Ghan Expedition & Top End with Murray Princess

 14 nights departing select dates

  Package Reference: GETEMP
from

$5,349

per person twin share

The spirit of our rugged and beautiful country starts here with this journey of rock and sand.

Package inclusions

  • Transfer to your accommodation.†
  • 4 night stay in Darwin at Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade including breakfast.
  • Half day Darwin City Sights tour.
  • Full day Litchfield National Park tour.
  • Transfer from your accommodation to the rail terminal.
  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition travelling from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold or Platinum Service. Your journey includes all meals, drinks and off train experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.
  • Transfer from the rail terminal to your accommodation.
  • 3 night stay in Adelaide at Hilton Adelaide including breakfast.
  • Full day Ultimate Adelaide & Hahndorf tour.
  • 4 night Outback Heritage cruise aboard PS Murray Princess with return transfers.
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Tour itinerary

Saturday
Today you will be transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of today will be at your leisure to explore Darwin.
Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade - 4 night stay


Sunday
Welcome to Darwin - This afternoon tour showcases the booming city of Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital city. View significant landmarks such as the Chinese Temple and East Point Military Precinct, and share details of the region’s history and rich culture. Highlights are the Darwin Aviation Museum, one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a massive B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force, and is one of only two on public display in the world outside the USA. Next stop is the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Top End’s premier cultural and artistic hub. Home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs, you’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia. Finally you will visit the beautiful and exotic Darwin Botanic Gardens. Established 130 years ago, the George Brown Botanic Gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War Two. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife.
Included meals: breakfast


Saturday
Today you will be transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of today will be at your leisure to explore Darwin.
Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade - 4 night stay


Sunday
Welcome to Darwin - This afternoon tour showcases the booming city of Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital city. View significant landmarks such as the Chinese Temple and East Point Military Precinct, and share details of the region’s history and rich culture. Highlights are the Darwin Aviation Museum, one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a massive B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force, and is one of only two on public display in the world outside the USA. Next stop is the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Top End’s premier cultural and artistic hub. Home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs, you’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia. Finally you will visit the beautiful and exotic Darwin Botanic Gardens. Established 130 years ago, the George Brown Botanic Gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War Two. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife.
Included meals: breakfast


Monday
Boarding early for the drive to Litchfield National Park you will be entertained by your Driver Guide with tales both tall and true of the history of Australia’s longest highway. The gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield National Park. Today, Batchelor’s townsfolk love to host visitors to Litchfield National Park and it’s here that you’ll enjoy morning tea (own expense) at one of their local cafés. View the termite mounds found at Litchfield National Park and the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls from a high vantage point, before making your way down the stairs to take a dip in the gorgeous plunge pool. One of the three major waterfalls along the western face of the Tabletop Range is Tolmer Falls. Marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of the falls, home to several colonies of rare ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats. Included in your tour is lunch at the Litchfield Café. Relax, enjoy the company of your fellow travellers and if you’re ready for another swim, Wangi Falls is the most accessible of rock pools and is a perfect spot to take another dip.
Included meals: breakfast & lunch


Tuesday
Today will be a free day to explore Darwin.
Included meals: breakfast


Wednesday
This morning you will be transferred from your accommodation to Darwin Train Station to board The Ghan Expedition and travel by rail to Adelaide in your chosen service of travel. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. This afternoon you will arrive into Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich in Indigenous history.

Choice of included Off Train Excursion:

  • Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
  • Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise
  • Katherine Outback Experience (Apr - Oct)
  • Nitmiluk Gorge Helicopter Flight (optional upgrade)
  • Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight (optional upgrade)

Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: The Ghan Expedition - 3 nights on board


Thursday
Continue your journey aboard The Ghan making an extended stop in Alice Springs today, the heart of the Red Centre.

Choice of included Off Train Excursion:

  • Simpsons Gap Discovery Walk
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Alice Explorer
  •  Alice to Off Road
  • Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight (optional upgrade)

Come evening you will all come together and dine beneath a canopy of stars for an authentic Outback Pioneer Dinner at the Telegraph Station.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Friday
Today you will make an extended stop at Manguri. Your destination, the sun scorched opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy.

