Kakadu & Katherine Gorge

Discover the stunning sights of Kakadu and Katherine. Join the famous Jumping Crocodile and Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie then cruise through the glorious Katherine Gorge stopping at Edith Falls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Darwin – Jumping Crocodile Cruise – Kakadu

Cruise on the Adelaide River. Later, travel into Kakadu National Park, home to a myriad of animals and hundreds of bird species. Stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre, and then continue to Ubirr. Climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for a spectacular view over Kakadu.

Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight: Add-on a 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment from $150.00 per adult

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 2: Kakadu – Katherine

This morning you’ll be mesmerised as you explore the renowned Nourlangie rock art site, which had provided shelter to Indigenous people for millennia. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre for an insight into the local Bininj culture. Later, join your local guide for a cruise to experience the dramatic scenery on Yellow Water Billabong. Kakadu’s most famous wetland is home to saltwater crocodiles and dozens of species of colourful birdlife. Before arriving in Katherine, stop at Leliyn (Edith Falls), whose pandanus-fringed natural pool is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting).

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine

Day 3: Katherine – Depart Darwin

Enjoy a morning cruise through Katherine Gorge, a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion-year-old sandstone. You’ll be at its heart among freshwater crocodiles wonderful birdlife and amazing scenery. Later, view the displays at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, where you may purchase artefacts handmade by the Jawoyn people. Return to Darwin, stopping at historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery. Your Short Break concludes this evening.

1 May 2021 to 31 October 2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Travel Dates & Departures
Tuesday & Saturday
$1,189.00$1,464.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price
Inclusions 
Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches
Transport:Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kakadu & East Alligator River

Spend 2 days in the Top End on this Kakadu and East Alligator River Tour, exploring the many sights of Kakadu National Park. Travel with AAT Kings onboard a luxury air conditioned coach and visit the sacred Aboriginal site of Nourlangie Rock adorned with ancient rock art and join a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise spotting the exotic flora and fauna. The second day sees you joining a Guluyambi Cruise down East Alligator River spotting the resident saltwater crocodiles before arriving in Arnhem Land.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Depart Darwin and travel through pristine wetland regions to Kakadu National Park, a 20,000 square kilometre suite of landscapes varying from red-hued escarpments that shelter historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years to floodplains teeming with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre, then join your local guide on an awardwinning cruise to experience the dramatic scenery of the Yellow Water Billabong. Keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles, a diverse array of smaller wildlife, and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned.

Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight: Add-on a 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment from $250.00 per adult

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Darwin

This morning, head off with your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr, where you’ll explore extensive Aboriginal rock art galleries believed to be 20,000 years old, and considered among the best in the world. Climb to the lookout for stunning views over the floodplains, woodlands and dark ribbons of rainforest of the surrounding Nadab wetlands. Then take the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River, where an Aboriginal guide will provide insights into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit Bowali Visitor Centre, which houses a wealth of information on the Park’s ecology and Aboriginal culture. Finally, you’ll return to Darwin, where your Short Break concludes.

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Travel Dates & Departures
April, December - March: Monday & Thursday
$699.00$834.00
Travel Dates & Departures
May - November: Daily
$799.00$1,004.00
1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates & Prices
Travel Dates & Departures
April, December - March: Monday & Thursday
$716.00$851.00
Travel Dates & Departures
May - November: Daily
$818.00$1,023.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price
Inclusions 
Meals: 2 lunches
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:1 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kakadu, Arnhem Land & Gunlom Falls Adventure

See some of the most famous sights around Kakadu National Park with AAT Kings on a 4 Day tour exploring the iconic forests, rivers and bluffs. Cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong, go swimming at Gunlom Falls and learn the history and culture of the native people who made their lives in the bush.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Depart Darwin and travel through pristine wetland regions to Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Center, then join your local guide on a cruise to experience the dramatic scenery of the Yellow Water Billabong. Keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles, an array of smaller wildlife, and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries.

Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight: Add-on a 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment from $250.00 per adult

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Arnhem Land 4WD Adventure

This morning travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. The scenery includes sandstone outcrops, escarpments, forests, floodplains and billabongs. You’ll visit places inaccessible to most, including ancient rock art sites. Learn about traditional land ownership, bush skills, hunting, food gathering and bush tucker preparation. Most tours are accompanied by an Aboriginal guide.

Day 3: Gunlom Falls

Travel by 4WD through the southern end of Kakadu to visit famous Gunlom Falls, and the plunge pool suitable fora swim, plus the stunning Ikoymarrwa Rock Pool. Finish the day with drinks and canapés by a private billabong.

Day 4: Kakadu – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Depart Darwin

Stop at Ubirr for a short walk to view Aboriginal rock art. Later, join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river before heading back downstream. Visit the Bowali Visitor Center before returning to Darwin, where your Short Break concludes.

30 May 2021 to 11 October 2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Travel Dates & Departures: Daily$1,727.00$2,307.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 lunches
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:3 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Top End Highlights

Encounter on this 6 Day Top End Journey a vibrant Indigenous culture, friendly local characters and magnificent landscapes you’ll encounter on this Top End journey will leave you spellbound. Cruise waterways teeming with wildlife, and immerse yourself in the culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands you’re exploring. A myriad of deep gorges, plunging waterfalls and tranquil rock-pools add to the drama of your Top End experience.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

On arrival in tropical Darwin, enjoy a tour of the cosmopolitan city before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market to experience a spectacular sunset under the coconut palms. There’s plenty of time to explore the art and crafts, aromas and atmosphere of the marketplace. You may like to try some fresh BBQ seafood or authentic Indian, Chinese, Greek or Japanese cuisine.

Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort

Day 2: Darwin – Katherine

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the amazing phenomenon of hundreds of magnetic termite mounds standing up to two metres high in a wide swathe of otherwise empty terrain. Stop at Florence Falls, a spectacular double-plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming hole, before venturing on to tropical Wangi Falls for a swim in its large waterhole surrounded by spectacular monsoon rainforest. Continue to Katherine, a thriving town that was originally established as an outpost on the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine, 2 nights

Day 3: Katherine Gorge

This morning, meet Manuel Pamkal to share his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. There is the opportunity to purchase some local Indigenous art. Later, sit back and relax in tranquil surroundings as you cruise on Katherine Gorge. A series of thirteen deep gorges carved through ancient rock, there are many Aboriginal paintings on the sandstone walls throughout the system, some of which are thousands of years old. Discover the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, as you explore the magnificent gorges with a backdrop of stunning rock-faces that change colour with the setting of the sun. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles nesting along the banks. This evening, consider the optional experience of the Stockman’s Bush Dinner under the stars.

Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu National Park

This morning you have the opportunity to swim in the waterholes of magnificent Edith Falls. Then pass through the mining town of Pine Creek, where buildings date back to the heady gold-rush days. Travel deep into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and discover spectacular escarpment, serene waterholes and teeming wildlife. Board the famed Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, spotting basking crocodiles and abundant birdlife with a local guide. Later, take a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings at Nourlangie, regarded as one of the premier rock art sites in the Top End.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Kakadu National Park

This morning, perhaps take an optional experience scenic flight over Kakadu. Later, visit Ubirr, another of Kakadu’s foremost rock art galleries. The paintings here provide a fascinating record of Indigenous life over thousands of years: look for naturalistic paintings of animals, traditional x-ray art, and paintings of early contact with European people. Before leaving the site, climb to the top of a nearby rocky outcrop for superb views over the floodplains and escarpment country. Celebrate your Top End journey this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Day 6: Farewell from Darwin

Leave Kakadu this morning to return to Darwin. Keep an eye on the murky river crossings to see if you can spot saltwater crocodiles. Your final stop is Fogg Dam, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end and you are transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 02, 23$2,245.00$2,875.00
June: 06, 27$2,245.00$2,875.00
July: 11$2,245.00$2,875.00
August: 01, 15$2,245.00$2,875.00
September: 05, 19$2,245.00$2,875.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Ghan – Fares 2020 / 2021

When it comes to the great rail journeys of Australia, there’s nothing quite like The Ghan. Going far beyond the means of regular rail travel, you simply won’t be disappointed as you sit back, relax and embrace the true Australia from the comfort of your beautiful cabin.

