Live the outdoor life in relaxed Darwin, a youthful and prosperous city with a smattering of museums and, thanks to the tropical climate, year-round alfresco dining. Hunt for an Aboriginal souvenir in the Indigenous art galleries and curio markets, or take a wander around the ornate Chinese Temple. If you fancy getting out of the city, there are numerous day trips into the surrounding national parks to consider, from the cooling waterfalls and swimming holes of Litchfield National Park (included in your Journey), to the fearsome crocodiles of Crocodylus Park.

Oaks Elan Darwin
Litchfield National Park Waterfall tour

Days 10-11

Kakadu National Park

A couple of hours outside Darwin, the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is chock-full of Indigenous wildlife, dramatic gorges, rugged escarpments and Aboriginal rock art. Spot kangaroos and wallabies, and maybe one of the 26 resident bat species as you sail along the Yellow Water Billabong on your relaxing cruise – but look out for crocodiles! Crawl into Kakadu’s caves to take a look at the Aboriginal rock paintings that decorate the walls – there are over 5000 different examples in the park, with the ancient site of Ubirr being one of the most impressive.

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Includes a Yellow Water Cruise

Days 12-13

Depart Darwin and return to the UK

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