9 Night The Ghan Coast to Coast Journey

South Australia
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Inclusions

3 nights accommodation in Darwin.
Jumping Crocs and Nature Adventure tour.
2 nights rail accommodation on-board The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide.
2 nights accommodation in Adelaide.
2 nights accommodation in Victor Harbor.
Adelaide Central Market Morning Tour.
The Blending Bench experience - at d'arenberg.
4 days car hire of a Toyota Corolla or similar (pick up Adelaide downtown & drop off Adelaide Airport).
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The accommodation

Darwin 3 nights accommodation at the 4.5-star self rated Mantra Pandanus Darwin in a City View Studio with balcony.
The Ghan 2 nights accommodation on-board The Ghan, Gold Service, Twin Cabin from Darwin to Adelaide.
Adelaide 2 nights accommodation at the 4.5-star Oaks Plaza Pier, Glenelg in a 1 Bedroom Apartment.
Victor Harbor 2 nights accommodation at the 4-star McCracken Country Club in a Resort Spa Room.


The Ghan Coast to Coast Journey.

Day 1 - 3 Darwin

Darwin, famed for its markets, festivals, beautiful harbour and spectacular sunsets, is a cosmopolitan city with a warm and tropical outdoor lifestyle. The strong Indigenous culture here is reflected in the array of languages spoken in the city, as well as the art which fills the city's museums and galleries. The close proximity to Asia has also led to strong eastern influences on the energetic food scene and night markets, with the laksa being a firm favourite with the locals.

Just 60km from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to over 1600 Crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles. Join this tour in the afternoon and travel down the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River, enjoying commentary about the outskirts of Darwin along the way. Cruise the river and thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see these prehistoric creatures at close range.

Afterwards continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for view over the Marrakai Plains and then its on to Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to view a wetland ecosystem up close. Its also a good opportunity to spot for birds and other wildlife.

Stay 3 nights in Darwin.

Day 4 Darwin to Katherine (The Ghan)

From Darwin, take in the remarkable Top End views before stopping in Katherine for an afternoon of unique touring. Prepare to experience one of the region's most impressive natural wonders near Katherine. The stunning Nitmiluk Gorge lies within the massive 292,000 hectares of the Nitmiluk National Park, and you'll have the chance to explore it from the water with guided cruise options ' an experience you'll never forget.

Day 5 Katherine to Alice Springs (The Ghan)

Next stop is Alice Springs, where more Off Train Excursions await. Explore Simpsons Gap, tour the town attractions, or get up close to some of the Red Centre's native wildlife. Dinner on the train is followed by an extraordinary evening experience in the outback where you will see the Milky Way like you have never seen it before. Simply breathtaking.

Day 6 Alice Springs to Adelaide (The Ghan)

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. Collect your hire car where you can explore Adelaide at your own pace.

Adelaide is bursting at the seams with culture, events, flavour, and entertainment, with an evolving small-bar scene, world-class art and music. Take a stroll along the tree-lined boulevard, North Terrace, which is home to some of the city's most important cultural institutions. The Art Gallery of South Australia houses some 38,000 works featuring Australian, European, North American and Asian artwork.

Stay 2 nights in Glenelg, Adelaide.

Day 7 Adelaide

Today enjoy the Adelaide Central Market Morning Tour. You will be taken on a sensory interactive gourmet experience, giving you an opportunity to try delicious tastings that represent the premium food grown and produced in South Australia. This tour is designed by one of South Australia's noted food experts, Mark Gleeson; with over 30 years experience in the food tourism and hospitality industries, Gleeson's knowledge of South Australia's finest produce market is second to none. Meet some locals, enjoy their hospitality and discover the true South Australia.

Day 8 - 9 Adelaide to Victor Harbor (via McLaren Vale) (84 kms)

Make your way to the Fleurieu Peninsula today, stopping at many wineries in the McLaren Vale region. Stop into d'Arenberg winery and sample a selection of their best drops at what looks like a giant Rubik's Cube seemingly floating above their vineyard.

Whilst at d'Arenberg take part in The Blending Bench; a hands-on, interactive experience where you play winemaker. A palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures, are melded in search of balance, fullness, and finesse. We did the physical work picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle, name and label a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends.

A short drive south, you will then reach the charming seaside village of Victor Harbor, featuring early colonial architecture. Take a dip at one of the sandy beaches, see the aquatic wildlife, or dine on delicious local seafood fresh from the trawlers at many of the dining outlets around town.

Stay 2 nights at Victor Harbor.

Day 10 Victor Harbor to Adelaide (84 kms)

Make your way back to Adelaide at your own leisure.

Travel now, pay later
0% 12 months interest free†
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Monthly
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