The Ghan sweeps down the centre of Australia starting in either Darwin or Adelaide and crossing through Katherine and Alice springs. This  journey allows you to see the red centre, the core of Australia, and opens up the gateway to the beautiful and iconic Uluru.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Fares valid for rail travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

 

THE GHAN
AUD $ Per person One Way
SHOULDER SEASON
05 April 2020 to 27 April 2020
06 September 2020 to 16 November 2020 
31 January 2021 to 29 March 2021
(northbound)
04 November 2020 to 26 November 2020
03 February 2021 to 01 April 2021
(southbound)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,379.00 $1,099.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,379.00 $1,099.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,409.00 $1,919.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,789.00 $2,229.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,789.00 $2,229.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $4,869.00 $3,889.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN    
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,549.00 $1,229.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,549.00 $1,229.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,699.00 $2,149.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $4,599.00 $3,669.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $4,599.00 $3,669.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $6,599.00 $5,269.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR    
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,559.00 $2,039.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,559.00 $2,039.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $3,699.00 $2,929.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $5,129.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $5,129.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $7,359.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
   
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,849.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,849.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $4,079.00 Not Available

 

THE GHAN
AUD $ Per person One Way
HIGH SEASON
03 May 2020 to 31 August 2020
(Northbound only)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,599.00 $1,269.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,599.00 $1,269.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,779.00 $2,229.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $3,069.00 $2,469.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $3,069.00 $2,469.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $5,309.00 $4,249.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,699.00 $1,359.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,699.00 $1,359.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,949.00 $2,359.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $4,849.00 $3,899.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $4,849.00 $3,899.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $6,959.00 $5,569.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,699.00 $2,169.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,699.00 $2,169.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $3,869.00 $3,099.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $5,399.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $5,399.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $7,739.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,999.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,999.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $4,299.00 Not Available

 

THE GHAN EXPEDITION
AUD $ Per person One Way
SHOULDER SEASON
01 April 2020 to 30 April 2020
02 September 2020 to 29 October 2020
(Southbound only)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Darwin – Adelaide $3,589.00 $2,829.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $6,849.00 $5,409.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN
Darwin – Adelaide $3,799.00 $2,999.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $9,549.00 $7,539.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR
Darwin – Adelaide $5,309.00 $4,189.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $10,619.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
Darwin – Adelaide $5,899.00 Not Available

 

THE GHAN EXPEDITION
AUD $ Per person One Way
HIGH SEASON
06 May 2020 to 30 August 2020
(Southbound only)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Darwin – Adelaide $3,789.00 $2,999.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $7,209.00 $5,759.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN
Darwin – Adelaide $3,999.00 $3,189.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $10,039.00 $8,029.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR
Darwin – Adelaide $5,579.00 $4,459.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $11,169.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
Darwin – Adelaide $6,199.00 Not Available

* Fares based on twin share per person with single supplements applicable
* Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability and bookings must be made a minimum of 6 moths in advance. Fares are non-refunable and non-changeable and must be paid in full within 7 days of confirmation.
* Children aged between 4-15 inclusive, receive 20% discount off the accompanying adult fare.
* Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all services.
* Fares and timetables are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Northern Territory Explorer

Witness a magnificent Uluru sunset, and encounter a wide variety of wildlife in Kakadu that will delight nature lovers. Be inspired by Indigenous stories and culture, and enjoy a refreshing swim in the idyllic waters of Edith Falls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Arriving in the tropical Top End capital of Darwin, the weather and friendly locals will instantly make you feel at ease. The Darwin waterfront is the gathering place for locals and tourists, and this is where you will get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers, while enjoying some refreshing drinks and nibbles at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, 2 nights

Board your coach to discover Darwin’s fascinating attractions, including East Point Military Reserve and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. This afternoon you’re free to explore or relax. You could visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and the Bombing of Darwin experience or soak up the atmosphere and flavours of the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market, with over 200 unique stalls featuring food, arts and crafts.

