The Ghan & Tiwi Islands Top End Explorer

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 02 November 2024 - 7 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Ship The Ghan
  • Duration 7 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Aug 2024 - Nov 2024
  • Cruise type Rail Journeys
  • Cruise code TRA2264

includes all-inclusive rail journey

Includes immersive tiwi islands cultural experience

includes fully escorted tour of litchfield national park

Thunder through the ever-changing landscapes on board the magnificent Ghan and explore the magic of the Northern Territory during a series of immersive tours.

This is a journey like no other, taking three days and two magnificent nights under the wide desert canopy of stars, traversing from the tip of the north to the depths of the south, or in reverse. You will be travelling on board one of the world’s finest rail journeys, being wined and dined on the finest produce while watching the incredible landscapes slip past you at a top speed of 115 kilometres per

Australia is renowned for its laidback attitude, so whilst you’ll want for nothing in terms of service, you can expect it to be delivered in a way that is unobtrusive, and of course always with a smile.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

2 night all-inclusive rail journey on board The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin with all meals, fine wines and beverages

Off Train Experiences in Marla, Alice Springs and Katherine including Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Hotel Stays

1 night five-star hotel stay at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide 

4 night four-star hotel stay in Darwin at the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Tours

Litchfield National Park and Waterfalls

Charles Darwin Harbour Dinner Cruise
Tiwi Islands Cultural Tour

All Flights & Taxes
Transfers to Adelaide and Darwin Rail Terminals
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Adelaide: Hotel Stay

Sophisticated and multicultural, Adelaide is infused by a curious blend of influences that flavours its restaurants, arts scene, live music calendar and fashionable bars.

Overnight: Stamford Plaza

Day 2
Board the Ghan

Following your Adelaide stay, you’ll board the legendary Ghan for your two-night journey through the Australian Outback. Friendly staff will lead you to your comfortable private cabin where you’ll be able to settle in.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: The Ghan

Day 3
Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs

Wake as the day dawns over Marla, an outback outpost in the remote reaches of South Australia. It’s here, deep inland, that you’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience, as you watch the desert bloom into life at sunrise.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: The Ghan

Day 4
Darwin: Alight the Ghan & Hotel Stay

The pristine wilderness of Katherine – one of the Top End’s most impressive natural wonders – awaits. Embrace the opportunity to explore its magnificence from the water on an Off Train Experience before alighting in Darwin.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Wterfront

Day 5
Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay

Embrace the opportunity to delve deeper into the delights of Darwin during a day at leisure. Come evening, you’ll make your way to Stokes Hill Wharf, where you’ll embark on a Charles Darwin sunset cruise.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Wterfront

Day 6
Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay

Today you’ll experience the wonder of the Tiwi Islands on an exciting cultural tour. Relax on board a high-speed deluxe catamaran as you’re taken on a 2.5-hour cruise to the Island town of Wurrimiyanga on Bathurst Island.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Wterfront

Day 7
Darwin: Tour & Hotel Stay

Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades and is yours to explore today.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Vibe Hotel Darwin Wterfront

Day 8
Darwin: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Litchfield National Park Waterfalls Tour
Escape into the rich wilderness of Litchfield National Park, a destination of stunning natural beauty, emerald lagoons, and lush forest. Marvel at the massive termite pillars, cool off with a refreshing dip in one of the natural swimming holes, and embark on a memorable guided tour learning about the history of the region from your knowledgeable guide.
Sunset Cruise
Witness enchanting views of the Darwin coastline as the sun spreads its bewitching multicoloured hues across the glittering waters. This two-and-a-half-hour adventure on board the Charles Darwin includes commentary on the region’s great history as well as a Northern Territory-style buffet dinner of Australian seafood and local produce.
Tiwi Islands
For centuries, Indigenous Australians have occupied the Tiwi Islands. Discover the Wurrumiyanga culture in depth, with its outstanding paintings on canvas, and share a cup of billy tea with the artists. Embark on a tour of the island’s most-loved sights and don’t miss the opportunity to attend a dance performance.
Litchfield National Park Waterfalls Tour
Escape into the rich wilderness of Litchfield National Park, a destination of stunning natural beauty, emerald lagoons, and lush forest. Marvel at the massive termite pillars, cool off with a refreshing dip in one of the natural swimming holes, and embark on a memorable guided tour learning about the history of the region from your knowledgeable guide.
Sunset Cruise
Witness enchanting views of the Darwin coastline as the sun spreads its bewitching multicoloured hues across the glittering waters. This two-and-a-half-hour adventure on board the Charles Darwin includes commentary on the region’s great history as well as a Northern Territory-style buffet dinner of Australian seafood and local produce.
Tiwi Islands
For centuries, Indigenous Australians have occupied the Tiwi Islands. Discover the Wurrumiyanga culture in depth, with its outstanding paintings on canvas, and share a cup of billy tea with the artists. Embark on a tour of the island’s most-loved sights and don’t miss the opportunity to attend a dance performance.

