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The Ghan: Top End Encounter itinerary


The Ghan: Top End Encounter itinerary

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Top End Encounter
Days / Nights: 8 days / 7 nights
Day Departs: Saturday

• 3 nights accommodation at Hilton Darwin including breakfast daily
• 2 day / 1 night Kakadu National Park and East Alligator River tour including accommodation, Kakadu National Park Ticket, Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, Guluyambi Cruise, touring
• 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, in Gold Service

Day 1: Saturday Darwin
Make your own way to Darwin and check in to Hilton Darwin for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Sunday Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Step aboard your coach and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the National Park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your driver guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. (B, L)

For the experience of a lifetime, why not book a 50 minute scenic flight over Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Escarpment (additional cost).

Day 3: Monday Kakadu National Park to Darwin
This morning you’ll head off with your driver guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Hilton Darwin. (L)

Day 4: Tuesday Darwin
Spend today discovering all that Darwin has to offer. Chairs and tables spill out of street-side restaurants and bars, innovative museums celebrate the city’s past and galleries showcase the region’s rich Indigenous art. (B)

Day 5: Wednesday The Ghan Expedition, Katherine
Your journey aboard The Ghan Expedition begins. After a light lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, arrive in famous Top End township of Katherine. Here you have a choice of an afternoon filled with Off Train Excursions that take in the natural beauty of the Gorge, as well as its cultural and historical significance for Indigenous and early settlers. Back on board in the early evening and there is plenty of opportunity to share your experiences with fellow guests before, during and after a sumptuous dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Thursday The Ghan Expedition, Alice Springs
This morning, wake to the spectacular Red Centre. A beautiful breakfast prepares you for a full day of Off Train Excursions that include lunch in Alice Springs. You’ll return to the train for a quick freshen up, before dining under a million stars of the Outback. Returning to the train, the Lounges are open until late so you can share your journey highlights so far, or quietly relax before retiring. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Friday The Ghan Expedition, Coober Pedy
Breakfast is served as we arrive into Manguri where you disembark and travel by air-conditioned coach to enjoy a full day of touring in and around the truly unique, underground opal mining township of Coober Pedy. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as we journey through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Saturday The Ghan Expedition, Adelaide

Wake up to the ancient and majestic Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you prepare for your arrival into Adelaide.

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