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7 Day Taste of the Top End

  • Journey from Darwin to Adelaide on The Ghan
  • Enjoy all-inclusive meals & drinks onboard
Unwind with 4 nights in beautiful Darwin

The vast open spaces, red-washed landscapes abundant with incredible wildlife and surprising wetlands - Australia’s Top End is a site to behold. Combined with the world famous Ghan Rail experience, this is an astonishing journey that will inspire the avid traveller and beyond.

Experience Australia’s outback like never before on this seven day bucket list journey from Darwin to Adelaide. Discover the highlights of the Top End on tour - visiting Litchfield National Park, the Marrakai Plains, Fogg Dam Nature Reserve wetlands and see crocodiles on an Adelaide River cruise. Then, board The Ghan for a two night rail journey, taking in Nitmiluk National Park and Nitmiluk Gorge, Alice Springs, Simpsons Gap and more. This bucket list tour includes four nights hotel accommodation, two night rail journey, 11 meals including all inclusive meals and beverages on board The Ghan, and more. See you in the NT?

ITINERARY

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Welcome to Darwin! Upon arrival make your way to your accommodation. Check-in opens at 2:00pm leaving the afternoon free to explore your surroundings.

Overnight: Rydges Hotel, Darwin Central
Meals included: None

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Litchfield National Park. Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. First stop of the day is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. To finish the day you will visit Wangi Falls, with its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing termite mounds.

Overnight: Rydges Hotel, Darwin Central
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today is yours to explore Darwin at your leisure – stroll the Esplanade, visit the many galleries or museums, take in a spot of souvenir shopping or simply relax at your accommodation.

Overnight: Rydges Hotel, Darwin Central
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at your leisure. Perhaps make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy the tropical Darwin weather. Much of Darwin’s action happens along its revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands. This afternoon, your jumping croc adventure begins. Just 60 km from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to more than 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles. Travel down the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River. On arrival enjoy a cruise down the river and experience the thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see these prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for views over the Marrakai Plains, and then it’s onto Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to see the wetland ecosystem up close.

Overnight: Rydges Hotel, Darwin Central
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast be transferred to the train station to begin your Ghan Rail experience. Settle in to the comforts of The Ghan, relax in your cabin or mingle with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge. Enjoy lunch ahead of your first Off Train Excursion in Katherine. In a region, renowned for jaw-dropping natural assets, Katherine boasts one of the Top End’s best – the incredible Nitmiluk Gorge lies within the massive 292,000 hectares of the Nitmiluk National Park, and you have the chance to explore it from the water with guided cruise options.

Overnight: The Ghan ‘Gold Service’
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning The Ghan arrives into Alice Springs. After breakfast enjoy some time at leisure to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia. Your Off-Train Excursions today include visiting the spectacular Alice Springs Desert Park and Reptile Centre, walking Simpsons Gap, and exploring the historic Telegraph Station and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Overnight: The Ghan ‘Gold Service’
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After completing the famous north-south crossing of the interior you will arrive into Adelaide where your Top End adventure comes to an end.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the highlights of Australia’s Top End
  • Explore the Litchfield National Park on a guided tour with lunch
  • Get up close and personal with Crocodiles on the Adelaide River
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Darwin
  • Take in the stunning views of the Marrakai Plains
  • Explore the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve and learn about the wetland ecosystem
  • Enjoy a 2 night Ghan Rail journey from Darwin to Adelaide
  • Indulge with all-inclusive meals and drinks aboard The Ghan
  • Discover the Nitmiluk National Park and Nitmiluk Gorge on a guided cruise
  • Explore Alice Springs, the iconic town in the red heart of Australia
  • Visit the spectacular Alice Springs desert park and reptile centre
  • Discover the natural beauty of Simpsons Gap
  • Adventure through the historic telegraph station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • 4 nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Darwin
  • 2 nights accommodation aboard The Ghan “Gold Service”
  • Enjoy 11 meals including all Inclusive meals & beverages on board The Ghan
  • English speaking National Tour Guide
  • Off shore excursions and entrance fees
  • Transportation by A/C Vehicles
  • Gold Service on board The Ghan
  • Hotel to Train Station transfer (Day 5)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase .
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 26th January 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1300 applies if they wish to book a Gold Twin room with a private bathroom. Customers who book a Gold Single room do not have to pay a single traveler supplement however single rooms do not have access to a private bathroom.
 
Departure Dates 
2018
October: 27 (SOLD OUT)
 
2019
January: 12, 19, 26



Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated):

Darwin: Rydges Darwin Central

Darwin to Adelaide: The Ghan ‘ Gold Service’ Experience

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 15 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Room/Bedding Configuration
Darwin:
Twin or Double bedding 
 
The Ghan Rail Experience:
Gold Twin Cabin: Bunk Bed Option with Private Ensuite
Gold Single Cabin: Single Bed, Shared Bathroom
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels/train discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 1, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required if you are an Australian Citizen or Resident).
- Domestic/International flights.
- Pre and post tour transfers.
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- Gratuities/tipping are at customers discretion and are not mandatory for this tour.
- Optional activities/tours.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended).



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Darwin
December is the hottest month in Darwin with an average temperature of 30°C and the coldest is July at 24°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in October. 
 
Alice Springs
In spring the weather begins to warm up with average temperatures between 13.8 - 30.6°C. In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C, you are more likely to experience rainfall during summer, however the climate is considered dry for most of the year.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
11 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is at the customers’ discretion 


A tourist visa is not required for domestic travel.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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