The Ghan & Red Centre Discovery
ADELAIDE | BAROSSA VALLEY | THE GHAN | ALICE SPRINGS | ULURU AYERS ROCK | THE OLGAS KINGS CANYON
The verdant Barossa Valley contrasts with the arid Red Centre with the iconic Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon and outback Alice Springs; all combined with a journey on one of the world’s iconic trains, The Ghan.
- Ride the Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs
- See sunrise and sunset at Ayers Rock
- Explore Alice Springs & Kings Canyon
- Learn about Aboriginal culture and history
- Explore the Barossa wine region
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The Ghan & Red Centre Discovery
Day 1 : Arrive Adelaide
Arrive into Adelaide and take your private transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free to explore the “City of Churches”. Soak up Adelaide’s colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets and the museums and libraries of North Terrace.
Day 2 : Barossa Valley
Today’s excursion takes you to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions. The landscape, the people, the food and the wine all make Barossa Valley special. It’s a beautiful region, with villages, vineyards and farms dotting a patchwork vista. Visit the Barossa reservoir, take a behind the scenes tour and enjoy wine-tasting at Richmond Grove Wines. Enjoy lunch before driving through the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement, with arts and crafts and traditional bakers evoking smells of Bavaria.
Day 3 : Adelaide - The Ghan
Enjoy a morning at leisure before your private transfer to the station for the lunchtime departure of the Ghan. Journey through the northern suburbs of Adelaide and through the wheat belt of South Australia’s mid North and pass the southern Flinders ranges. Relax in the Outback Explorer lounge and enjoy lunch and dinner in the elegant Queen Adelaide restaurant.
Day 4 : The Ghan - Alice Springs
Wake up to the wonders of the red centre as your journey continues towards Alice Springs, breakfast and lunch is served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 5 : Alice Springs - Ayers Rock
Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm for an optional camel ride and later stop to view majestic Atila, a distinctive flat-topped sandstone-capped sand and rock mountain otherwise known as Mount Conner. Continue your journey and arrive at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon tour the base of Uluru and enjoy nibbles and a glass of wine while watching the sunset.
Day 6 : Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Kings Canyon
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. After watching the sunrise travel to the 36 ancient domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is jointly managed by its Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia. Kata Tjuta is sacred to the Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. The sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta are believed to be around 500 million years old. Later, walk in Walpa Gorge and explore the unusual rock formations before continuing to Kings Canyon this afternoon.
Day 7 : Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
This morning join a guided climb to the rim of Kings Canyon and be inspired by the soaring sandstone walls. You’ll have marvellous views of Watarrka National Park (please note that the guided climb requires a good level of fitness and sturdy shoes). An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor is also available. Return to Alice Springs later today.
Day 8 : Alice Springs - departure
A private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward journey.