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  • The Ghan Expedition

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  • The famous Darwin sunset

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  • Gold Service Cabin

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  • Gourmet dining onboard

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  • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

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  • Dinner under the stars in Alice Springs

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  • Darwin sunset cruise

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  • Gold Service Cabin

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  • Gourmet dining onboard

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  • St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide

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  • River Torrens, Adelaide

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  • Lunch in Coober Pedy

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  • The Ghan Expedition

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  • Darwin waterfront

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  • The famous Darwin sunset

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  • Gold Service Cabin

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  • Gourmet dining onboard

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  • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

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  • Dinner under the stars in Alice Springs

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  • Darwin sunset cruise

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  • Gold Service Cabin

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  • Gourmet dining onboard

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  • St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide

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  • River Torrens, Adelaide

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  • Lunch in Coober Pedy

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  • The Ghan

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7 Day The Ghan & Red Centre

  • Discover the outback: Darwin to Adelaide
  • Experience Gold Service on the Ghan
Receive all-inclusive meals & drinks onboard

Australia’s Red Centre is a landscape of incredible beauty and diversity, of jaw-dropping natural wonders, remote outposts and sunsets that dance across the horizon. One of the most memorable ways to experience this unique land is aboard The Ghan Expedition - a once-in-a-lifetime luxury rail journey which strikes the perfect balance between 5-star comfort and adventure.

Ignite the senses on this glamorous seven-day rail and relaxation package from Darwin to Adelaide. Begin with free time and a sunset cruise in the tropical city of Darwin, and then climb aboard The Ghan Expedition for three unforgettable nights of Gold Service accommodation with all-inclusive meals and drinks. Stop in Katherine, gateway to ancient Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge; indulge with Dinner Under the Stars followed by a stargazing experience in Alice Springs; experience a taste of underground life in quirky Coober Pedy; and complete the expedition as you roll into the grand city of Adelaide.

This bucket list trip includes three nights Gold Service aboard The Ghan Expedition, off-train excursions at each stop along the route, three nights 4-star hotel accommodation and more!

ITINERARY

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You've arrived in Darwin! It’s yours to explore. Spend the day at your leisure before making your own way to your accommodation. The adventurous traveller will find plenty on offer in this tropical city. Sensational restaurants and bars, museums celebrating the city’s rich heritage, galleries showcasing the region’s renowned Indigenous art - and more. Nature is truly Darwin’s backyard with the iconic national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield only a few hours away.

Overnight: Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Meals included: None

Enjoy a day to explore this fascinating city at leisure. Wander to the Stokes Hill Wharf area, Botanic Gardens or the Chinese Temple and don't forget a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

This evening prepare to be amazed by the legendary tropical sunset from a location like no other. Savour the sights and feel the sea breeze as you sail and dine in comfort aboard a modern and spacious catamaran. Enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared onboard using local produce and fresh seafood. Relax and soak in the splendour of the skies, champagne flute in hand.

Overnight: Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today is free to further explore the waterfront restaurants and relaxed vibe of Darwin. Alternatively, consider an optional tour (additional expense) to make the most of your time in the Top End.

Optional Tour: Croc N History Explorer Ticket
Combine two of Darwin’s premier attractions with one ticket. The flexible Croc N History Explorer ticket gives you entry to both Crocosaurus Cove and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. As well as access to the 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Big Bus - From $105 per person.

Overnight: Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Meals included: Breakfast

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 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.

The stunning Nitmiluk Gorge lies within the massive 292,000 hectares of the Nitmiluk National Park. You'll have the chance to explore it from the water with guided cruise options - an Off Train Excursion you'll never forget.

Alternatively, experience a glimpse into the lives of those who call the outback home and prepare to be mesmerised as you visit a huge cattle station owned by multiple Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain. See the team work with a young horse, demonstrating how they build a bond and explaining the psychology between man and horse.

Enjoy the enthusiasm of the beloved working dogs as the team demonstrate how they build-up their confidence and prepare them to working life on the land.

The show is never complete without a few of Tom's chart-topping songs often performed with guitar in hand and from the saddle of a horse. This is a show not to be missed. (seasonal).

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Your arrival into Alice Springs after breakfast provides you with time to explore the heart of Australia. Prepare for a day of fascinating excursions and, in the evening, meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbecue dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

From the morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you'll venture into the 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.

Discover the incredible diversity of Coober Pedy’s spectacular breakaways on your guided walking tour and take in the colourful low hills that appear from a distance which looks as if they are 'broken away' from the higher ground of the reserve.

