Central Australia and the Ghan

11 Days
Darwin to Adelaide
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$ 8,995
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2023 Darwin > Adelaide

Journey through the heart of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide

Wondrous surprises await you around every bend of your journey through the heart of Australia and beyond. Discover the delights of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Visit cool billabongs and their vibrant birdlife, spot majestic crocodiles and immerse yourself in the ancient stories of this land.
Embark on one of the world’s most renowned and luxurious rail journeys, The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide, and witness some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort. Your adventure through the country’s immense, diverse, and mesmerising interior will leave you speechless and in awe of this great nation we call home. It is truly the ultimate Australian outback experience. Witness a vastly different scenery in beautiful South Australia. Delight your taste buds at the capital city Adelaide’s excellent restaurants and shop for the perfect souvenir at its bustling markets.
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11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Darwin

    Welcome to cosmopolitan Darwin for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Darwin


    Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to the ‘jumping crocodiles’ or take a day trip to Litchfield National Park to soak up its lush green scenery and dramatic waterfalls. Alternatively, enjoy a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour; take the hop-on-hop-off bus around town or the WWII Bombing of Darwin tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Darwin > Kakadu

    Travel to the amazing World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to experience its stunning raw beauty first hand. Marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock, some of the oldest and most impressive Rock Art. Visit Bowali Visitors Centre for a greater understanding of the area before cruising on the Yellow Water Billabong, spotting crocodiles and birdlife.Stay tonight in Kakadu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kakadu > Darwin

    Optional flight - Take an optional flight over Kakadu National Park for a bird’s-eye view of the wetlands and rocky terrain (at additional cost, please book prior to departure).

    Return to Darwin this morning and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Ghan Expedition

    Your journey begins with a morning departure from Darwin, settle into your private cabin, before delightful regionally-inspired lunch, accompanied by a selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages. Arrive early afternoon 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 taking a glimpse into the lives of those who call the outback home, with a fascinating day of discovery on a huge cattle station. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the outback, then back in your cabin you’ll find your bed turned down. Fall asleep as the train rolls soothingly onwards.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Ghan Expedition

    After your first night on The Ghan, you’ll be greeted by a morning view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of excursions awaits you in the outback town of Alice Springs. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, returning in time to meet the rest of your fellow guests at a spectacular barbecue dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Ghan Expedition

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Adelaide

    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. You will then be transferred to your hotel, your home for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Adelaide


    Today, discover the history and culture of Adelaide on a walking tour or taste your way through the Adelaide Central Markets. Alternatively, choose an Adelaide city sights tour, which includes a charming Torrens River cruise to explore Adelaide’s picturesque riverside or a visit to the Adelaide Zoo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Barossa Valley

    Today travel to one of Australia’s oldest wine producing regions, Barossa Valley. Spend the day discovering the Barossa Valley. Visit Maggie Beers Farm shop for a cooking demonstration, before a vineyard tour of the award-winning Jacob’s Creek Winery.  Appreciate the chance to try wine from the year of your birth at Seppeltsfield and then returning to Adelaide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Adelaide

    It’s time to say goodbye to your newfound friends and the delightful tastes of Outback Australia.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • Cruise on the Yellow Waters Billabong looking for birdlife and crocodiles
  • Enjoy the hospitality for three special nights on board The Ghan Expedition with stops in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • Explore the underground town of Coober Pedy
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Adelaide central markets
  • Try Port from the year of your birth at Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted small group land journey
  • Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 19 Meals - 10 breakfasts(B), 2 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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