The Ghan Adventure ex Yulara Itinerary

Take an epic train, boat and 4x4 adventure tour through the Central and Top End of Australia. Freshwater pools, lush rainforests and mighty Uluru await.

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Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Flanked by rugged hills and ridges, Alice Springs is the gateway to Central Australia and the outback. Spectacular Uluru awaits with its ever-changing hues. Explore its vast base and discover ancient Aboriginal art and waterholes that bring life to the surrounding desert. Take some time to learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world, and their relationship to Uluru, with a visit to a local cultural centre. In the evening, enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the magnificent monolithic rock.
ACCOM: Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 2 Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)/Kings Canyon

View a spectacular sunrise over the Red Centre at Kata Tjuta. Hike through winding gorges and past sandstone domes in the Valley of the Winds. Enjoy a traditional camp oven dinner cooked in the hot coals of the fire at Kings Creek Station. Swap stories and be mesmerised by thousands of stars sparkling from the clear desert night sky.
ACCOM: Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 3 Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Wallace Rockhole

Hike between sheer cliffs and diverse plant species at King's Canyon, a gem of the Northern Territory, then walk down to explore the Garden of Eden rock pool. After a picnic lunch, head to Hermannsburg - a mission famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira and view his unique artwork at the gallery. After a drive through the sands of the red centre, arrive at the Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal community for an unforgettable evening of tasty bush tucker cooked on the barbecue. Take this opportunity to indulge in some of Australia's more unusual culinary delights - kangaroo, emu and camel.
ACCOM: Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 4 Western MacDonnell Ranges/Alice Springs

On the way to Alice Springs, visit Wallace Rockhole's ancient rock paintings and carvings with a knowledgeable local guide. There's also a chance to learn the special techniques behind traditional dot painting during a class. After getting creative, continue on to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Explore the rich earthy beauty of Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. Enjoy a peaceful picnic in the beautiful surroundings and perhaps take a hike to spot local rock wallabies that inhabit the area. Say goodbye to new friends back in the outback town of Alice Springs, perhaps over a cold Aussie beer or delicious kangaroo steak.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 5 The Ghan

Either spend the day exploring Alice at your own pace or simply laze by the hotel pool. This evening, head north towards Darwin on one of the world's greatest train journeys travelling on the Ghan.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 6 Katherine/Darwin

Make a stop in the town of Katherine, where there's the opportunity to visit stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge). Continue north to Darwin, one of Australia's quirkiest cities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 7 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Visit the Litchfield National Park and escape the heat beside cascading tropical waterfalls and in refreshing swimming holes. Head west and meet the Limilngan-Wulna People, traditional owners of the land. This is an immensely sacred area for their people so the welcoming 'Cul Cul' is a humbling greeting. Discover more of the day-to-day culture and traditions by learning about some bush-tucker, mastering your didgeridoo technique or perhaps creating a hand-woven treasure to take home. Wind down the day with a cruise along the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the local crocodiles are often kind enough to join us.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 8 Mary River/Kakadu

Hike through Ubirr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art that has survived almost 1500 years. Clamber up to a rocky lookout where the Nardab Floodplain, and aptly named East Alligator River, make for an astonishing view. This hike is rewarded with a splash in the plunge pools at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) before retreating to camp.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 9 Kakadu/Darwin

Head to Jim Jim Falls and experience this breathtaking area of Kakadu. Travel on to Twin Falls and take part in a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. Then it's time to return to Darwin, where this Ghan adventure ends on arrival this afternoon.