The landscape was once an inland sea and over time has been transformed into a dramatic landscape that changes colour with the passing of the sun creating an almost surreal panorama, a truly remarkable landscape and one not to be missed.

Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Watch the dramatic scenery of the flinders Ranges appear before passing through the mid north of South Australia for a mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, where your journey comes to an end.

Leaving with you will be memories of the awe-inspiring landscapes and the unique outback experiences that will last you a lifetime.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Travel aboard The Ghan Expedition train ex Darwin
  • Relax with 2 days at leisure in tropical Darwin
  • Transfer from hotel to Darwin Railway Station
  • Experience 3 nights Gold Service accommodation aboard the train
  • 3 nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Darwin
  • Enjoy 13 meals including a unique ‘Dinner Under the Stars’
  • Receive all-inclusive meals and drinks onboard the train
  • Stop in Katherine, gateway to spiritual Nitmiluk Gorge
  • Visit the iconic Red Centre capital of Alice Springs
  • Explore the sun-drenched mining town of Coober Pedy
  • Enjoy off-train experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • English speaking Tour Guide
Train: The Ghan Expedition
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan Expedition is the ultimate rail experience through the heart of Australia. Travelling from Darwin to Adelaide 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.

Cabin: Gold Service
A comfortable sleeper cabin featuring a private ensuite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge during the day.

Important info

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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.
 
Booking Guarantee:
Booking is subject to final confirmation from the tour operator. If you do not receive an email from the tour operator within 7 Business Days please contact TripADeal. If the selected dates cannot be secured an alternative date can be selected. In the event no available dates are suitable, a full refund will be provided.  
 
Please refrain from booking travel arrangements prior to final email confirmation from the tour operator.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to the tour operator in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 25th of August 2021.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
Please note: A solo traveller supplement fee of $660 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2021)
April: 4, 11, 25
*May: 2, 9, 16, 23
*June: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
*July: 7, 14, 21, 28
*August: 4, 11, 18, 25
 
Departure Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months marked with a * incur a high season surcharge of $410 per person.
  
Departure Cities
Darwin



Accommodation Used


4 Star (Self Rated)

Darwin: Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront (Subject to Availability).

 

5 Star (Self Rated)

Darwin to Adelaide: The Ghan Expedition ‘ 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
Not Available
 
Bedding Configuration
Golden Service Twin: Bunk Bed with Ensuite (subject to availability).
Golden Service Single: Single Bed
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Optional Tours / Activities
Croc N History Explorer Ticket
Combine two of Darwin's premier attractions with one ticket. The flexible Croc N History Explorer ticket gives you entry to both Crocosaurus Cove and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. As well as access to the 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Big Bus.
From $105 AUD per person.
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required when travelling domestically on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TRAIN TERMINAL INFORMATION
Darwin Berrimah Terminal:
- Departure time is Approx. 10:00 am.
Salloo Street, East Arm, Northern Territory
(From Berrimah Road, pass the Freight Terminal sign, continue on until sign – ‘Rail Passenger Terminal’ turn right into Salloo Street).
  
Adelaide Parklands Terminals:
- Arrival time is Approx. 11:35 am.
 The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland trains depart from and arrive into this Terminal.
Richmond Road Keswick South Australia, 5035 (also known as Keswick Terminal)
Terminal access from Richmond Road or Sir Donald Bradman Drive
 
MONEY ONBOARD
As the experience onbaord is all-inclusive, you will not need to buy anything unless you choose to purchase an Off Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs, which you can do onboard utilising the EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Unfortunately the operator is unable to provide any cash out on The Ghan.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
- 50% Cancellation fees apply 14 days after booking date and up to 29th November 2020.
- 100% cancellation fee applies on and after 30th November 2020.
- This fare is non-refundable and non-transferrable
- Amendments are Free of Charge up to 45 days prior to departure
 
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.
 
Katherine:
The climate is tropical in Katherine. In winter, there is much less rainfall in Katherine than in summer. The average annual temperature in Katherine is 27.5 °C, July has the lowest average temperature of the year, It is 22.1 °C.
 
Coober Pedy:
Coober Pedy has a desert climate. It’s dry and hot in the summer, and cool and dry in the winter. The best time of the year to visit is from April – October, when the weather is mild. Average winter temperatures range from 18°C during the day, and falling to 6°C at night. Like most of the outback, the winter days are perfect, with clear blue skies.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
13 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:
Land
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Gratuities are optional and at the customers discretion.
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).



A tourist visa is not required when travelling domestically within Australia
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 as 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.