Delve into indigenous culture when you connect with a local family-run authentic, Aboriginal culture and nature-based experience, next to a billabong. Discover local indigenous history and learn and understand the local customs and traditions of the Aboriginal people of the region. Afterwards, venture deep into Kakadu National Park stopping at the Bowali Visitor Centre, which reveals the history of the park.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 2 nights

Viewing Kakadu National Park by air is one of the best ways and this morning you could to take to the skies on an optional experience scenic flight. On your exploration of the National Park you’ll get up close to ancient Aboriginal rock art. Later, you’ll cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong in search of saltwater crocodiles and discover plant and bird life that call this region home. Finish the day watching the sun set over this spectacular World Heritage UNESCO site.

Travel through remarkable countryside from one National Park to another, arriving in Nitmiluk National Park in time to board your boat for the cruise the Katherine Gorge with a local guide. Experience the varied and ever-changing landscapes, from dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches to pandanus-lined channels. Keep an eye out for the small freshwater crocodile while you hear stories of how this spectacular gorge was formed.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine

Around an hour out of Katherine, you’ll visit Elsey Homestead Replica, used in the filming of a famous story about outback life, ‘We of the Never Never’. This stop is also home to the famous Mataranka thermal hot springs. Head down the palm lined walkway for a refreshing swim. When you think of an outback pub, the Daly Waters Historic Pub is probably what you imagine. The words rustic and eclectic best describe this interesting watering hole, as we divert off the Stuart Highway to check it out.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Leaving Tennant Creek, you’ll see some amazing and everchanging country. Travelling the highway along a straight section of road, Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) comes into sight. Seeing these massive granite boulders standing in the middle of nowhere is fascinating. Stretch your legs and wander through and around the boulders and discover the Dreamtime story of the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. On arrival in Alice Springs we drive up to Anzac Hill to view the memorial, and panoramas of Alice Springs and the East & West MacDonnell Ranges, before heading for your hotel.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

This morning is free so you may choose to rest as this outback town awakens or rise early and take an optional experience ride in a hot air balloon as the desert awakens. Or perhaps explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a half day guided tour. This afternoon, join your Travel Director to tour the town of Alice Springs, visiting the historic Telegraph Station and the School of the Air to gain an insight into the outback and remote learning.

Learn about local Aboriginal culture this morning before heading west to Uluru. As you venture into the National Park for the first time you will be amazed by the sheer scale of Uluru and then the natural wonder of watching the sun set across it. The changing colours on the rock are spectacular and there is nothing better than toasting to it with a glass of sparkling wine.

Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel, 2 nights

It might still be dark but getting out of bed for sunrise over Uluru is worth it. Holding a freshly made tea or coffee as the sun rises and creeps across the face of Uluru is awe-inspiring. Your Travel Director will show you around the base of Uluru and then take you on some short walks, where you will discover the connection and culture of the local Anangu people that makes this place so special. This afternoon is free for you to relax by the resort pool or you may like to view Uluru from the air on an optional experience scenic helicopter flight. Or perhaps cruise around it on the back of a Harley! This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers, recounting the amazing experiences you’ve had exploring the Northern Territory.

This morning you may consider rising early for the optional experience once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light installation, and then join your fellow travellers for breakfast before your exploration of the Northern Territory comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 26$4,530.00$5,910.00
June: 23$4,530.00$5,910.00
July: 21$4,530.00$5,910.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Central Australian Discovery

This Central Australian Discovery adventure is jam-packed with moments that you’ll want to re-live again and again. Moments like dining overlooking Uluru as darkness falls and the Field of Light comes to life or soaring over the mysterious Lost City on a scenic flight.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Be met on arrival in Darwin and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a relaxed welcome dinner.

Hotel: Hilton Darwin

Day 2: Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Mataranka

Head towards the remote township of Katherine and enjoy a Signature Experience. Board a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and marvel at the winding network of gorges carved from centuries-old sandstone. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles and birdlife along the way. Later, discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people.

