DAY 1 – Wednesday 29th July 2020 TULLAMARINE (D)
Welcome 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 30th TULLAMARINE – ALICE SPRINGS (B,D)
After 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 31st WESTERN MACDONNELL-ROYAL FLYING DOC (B,D)
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 Centreal 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 1st Aug 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 leisure.
DAY 5 – Sunday 2nd 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 ourOvernight Stay at the Blue Stone Motor Inn.
DAY 6 – Monday 3rd 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 Stayat the Pine Tree Motel.
DAY 7 - Tuesday 4th 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 5th 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 NextTwo Nights at the lovely Adina Vibe Motel Darwin.
DAY 9 –Thur 6th 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 onFannie Bay, departing Darwin Harbour.
DAY 10 - Friday 7th 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.
Day 11- Saturday 8th 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 soothingly onwards.
Day 12- Sunday 9th April 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 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 barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
Day 13- Monday 10th April 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’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.
Day 14- Tuesday 11th April THE GHAN- MELBOURNE (B, L, D)
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. After disembarking the train you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight home.