DAY 1 – ADELAIDE, EMBARK THE GHAN
Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city of Adelaide before you embark on your Ghan Train adventure. You’ll be travelling in Gold Class sleepers for the epic 1,850 mile journey from Adelaide to Darwin through the very heart of Australia. Relax and let the views unfold as you travel past the sandy beaches and rolling hills of the south, the deserts of the Red Centre and the tropics of the north. During your journey, you’ll see and experience the very essence of Australia. Twin berth cabins include a comfortable three seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths at night. Twin cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. Single berth cabins feature a comfortable lounge chair and foot rest by day and a single level sleeping berth by night. Single cabins are also fitted with a wash basin and the showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage. A light luncheon and dinner will be served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant Car. Gold Class passengers may also take advantage of the Outback Explorer Lounge to relax and socialise.
DAY 2 – THE GHAN – ALICE SPRINGS
Enjoy breakfast in the dining car and the ever changing views from your window.The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed panoramas of the passing landscape, from the sweeping Adelaide Plains to the majestic Flinders Ranges. Luncheon will be served on board. Red earth and cobalt blue skies can be seen in the centre of Australia at Alice Springs. Here, you may chose to participate in a whistle stop tour of the Alice Springs region. Explore the wildlife at Desert Gardens, or enjoy an overview tour of Alice Springs. Return to the Ghan in time for dinner and bid farewell to Alice Springs as your train departs onwards through the Red Centre.
DAY 3 – THE GHAN – KATHERINE AND DARWIN
After breakfast you’ll arrive into Katherine deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Hop off the train to explore this intriguing area. Take a cruise along the Katherine Gorge, an Aboriginal rock art cruise or perhaps just explore the local area independently. You’ll depart Katherine in the early afternoon. Whilst you have luncheon, you’ll be heading northwards as the train passes through the old gold mining town of Pine Creek and Adelaide River. The Red Centre dissipates into the tropical city centre as you make your way into Darwin. On arrival into Darwin, you’ll say goodbye the great Ghan and transfer to the Hilton Hotel where dinner will be served.
DAY 4 –DARWIN AND PERTH
After breakfast, set off to see one of Darwin’s most popular attractions– the jumping crocodiles. Board a purpose built vessel to witness these ancient creatures up close. Keep your camera handy as these huge saltwater crocodiles can be spotted basking in the sun on the river banks before darting off at incredible speed in pursuit of their prey. In the afternoon, you’ll take 3¾ hour flight from Darwin to Perth. A light snack lunch will be served during the flight. Touchdown in the Western Australian capital city of Perth and transfer to the Duxton Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 5 –PERTH
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you take a panoramic tour of Perth including historic Fremantle, the exclusive suburbs of Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith. Pass the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Matilda Bay, the University of Western Australia and the Old Swan Brewery before making your way to Kings Park. Enjoy some free time to explore and relax before re-boarding your coach. You’ll re-join Queen Mary 2 in time for luncheon on board.
The booking deadline for this tour is the 14th December 2014. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Twin = ADL800, Single = ADL801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Adelaide on 29th March and returns in Freemantle on the 2nd April. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.
The fare includes: transport by train, coach and plane, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Meals include water, tea and coffee. One glass of wine is included with evening meals, additional beverages will be charged to passengers’ own account.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, liquor, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Passengers who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship. Additional activities such as camel rides may be offered, passengers participating in such activities do so at their own risk.
What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 25kg. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.