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12 Day The Ghan, Kakadu & Kimberley

12 Day The Ghan, Kakadu & Kimberley

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Train
The Ghan

On these packages you will travel from city to city on your own, exploring at your own pace. We have arranged transportation in most cases and day tours for you to see the destination. Enjoy the time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible. The choice is yours.

Escorted Type
Independent
Independent Tour
4,291 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Incredible sightseeing, travel on The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin through the fiery red centre - see the sunrise over this South Australian desert landscape, explore Alice Springs and surrounding Red Centre, experience outback Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge, witness crocodiles in Kakadu & fly to the Bungle Bungles
✓ 9 nights in 3-4 star accommodation
✓ 2 nights on board The Ghan in a Gold Twin cabin. Including meals, fine wines, and beverages. A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines.
✓ Economy flights from Darwin to Kununurra to Broome
✓ 5 included breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
✓ Comfortable transportation throughout

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Crowne Plaza Adelaide or Similar

Welcome to Adelaide!

Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
Train: The Ghan or Similar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Your unbelievable journey on The Ghan begins today. Check in for your rail journey opens approximately two hours prior to your scheduled departure time. All guests are required to check in at least 60 minutes prior to departure to be welcomed onboard - please bring your itinerary and photo identification.

Departing Adelaide at approximately 12:10pm from Adelaide Parklands Terminal (Keswick Terminal), what lies ahead is rugged, beautiful and spectacular – through the Red Centre to the tropical north of Australia. Settle into your cabin and watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia from your window, or meet your fellow travellers in the lounge car.

Before long some of the oldest rock formations in the world, the Flinders Ranges, come into view. As darkness envelops the rugged outback, it’s time to indulge in a regionally-inspired dinner and all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

Please note: off train excursions are booked upon boarding the train

Hotel
Train: The Ghan or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin with a freshly brewed coffee or juice as the day dawns at Marla, an outback outpost in the remote reaches of South Australia. It is here, deep inland, that you will enjoy a one of a kind experience, as you watch the desert come to life at sunrise.

All aboard for brunch as you make your way through the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs where a choice of Off Train Excursions awaits. 'Alice' is an iconic Red Centre outpost. 1,500 kilometres from the nearest major city, it may be remote, but offers plenty to explore – home to doctors who fly, rivers that run dry, and a cast of colourful characters. Your time in the ‘Capital out of the Outback’ offers numerous opportunities to explore its historic legacy and unique environment.

Hotel
Rydges Hotel Darwin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Your day dawns in the tropical north. The pristine wilderness of Katherine is stirring and powerful, and you’ll have the chance to explore it from the water or land with your choice of off train experiences. Cruise the jaw-dropping Nitmiluk Gorge, learn more about its ancient Indigenous rock paintings and gain insight into the culture of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, or discover authentic outback life on a cattle station. 

As evening falls, arrive in Darwin to complete your epic train journey.

On arrival into Darwin, you will be transferred to a central location in Darwin. From here, make your own way to your hotel.

Hotel
Rydges Hotel Darwin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel. Travel across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains and deep into Kakadu National Park. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu; we join our local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After a lunch stop at Nourlangie Rock, your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, before returning to Darwin this evening.

Hotel
Rydges Hotel Darwin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is a full day at leisure to enjoy the tropical surrounds of Darwin or join our optional excursions.

Optional Tour - Darwin City Sights Tour

Darwin is Australia’s only tropical capital city and is the largest city in the Northern Territory. It is a former frontier outpost and the gateway to Kakadu National Park. Darwin is treasured country to its traditional owners, the Larrakia people, who are prominent and active members of the local community. A multicultural city, it boasts a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. 

Visit the Darwin Aviation Museum, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Darwin Botanic Gardens and various other sights throughout the city.

Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours
Departs at 8:30am from the front entrance of the Mantra on the Esplanade Hotel

Optional Tour - Darwin - Jumping Crocs & Nature Adventure

Spectacular Crocodile Cruises takes you on the Adelaide River to educate you on crocodile biology, territorial habits, and their value to the eco system. On this cruise your wildlife guide offers the crocs a taste of buffalo meat in return for them swimming out to say hello and show their incredible hunting techniques. Enjoy the views across the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve.

Duration: Approximately 5 hours
Departs at 1:30pm from the front entrance of the Mantra on the Esplanade Hotel

Hotel
Freshwater Apartments or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you begin the Western Australia leg of your journey. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to Darwin airport for your flight to Kununurra.

Kununurra is the gateway town to the East Kimberley, and a great base if you'd like to explore some of Western Australia's most remarkable natural attractions.

On arrival in Kununurra, board your included transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Hotel
Freshwater Apartments or Similar

Early this morning you will be collected from your hotel before boarding a scenic flight that takes you on an unforgettable adventure over the Bungle Bungle Range, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and the Ord River Irrigation Area. You will also fly over the stunning Carr Boyd and Osmand Ranges, the Ord and Bow Rivers. Upon return you will be transferred back to your accommodation, arriving at approximately 8.30am.

