Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

XXXX TOUR INDEPENDENT RAIL TOUR

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13 day Outback to Island Darwin • Kakadu National Park • The Ghan Expedition • Kangaroo Island • Barossa Valley • Adelaide

Day 1: Arrive Darwin Upon arrival into Darwin, make your own way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Hilton Darwin Day 2: Darwin - Kakadu Join a 2-day tour of Kakadu National Park. Travel along the Arnhem Highway, past major river systems and wetlands, into Kakadu National Park. This national park is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, and floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. (BL) Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Day 3: Kakadu - Darwin This morning, explore the World Heritage area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for a view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into the local culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you can go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin. (L) Hilton Spend today discovering all that Darwin has to offer. Chairs and tables spill out of street-side restaurants and bars, innovative museums celebrate the city’s past, and galleries showcase the region’s rich Indigenous art. There is much for you to see and do in and around Darwin. (B) Day 5: The Ghan Expedition to Katherine Your journey aboard The Ghan Expedition begins. After a light lunch in the restaurant, arrive in the famous Top End township of Katherine. Here you have a choice of an afternoon filled with off-train excursions that take in the natural beauty of the Nitmiluk Gorge, as well as its cultural and historical significance for Indigenous and early settlers. Back on board in the early evening, there is plenty of opportunity to share your experiences with fellow guests before, during and after a sumptuous dinner. (BLD) Gold Twin Cabin (3 nights) Darwin (2 nights) Day 4: Darwin

Day 6: The Ghan Expedition to Alice Springs Wake up to a new view outside your window as the train snakes through the Red Centre. After breakfast you’ll arrive in Alice Springs ready for a full day of exploration. Get up close and personal with Australia’s incredible flora and fauna or explore the town at your own leisure. You may also choose to upgrade your excursion with an intimate scenic fixed wing flight over Uluru and Uluru guided base tour. Come the evening, you’ll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ Diner before retiring to the lounge car or your own private cabin as the train continues its journey south. (BLD) Day 7: The Ghan Expedition to Coober Pedy After breakfast this morning, we pull into Manguri where a friendly tour guide will whisk you away for a day exploring the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy. Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town as you mine for riches, visit the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine. Below the Earth’s surface, you’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways. Return to the Ghan in time for dinner to enjoy your final night aboard this epic rail adventure. (BLD) Day 8: The Ghan Expedition to Adelaide - Kangaroo Island Wake up to the ancient and majestic Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you prepare for your arrival into Adelaide before transferring to the airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island where you will be met by your guide and your Kangaroo Island experience begins. (B) Mercure Kangaroo Island Resort (2 nights) Day 9: Kangaroo Island Today, get an introduction to island life. Have a cuppa with some home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park walk through the bush with your guide. Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish) and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk among Australian sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the south-east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities. (BLD)

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