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3 Day The Ghan & Red Centre

  • Discover the Australian outback in premium style
  • Experience Gold Service aboard The Ghan
Receive all-inclusive dining & drinks onboard

Outback. Just one word is all it takes to send your imagination into overdrive, conjuring images of fiery desert landscapes and ancient cliffs that plunge away into deep, forgotten gorges. If you long to explore this wondrous region without sacrificing five star comfort and style, The Ghan is for you.

Described as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan offers a perfect combination of luxury, exploration and adventure. Sophisticated, all-inclusive gourmet dining and drinks, elegant sleeper cabins with private ensuites, and intriguing off-train excursions which take you beyond the track to see a different side of the outback. This is like no other rail trip you’ve experienced.

Choose from two sensational itineraries: the three day / two night Adelaide to Darwin trip stopping in remote Katherine and the outback capital of Alice Springs, or the four day / three night Darwin to Adelaide trip with additional stops in historic Coober Pedy and the outback station of Manguri.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today make your own way to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal where you will board The Ghan. The train departs at approx. 12:10pm.

Departing Adelaide, what lies ahead is rugged, beautiful and spectacular – through the Red Centre to the tropical north of Australia. Settle into your cabin and watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia from your window, or meet your fellow travellers in the lounge car. Before long some of the oldest rock formations in the world, the Flinders Ranges, come into view. As darkness envelops the rugged outback, it’s time to indulge in a regionally-inspired dinner and all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

Overnight: The Ghan
Meals included: Dinner

Begin with a freshly brewed coffee or juice as the day dawns at Marla, an outback outpost in the remote reaches of South Australia. It is here, deep inland, that you will enjoy a one of a kind experience, as you watch the desert come to life at sunrise. All aboard for brunch as you make your way through the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs where a choice of Off Train Excursions awaits. Alice is an iconic Red Centre outpost. 1,500 kilometres from the nearest major city, it may be remote, but offers plenty to explore – home to doctors who fly, rivers that run dry, and a cast of colourful characters. Your time in the ‘capital out of the outback’ offers numerous opportunities to explore its historic legacy and unique environment.

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

Your day dawns in the tropical north. The pristine wilderness of Katherine is stirring and powerful, and you’ll have the chance to explore it from the water or land with your choice of off train experiences. Cruise the jaw-dropping Nitmiluk Gorge, learn more about its ancient Indigenous rock paintings and gain insight into the culture of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, or discover authentic outback life on a cattle station. As evening falls, arrive in Darwin to complete your epic Australian journey. Arrival time is approximately 5:30pm


Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Itinerary - 2

Today make your own way to the Darwin Berrimah Terminal where you will board the Ghan Expedition, your home for the next 3 nights. The train departs at approximately 10:00am.

Once you’re settled into your private cabin, mingle with fellow travellers or sample the exceptional food, wine, and service onboard. When it’s time for lunch, savour the regionally-inspired menu accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages, before an early afternoon arrival 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 experience 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.

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

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.

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

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.

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

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. Arrival time is approximately 11:00am.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Travel aboard The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin
  • Receive 2 nights Gold Service twin accommodation aboard the train
  • Enjoy all-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Stop in Katherine, gateway to spiritual Nitmiluk Gorge
  • Visit the iconic Red Centre capital of Alice Springs
  • Enjoy immersive off train experiences in Marla, Alice Springs, and Katherine
  • Choose between cruising the Nitmiluk Gorge, learning about Katherine’s ancient Indigenous rock paintings, or discover authentic outback life on a cattle station
  • Travel aboard The Ghan Expedition train ex Darwin
  • Receive 3 nights Gold Service twin accommodation aboard the train
  • Enjoy all-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • 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 immersive off-train experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Choose between cruising the Nitmiluk Gorge, learning about Katherine’s ancient Indigenous rock paintings, or discover authentic outback life on a cattle station

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 21st of October 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
Itinerary 1: The Ghan - Adelaide to Darwin: $1510
Itinerary 2: The Ghan Expedition - Darwin to Adelaide: $2120
 
Departure Dates (2020)
Itinerary 1: The Ghan - Adelaide to Darwin
August: 30
September: 27
October: 4, 11, 18
 
Itinerary 2: The Ghan Expedition - Darwin to Adelaide
September: 2, 9, 16, 30
October: 14, 21
 
Departure Cities
Itinerary 1: Adelaide
Itinerary 2: Darwin



Accommodation Used


5 Star (self-rated)

The Ghan / The Ghan Expedition - Gold Service Twin Cabin

 

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).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



The Ghan / The Ghan Expedition
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan is the ultimate rail experience through the heart of Australia. Travelling between Darwin and 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.
 
Gold Service Cabin
A comfortable sleeper cabin featuring a private ensuite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge during the day.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Domestic flights / transfers
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)



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.
 
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.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Gold Service Access cabin are available which are suitable for guests with mobility requirements, for more details please contact Tripadeal.
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. Tipping is 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.



A tourist visa is not required when travelling domestically on an Australian Passport.
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.

 

Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.
 
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.