After a few hours to relax, at approximately 11.30am you will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the marina to board your Ord River cruise.  Cruising the 55km to Lake Argyle,  marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna found along the way, including the elusive freshwater crocodile! Remaining on the boat at the base of the Ord Top Dam,  cruise back towards Kununurra, stopping for afternoon tea at a riverside camp.

Scenic photographers will appreciate the contrast in colours as the light changes the way the gorges and ranges look on the return journey. After enjoying an East Kimberley sunset on board the boat, you will be returned to your accommodation at approximately 6pm.

Hotel
Seashells Broome or Similar

Today, at the appropriate time, your transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Kununurra airport in time to board your flight to Broome. 

Where the red dirt meets the ocean, the colourful pearling capital of Broome beckons travellers from around Australia and the world

On arrival in Broome a shuttle transfer will be provided to your hotel. Hotel check in is at 2pm. Should you arrive earlier than this, hotel staff will do all possible to check you in as soon as possible. If your room is not available before check-in time, you are welcome to leave your luggage in storage and explore the surrounding area.

Hotel
Seashells Broome or Similar
Meals
Lunch

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour. You will follow the progress of the huge Pinctada Maxima shells as they are placed in panels and suspended to feed in the fast flowing tidal waters of Willie Creek. The world’s largest and most precious pearls grow on the Pearl Coast.

After your tour including damper and tea, the Willie Creek Showroom reveals more insights into pearls and pearling, as well as offering affordable loose pearls, unique pearl farm jewellery and pearl shell products.

Visiting the farm by air-conditioned coach is an excellent way to see some of the countryside with an experienced guide. Your coach captain will take the time to acquaint you with some of the more unusual native plants and wildlife on the 38km trip.

Hotel
Seashells Broome or Similar

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Broome to relax by the pool, or join in more sightseeing.

Optional Tour - Broome - Horizontal Falls

You will board the 14 seat turbo prop jet seaplane to begin your adventure and fly directly from Broome to the Horizontal Falls.

Here you will board the fastest boat in the Kimberley.  Experience an exhilarating thrill ride through the falls with your highly experienced skipper, then sit back and relax as you cruise through the spectacular untouched surrounding bays and creeks.  If you wish, you can experience the thrill of swimming in our huge croc/shark free cage and feeding the friendly fish.  Depending on the time of the tour, you will enjoy a cooked breakfast or Barramundi BBQ lunch on board the luxury vessel as you take in the breathtaking scenery.

Have your camera ready as you take off from Talbot Bay, flying low across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Lombadina, Beagle Bay, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach and Broome township prior to landing.  On arrival you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Departs at 5:30am & 11:30am

Today your Kimberley and Top End discovery comes to an end. You will be transferred by shuttle to the airport for your onward flight or may choose to extend your stay in Broome. Further details can be found under ‘Extra Services.’

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing, travel on The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin through the fiery red centre - see the sunrise over this South Australian desert landscape, explore Alice Springs and surrounding Red Centre, experience outback Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge, witness crocodiles in Kakadu & fly to the Bungle Bungles
  • 9 nights in 3-4 star accommodation
  • 2 nights on board The Ghan in a Gold Twin cabin (upgrades available). Including meals, fine wines, and beverages. A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines.
  • Economy flights from Darwin to Kununurra to Broome
  • 5 included breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Comfortable transportation throughout

  • Arrive in Adelaide and enjoy the city of churches
  • Departing from Adelaide, travel coast to coast through the fiery red centre, experiencing Australia at its dramatic best on board The Ghan
  • Make stops at Marla, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge as your train traverses north from Adelaide to Darwin
  • Visit Kakadu National Park and cruise Yellow Water Billabong
  • Take a scenic flight over the awesome Bungle Bungles
  • Visit Lake Argyle and cruise the Ord River, marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna found along the way.
  • Learn about pearl farming at Willie Creek Pearl Farm in Broome

Gold Service (Included)

  • Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • 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
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
  • Power outlets in cabin

Note: Platinum Class upgrades are Sold Out for these 2024 departures

The Ghan offers a range of included 'Off Train Experiences' which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

'Off Train Experiences' are included in your fare and can be booked on boarding the train (no pre-booking available). Additional tours are bookable and payable only whilst on board the train.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $2,770.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $2,216.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $6,709.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name

  • Gold Service - available in twin configuration only. If selecting double upon check out, this configuration will only apply to your hotel accommodation.
  • Platinum Service - available in double or twin configuration.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

 Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Darwin City Sights Tour (Day 6) - $100 per person
  • Darwin - Jumping Crocs & Nature Adventure (Day 6) - $160 per person
  • Broome - Horizontal Falls (Day 11) - $1153 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $393.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $393.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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