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Red Centre Rendezvous

Red Centre RendezvousThe Ghan - Red Centre Rendezvous

Red Centre Rendezvous
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$4919

pp twin share


TRAIN + STAY + TOUR PACKAGE

 
  14 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021     7 nights      Darwin, NT → Adelaide, SA

Take the legendary train journey aboard The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, with a 4-night stopover and tour to explore the dramatic landscapes and ancient history of the Red Centre. View the full itinerary.

Package includes:
 3 nights on The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide 
 3 day Uluru & Kata Tjuta Experience tour​​​​​​, incl. Field of Light, Aussie BBQ Dinner and more
 2 nights accommodation in Uluru
 2 nights accommodation in Alice Springs, incl. breakfast
 Off-train excursions in Katherine and Coober Pedy
 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
 All transfers in Alice Springs

Add on a mini holiday before or after your journey in Darwin or Adelaide from just $588 per person! See more details.

The Highlights

Learn about the flora & fauna

Learn about the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo.

Kata Tjuta & Walpa Gorge

Marvel at the unusual conglomerate rock formations and spend time exploring the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuṯa and Walpa Gorge.

See Uluru at sunset and sunrise

Warm up with a tea or coffee as you watch the first rays of light. Later, relax with a glass of wine and nibbles as the sun sets and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned.

Photo by Paul Balfe on flickr.com

Field of Light

Enjoy the incredible view of Bruce Monroe's Field of Light. Arriving in complete darkness, you will get an exclusive view of the 50,000 globes of light in the night desert.

 

The Itinerary

Day 1 - Board The Ghan Expedition in Darwin
 
14 August 2021
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.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan

Day 2 - The Ghan Expedition, Alice Springs 
 15 August 2021
Upon arrival into Alice Springs provides you with a full day to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia on one of your included off train excursions. After returning with the group to the train station, you farewell your fellow travellers and will be transferred to your hotel at 4pm. This evening is free to relax and ready yourself for your adventure tomorrow.

OVERNIGHT: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Day 3 - Alice Springs, Uluru
 16 August 2021
Enjoy an early breakfast before you travel from Alice Springs to Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural & geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Attila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluṟu & Kata Tjuṯa National Park.

This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas) for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia.  Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area.  Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuṯa while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with gourmet canapés and Australian wine.

OVERNIGHT: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock

Day 4 - Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa 
 17 August 2021
A very early rise this morning to travel to the Uluṟu sunrise viewing area.  Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee.  Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuṯa.  On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuṯa before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge.  Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations.  The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuṯa.  Return to Ayers Rock Resort.

This afternoon visit Uluṟu & Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region.

Later travel around the base of Uluṟu with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance.

Travel to the Uluṟu sunset viewing area, & Sunset Strip & and relax with a glass of wine and Nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned.

Please ensure you have a minimum of 1 litre of water with you for your walk.

After sunset you will be transferred you to the site of your barbecue dinner. The site is within the Uluṟu National Park, adjacent to Uluṟu & Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights to provide a clear view of the stars in the southern sky (weather permitting). Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served and your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort. 

OVERNIGHT: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock

Day 5 - Field of Light, Alice Springs 
 18 August 2021
This morning you will be picked up at your accommodation in a luxury coach to be taken the very short distance to the exclusive Field of Light location. With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Monroe, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 globes of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing platform where you will be served tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

You can enjoy your beverage as the sun starts to creep light throughout the sky and then watch in awe as it pops up in the distance behind Uluṟu & Kata Tjuṯa, flooding the landscape, including Kata Tjuṯa behind you, with light. As the natural light brightens the landscape, the Field of Light will dim for the day. Enjoy some amazing photos from this unique raised location that allows you to view both Kata Tjuṯa and Uluṟu in all their natural glory.

This afternoon, travel through desert scenery between on your way to Alice Springs. Your Driver Guide will provide comprehensive commentary as you pass through the beautiful rugged scenery of the outback. View Attila (Mt Conner). Stop at the Erldunda Roadhouse where you may purchase afternoon tea (own expense). Travel along the Stuart Highway before arriving in Alice Springs. You will be dropped off at your Alice Springs hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Day 6 - Alice Springs, The Ghan Expedition 
 19 August 2021
Enjoy a leisurely morning, checking out after breakfast. You have some free time to explore Alice Springs before returning to your hotel to meet your 2.30pm transfer to the train station.

Check in, settle into your cabin and prepare to depart with your new travelling companions to your evening dinner function, where you’ll dine under a million stars.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan

Day 7 - The Ghan Expedition, Coober Pedy 
 20 August 2021
When you disembark in remote Manguri, you’ll enjoy a full day exploring the amazing opal mining township of Coober Pedy.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan

Day 8 - The Ghan Expedition, Adelaide 
 21 August 2021
After completing the famous north-south crossing of the interior you will arrive into Adelaide.

Extend Your Trip

Darwin and Kakadu

+ Mini Holiday in Darwin
 

  10 Aug 2021 - 14 Aug 2021     4 nights      Darwin, NT

Take some time before your train journey to explore the natural wonders of Darwin and Kakadu National Park.

Package includes:
 2 nights accommodation in Darwin at DoubleTree by Hilton, including full breakfast
 2 day Kakadu National Park and East Alligator tour, including 2 nights accommodation
 Charles Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise

From $1258 per person twin share

Adelaide and the Barossa

+ Mini Holiday in Adelaide


  21 Aug 2021 - 24 Aug 2021     3 nights      Adelaide, SA

Take some time after your train journey to delight in the culture, food and wine of Adelaide and the Barossa.

Package includes:
 3 nights accommodation in Adelaide at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, including full breakfast
 Northern Barossa Valley Voyager day tour

From $588 per person twin share

 


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