This transcontinental adventure offers an exceptional view of Australia – over three unforgettable days. A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia’s Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. No journey aboard The Ghan is complete without taking in both of these must-see destinations.
The Ghan’s timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape. Starting from the mellow landscape of the Top End with subtropical flora staking its claim over the passing scenery, Off Train Excursions in the northern town of Katherine offer you the opportunity to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge).
Each new day begins with a fresh panorama of the changing landscape. Red earth and cobalt blue skies – the essence of Central Australia takes on a character of its own with every passing hour. Leave the train in Alice Springs to view locations close to Australia’s heart. Take an Off Train Excursion and discover the region’s most fascinating sites.
Extend your Red Centre stay and explore the two iconic landmarks, Uluru and Kings Canyon, before boarding The Ghan again in Alice Springs.
The final leg of your rail journey takes you through South Australia. The majestic Flinders Ranges and the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfold before your eyes before you conclude your adventure in Adelaide.
Of course, you can always travel from Adelaide to Darwin – it’s just as impressive.
The Indian Pacific offers travellers one of the most impressive and indulgent ways to explore the vastness of Australia – from Sydney to Perth. A four day journey between the two oceans, which inspired its name. From Sydney, the journey begins through the Blue Mountains to outback Broken Hill before skirting the Flinders Ranges and Spencer Gulf on its way into Adelaide. The Indian Pacific then embarks across the awe-inspiring Nullarbor Plain before winding through the Avon Valley and into Perth. There are also plenty of opportunities to stretch the legs and discover some of the unique and wonderful cities and townships along the route, with scheduled stops in the renowned mining towns of Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie, South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide and the remote outpost of Cook in the middle of the Australian outback, complete with a population of four. Explore at your own pace or take one of the optional Off Train Excursions.
There’s no better way to enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide than on The Overland. The Overland provides a comfortable, relaxing journey between the cities. Throughout this interstate journey, guests can soak up a diverse range of landscapes from rugged Mallee scrubland, to fields of golden crops, over vast open plains and through gentle rolling hills. The Overland passes through classic Australian country towns including Murray Bridge, Bordertown, Nhill, Dimboola, Horsham, Ararat and Geelong. Whichever direction you travel, the journey is a wonderful opportunity to relax in comfort, mingle with fellow travellers and delight in the ever-changing countryside along the way. A great way to extend your journey – linking with The Ghan and Indian Pacific from Adelaide, The Overland is your gateway to an exciting Australian rail experience.
From Darwin to Broome, this rugged ancient frontier of Australia never disappoints, with a choice of cruise options that take in the best of the Top End and The Kimberley region by sea.
Experience spectacular gorges, feel the force of a Kimberley waterfall, view caves, rainforests and wildlife on your Kimberley cruise, providing a different way to view the very best of Australia’s landscape. Shore excursions throughout The Kimberley coastline will amaze you – as you discover incredible reefs and unique rock formations. The combination of comfort, intimate touring and access to some of the most remote parts of Australia make for an unsurpassed holiday experience. From Arnhem Land to Broome along the Darwin and Kimberley coastlines, a luxury cruise will immerse and inspire you.
Choosing a cruise
With cruises ranging from five to fourteen days, there’s something for everyone, each providing access to remote locations best seen from the water. Vessels range from five star ships offering a traditional cruise experience to small custom built vessels designed to navigate the tidal rivers and rugged coastlines of The Kimberley coast. Whether you choose to cruise with a small group of 14 or a cruise that accommodates a maximum of 72, the friendly and knowledgeable crew will endeavour to show you the best of the Top End and Kimberley coastline. With a vessel and style to suit you and a spectacular coastline to sail along, you’re spoilt for choice.
Included in your cruise is on board accommodation, all meals and day boat excursions. Sit back and relax and let it all be done for you. Competent crew will take you on shore excursions and prepare wonderful fresh meals to ensure you come away with memories to last a lifetime.
Best time to go?
Early in the dry season from April to June is the best time to embark on a cruise. This is when waterfalls and gorges have an abundance of water and the Barramundi fishing is at its best.
Is adventure cruising for me?
Adventure cruising has been designed to allow all types of passengers the opportunity to experience the Northern Territory and The Kimberley coastline in comfort and style. Relax and enjoy the on board facilities of the vessel while you journey through the remote wilderness. All cruises offer a variety of land excursions each day and some walks require a reasonable level of fitness.