Top End with The Ghan Expedition & Murray Princess

 14 nights departing select dates

  Package Reference: TEGEMP
from

$6,699

per person twin share

The waterfalls of Litchfield, Ghan Expedition journey and Murray Princess all await you aboard this fantastic country journey.

Package inclusions

  • Transfer to your accommodation.†
  • 4 night stay in Darwin at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade including breakfast.
  • Full day Litchfield National Park tour.
  • Transfer from your accommodation to the rail terminal.
  • 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide. Your journey includes all meals, drinks, and off train excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs, and Coober Pedy.
  • Transfer from the rail terminal to your accommodation.
  • 2 night stay in Adelaide at Hilton Adelaide including breakfast.
  • Ultimate Adelaide and Hahndorf tour.
  • 4 night Outback Heritage cruise aboard PS Murray Princess. Your cruise includes on board meals and sightseeing with return transfers.
  • 1 night stay in Adelaide at Hilton Adelaide including breakfast.
  • Transfer from your accommodation.†
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Tour itinerary

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


Sunday
Today make the most of your Hop on Hop off pass. Don’t miss a thing aboard the open-top double decker tour of Darwin complemented by an entertaining and informative commentary. This pass allows you the freedom to plan your own itinerary and visit the landmarks and attractions at your own pace. There are 10 stops including Crocosauras Cove, Doctor’s Gully, Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Military Museum and Waterfront Precinct.
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


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


Sunday
Today make the most of your Hop on Hop off pass. Don’t miss a thing aboard the open-top double decker tour of Darwin complemented by an entertaining and informative commentary. This pass allows you the freedom to plan your own itinerary and visit the landmarks and attractions at your own pace. There are 10 stops including Crocosauras Cove, Doctor’s Gully, Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Military Museum and Waterfront Precinct.
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 at your leisure 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 and being transferred to your hotel.
Included meals: breakfast
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide - 2 night stay


Sunday
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 before returning to Adelaide.
Included meals: breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: Hilton Adelaide - 1 night stay


Saturday
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred† from your accommodation marking the end of your journey.
Included meals: breakfast

Departs Saturday: 01 July - 31 October 2019 & 01 - 31 March 2020
twin
interior
outside
gold
$6,699 $7,059
platinum
$8,999 $9,379

single
interior
outside
gold
$7,739 $8,309
platinum
$15,279 $15,849

Above pricing is based on the arrangements listed under package inclusions only. Itinerary is subject to change or substitution.
Pricing based on 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. Based on High Season pricing with Great Southern Rail.

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