Sydney and Uluru with the Ghan Australia to Darwin

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    Travel the length of Australia on the luxury Ghan train | Travel Nation
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    Explore the iconic sights of Sydney

    Explore the iconic sights of Sydney | Photo credit: Destination NSW

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    Taste wine in the gorgeous Hunter Valley | Travel Nation

    Taste wine in the gorgeous Hunter Valley

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    Watch the sunset over Uluru | Travel Nation

    Watch the sunset over Uluru

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    Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

    Explore Litchfield National Park

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    Learn about the indigenous culture of Australia's Northern Territory | Travel Nation

    Learn about the indigenous culture of Australia's Northern Territory

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    Soak up the Australia scenery in the Outback | Travel Nation

    Explore Australia's remote Red Centre

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    Maruku Arts Dot Painting, Tiwi Islands, NT | Photo credit Shaana Mcnaught and Tourism Australia

    Create your very own dot painting in the traditional style | Photo credit: Tourism Australia/Shaana McNaught

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Duration(in days): 15

From: UK

To: Australia



Inc. International flights (Per person, based on 2 sharing)

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    Experience Australia’s iconic sights with this two-week journey from Sydney to Darwin including the Red Centre and the famous Ghan train. Get to know Sydney and snap pictures at the Sydney Opera House before heading out to the Hunter Valley for a day trip to sample fine local wines.

    Next, you’ll fly from Sydney to Uluru where you’ll journey into the outback to learn more about Australia’s cultural heritage from the Aboriginal people who still live here.  Experience breath-taking scenery as you walk around the base of Uluru and through the Valley of the Winds, at Kata Tjuta. Share stories around the campfire with your fellow group tour travellers and overnight in permanent tents in your private outback campsite.

    Moving on, you’ll board the luxurious Ghan Australia train north from Alice Springs to Darwin where you’ll experience fine dining and excellent service as you sit back and enjoy views across the Australian red desert. Spend a few nights enjoying tropical Darwin and its surrounds, including Litchfield and Kakadu National Park. Both parks are known for their cascading waterfalls and spectacular scenery, providing the perfect end to your holiday.

    This Australia holiday can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

    This holiday includes

    • International and domestic flights
    • Ghan rail journey inc. meals and excursions
    • Accommodation throughout
    • A small group tour in the Red Centre inc. meals and excursions
    • Other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary


    • Spend three nights in the cosmopolitan city of Sydney
    • Take part in a wine tasting at a 5* winery in Hunter Valley
    • Walk around the base of Uluru, Australia’s most iconic cultural site
    • Learn about the local culture and create your own Aboriginal dot painting
    • Explore the ‘Valley of the Winds’ at Kata Tjuta
    • Share stories around an outback bonfire
    • Travel through the outback on the luxury Ghan train
    • Swim in the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
    • Spot crocs as you cruise down Mary River
    • Relax at Darwin’s waterfront


    Itinerary in brief:

    • 3 nights Sydney
    • 2 nights Red Centre tour
    • 1 night onboard the Ghan
    • 5 nights Darwin


    Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

    Included: International flight

    Day 2: Arrive in Sydney

    On arrival in Sydney, you'll be greeted and taken to your hotel to check in for a 3 night stay.

    Included: Shared arrival transfer, hotel

    Day 3: Sydney

    You now have a full day to experience this exciting city. Why not head down to Circular Quay to join a cruise across the harbour or book a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the worlds most famous landmarks? You could take a stroll around Hyde Park before enjoying lunch and a glass of wine at Darling Harbour with its abundance of restaurants and bars.

    We've included a illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming tour. This 90 minute tour takes you for a leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks in Sydney. It's the perfect way to explore this area and gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal DreamTime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape. You'll learn about the billion-year-old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna and how it shapes Aboriginal thought and behaviour.

    Included: Hotel

    Day 4: Hunter Valley day tour

    Today we’ve included a full day small group tour to Hunter Valley. Departing early, you will be collected from your hotel and taken over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and out of the city to the Australian Reptile Park. Here you can enjoy morning tea surrounded by native Australian animals before continuing on  to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions. With over 150 wineries, 65 restaurants, gourmet produce and boutique breweries – this is the perfect region for a bit of indulgence!

    First stop is a 5* winery where you can sample the wine alongside a selection of cheese, then you’ll see how this wine is produced. Enjoy a relaxing two-course lunch (with a glass of wine of course) before heading to Hunter Village where you can visit the chocolate shop for tastings, take part in another wine tasting or explore the boutique shops.

    You will be dropped off at your hotel after the tour.

