The Outback Railway


Experience the spectacular Red Centre by rail and road!

Members from: $3,159 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $3,224 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $3,709

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Australia

  • Supplier

    AAT Kings

  • Booking Code

    ZRA6

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.



Experience the spectacular Red Centre by rail and road! Board The Ghan in Adelaide for an unforgettable overnight train journey to Alice Springs. Then discover the ancient natural wonders of the outback including sunrise and sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock), as well as Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).


Prices above are for departures between 6 Sep 2020 to 16 Nov 2020, Standard Accommodation.

Itinerary


Day 1 Adelaide – The Ghan

On arrival in Adelaide make your own way to Adelaide Parklands Terminal to board The Ghan for your journey to Alice Springs (flights to arrive prior to 10.00am). Once you’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch. Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged Mallee scrub.

Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea. Dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy, and the selection of wines is equally outstanding. Then head back to your cabin for a good night’s sleep.

Hotel: The Ghan Gold Service, Overnight train

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 The Ghan – Alice Springs

Wake up and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at your morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of South Australia. Back on board, it’s time for brunch or even a full breakfast. After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you’ll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs. (Transfer from The Ghan to your hotel is an additional cost.)

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Alice Springs – Uluru Sacred Sites & Sunset – Barbecue Dinner

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginal people. There is time for a stop at a local roadhouse for a quick break, then view flat-topped Atila (Mt. Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Later, travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sites. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the late afternoon witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying sparkling wine. After sunset, continue to our exclusive venue, with Uluru as your backdrop, for a delicious barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting).

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Included Meals: Barbecue Dinner

Day 4 Uluru & Kata Tjuta – Kings Canyon

Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight. Make your way to the viewing platform to see many kilometres into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. Later, travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta and continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through it follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Later, travel through the desert scenery to King Canyon Resort.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms

Day 5 Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set Uluru and the Red Centre alight. Make your way to the viewing platform to see many kilometres into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. Later, travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta and continue to the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through it follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Later, travel through the desert scenery to King Canyon Resort.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms

Day 5 Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Make the steep rocky climb to the rim of the Kings Canyon for spectacular views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge from a series of look-out points along the way. Time permitting, your Guide may take you to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole. The rim walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. If you wish to take an easier, shorter walk instead, you will explore the boulder strewn canyon creek bed, getting up close to the native plants and birdlife that call this part of the world home. Travel on to Alice Springs.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs

Day 6 Depart Alice Springs

Your Short Break concludes this morning in Alice Springs. (Airport transfer is an additional cost.)


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Disclaimer


Prices are quoted in Australian Dollars, include GST and compulsory taxes where applicable and supersede all prices previously advertised. Please check the exact price of your tour at the time of paying balance. Airfares are based on the most direct route and are subject to class availability and any new Government taxes. Group concessions for five or more adults are available. Rail prices are subject to change from time to time. All prices are valid subject to Government, hotel, fuel surcharges and currency fluctuations. Children 5 to 15 years are entitled to the child discount off the adult coach content price on First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holidays plus relevant air, rail or sea price (unless stipulated otherwise). Concession Card Holders: Prices apply to all Australian and New Zealand pensioners and Seniors Card holders (refer to each price box for discount amount); however discounted rail prices are only available where Australian Pensioner Concession Card is produced.