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  • The Ghan Expedition

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  • Gold Service

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  • Nitmiluk Gorge

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  • Outback landscapes

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  • Dinner Under the Stars

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  • The Ghan Expedition

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  • Simpsons Gap

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  • Queen Adelaide Restaurant

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  • Gourmet dining onboard

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  • Gold Service

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  • Dinner Under the Stars

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  • Underground dinner

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  • Beautiful Adelaide

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  • The Ghan Expedition

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  • Gold Service

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Nitmiluk Gorge

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Outback landscapes

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Dinner Under the Stars

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The Ghan Expedition

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Simpsons Gap

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Queen Adelaide Restaurant

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Gourmet dining onboard

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Gold Service

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Dinner Under the Stars

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Underground dinner

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
   

7 Day Journey to the Outback

  • Discover Australia’s outback by rail
  • Experience Gold Service on Ghan Expedition
Receive all-inclusive meals & drinks onboard

Australia’s Red Centre is a region of incredible beauty and diversity, of jaw-dropping wonders, remote villages and sunsets that dance across the horizon. One of the most memorable ways to experience this ancient landscape is aboard The Ghan Expedition - a once-in-a-lifetime rail journey which strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.

Ignite all five senses on this glamourous seven-day rail and relaxation package from Darwin to Adelaide, featuring The Ghan Expedition. Stop in Katherine, gateway to ancient Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge; indulge with Dinner Under the Stars followed by a stargazing experience in Alice Springs; experience a taste of underground life in quirky Coober Pedy; and complete the expedition with two days at leisure in beautiful Adelaide. Take the time to discover the incredible city’s dining scene, visit Central Markets, or perhaps venture to the iconic McLaren Vale or Barossa wine regions.

Package includes three nights Gold Service aboard The Ghan, bucket list off-train excursions at each stop along the train route, three nights 4-star hotel accommodation and more!

ROOM OPTIONS

  • 7 Days
    $3599

    Gold Service 2020

    per person twin share
    A comfortable sleeper cabin featuring a private ensuite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge during the day.
  • 7 Days
    $3999

    Gold Service 2019

    per person twin share
    A comfortable sleeper cabin featuring a private ensuite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge during the day.

About the Property

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

ITINERARY

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Your journey begins with a morning departure from Darwin. Settle in, explore the amenities onboard and enjoy lunch, 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.


This evening enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback and as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition – ‘Gold Service’ Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Alice Springs where you will have the opportunity to take in the delights of this famous town. A full day gives you ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, get up close and personal with Australia's incredible flora and fauna, or explore. There will also be an opportunity to upgrade to the ultimate outback experience; an intimate scenic fixed wing flight to Uluru, where you will enjoy lunch and take in aerial views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta (not included).


This evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic outback BBQ known as “Dinner Under the Stars”. This is a truly unique experience with live Australiana music and a mouthwatering feast. After dessert, cast your eyes skyward and ponder life and the universe with an informative astronomical talk.

Overnight: The Ghan Expedition – ‘Gold Service’  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 – ‘Gold Service’  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. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel where the next 2 days are yours free at leisure to explore this fascinating city.

Overnight: The Majestic, The Grand Chancellor or similar, Adelaide  Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure to either relax or explore.

Overnight: The Majestic, The Grand Chancellor or similar, Adelaide  Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy another day at leisure to either relax or explore.

Overnight: The Majestic, The Grand Chancellor or similar, Adelaide  Meals included: Breakfast

The tour concludes this morning following breakfast and check out.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must submit the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase. The Tour Operator will then confirm the booking directly with you via email.
 
Please do NOT book any required flights until you have received booking confirmation direct from the Tour Operator.
 
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 the Tour Operator unless stated otherwise.



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 25th March 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers no discounts apply, a twin share purchase must be made.
 
Departure Dates
Gold Service 2019
June: 12, 26, 29 (SOLD OUT)
July: 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31 (SOLD OUT)
August: 3, 21
 
Gold Service 2020
March: 18, 25
 
Departure Cities
Darwin



Accommodation Used


5 Star (self-rated)

- The Ghan - ‘Gold Service’ experience



4 Star (self-rated)

- Adelaide: The Majestic, The Grand Chancellor or similar

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
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
Gold Twin Cabin: 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.



Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.
 
