Central Australia and the Ghan

14 Days
Darwin to Adelaide
From (AUD)
$ 7,995
Dates & Pricing

2021 Darwin > Adelaide

Wondrous surprises await you around every bend of your journey through the heart of Australia and beyond. Discover the many delights of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Visit cool billabongs and their vibrant birdlife, spot majestic crocodiles and immerse yourself in the ancient stories of this land.
Embark on one of the world’s most renowned and luxurious rail journeys, The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide, and witness some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort. Your adventure through the country’s immense, diverse, and mesmerising interior will leave you speechless and in awe of this great nation we call home. It is truly the ultimate Australian outback experience. Witness a vastly different scenery at beautiful South Australia. Delight your taste buds at the capital city Adelaide’s excellent restaurants and shop for the perfect souvenir at its bustling markets. In Kangaroo Island, prepare to be astounded by the otherworldly landscapes and vast colonies of vibrant wildlife, including fur seals, koalas, wallabies, echidna, and colourful birds.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
AUDA
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Darwin
Return City:
Adelaide

Selected Itinerary

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Darwin

    Welcome to cosmopolitan Darwin for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Darwin

    Freechoice

    Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to the ‘jumping crocodiles’ or take a day trip to Litchfield National Park to soak up its lush green scenery and dramatic waterfalls. Alternatively, enjoy a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour; take the hop-on-hop-off bus around town or the WWII Bombing of Darwin tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Darwin > Kakadu

    Travel to the amazing World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to experience its stunning raw beauty first hand. Marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock, some of the oldest and most impressive Rock Art. Visit Bowali Visitors Centre for a greater understanding of the area before cruising on the Yellow Water Billabong, spotting crocodiles and birdlife. Your overnight stay tonight is Kakadu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kakadu> Darwin

    Optional flight - Take an optional flight over Kakadu National Park for a bird’s-eye view of the wetlands and rocky terrain (at additional cost, please book prior to departure).

    Return to Darwin this morning and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Ghan Expedition

    Your journey begins with a morning departure from Darwin, settle into your private cabin, before delightful regionally-inspired lunch, accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages. Arrive early afternoon at the Top End township of Katherine. Choose between a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders and exploring the region’s rich Indigenous culture, or taking a glimpse into the lives of those who call the outback home, with a fascinating day of discovery on a huge cattle station. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback, then back in your cabin you’ll find your bed turned down. Fall asleep as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Ghan Expedition

    After your first night on The Ghan, you’ll be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, returning in time to meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Ghan Expedition

    From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery, and a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Adelaide

    From your cabin window this morning, you’ll see a dramatic change in landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Australia. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare for your mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great travel experiences. You will then be transferred to your hotel, your home for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Adelaide

    Freechoice

    Today, discover the history and culture of Adelaide on a walking tour or taste your way through the Adelaide Central Markets. Alternatively, choose between an Adelaide city sights tour, which includes the famous, newly renovated Adelaide Oval, one of the most picturesque test cricket grounds of the country, take a charming Torrens River cruise to explore Adelaide’s picturesque riverside with a visit to the Adelaide Zoo or a day trip to the famous Barossa Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Adelaide > Kangaroo Island

    Journey south today to the Fleurieu Peninsula where rolling hills are complemented by rugged, clifftops and sandy beaches. We’ll stop in McLaren Vale to visit the d’Arenberg Cube, a five-storey contemporary glass structure that almost appears to be floating amongst the vineyards. Sample premium wine at its tasting room and capture the sunlight bouncing off the many façades of the building on your camera. Visit the charming seaside town of Victor Harbor before your ferry ride to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island and your home for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Kangaroo Island

    Be inspired by the scenery today at Flinders Chase National Park. Behold the powerful forces of nature at Admirals Arch, a stunning natural rock arc formed by lashing waves, also a playground of fur seal pups. Take a frame-worthy photograph at Remarkable Rocks, spectacular naturally formed granite sculptures shaped over 500 years of erosion. A special encounter awaits at Seal Bay, home to the third largest sea lion colony in Australia, where you’ll meet your conservation guide for a walk amongst the seals.  If you are quiet, you might even hear them talking.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Kangaroo Island

    Enrich

    Tantalise your taste buds as your local epicurean guide introduces you to the magnificent tastes of Kangaroo Island, which have helped to make it famous. sample gourmet cheese, honey and wine, unique to this amazing island.

    Tonight’s dinner will showcase Kangaroo Island’s local produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Kangaroo Island > Adelaide

    Your ferry trip this morning will bring you back to the mainland.

    Enrich

    Meet the winemakers at Gemtree Wines that was rated the ‘World’s Best Winery for Sustainable Wine Tourism’ in 2019. Discover through an interactive experience at the Biodynamic hut all about biodynamic viticulture and finish your visit with a taste of locally sourced snacks.

    Continue to Glenelg, a beachside suburb of Adelaide, where you will enjoy a special stay, providing you with a chance to reflect on your adventures over a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Adelaide

    It’s time to say goodbye to your newfound friends and the delightful tastes of Outback Australia.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted touring with up to 32 guests
  • 2 exclusive scenic enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 memorable special stay
  • 25 Meals- 14 breakfasts(B), 2 lunches(L) and 9 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights
  • Cruise on the Yellow Waters Billabong looking for birdlife and crocodiles.
  • Explore the underground town of Coober Pedy
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Adelaide central markets
  • Learn about bio dynamic farming at Gemtree Wines
  • Walk the beach at Seal Bay home to a colony of sea lions.

Pricing & Availability