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Wanderlust Australia 9 Day Adelaide to Top End, Tiwi Islands tour via The Ghan

Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours, Adelaide to Darwin Kakadu Tiwi Islands Ghan coach tour

Start your Top End Wanderlust Australia holiday in the golden era of train travel with two nights aboard The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin calling in at Alice Springs and Katherine along the way.

Then relax aboard our luxury coach as we explore Darwin and the NT’s spectacular Kakadu. Billabong sunset cruises, croc-leaping river rides and an abundance of wildlife will tick many things off your bucket list.

Australia’s Top End has a spiritual magic unique to its land and its people. Luckily for us, they love to share it. You’ll immerse yourself in the traditional culture of the Bininj in Kakadu and the dreamtime stories of the beautiful Tiwi ‘Island of Smiles’.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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Departure point: Adelaide. SA

End destination: Darwin, NT

Tour duration: 9 days

Dept date: 22 June 2021

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Accommodation type: Quality hotels & motels

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals & exploring like a local



Save $200.00 if paid in full by by 22 April 2021 !

Pay just $500p.p. deposit to book this tour today !

$7,930.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$961.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

Note: The Ghan travel is included in tour price

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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 9 day tour

On arrival at the Adelaide airport, self-transfer to our group hotel using the Taxi Voucher.

Dinner tonight is our own choice. Adelaide has a reputation of excellent food and diversity in the range of cuisine offered, so explore its city laneways and the Central Adelaide Markets to find a hidden local food and wine gems, beginning our time together with a story to tell from day one!

Adelaide Rockford | (08 8211 8255)

No meals included

We enjoy breakfast then free time to wander through Rundle Mall, which is just a short walk around the corner for anyone wanting to look through the shops.

Late morning we make the short transfer to board the famous Ghan for our journey to the Top End. Once we’ve settled in and the big wheels start turning, we make our way to the restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch.

This afternoon, we relax and watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon as we indulge in a three course dinner. Evoking the golden era of rail with an art deco atmosphere, the Queen Adelaide Restaurant offer us seasonal mouth-watering dishes accompanied by a choice of fine wines, all included.

2 nights l The Ghan

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla in the remote reaches of SA.

Enjoy a light bite as we watch the incredible outback scenery of the MacDonnell Ranges announcing our impending arrive into iconic Alice Springs.

Disembarking we can choose to visit local landmarks or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Back on the train there’s time to talk through the day’s discoveries with new friends as the train continues her journey towards Katherine.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Welcome to Katherine, where exciting options await. We can take a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River gazing in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs.

Alternatively, gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive cultural experience. Spend the day with the Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning their ways and trying some of the skills developed over thousands of years. Activities include basket weaving; spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo.

A late lunch awaits us back on board, then kick back and savour the last few hours of this epic journey. We transfer to our hotel where we stay for dinner. Tomorrow, we’ll be ready to explore the Top End!

DoubleTree by Hilton, Darwin | 08 8943 3600

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We have a stunning touring day ahead of us in the Top End’s most important asset – the World heritage listed Kakadu National Park. First nation people have inhabited the land for more than 50,000 years, leaving behind incredible galleries of rock art.

Add Kakadu’s magnificent scenery, unique flora and fauna, and you have one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. A superb introduction to the Park is at the Mamukala Wetlands – an observation platform where we can view the birdlife, while a mural illustrates the seasonal changes that occur through the year.

Our lunch venue today is the Mercure Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru. Later we head to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and through the displays and exhibitions we gain an understanding of the Bininj and their country. The Gallery is definitely worth looking at as well.

From here, it isn’t far to our afternoon sunset cruise on Yellow Water Billabong – this will be one of the highlights of our tour. We can expect to see a large number of birds and hopefully some crocodiles resting on the muddy banks. After this sensational cruise, we head to our nearby hotel.

Kakadu Lodge Cooinda | 08 8979 1500

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Joining us on the coach this morning is an expert on the region – an accredited local guide. One of our stops is Nourlangie Rock.  The walls of this rock have served as canvases for thousands of years, providing windows to a rich spiritual tradition.

We also stop at the Bowali Visitors Centre – Kakadu National Park Headquarters. Having listened to the wonderful insights from our guide, we thank them and begin our return to Darwin.

Following a break for lunch we head to Adelaide River where we board the Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise. With the help of experienced guides we learn more about these magnificent crocodiles, and have the opportunity to watch them jump for food from the safety of our boat.

Feeling like we’ve experienced what Kakadu National Park has to offer, we arrive back in Darwin with plenty of time to walk around and find a spot for dinner. Mindil Beach markets are on tonight offering over 200 stalls of arts and crafts and a vast selection of dinner options, so why not spend some time here?

3 nights l DoubleTree By Hilton, Darwin | 08 8943 3600

Meal: Breakfast

We have an early start today, as we are heading to the Tiwi Islands for a full day’s touring. The ferry ride takes around 2 hours, so sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as we arrive on Bathurst Island.

Here we meet our local guide for a journey through the progressive Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Visit the Culture Museum with its fascinating displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories as well as visiting the Mission Precinct with its unique Catholic Church. Hear the colourful history of the early mission days.

Enjoy morning tea with the Tiwi ladies who will also perform a smoking ceremony to bless us. Following lunch we spend the afternoon working with an artist to create our very own work of art! Our day complete we return to Darwin with a greater understanding of this lifestyle than when we arrived.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we take in the sights of Darwin. Our tour presents the story of the bombing of Darwin, including a visit to the Darwin Military Museum.

We have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. You’re free to explore the city’s gorgeous tropical gardens, museums, shops and galleries or just chill out.

Late afternoon, we transfer to Stokes Hill Wharf for our Sunset Dinner Cruise. Hopefully, the incredible Darwin Harbour sunset will provide a fantastic photo opportunity.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Our tour has come to an end and we pack our bags for the final time. After breakfast we transfer with our Taxi Vouchers to Darwin Airport for our flight home.

Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!

Meals: Breakfast

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

Book your Wanderlust Australia 9 Day Adelaide to Top End, Tiwi Islands tour via The Ghan

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $200.00 if paid in full by 22 April 2021 !

Pay just $500p.p. deposit to book this tour today !

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Why I love this tour... Sue

If you’re looking for a legendary holiday – then this is the tour! From the romance of The Ghan to the chats, stories & activities with the locals from the different Aboriginal nations.

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