    Included: Day tour to Hunter Valley, hotel

    Day 5: Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Your Outback Journey of a Lifetime begins bright and early at 6 am from Alice Springs or with a convenient pickup around 1pm at Ayers Rock Airport. Get ready for an epic road trip to Uluru, where unforgettable adventures await!

    Once the whole group is together, we kick off the excitement by immersing ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of the region at the Cultural Centre. Delve into the captivating stories, art, and traditions that make Uluru a spiritual and symbolic landmark.

    Next, we embark on a guided walk at Uluru, where you’ll have the incredible opportunity to walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations. Marvel at the immense size and intricate details of this sacred monolith while learning about its geological formation and the profound significance it holds for the local Anangu people. As the day draws to a close, get ready for a truly magical experience—the Uluru sunset viewing. Sip on bubbly wine and witness the mesmerizing transformation of colors as the setting sun paints Uluru in breathtaking hues. It’s a moment of pure awe and tranquility that will stay etched in your memory forever.

    After an exhilarating day of exploration, we return to camp for a well-deserved rest. Enjoy a hot shower to refresh and rejuvenate, followed by a wholesome and satisfying meal that will replenish your energy. But the adventure doesn’t end there. Prepare for an unforgettable night as you sleep under the mesmerizing desert stars. Settle into your cozy sleeping arrangements, surrounded by the vastness of the Outback. Gaze up at the sparkling night sky, feeling a profound connection to the ancient land and the universe above.

    Included: Shared departure transfer, dinner, touring, transport & touring as part of a small group tour

    Day 6: Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

    Fuel up with a delicious breakfast to prepare for an early start as we set off for an incredible Uluru sunrise at Kata Tjuta. Witness the captivating sight of the rising sun casting its golden glow upon the ancient rock formations, creating a truly mesmerizing spectacle. As the landscape awakens, we embark on an exhilarating hike through the Valley of the Winds, immersing ourselves in the raw beauty of this natural wonder. The rugged terrain, dramatic cliffs, and stunning panoramic vistas make this a hike to remember.

    After working up an appetite, indulge in a refreshing lunch that perfectly complements the morning’s adventure. Take a moment to savor the flavors and soak in the tranquil surroundings, appreciating the harmonious blend of nature and nourishment.

    Our journey through the Outback continues, offering captivating views of the George Gill Range and more. Each passing landscape showcases the raw beauty and unique character of this remarkable region, leaving you in awe of the vastness and diversity of the Australian Outback. As the day comes to an end, we arrive at Kings Creek Station, where you’ll find yourself immersed in true Outback hospitality. Enjoy a fantastic Aussie BBQ by the campfire, savoring the flavors of a traditional feast under the open sky. The warm crackling fire and the camaraderie of fellow travelers create a delightful ambiance, making this a memorable and authentic Australian experience.

    And let’s not forget the highlight of the night—the breathtaking stars. As darkness blankets the sky, prepare to be captivated by the brilliance of the Outback’s starry expanse. Gaze up at the twinkling lights, feeling a sense of wonder and awe as you contemplate the vastness of the universe above.

    Included:  All meals, accommodation, touring & transport as part of small group tour

    Day 7: Kings Creek to Alice Springs

    Begin the day with a hearty breakfast, fueling up for the exciting experiences that await.

    Our first stop takes us to the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on the famous Rim Walk. Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this ancient sandstone gorge. As you traverse the rim, marvel at the stunning panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Each step reveals new vistas and a deeper appreciation for the grandeur of the Outback. Along the way, discover the peaceful desert oasis known as the Garden of Eden. This lush and tranquil sanctuary provides a refreshing contrast to the rugged surroundings, creating a captivating haven within the arid landscape. Take a moment to soak in the serenity and connect with the natural beauty that thrives in this unique setting.

    After an invigorating morning, we begin our journey back to Alice Springs. As you relax and reflect on the incredible experiences of the past few days, enjoy a peaceful and contemplative drive through the Outback. Let the mesmerizing scenery unfold before your eyes, reminding you of the vastness and raw beauty of this remarkable region.

    You will overnight in Alice Springs.

    Included: Breakfast, lunch, touring & transport as part of tour, hotel

    Day 8: Board the Ghan from Alice Springs

    This afternoon you’ll join the luxurious Ghan train - so get ready to relax into your own private cabin, available in Gold Twin, Gold Superior and  Platinum standard. If you head to the lounge you can enjoy a drink and meet your fellow passengers before freshening up and heading to Queen Adelaide restaurant cart for a delicious dinner made with fresh Australian produce. Sample local cuisine such as kangaroo fillet and crocodile boudin blanc, all served with crisp Australian wine.

