– Wednesday 28th July 2021 TULLAMARINE (D)
aboard our scenic Alice Springs – Darwin
Tour. This afternoon we enjoy a leisurely journey to Melbourne for our Overnight Stay at Best Western Airport Motel.
DAY 2 – Thursday
– ALICE SPRINGS (B,D)
breakfast we travel to Tullamarine
for our morning flight to Alice Springs.
We arrive lunchtime and settle into the The Diplomat Motel, Alice Springs for
our Three Nights Stay. The afternoon is free to relax. Tonight’s dinner is at the Motel.
DAY 3 – Fri 30th WEST. MACDONNELL-ROYAL FLYING
Today we explore the picturesque Western MacDonnell Ranges. See
the grave of John Flynn, founder of
the Flying Doctor Service, as well as Simpsons
Gap, a haven for tiny rock wallabies. We then travel on Ormiston Gorge where we have lunch before we explore this wonderful Gorge which offers
visitors all the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. The
water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native
fauna and flora, including a number of relict plant species. The recent
rediscoveries of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Central Rock Rat in the
Ormiston Gorge vicinity demonstrate what an important role the Park plays as a
fauna refuge. Ormiston Gorge is also home to a major ranger station.
DAY 4 - Saturday 31st DESERT PARK (B,D)
Today we visit the Award Winning Desert Park which showcases the landscape,
animals and plants of Australia’s desert.
See the Bird’s of Prey and Nocternal House and informative film. Relax and enjoy the afternoon at
DAY 5 – Sunday 1st Aug DEVILS MARBLES/TENNANT CREEK (B,D)
A leisurely start today before we continue
further North over the 11 Mile Hills,
where we have the chance to stand on the Tropic
of Capricorn. We stop to see the spectacular Devils Marbles, made up of hundreds of huge, rounded rocks strewn
all over the plain. Hear the stories of
the rugged gold and copper mining town’s development as we travel into Tennant Creek for our Overnight Stay at the Blue Stone Motor
DAY 6 – Monday 2nd MATARANKA
- KATHERINE (B,D)
As we make our way to the Top End of the Northern Territory, we travel through the tiny, scattered
settlements of Renner Springs, Elliot
and Daly Waters. We visit the Elsey Cemetery, made famous by the book "We of the Never Never", and Mataranka Thermal Pools (bring your bathers). Then continue on to Katherine for our Overnight
Stay at the Pine Tree Motel.
DAY 7 - Tuesday 3rd KATHERINE GORGE CRUISE – JABIRU (B,D)
Today is a real highlight as we enjoy the spectacular Katherine Gorge Cruise, now called "Nitmiluk". Enjoy a detailed commentary from our guide,
and see the ancient rock walls ablaze with brilliant colour, dotted with caves
and Aboriginal paintings. Today we discover the Kakadu National Park, crossing the Mary and South Alligator
Rivers, passing giant anthills as we make our way to Nourlangie Rock. We settle
in at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Motel
for our Overnight Stay.
DAY 8 – Wednesday 4th KAKADU DARWIN (B,D)
This morning we enjoy a scenic ½ hour flight over Kakadu
National Park, taking in Arnhem Land Escarpment, the magestic flood
plains, the wetlands and much more, we are giving you a true picture of the
diversity and size of this vast area. We visit the National Park Headquarters, see a display of flora and fauna unique
to this area. This afternoon we make our way to
Darwin – Australia’s most
Northern Capital. We enjoy the Next Two Nights at the lovely Adina Vibe
DAY 9 –Thur 5th DARWIN – SUNSET DINNER CRUISE (B,D)
Today we explore Darwin
taking in all its highlights. See Fannie
Bay and visit the Darwin Museum,
a unique complex showing the life and history of the Northern Territory. We
inspect the World War II gun
emplacements at East Point and enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens. This
afternoon is at your leisure to shop, spend time with friends or simply relax.
This evening a memorable way to end our tour, with a Sunset Dinner Cruise on
Fannie Bay, departing Darwin Harbour.
DAY 10 - Friday 6th RETURN
FLIGHT – MELBOURNE – HOME (B)
We transfer to the Darwin Airport for our return
flight to Melbourne. Upon arrival at Tullamarine you will be met by our
coach and we make our way home
at the conclusion of a truly
memorable Northern Territory Tour.
Price Person Twin Share: $4,360
Single Supplement: $1,035
Day 1- Saturday 7th
THE GHAN (B, L, D)
Your journey begins with a morning
departure from Darwin. Once you’re settled into your private cabin, mingle with
fellow travellers or sample the exceptional food, wine and service onboard.
When it’s time for lunch, savour the regionally-inspired menu accompanied by a
selection of all-inclusive wines and beverages, 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. 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 soothing
Day 2- Sunday 8th
THE GHAN (B, L, D)
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 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 barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic
Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
Day 3- Monday 9th
THE GHAN (B, L, D)
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 will 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.
Day 4- Tuesday 10th
THE GHAN- MELBOURNE (B, L, D)
cabin window this morning you will see a dramatic change in landscape, as the
rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Enjoy a
leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges and prepare
for our mid-morning arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s great
travel experiences. After disembarking the train, you will be transferred to
the Airport for your flight home.
Per Person: POA