DAY 1 – DARWIN
Departing Sydney, you’ll fly from New South Wales, across the country to Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. A light snack luncheon will be served during your flight. Upon arrival you’ll take a tour of Darwin, including its historic buildings and Darwin Harbour. You’ll also have chance 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. Check into the Hilton Hotel where dinner will be served.
DAY 2 – THE GHAN – KATHERINE
Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart for the station for your great train adventure.
You’ll be travelling in Gold Class sleepers for the epic 1,850 mile journey from Darwin to Adelaide, through the very heart of Australia. Relax and let the views unfold as you travel through the tropics of the north, through the Red Centre deserts and down to the rolling hills and sandy coastlines of the south. 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. During your first day, you’ll make a stop at Katherine, deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Hop off the train to explore this intriguing area. Take a boat 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 evening. A light luncheon and dinner will be served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant car. Gold Class guests may also take advantage of the Outback Explorer Lounge to relax and socialise.
DAY 3 – 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. 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 luncheon and bid farewell to Alice Springs, as your train departs onwards through the Red Centre. You’ll make a stop at Manguri after dinner to enjoy a nightcap by the light of an outback bonfire. Here you can view the stunning outback night sky with a star gazing session.
DAY 4 – ADELAIDE – BRISBANE
Looking out of your window, you’ll notice a dramatic change in the landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast, you’ll have time to reflect on your journey as the great Ghan Train rolls into Adelaide in the late morning. Bid your farewells to the Ghan as you head off for luncheon at a nearby hotel in Adelaide. You’ll take a 2 hour 20 minute flight to Brisbane where you’ll re-join Queen Victoria in time for dinner on board.
The booking deadline for this tour is the 20th December 2015. 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 = SYD812, Single = SYD813). 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 Sydney 8th March and returns in Brisbane 11th March. 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 guest’s 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. Guests 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, guests 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.