    Spend tonight on board the train.

    Included: Dinner, drinks, selected tours and accommodation as part of the Ghan journey

    Day 9: Arrive in Darwin

    After breakfast on board, it’s time to explore the outback town of Katherine and today there are plenty of options to choose.

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River or learn more about the local Jawoyn people with an Aboriginal cultural experience trying out some of the skills that have been developed over thousands of years. Upgrade to a scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks for magnificent views over cascading falls and giant gorges. A delicious late lunch is followed by relaxation on board as the train takes you through the afternoon, arriving into Darwin early evening.

    On arrival into Darwin, you will join your transfer for the short journey into Darwin city centre where you will check into your hotel for a 5-night stay.

    Included: Breakfast, lunch & selected tours as part of the Ghan train journey, arrival transfer, hotel 

    Day 10: Darwin

    Located in the tropical Northern Territory of Australia, Darwin is a small city with a big character! Surrounded by national parks rich with history, culture and striking landscapes Darwin provides a perfect base to explore this fascinating region.

    Spend your first day exploring the city, visit the resident saltwater crocodiles in Crocosaurus Cove, cool off in the lagoon or wave pool down at the waterfront or relax and enjoy a beer in one of Darwin’s friendly pubs and bars.

    Included: Hotel

    Day 11: Litchfield day tour 

    Today we have included a day trip to nearby Litchfield National Park. An early start is rewarded as you stop for a closer look at the Magnetic and Cathedral termite mounds. With some standing as high as 6 metres, these feats of architecture contain arches, tunnels and chimneys built by their insect inhabitants!

    Once at the park you will explore waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments before enjoying a BBQ lunch. Afterwards, discover rock holes and swim in the cascading falls of Buley Rockhole before heading back to Darwin for early evening.

    Included: Litchfield day tour, lunch, hotel

    Day 12: Kakadu & Mary River Adventure

    After breakfast you will be collected by your tour group and taken into the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park, passing through the monsoonal rainforest, sandstone country and the world’s most protected river system, the South Alligator River.

    Spend time at Kakadu’s premier Aboriginal art site, Ubirr, visiting rock art galleries and shelters, the hundreds of paintings on display here offer a glimpse across the timeline of Aboriginal history, with original drawings still being created up to as recently as 40 years ago.

    Following lunch you will cruise through the Mary River wetlands system, housing the world’s highest concentration of crocodiles as well as a myriad of bird species, wallabies and water buffalo. Look forward to a glass of sparkling wine as you cruise serenely amongst sacred lotus lilies. As the day draws to a close, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Darwin by early evening.

    Included: Kakadu & Mary River tour, lunch, hotel

    Day 13: Darwin

    Today is a free day for you to enjoy Darwin. On Sundays and Wednesdays be sure to head to Mindil Beach Sunset Market near the Marina. With its quirky stalls and tons of street food on offer, watching the sun set on the beach with a beer in hand is a Darwin tradition! 

    Included: Hotel

    Day 14: Depart Darwin

    You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport by shared transfer to connect with your onward journey.

    Included: Shared departure transfer, international flight

    Day 15: Arrive UK

    Sydney is a great year-round destination. Peak season is the summer months between November & March, the period over Christmas and New Year can be costly and should be booked well in advance. The shoulder seasons of May and October can be a great time to visit with days still warm but crowds much fewer and accommodations cheaper.

    The Red Centre is a year-round destination however please note that it will be very hot during December. The Red Centre has a semi-arid climate; between December and February, temperatures range between 20c and 35c and in winter temperatures range between 3c and 20c. Autumn is an excellent time to visit the Red Centre with warm days and cooler nights.

    October to April is considered the ‘wet season’ so Darwin and Kakadu National Park will experience heavy rains, flash flooding, and many roads will close at some point. The included tour may operate a different programme at this time depending on the roads in the national parks. We recommend that you visit during May-September when roads are open, and the sun is shining in Kakadu and Darwin, the town is buzzing with visitors during these months, so booking ahead is worthwhile.

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    What's included
    • International & flights
    • Accommodation throughout
    • Return airport transfers in Sydney & Darwin
    • illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
    • Hunter Valley day tour inc. lunch
    • 2 day/1 night trip on the Ghan
    • All meals and drinks as part of the Ghan journey
    • All transport, touring and meals as part of Red Centre small group tour
    • Litchfield day tour inc. lunch
    • Kakadu & Mary River day tour inc. lunch
    Not included
    • Any meals not mentioned
    • Any additional excursions or touring
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips & gratuities