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Sail, kayak, or just walk along the dramatic cliffs of Katherine Gorge
16 days priced at 3399, flight and hotel inclusive
Tailor-made Journey
The Ghan Train
Explore the russet-hued desert and spectacular geology of the atmospheric Northern Territory and discover what makes this region so unique.

Highlights

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.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Watch the sun setting at Uluru, one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders
  • 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

Holiday Type

Fly-drive
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Wildlife & Nature
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Off the Beaten Track
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Food and Wine
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Honeymoons
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Train
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What's included
  • International flights
  • 11 nights in 4–4.5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
  • 9 days car hire
  • 1 night on board The Ghan train from Alice Springs to Darwin
  • Uluru Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Kakadu Yellow Water Cruise
  • Transfers in Darwin from The Ghan station to hotel
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 26 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Your route
 

Itinerary

Days 1-2
Fly from UK to
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. Nearby Kata Tjuta, an immense domed arrangement of deep-red rock, is part of this same structure and definitely worth a look. Watch the sunset over both Kata Tjuta and Uluru, glass of fizz in hand, on your magical Sounds of Silence Dinner. Later, sit down to a candlelit dinner of Australian delicacies, before looking up and watching the twinkling stars light up the sky.

4.5* Voyages Desert Gardens

Includes a Sounds of Silence Dinner

Uluru, NT, Australia
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 four-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.

4* Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge

Kings Canyon, NT, Australia
Days 6-7
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.

4* Aurora Alice Springs

Kata Tjuta in Australia's Red Centre
Day 8

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.

Private Gold Sleeper Cabin

1 night on board the Ghan train from Darwin to Alice Springs

The Ghan Train
Days 9-10
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, to the fearsome crocodiles of Crocodylus Park.

4.5* Mantra on the Esplanade

Waterfront in Darwin, NT, Australia
Day 11
Katherine

Most visitors to the Top End will pass through Katherine, the stopping-off point for the spectacular Katherine Gorge, found in the heart of Nitmiluk National Park. The town of Katherine is situated on its namesake river, and has a small but interesting museum charting the area’s history. But the standout highlight here is the gorge – canoe, kayak, or cruise the flowing waters, meander past towering orange cliffs, or follow one of the trails for magnificent river views.

3.5* ibis Styles Katherine

Katherine Gorge, NT, Australia
Days 12-13
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, 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 5,000 different examples in the park, with the ancient site of Ubirr being one of the most impressive.

4* Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Includes a Yellow Water Cruise

Yellow Waters Billabong - Kakadu National Park, NT, Australia
Day 14
Darwin

Return to Darwin for one more night. Enjoy one last dinner and look back at your Northern Territory adventure.

4.5* Mantra on the Esplanade

Marina in Darwin
Days 15-16
Depart Darwin and return to the UK

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3399 for mid-season travel up to 11 months in advance
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