Hotel: Mataranka, Territory Manor

Day 3: Mataranka, Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Unwind in the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, said to have healing properties for aches and pains. Afterwards, travel to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a one million-acre working cattle station that stretches all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Hotel: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Day 4: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, Lost City, Barkly

Board a scenic flight over the Lost City, a series of large sandstone outcrops that evokes the remains of an ancient civilisation. After, enjoy lunch at the iconic Heartbreak Hotel.

Hotel: Barkly Homestead

Day 5: Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), Alice Springs

Venture to Alice Springs via Tennant Creek. Along the way, stop at Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). A living cultural landscape, nearly the entire reserve is a registered sacred site.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges

Explore Simpsons Gap, which pierces the West MacDonnell Ranges. This sacred area is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Indigenous people, where several Dreamtime stories have said to take place. Continue to the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, whose landscapes played a significant role in the stories of Western Arrernte Indigenous culture. At Angkerle (Standley Chasm), follow a creek where spring-fed pools attract a variety of unique birdlife. Afterwards, visit Ormiston Gorge, home to a variety of unique species. Later, take the afternoon to unwind.

Day 7: Mereenie Loop Road, Kings Canyon

Travel to Hermannsberg and visit the Namatjira School of Art, where you can view authentic art pieces. Afterwards, travel to Gosses Bluff crater, before heading off-road along the Mereenie Loop Road. Take in the outback scenes as you travel to Kings Canyon.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 8:Kings Canyon, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Journey into the heart of Watarrka National Park today, where unspoiled bush and red rock canyons create an amazing experience. The Luritja people have called Watarrka National Park home for more than 20,000 years. Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. On this challenging hike, venture around the rim of the canyon’s incredible sandstone walls, then after reaching the lookout, marvel at the canyon itself. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, featuring a waterhole and riverine vegetation. After lunch, head inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), consisting of 36 domes that form deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. Explore Walpa Gorge before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert, 2 nights

Day 9: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

At sunrise, embark on a base tour of Uluru, learning stories from the Dreamtime while you explore this icon. This evening, experience ‘A Night at Field of Light’. Indulge in a Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars. Savour a glass of sparkling before helping yourself to a ‘bush tucker’ inspired buffet accompanied by the music of a didgeridoo. At the same time, immerse yourself in the spectacular Field of Light art installation.

Day 10: Coober Pedy

Cross into South Australia and arrive in the outback town of Coober Pedy. Visit the Umoona Opal Mine, where you’ll get an insight into Indigenous and European settlement in the area, as well as learning about how opals are mined.

Hotel: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel

Day 11: Oodnadatta Track, Marree

Today you will journey along the Oodnadatta Track, pausing at William Creek for lunch. Perhaps board a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. Take to the skies and gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder from above (own expense). Afterwards, drive to the edge of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre and look out over the seemingly endless salt flats. Later, arrive at the small town of Marree.

Hotel: Marree Hotel

Day 12: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

On the way to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel. Arrive at the national park, which is a cultural site renowned for its 800-million-year-old landscapes. Explore Wilpena Pound, cradled within a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Continue to your accommodation, set amongst river red gums and native pines. Enjoy dinner before relaxing on your deck overlooking the bush.

Hotel: Ikara Safari Camp, 2 nights

A full day has been set aside for you to explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in more depth. Visit Brachina Gorge and keep an eye out for the endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby as you traverse the gorge’s ancient layers. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound (own expense).

Day 14: Clare Valley, Adelaide

Farewell Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you make your way through the wine-growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery, showcasing the locally grown produce and wines of the region. Arrive in Adelaide and toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Adelaide, The Playford Hotel

Day 15: Depart Adelaide

After breakfast, farewell your new-found friends and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 25$9,795.00$11,795.00
May: 11, 30$9,995.00$11,995.00
June: 16 $9,995.00$11,995.00
July: 03, 20 $9,995.00$11,995.00
August: 06, 22 $9,995.00$11,995.00
September: 07, 25$9,795.00$11,795.00
** Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Ghan

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape.

