The Ghan Rock 'N' Rail


Staying in Adelaide, take a Murray River cruise before relaxing in Gold Service for an overnight journey on The Ghan to Alice Springs. Enjoy 2 days of sightseeing in Alice including The Royal Flying Doctor Service and the West MacDonnell Ranges. In Ayers Rock take a scenic flight over our unique monolith, enjoy a Mala Walk and camel trek, and witness the ultimate outback sunrise at Uluru.

Duration Duration:

10 days

Price From From

$6,400pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

26th July 2019

Location Departure Location:
Flights arrive into Adelaide

Location Return Location:
Flights Home


Twin Share
Sole Use
$1,500pp non-refundable

Save $40pp Twin Share or $80 Sole Use

Itinerary (Flights arrive into Adelaide - Flights Home)

Day 1    Friday (L,D) Adelaide

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Flights arrive in Adelaide where we board the coach and make our way via the Mount Lofty Ranges to the village of Hahndorf, classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Enjoy some free time here before making our way into Adelaide.

2 Night Stay: Peppers Waymouth, Adelaide 

Day 2    Saturday (B,MT,L,D) Willlunga Hill, Horseshoe Bay

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Exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula we stop at Willunga Hill lookout for a photo opportunity before making our way to Goolwa to board the Spirit of the Coorong for a 2-hour Murray Mouth cruise. Sit back over a cuppa and listen to an informative commentary as we cruise past the sand dunes separating the river from the Southern Ocean. See beautiful scenery and birdlife and learn the history of the area and the role of the locks in maintaining the river environment. After our cruise, we head to the picturesque Horseshoe Bay for lunch, then on to McLaren Vale before returning to Adelaide.

Day 3    Sunday ( B,L,D) St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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This morning we enjoy a city sights tour including North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. We stop at St Peter’s Cathedral and see the spectacular Adelaide Oval and Botanic Gardens. At midday, we are scheduled to board The Ghan, one of the great train journeys of the world, bound for Alice Springs. Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged Mallee scrub and marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon as we make our way north into the Red Centre.

1 Night Stay: The Ghan in Gold Service

Day 4    Monday (B,L,D) Marla, Alice Springs

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The Ghan makes a two hour stop in Marla where we enjoy a cuppa and sunrise experience before continuing on to Alice Springs. Disembarking The Ghan we join our local coach captain for transfers to our hotel for lunch followed by check-in.

3 Night Stay: Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs 

Day 5    Tuesday (B,L,D) West MacDonnell Ranges, Flynn's Grave, Ormiston Gorge

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We discover the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at Flynn’s Grave before a visit to Ellery Creek Big Hole. We take time at Standley Chasm renowned for the red rocks, blue skies and white ghost gums. Enjoy lunch at Glen Helen Homestead before departing for Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap.

Day 6    Wednesday (B,L,D) Alice Springs, Anzac Hill

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Today we enjoy a city sights tour of Alice Springs starting with Anzac Hill, a lookout offering spectacular views of the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Next we take in the Outback Telegraph Station before arriving at the Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame located in the former Alice Springs Gaol. We then take a tour and lunch at the Royal Flying Doctor Service before having some free time this afternoon. Tonight, we enjoy an authentic bush BBQ celebrating the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. The evening is spent in the style of an old time cattle camp with a bush balladeer singing timeless Australian songs whilst locals share with you the epic story of their life and survival in this harsh land.

Day 7    Thursday (B,L,D) Erldunda, Mount Connor, Kata Tjuta


Leaving Alice Springs we take a leisurely drive stopping first at Erldunda then breaking for a photo stop at Mount Connor. Later we pause for lunch at Curtin Springs Station then continue our journey towards Uluru, arriving at Ayers Rock. This evening we reboard the coach to witness the ever changing colours of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at sunset, sipping on sparking wine with canapés.

3 Night Stay: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock 

Day 8    Friday (B,L,D) Field of Light, Uluru

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Witness the Field of Light just before sunrise and then watch dawn over Uluru – just magical. Following breakfast back at the hotel, we take a walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and continue along to the Mala Walk. We drive around the base of Uluru, followed by a visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Our afternoon has us climbing into the saddle for a camel trek for another way to enjoy fabulous views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. An outback adventure led by an expert cameleer who shares knowledge of the desert’s wildlife and ecology along the way.

Day 9    Saturday (B,D) Uluru, Kata Tjuta,

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Enjoy the thrill of taking an aerial tour of Australia’s Red Centre during a scenic 25-minute helicopter flight showcasing the famous landmarks Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Our afternoon takes us to Maruku Arts for a dot painting workshop under the expert guidance of local Indigenous artists. Tonight, toast the beauty of Uluru as you watch the sun’s dwindling rays light the rock up one final time before making a hasty retreat before the evening’s magic of a delightful dinner set under a canopy of stars. Savour four magical hours dining under the starry outback sky where storytellers share tales as told in the stars. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and as the sun sets we will feast on a BBQ of authentic Australian delicacies and classic desserts, all complemented by Australian wines.

Day 10    Sunday (B) Uluru Airport


This morning we bid farewell to the Red Centre as we transfer to Uluru Airport for our respective flights home.

Tour Inclusions

  • Economy class flights to Adelaide and from Uluru ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • 2 nights 5 star Adelaide
  • Mount Lofty lookout
  • Hahndorf village visit
  • Fleurieu Peninsula; Willunga Hill
  • Spirit of the Coorong Murray River cruise
  • Horseshoe Bay; McLaren Vale
  • Adelaide city sights tour
  • 1 night The Ghan in Gold Service from Adelaide to Alice Springs with premium dining and standard beverages included onboard
  • Marla sunrise experience
  • 3 nights Alice Springs; Anzac Hill
  • West MacDonnell Ranges; Flynn’s Grave
  • Standley Chasm; Glen Helen Homestead
  • Ormiston Gorge; Simpsons Gap
  • Outback Telegraph Station
  • Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Outback bush BBQ dinner
  • 3 nights 5 star Ayers Rock
  • The Olgas at sunset
  • Uluru sunrise; Field of Light
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • Camel trek; Mala Walk
  • Sounds of Silence dinner
  • 25-minute helicopter tour of Uluru and the Olgas
  • Maruku Arts dot painting workshop
  • 26 meals; locally operated comfort plus coach travel

Additional Information

Non-refundable deposit of $1500pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air, coach and rail components. Rail prices are correct at time of printing but are subject to change. Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences, or guarantee direct flights. Great Southern Rail twin share cabins include en-suite facilities; single cabins include a wash basin in the cabin and shared shower and toilet facilities within the carriage. Pre-Adelaide and Post-Darwin extensions can be arranged and must be confirmed in writing at time of booking.

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

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Comfort Plus Coach using 3rd Party
Scenic Helicopter
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Indigenous Experience
Food & Wine Experience
Eco Certified


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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