9 Day Uluru to Darwin Rail Break
9 Day Uluru to Darwin Rail Break
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.
Tour highlights
  • Watch the sun set and rise over Ayers Rock.
  • Learn about the Aboriginal history of Uluru.
  • Spend a night onboard the Ghan, one of Great Southern Rail’s 'Great Australian Train Journeys'.
  • View the local wildlife with cruises in the Kakadu National Park.
  • Take a dip in the plunge pools at Florence and Wangi Falls.
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Day 1: Arrive Uluru (Ayers Rock)
After transfer to your hotel following your flight, your trip begins with an afternoon visit to the domed rock formations at Kata Tjuta before time exploring the Walpa Gorge. Heading to the Uluru sunset viewing area, you can watch the sun set over nibbles and a glass of wine, while an optional barbecue dinner at an exclusive venue beside Ayers Rock can be arranged at additional cost.
  • Budget: Outback Pioneer (Budget Rooms)
  • Superior: Desert Gardens Hotel
  • First Class: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Day 2: Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Kings Canyon
Having viewed the sun rising over Ayers Rock, watch the sunlight creep across the desert plains that surround it before traveling by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk to witness the natural beauty of the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Taking time to view the Aborginal rock art that can be found in the area, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru, including a visit to the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before your onward journey to Kings Canyon.
  • Budget: Kings Canyon Lodge
  • Superior: Kings Canyon Lodge (Standard Room)
  • First Class: Kings Canyon Resort (Deluxe Spa Rooms), Kings Canyon
Day 3: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
A three hour guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon will provide the opportunity to marvel at breathtaking views of the Watarrka National Park and of the canyon itself below. Returning to your coach, you’ll then travel through a series of beautiful desert landscapes, making brief stops at Angus Downs and Erdlunda as you journey to Alice Springs.
  • Budget: Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis
  • Superior: Doubletree Hilton Hotel
  • First Class: Chifley Alice Springs Resort (River Gums Rooms), Alice Springs
Day 4: Alice Springs - The Ghan
Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges and pass the John Flynn Memorial, built to honour the man who created Australia’s Flying Doctor Service. Stopping for a light lunch at Simpson’s Gap, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the desert rivers and woodland habitats of the Alice Springs Desert Park before an early evening transfer to the Alice Springs Railway Station to join The Ghan Train for the onward trip to Darwin.
  • Budget: The Ghan Red Service (L)
  • Superior: The Ghan Gold Service (L,D)
  • First Class: The Ghan Platinum Service (L,D)
Day 5: The Ghan - Darwin
After a day enjoying the sights on one of Australia’s Great Train Journeys, arrive at Darwin Railway Station and make your way to your hotel for your overnight stay.
  • Budget: Value Inn (B)
  • Superior & First Class: Novatel Atrium, Darwin (B,L)
Day 6: Darwin - Kakadu
Pay a visit to the Kakadu National Park to view the stunning Aboriginal rock art located at Nourlangie Rock before joining the famous Yellow Water Billabong cruise. Alongside a wide range of birdlife, you’ll be able to observe saltwater crocodiles in the natural habitat before a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn more about the people who call the area home.
  • Budget: Aurora Kakadu (L)
  • Superior & First Class: Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Kakadu (L)
Day 7: Kakadu - Darwin
After a short walk to view rock art at Ubirr, cruise along the East Alligator River to view saltwater crocodiles before visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre as you head back to Darwin.
  • Budget: Value Inn (L)
  • Superior & First Class: Novatel Atrium, Darwin (L)
Alternative tours may be arranged for November to May if access to Ubirr and East Alligator River isn’t possible due to the weather conditions.
Day 8: Litchfield National Park
On the final full day of your tour, head for the Litchfield National Park to visit the stunning tropical waterfalls that have made the area famous. After a monsoon forest walk and swim in the plunge pool at Florence Falls, travel on to Tolmer Falls to see the spectacular sight of water cascading down the cliffs to the waterhole below. The trip comes to an end with a visit to Wangi Falls, where there will be further opportunity to take a dip in the large crystal clear pool.
  • Budget: Value Inn (L)
  • Superior & First Class: Novatel Atrium, Darwin (L)
Day 9: Depart Darwin
Transfer to the airport in Darwin for your return journey home.

Note: This itinerary also operates in reverse from Darwin (including Kakadu) to Uluru
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels & 1 night aboard the Ghan train
  • Meals as specified: 1 breakfast, 4 lunches
  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of qualified English-speaking guide throughout
  • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excl. optional items)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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