When the train stops along the way, the adventures begin. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the ancient, awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Latest fares:

Fares valid for rail travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Timetable:

THE GHAN
ADELAIDE – ALICE SPRINGS – DARWIN
OPERATES ALL YEAR
Sun 12:15 Depart Adelaide
Mon Marla | Morning Experience
13:45 Arrive Alice Springs | Afternoon Excursion
18:15 Depart Alice Springs
Tues Katherine | Morning Excursion
17:30 Arrive Darwin
OPERATES JUNE 2020 TO AUGUST 2020
Wed 12:10 Depart Adelaide
Thu Marla | Morning Experience
14:25 Arrive Alice Springs | Afternoon Excursion
18:15 Depart Alice Springs
Fri Katherine | Morning Excursion
19:50 Arrive Darwin

 

THE GHAN EXPEDITION
DARWIN – ALICE SPRINGS – ADELAIDE
OPERATES APRIL 2020 TO OCTOBER 2020
Wed 10:00 Depart Darwin
Katherine | Afternoon Excursion
Thu
Alice Springs | Full Day Excursion
Fri
Coober Pedy | Full Day Excursion
Sat
10:50 Arrive Adelaide
OPERATES JUNE 2020 TO AUGUST 2020
Sat 09:00 Depart Darwin
Katherine | Afternoon Excursion
Sun
Alice Springs | Full Day Excursion
Mon
Coober Pedy | Full Day Excursion
Tue 11:35 Arrive Adelaide

 

THE GHAN
DARWIN – ALICE SPRINGS – ADELAIDE
OPERATES NOVEMBER 2020, FEBRUARY 2021 AND MARCH 2021 ONLY
Wed 10:00 Depart Darwin
Katherine | Afternoon Excursion
Thu
09:10 Arrive Alice Springs | Morning Excursion
12:45 Depart Alice Springs
Manguri | Evening Experience
Fri 13:00 Arrive Adelaide

* Final arrival and departure times on all Great Southern Rail journeys may very. Great Southern Rail will advise of any changes prior to departure.
* All off train experiences are subject to weather and changes through the year and may very by season
* Fares and timetables are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.
* The Ghan does not operate December 2019 to January 2020

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Kakadu & Tiwi Islands Explorer

Depart Darwin and head to the World Heritage listed and the largest National Park in Australia, Kakadu. Explore one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience and you’ll be amazed at the population of wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air. Then experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and visit a modern-day Aboriginal community. It will provide you with an insight into the Tiwi people’s rich culture and lifestyle.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Depart Darwin and travel through pristine wetland regions to Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Center, then join your local guide on a cruise to experience the dramatic scenery of the Yellow Water Billabong. Keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles, an array of smaller wildlife, and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for the view over the wetlands. Later, board the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture. With special permission of the local people you’ll be able to go ashore in Arnhem Land, before heading back downstream. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, which houses a wealth of information on the park’s ecology. Return to Darwin.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

Take the 2½ hour cruise to Bathurst Island. You’ll be met by your local guide for a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Visit the Museum and Early Mission Precinct. Spend time with some Tiwi ladies, while they work on their weaving and painting. They will demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors. You’ll sample billy tea and damper with your lunch. Visit the Art & Crafts Centers, where you can purchase art and crafts at island prices. Transfer to your ferry departing the island at 3.15pm for Darwin, where your Short Break concludes.

1 May 2020 to 30 November 2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Travel Dates & Departures
May, September - November: Tuesday & Wednesday
June - August: Saturday, Tuesday & Wednesday
$1,180.00$1,520.00
1 May 2021 to 30 November 2021 Dates & Prices
Travel Dates & Departures
May, September - November: Tuesday & Wednesday
June - August: Saturday, Tuesday & Wednesday
$1,209.00$1,549.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price
Inclusions 
Meals: 2 Lunches
Transport: Travel in an air-conditioned coach & return ferry transfer to Tiwi Islands
Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Savannah Explorer

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way on a 12 Day Small Group 4WD Tour and explore Australia’s adventure drive from Cairns to Darwin. Along the way, watch sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria and take to the skies for scenic flights over Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park and the Lost City.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Today, be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow guests during a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Day 2: Woodleigh Station – Millstream Falls – Undara

Travel from Cairns to Woodleigh Station and enjoy lunch amid the surrounds of the Australian bush. Later this afternoon, journey to the beautiful tiered waterfall of Millstream Falls, the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A unique experience awaits tonight at Undara, where you’ll stay in restored turn-of-the-century train carriages.

