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The Ghan Adventure

Marvel at sunrise over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
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The Ghan Adventure
Journey from the heart of the Red Centre to Australia's Top End on this adventure-packed tour.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Embark on a 4x4 tour across open desert plains
  • Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Experience Outback life in Alice Springs
  • Learn about bush tucker
  • Learn about the ancient land from Indigenous hosts
  • Marvel at sunrise over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Spy crocs on a cruise through Kakadu National Park
  • Step aboard the famous Ghan

Holiday Type

Off the Beaten Track
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Culture
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Active
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What's included
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation: Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
  • Transport: All Terrain vehicle
  • Activities: Jim Jim Falls, Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Litchfield National Park, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Mary River cruise, Twin Falls, Ubirr Rock, Uluru Base Walk, Uluru sunset drinks, Valley of the Winds walk
Need to know
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 24
  • Ages: Min 6
Your route
Intrepid: The Ghan Adventure Map Northern Territory Australia Kakadu National Park Darwin Litchfield National Park Katherine Kata Tjuta Uluru Kings Canyon Western MacDonnell Ranges Mary River

Itinerary

Day 1
Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

From busy Alice Springs, set off to experience the wonder of ancient Uluru. Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm and for those who are keen, there is the option to go for a short ride on one of these desert animals (at own expense). Continue on to the permanent campsite at Yulara and enjoy a tasty lunch before exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. You’ll get up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Finally, as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, grab a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your camp host will have a lovely dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp.

Day 2
Uluru (Ayers Rock)/Kings Canyon

Uluru (Ayers Rock)/Kings Canyon

An early start is rewarded with a beautiful Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night.

Day 3
Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Glen Helen

Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Glen Helen

There’s a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we travel along the well-known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way) ,travelling through the sands of the Red Centre to our camp at Glen Helen in the Western MacDonnell National Park. Unwind with a beer in the outback bar overlooking the Finke River or take a dip in the permanent nearby waterhole.

Day 4
Western MacDonnell Ranges/Alice Springs

Western MacDonnell Ranges/Alice Springs

Look out for wallabies and other wildlife during a morning hike and discover the spectacular geological features of Ormiston Gorge. Then we visit Hermannsburg - a mission and Aboriginal community famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Here we learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira. Then it's time to hit the 4WD tracks of the Finke River to access the remarkable scenery of Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. While the going is slow, this is 4-wheel driving at its best (and bumpiest). Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the West MacDonnell Range as we make our way back to Alice Springs where you can check into your hotel.

Day 5
The Ghan

The Ghan

This morning, check out from your hotel (luggage storage is available) and continue your exploration of Alice Springs (this is unaccompanied self exploration). You can check out the Royal Flying Doctor Service or visit the Alice Springs Desert Park to see the animals you may have missed on your trip from Uluru. Alternatively, stay and use the Hotel swimming pool and facilities until you embark on the next leg of your journey. This evening, it is time to board The Ghan for your overnight journey northwards to Darwin (unaccompanied by a group leader). Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from the centre to the edge of this continent, Australia. We sleep overnight on the Ghan in Gold class.

Day 6
Katherin/Darwin

Katherin/Darwin

This morning wake to a fresh new view of the country welcome to the Top End!. This morning we stop in the northern town of Katherine where you have the opportunity to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) at your own expense before your rail journey concludes in tropical Darwin, the relaxed capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. On arrival at Darwin railway station, transfer to Darwin city by The Ghan shuttle bus is included. Your hotel is located in the heart of Darwin's shopping and restaurant strip so you are spoilt for dining options this evening (not included).

Day 7
Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we visit the stunning waterfalls that flow all year round. Take a refreshing swim and enjoy lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan –Wulna people. They’ll share with us their local Aboriginal culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo lessons, basket weaving and spear throwing. We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well-earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot.

Day 8
Mary River/Kakadu

Mary River/Kakadu

Today we head to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed for its stunning natural features and for being the centre of the world's oldest living culture. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Next we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), where your hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp in Kakadu National Park.

Day 9
Kakadu/Darwin

Kakadu/Darwin

Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu. Once we get there, we’ll take in the stunning views of this 200m natural wonder before continuing on to Twin Falls. See the beauty of the gorge and feel the powerful force of the waterfalls from a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. We travel back to Darwin in the afternoon. From Nov/Dec to May, Day 7 takes us to Litchfield National Park, Cathedral Termite Mounds and our overnight camp. Day 8's itinerary includes Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal), a wildlife cruise, Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal), a walk to Gubara Springs, camping in Kakadu. Day 9 takes us to Gunlom Falls or Motor Car Falls (seasonal) and Warradjan Culture Centre, before we return to Darwin.

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