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DARWIN The Gateway to Australia
9 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Explorer
Includes an overnight Journey on the world famous Ghan Train
Highlights: Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Ayers Rock, Kakadu National Park & Darwin

Sample some of the must-see highlights of Central Australia alongside a trip on the Ghan, one of the country’s great train journeys. It’s the perfect tour for those keen to see as much as they can in a limited amount of time.

9 days from £3,569
Per person
Includes return flights


5 Day Alice Springs, Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure

Day 1: Alice Springs
On arrival at Alice Springs Airport, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to midday). This afternoon tour the sights of The Alice including the historic Telegraph Station, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Visit the School of the Air, an educational service for children living in remote areas. Continue to Alice Springs Reptile Centre and conclude with a panoramic view of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel south from Alice Springs through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a Camel Farm where there is time to take a short optional camel ride. Pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Later, travel to Uluru for a base walk, and in the late afternoon, witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at Uluru sunset viewing area while enjoying nibbles and complimentary wine. Bud: Outback Pioneer (2 nights) Option to include BBQ within Uluru National Park after sunset, please ask for further details.

Day 3: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Wake early to watch the first rays of the sun rise on the Red Centre and Uluru alight from the nearby viewing platform. After sunrise join your guide and travel by coach to visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek-bed between 2 of the main domes. This afternoon, enjoy time at your leisure.

Day 4: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
Travel to Kings Canyon Resort, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station (own expense). Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. The climb may take up to 3 hours and is recommended only for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take a less strenuous walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor. Later continue your journey to Alice Springs. (B) Bud: Aurora Alice Springs Oasis

Day 5: Alice Springs
Transfer to Alice Springs Airport for your onward flight.

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The Ghan – Alice Springs – Darwin / Gold Service (one night)

An early evening departure from the Alice Springs terminal and it is time to enjoy fine, modern Australian cuisine, accompanied by eaually fine wine for dinner. And of course, it is also an opportunity, before and after dining, to socialise with your fellow travellers

Morning breaks and you awake in the tropical north where you are served a refreshing yet hearty breakfast in the preparation for the adevntuers that lay ahead.

We stop at the famous Top End town of Katherine where you can enjoy one of a number of Off Train Excursions that take in the Indigenous and early settler history as well as the awesome natural beauty of the area.

Once back on board, there will be, no doubt, more sharing of your experiences with new and old friends alike before lunch is served and we make our way through lush, green tropics and arrive at the terminal in Darwin in the early evening.

Includes
  • Gold Service
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4* Novotel Darwin - (One night)

The Novotel Darwin is located in the CBD overlooking the breathtaking Darwin harbour, just steps away from the vibrant Mitchell Street. Offering a great range of services and facilities, the hotel features a swimming pool and spa, free onsite parking, a car hire service desk, a tourist information desk, a kids play area, a business centre and WIFI access throughout the hotel. It offers an excellent base for exploring Darwin where guests can discover the famous Mindil Markets, Deckchair Cinema, Darwin Military Museum, Aviation Heritage Centre, World War Oil Tunnels, Crocosaurus Cove and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. For guests who want to explore further afield, Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park and Katherine are within driving distance.

Accommodation

Standard Room
The Standard Room offers guests a spacious accommodation fitted with comfortable furnishings and modern amenities. The room comes with a work desk and boasts either a city or harbour view. This room is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Superior Room
The Superior Room offers guests a contemporary accommodation elegantly decorated with stylish decor and quality amenities throughout. The room features a separate lounge space and boasts of views that look out at the city or harbour. This room is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Bungalow
The Bungalow offers guests a generously spacious accommodation beautifully designed with the utmost care and consideration in mind, granting plenty of self-contained facilities to all travellers, including a kitchenette, a dining table and a separate lounge. This room is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Apartment
The Apartment offers guests a generously spacious accommodation beautifully designed with the utmost care and consideration in mind, granting plenty of self-contained facilities to all travellers, including a kitchenette, a dining table and a separate lounge. This room is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

All accommodation at Novotel Darwin offer the following standard amenities;

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Cable Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-Bar
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access (with charge)
Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shop Outlet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Disabled Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Business Facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access (with charge)
Restaurants & Bars

Zest Restaurant & Terrace – Revel in the fine flavours of modern Australian dining, starting with buffet breakfasts and finishing with a la carte dinners at this eatery.

Jabiru Bar – Settle in to this intimate setting where cocktails and tasty beverages come together to create a relaxing ambiance for all.

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3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park
Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries.
Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (Budget), Aurora Kakadu, Superior Room (Standard) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Superior), Kakadu. 

Day 2: Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Darwin
This morning stop at Ubirr with a short walk to view Aboriginal rock art. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. You’ll have an Aboriginal guide with you and with the special permission of the local people, you’ll be able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.
Hotel: Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Budget Motel Room (Budget), Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (Standard) or Mantra on the Esplanade (Superior), Darwin.

Day 3: Darwin - Litchfield National Park – Farewell Darwin
Follow the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim. Visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch. A great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Return to Darwin, arriving early evening, where your short break concludes.

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