Included Off Train Excursion:

  • Explore Coober Pedy
  • Opal Experience
  • Discover the Majestic Breakaways

Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Saturday
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning travelling through the green pastoral lands of South Australia before arriving into Adelaide. You will be transferred to your accommodation and the remainder of your day will be at your leisure to explore Adelaide.
Included meals: breakfast
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide - 2 nights


Sunday
This morning experience the cosmopolitan life of Adelaide on this half day tour of Adelaide, taking in Adelaide’s main attractions and points of interest. The coastal city of Adelaide is noted for its many festivals, its food, wine and culture and its long beach fronts. Discover superb architecture, cultural boulevards, surrounding park lands and wide streets and then you’ll appreciate why we have been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Tour the Adelaide Hills as you make your way to the historic German settlement of Hahndorf. The Adelaide Hills is home to the Mt Lofty Ranges, rolling vineyards, unspoilt bush land and rich farmland. This half day tour of Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills allows you to explore the delights of Hahndorf and experience the charm of quaint, historic hills villages. Sample the local handmade produce as well as the arts and crafts of this fascinating region.
Included meals: breakfast


Monday
After breakfast, spend the morning at your own leisure before your transfer from Adelaide to Mannum where you will board mid-afternoon. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
Included meals: breakfast & dinner
Accommodation: PS Murray Princess - 4 nights onboard


Tuesday
Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon moor near Salters Station for the overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, join a guided tour of Burk Salter Wines on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in a special “Murray River Cup”.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Wednesday
After breakfast cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s, was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum – a must for every visitor. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. When you arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as staff recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour by tractor and cart is available after dinner (additional cost).
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Thursday
After an optional early morning Bush Tucker Breakfast, slowly cruise downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. Reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history in the area. Return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish!
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Friday
After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where you will be greeted by your coach then it’s off to the famous Barossa, the beautiful ‘valley of the vine’ and the source of about a quarter of Australia’s world-renowned wines. You will visit two premium wineries, enjoy lunch and fantastic scenery before returning to Adelaide.
Included meals: breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide - 1 night stay


Saturday
This morning after breakfast will mark the end of your journey with us. Please ask your consultant if you were wanting to extend your stay.
Included meals: breakfast

Shoulder Season (departs Saturday):
04 September - 24 October, 06-28 November 2019 & 05 February - 26 March 2020
inside cabin twin single
gold advance purchase $5,349 $6,279
gold saver fare $5,599 $6,529
gold everyday fare $5,979 $6,879
platinum everyday fare $8,039 $13,729
outside cabin twin single
gold advance purchase $5,739 $6,819
gold saver fare $5,999 $7,079
gold everyday fare $6,369 $7,419
platinum everyday fare $8,439 $14,269
High Season (departs Saturday): 
01 July - 29 August 2019
inside cabin twin single
gold advance purchase $6,119 $7,279
gold saver fare $6,189 $,7339
gold everyday fare $6,379 $7,519
platinum everyday fare $8,459 $14,519
outside cabin twin single
gold advance purchase $6,519 $7,819
gold saver fare $6,589 $7,889
gold everyday fare $6,779 $8,059
platinum everyday fare $8,849 $15,059

Above pricing is based on the arrangements listed under package inclusions only. Itinerary is subject to change or substitution.
Additional Advance Purchase conditions: Must be booked at least 6 months prior to departure date and is subject to limited availability per departure. 100% non refundable deposit due at time of booking.
Additional Saver fare conditions: Subject to limited availability per departure.
Season dates are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.
Murray Princess conditions: Pricing based on Murray Princess Early Bird Saver Fare which is valid when you book more than 60 days in advance subject to limited availability per departure. For bookings that fall outside please refer to the below additional table:

Murray Princess extras
twin
single
low season inside cabin
$150
$202
low season outside cabin
$205
$277
shoulder season inside cabin
$100
$135
shoulder season outside cabin
$136
$185
high season inside cabin
$100
$135
high season outside cabin
$136
$185
fee for double bed on board
$150
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