The Ghan

In 2019, the legendary locomotive celebrated 90 years of service. The Ghan offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, following the tracks of pioneering explorers through the red heart of Australia, passing through parts of the great continent that most others cannot reach.

Today, the north to south journey (or vice versa) across country covers almost 3,000 kilometres of track, from the lush green plains of South Australia to the rusty, dusty Red Centre and the tropical foliage of Darwin.

While many changes have been made to the train and its route across Australia, the pioneer spirit remains the same. On board you’ll discover fine dining and even finer wines, elegant cabins ranging from luxurious to the height of sophistication, attentive staff to ensure you make the most of this incredible experience, and a range of Off-Train excursions that show off the top sights of this mysterious, inhospitable land.

  • Occupancy 283
  • Tonnage 3 tons
  • Length 9,842 ft (3,000.00 m)

Life on Board The Ghan

From exquisite fine dining to cosy cabins and sophisticated lounges, spend your days on board doing as much or as little as you like.

Gold Service

From the moment you step on board, you’ll be immersed in the world of romance that epitomises rail travel. As the most popular service option, you’ll have everything you need to feel right at home for the duration of your journey. 

Choose between Gold Service Twin and Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to unwind after a day of Off Train Experiences. Catch up with new-found friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge and dine on delicious dishes in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. 

Gold Service fares include hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches, and three-course dinners; you can also choose to complement your meal with a selection of premium wines and beverages. 

  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant 
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages 
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops 
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest 
  • Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre 

Platinum Service

Nothing enhances the romance of rail travel quite like Platinum Service. Tailored for the discerning traveller, it adds a new level of luxury and sophistication to your journey.

Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service, world-class food and wine, and access to the exclusive Platinum Club for meals, and socialising.

With Platinum Service, the food and wine are of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches, and four-course dinners, all paired with premium wines.

All-inclusive dining, beverages, and Off Train Experiences

Spacious Double or Twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service Twin cabin

By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans

By night, lounges are converted to double or twin beds

En suite equipped with separate shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet, and Australian bathroom amenities

Premium amenities, luxuriously soft linen, and silk eye masks

Power outlets and in-cabin safe

In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary

Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train

Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising

Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin

Refreshments served in-cabin

90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).

Priority luggage check-in

Off-Train Experiences

The Ghan is a famous long-distance passenger train in Australia that travels from Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north, crossing the heart of the continent. While the primary focus of The Ghan is the on-train experience, there are also off-train experiences included in some of the journeys. These off-train experiences allow passengers to explore and enjoy various attractions along the route. Keep in mind that the specific off-train experiences may vary depending on the chosen journey. 

Katherine 

One common stop is in Katherine, located in the Northern Territory. Passengers may have the opportunity to explore the town and its surroundings. The Katherine Gorge, a stunning natural attraction in Nitmiluk National Park, is often a highlight. Visitors can take boat cruises or scenic flights to appreciate the beauty of the gorge. 

Alice Springs 

Another significant stop is often in Alice Springs, a town in the Red Centre of Australia. Passengers may have time to explore the town and its iconic landmarks, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. The rugged landscapes surrounding Alice Springs also offer opportunities for unique experiences like camel rides and visits to the MacDonnell Ranges. 

Coober Pedy 

Some journeys may include a stop in Coober Pedy, a town known for its opal mining industry. Visitors can explore underground homes, visit opal mines, and learn about the local history. The unique landscape of this outback town, with its underground dwellings to escape the extreme heat, is often a fascinating part of the journey. 

Marla 

Marla is a remote outpost in South Australia, and some journeys may include a brief stop. While the town itself may be small, it provides an opportunity to experience the vastness and isolation of the Australian Outback. 

Darwin or Adelaide 

Depending on the direction of the journey, the final destination city (either Darwin or Adelaide) offers its own set of attractions. In Darwin, passengers might explore the city’s rich cultural and historical sites, while in Adelaide, they may visit museums, gardens, and enjoy the vibrant urban atmosphere. 