Off-Train Excursions / Tours (Included)
Katherine
Choice of one from below:
- Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
- Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise
- Katherine Outback Experience (available only for June - August 2019 departures)
 
Alice Springs
Choice of one from below:
- Alice Springs Desert Park & Outback BBQ Dinner (Dinner Under The Stars)
- Alice Explorer & Outback BBQ Dinner (Dinner Under The Stars)
- Simpson Gap Discovery Walk & Outback BBQ Dinner (Dinner Under The Stars)
- Alice to Off Road & Outback BBQ Dinner (Dinner Under The Stars)
 
Coober Pedy
Choice of one from below: 
- Explore Coober Pedy
- Opal Experience
- Discover The Majestic Breakaways
 
Optional Tours / Activities (Not Included)
The following upgrades can be purchased onboard the train however to secure your spot earlier you can book direct with the operator once you have received your travel pack information.
Katherine
- Nitmiluk Gorge Heli Flight - $200 per person.
- Twin Parks Fixed Wing Scenic Flight - $400 per person.
 
Alice Springs
- Uluru Fixed Wing Scenic Flight - $1249 per person. Please note: You will arrive back in Alice Springs in time for the Outback BBQ (Dinner Under The Stars).
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required for Australia if travelling on a New Zealand Passport)
- Return International flights
- Domestic transfers / flights in Australia
- Domestic transfers / flights in New Zealand
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



Outback Explorer Lounges
The Outback Explorer Lounge is the social hub of the train where you are encouraged to mingle with fellow travellers. It won’t take long for you to strike up a conversation. There’s something about travelling on The Ghan that creates a wonderful camaraderie amongst guests. Relax in the comfortable lounges while you soak in the amazing views passing by. Enjoy the all-inclusive range of beers, Australian wines, soft drinks and standard spirits as you meet friends, old and new. The lounges are open from breakfast to late evening daily, and the Hospitality Attendants will be available to assist with barista-style coffee and information about the regions you are passing through. The cupboards at the end of each carriage are stocked with games, magazines and books. Please feel free to borrow these at your leisure.
 
Queen Adelaide Restaurant
The style and ambience of the art deco Queen Adelaide Restaurant salutes the golden era and romance of rail travel. When your menu can offer Top End barramundi, locally-produced beef and lamb, Margaret River cheeses, Barossa Valley smallgoods and native Australian fare including kangaroo, saltbush and wild rosella flower, it’s hard to imagine you could be thousands of kilometres from the nearest hatted restaurant.
 
Service Levels
Gold Service guests can enjoy the all-inclusive fares featuring onboard regional dining, a range of complimentary beverages and a choice of intriguing Off Train Excursions along the way.
 
Inside Your Cabin
Gold Service Twin Cabins offer a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring a private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day.
* Features include:
- Power outlets
- Music channels and journey audio commentary
- Top notch service from the hospitality attendant
- Fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries
 
Dress Code
Smart casual attire is suggested for guests travelling in Gold Service. Warm clothes are recommended for evenings onboard the train, as the air-conditioning can be cool. It’s recommended that guests pack a hat, sunscreen, inspect repellent and comfortable walking shoes for off-train touring. Guests who bring electronic devices, such as laptops, that connect to 240-volt power on the trains should also pack a surge protector.
 
Money Onboard
If you choose to purchase an Off Train Excursion upgrade or souvenirs onboard you can do so utilising the EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Unfortunately there are no cash out options onboard.
 
Luggage
Great Southern Rail will accept the carriage of your luggage subject to any applicable laws and regulations and subject to:
(a) The luggage not being excessively heavy, bulky, dangerous, inadequately packed, in a defective state or otherwise unsuitable for carriage.
(b) Luggage being correctly labelled with your name, destination address and contact phone number both inside and outside the bag.
(c) You are accompanying your luggage on the train.
- Gold service twin cabin - one piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin bag or briefcase per person;
- Checked luggage Gold service (per person) 2 x 30kgs.
- Luggage check-in opens 2.5 hours prior to departure and closes 60 minutes prior to departure. Checked luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.
 
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°C - 30.6°C. In summer average temperatures range from 20°C - 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 than in summer. The average annual temperature in Katherine is 27.5°C, July has the lowest average temperature of the year of 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.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
Meals:
12 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Due to space constraints you are advised to take onboard only hand luggage containing the requirements for your rail journey. Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey. Valuables including your passport, medicine, fragile or perishable items must be carried onboard as cabin baggage.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
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 :
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour and are optional and at the customers discretion.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.



A tourist visa is not required for Australia if travelling on a New Zealand passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand 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.



Please note: Due to limited availability, passenger name and date changes are strictly prohibited for this offer. This overrides the Schedule of Fees in our standard Terms & Conditions. No refunds will be issued once offer has been purchased.
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