Stay: Undara Experience

Day 3: Undara – Cobbold Gorge

After a bush breakfast this morning, discover the site of the 190,000-year-old Undara Lava Tubes, a series of underground tunnels formed during a volcanic eruption in the region. Join a savannah guide for a tour of the mysterious caves before enjoying lunch. Later, arrive at Cobbold Gorge.

Stay: Cobbold Gorge Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Cobbold Gorge

An exploration of Cobbold Gorge awaits today, hidden within a rugged sandstone formation. A jewel in the Gulf Savannah, learn about its ancient geological formations. This afternoon, join your guide for a boat cruise and tour. As your boat meanders through the narrow waterways of the gorge, be sure to keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles.

Day 5: Croydon – Karumba

Journey to the historic goldrush town of Croydon and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre, home to an array of heritage items and sculptures. Continue to Karumba and end your day with a special Signature Experience. Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise in Karumba and indulge in a selection of local king prawns as you take in the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Hotel: End Of The Road Motel or similar

Day 6: Karumba – Normanton – Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way towards Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Journey to Normanton, where you’ll see the famous Purple Pub and Victorian-era railway station. Stop at Leichhardt Falls and Camp 119, before heading off-road into Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Once covered in tropical rainforest and dotted with freshwater pools, the landscape of Boodjamulla has eroded over millions of years, leaving behind deep gorges and rugged escarpments.

Hotel: Adels Grove, 2 nights

Day 7: Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

After a guided tour around the desert oasis of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, set out on a cruise through Lawn Hill Gorge, awash with emerald waters, lush vegetation and native wildlife. Home to over 80 species of birds, the gorge has been named as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in Australia. Continue cruising along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Board a scenic flight from Adels Grove and take in the spectacular landscapes over Leichhardt Country and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Continue to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a sprawling one-million-acre working cattle station. The landscape here is incredibly diverse, ranging from open savannah and dense forest to coastal floodplains, salt flats and mangroves.

Hotel: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, 2 nights

Day 9: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park – Lost City

This morning has been set aside for you to explore the natural surrounds of Lorella Springs Wilderness Park. Join your guide for a scenic walk through a number of the park’s trails and perhaps go for a dip in one of the waterholes or thermal springs. Afterwards, to the skies on a helicopter flight over the Lost City, made up of incredible sandstone formations. Said to be more than 500 million years old, the unique formations of the Lost City resemble the ruins of an ancient city, with a maze of narrow alleys. This evening, watch the sunset over the property before enjoying dinner.

Day 10: Roper River – Mataranka

Today, learn about the mystery that surrounds the death of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, who disappeared with his exploration party in 1848. In the remote town of Roper Bar, see the monument commemorating the centenary of Leichhardt’s crossing of the Roper River before enjoying a cruise along the water. Continue to the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, where you might like to take a dip in the warm, crystal-clear waters, said to have healing properties. Afterwards, head to Mataranka for dinner.

Hotel: Territory Manor

Day 11: Adelaide River – Litchfield National Park – Darwin

After breakfast this morning, visit the poignant war cemetery at Adelaide River, then continue to the falls at Litchfield National Park, set amongst a monsoon forest. Enjoy a swim after lunch before returning to Darwin. This evening, toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Hilton Darwin

Day 12: Depart Darwin

Your adventure draws to a close after a final breakfast this morning. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 12, 25$8,895.00$9,795.00
June: 23$8,895.00$9,795.00
July: 09 $8,895.00$9,795.00
August: 21 $8,895.00$9,795.00
September: 04, 18$8,595.00$9,495.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Flight: Scenic Flight: Adels Grove - Boodjamulla
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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