For prices please select your departure airport

Cabins & Suites

Gold Twin Prices from $4,999pp

The Gold Twin cabins on board The Ghan offer passengers a comfortable and stylish retreat as they traverse the vast and awe-inspiring landscapes of Australia. Designed for both daytime relaxation and nighttime rest, these cabins feature spacious seating areas that convert into cozy sleeping quarters with upper and lower berths. The decor is modern and elegant, creating a pleasant atmosphere for travellers. With large panoramic windows, passengers can enjoy uninterrupted views of the ever-changing scenery, from the red-earthed expanses of the Outback to the lush greenery along the route. Gold Twin passengers also have access to shared shower and toilet facilities, ensuring convenience and comfort throughout the journey.  

  • For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day 
  • Power outlets in cabin 
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available 
Cruise Code: TRA2264
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Alternative Departure Dates
17 August 2024
17 Aug 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,299pp
07 September 2024
07 Sep 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $5,299pp
19 October 2024
19 Oct 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $5,399pp

Gold Single Prices from Sold Out

The Gold Single cabins on board The Ghan epitomise solo luxury travel across the captivating landscapes of Australia. Thoughtfully designed for the solo adventurer, these cabins offer a perfect blend of comfort and solitude. Featuring a comfortable seat which converts to a cosy single bed at night and large panoramic windows, these cabins provide an intimate space to unwind and absorb the breathtaking scenery. Guests in Gold Single cabins also have access to the exclusive Outback Explorer Lounge, fostering a social atmosphere for solo travellers to connect and share experiences.  

  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage 
  • Complimentary Australian- made bathroom amenities 
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transfers available between Darwin Terminal and the city centre 
  • 60 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (2 x 30 kg each). 
Cruise Code: TRA2264
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Alternative Departure Dates
17 August 2024
17 Aug 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,999pp
07 September 2024
07 Sep 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,399pp
19 October 2024
19 Oct 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,299pp

Gold Premium Twin Prices from $5,999pp

The Gold Premium Twin cabins on board The Ghan redefine luxury rail travel, offering an indulgent and spacious retreat through the heart of Australia. Featuring walnut timber and polished brass details, these delightful cabins boast twin beds, panoramic windows, and en-suite bathrooms, these cabins seamlessly blend comfort with breathtaking views of the diverse landscapes. Passengers enjoy exclusive access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, where they can socialise, relax, and take in the scenery. Impeccable service and attention to detail characterize the Gold Premium Twin experience, providing a sumptuous haven for travellers as they traverse the iconic landscapes of the Australian outback on The Ghan. 

  • Newly designed, contemporary cabins 
  • Premium amenities, luxuriously soft linen, and silk eye masks 
  • Exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Premium Dining carriage 
  • Two-course, regionally inspired lunches, and four-course dinners 
  • All-inclusive premium Australian wines, beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages 
  • All-inclusive Off Train Experiences and preferences on tour selections 
  • 75kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 25 kg each) 
  • Priority luggage check-in 
  • Power outlets in cabin 
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary 
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin and Brisbane to selected hotels in the city centre 
Cruise Code: TRA2264
To Book Call
Alternative Departure Dates
17 August 2024
17 Aug 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,899pp
07 September 2024
07 Sep 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,299pp
19 October 2024
19 Oct 2024
7 nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide: Hotel Stay, Board the Ghan, Off-Train Excursion: Alice Springs, Darwin: Alight the Gh...
Fr From $6,299pp

Your Hotel Stays

Adelaide

Included Hotel

Stamford Plaza Adelaide (Or Similar)

The five-star Stamford Plaza Adelaide hotel embodies luxury and sophistication in South Australia. Nestled along North Terrace, it offers 335 opulent rooms and suites, each blending modern elegance with comfort. With breathtaking views of the city skyline or Adelaide Oval, guests indulge in unparalleled luxury. The hotel boasts exquisite dining options, a rooftop pool, and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Its central location ensures easy access to Adelaide’s cultural attractions and business hubs, making Stamford Plaza Adelaide a premier choice for discerning travellers seeking world-class accommodations in the heart of the city.

Darwin

Included Hotel

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (Or Similar)

Vibe Hotel brings Darwin’s vibrant Waterfront district to your doorstep. Enjoy lush parks, lounge on the man-made beach and swim in the turquoise saltwater lagoon. The hotel’s accommodations boast spacious, contemporary accommodations equipped with free Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms an tea-and-coffee facilities. Take a dip in the hotel swimming pool, burn some calories in the well-equipped fitness centre, or take leisurely stroll along Darwin’s promenade to discover the city’s vibrant restaurant scene and nightlife. The superb location and excellent facilities at Vibe Hotel make for a relaxing, hassle-free stay.

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