The Hilton Darwin is located in the centre of the city’s CBD with stunning views over Darwin Harbour together with a stylish bar and restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine. Enjoy the sunshine in the 10th-floor outdoor lap pool, sip a drink on the terrace and maintain your exercise regimen in the modern fitness centre or take a short walk to nearby shopping, entertainment and dining. Light and contemporary styling of the newly renovated guest rooms feature muted wallpapers and natural tones for a warm and comfortable ambience. With all new local artworks adorning the walls and quality finishes throughout, Hilton Darwin is as stylish as it is accessible.
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is an idyllic retreat located in the wilderness of Kakadu National Park. Situated in the township of Jabiru, this hotel is the perfect base to start exploring many of Kakadu's most significant natural attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Cahills Crossing & Mamukala Wetlands. Cool off in the large outdoor pool, the perfect oasis for relaxing in between discovery tours around Kakadu before feasting on Kakadu bush tucker & gourmet dining at the Escarpment restaurant and bar (own expense).
A unique and epic experience, explore the wonders of Australia’s vast interior with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide.
Beginning in Darwin, this four day, three night, 2979km all-inclusive journey will take you to some of the most remote and captivating parts of Australia in style and comfort. Your adventure through the country’s vast, varied, and captivating interior will leave you speechless. It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience. The moment you step into your cabin, you’ll be immersed into a world of romance that epitomises rail travel. The most popular choice of accommodation, Gold Service Twin and Single Cabins have everything you need to feel right at home for the amazing experience that lies ahead.
For the discerning traveller, Platinum Service (additional cost) adds an enhanced level of sophistication to your journey. Stylishly appointed, spacious suites complemented by discreet, personalised service and world-class food and wine make this a very special travel experience.
Where to eat:
You’ll find yourself dining at the iconic Hotel Darwin which dates back to 1940 and has been a long-running watering-hole for the city’s locals. This is the place to try a variety of local produce including fresh barramundi, thick rump steak, mouth-watering pizzas and even kangaroo pie.
In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard the Ghan Expedition, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in our dining carriages.
Taking our cue from the diverse environments our trains travel through, our expert culinary team works closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best ingredients, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.
What to do:
While on the Litchfield National Park Waterfalls sightseeing tour, you’ll experience the stunning tropical nature of the famed National Park while also provided with lunch, an experienced driver guide and comprehensive commentary. Your first stop will be at the town of Batchelor (the gateway to Litchfield) before heading on to the magnificent Termite Mounds. It’s then on to view the double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down to the plunge pool below. Next, you'll enjoy an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest surroundings, before continuing on to the spectacular Tolmer Falls which is home to colonies of rare ghost and orange horseshow bats. Time for lunch at Litchfield Café before finishing the day at the popular Wangi Falls which is the perfect place to end your adventurous Litchfield tour.
Your Kakadu National Park and East Alligator sightseeing tour will see your exploring the largest National Park in Australia! With one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll find yourself enthralled by the varying flora and fauna found in the air, on the land and in the water. From Darwin you’ll travel through the pristine wetland regions to Kakadu before you arrive at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. Here you’ll be introduced to the way of life of the Bininj people who are the traditional owners of the land. It’s then on to an exciting cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong which is home to thousands of crocodiles just waiting to be spotted along with over 60 species of colourful birdlife including brolgas and kingfishers. That night you will stay at the luxurious Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel where you can relax after a day full of exciting exploration.
You’ll start day two by exploring the World Heritage area of Ubirr where Aboriginal rock art galleries believed to be over 20,000 years old will take your breath away. Climb your way to the lookout for stunning views over the impressive landscape which includes the floodplains, lush woodlands and dark ribbons of forest that make up the Nadab wetlands. It’s then on to a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along East Alligator River where an Aboriginal guide will provide insights into the local culture and mythology as well as the rivers food chain and some bush survival skills. With special permission from the local people, you are even allowed to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Next, it’s on to a visit of the Bowali Visitor Centre for a wealth of information on the Park’s ecology and Aboriginal culture before finally returning to Darwin.
This distinctly Australian holiday on board the Ghan Expedition includes a series of immersive Off Train Excursions with additional experiences available on top of the Ghan excursions. River cruises, cultural experiences and optional camel rides or helicopter flights add another exciting dimension to your journey, giving you a chance to breathe in the beauty you’ve been watching pass by.
Beginning in the Top End, you'll make your way across the unique tropical outback of the Northern Territory to Katherine where you'll enjoy your first Off Train Excursion. A cruise down the stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge will take your breath away as you spot local wildlife and listen to stories about the Gorge followed by the Katherine Outback Experience which provides a unique window into the true Australian outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station.
Throughout the journey you'll enjoy dining at The Ghan Expedition's ornate Queen Adelaide Restaurant. This means breakfasts of salmon and eggs to wake you up in the morning and delicious dinners of Top End barramundi enjoyed while watching the sun set over the plains.
After you've woken up to a completely new view on your second day you'll arrive in Alice Springs for exploration of the area through your choice of Off Train Excursions. A full day of touring will show you the area or you can upgrade your excursion with an unforgettable scenic flight. Your day ends with an authentic Outback BBQ dinner underneath a canopy of bright stars.
Coober Pedy is the destination for day 3 via a middle-of-nowhere stop in Manguri where you'll be whisked away to explore the sun-scorched mining capital of the world. A friendly guide will show you around the tunnels and caves followed by a spectacular underground gourmet lunch.
You'll witness the Australian landscape change right in front of your very eyes; from the tropical sights of the Top End to the rich ochre tones and sprawling desert landscape of the Red Centre, finishing with the green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.
Location & how to get there
Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air North. Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3 – 4 hours.
The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. The Darwin Airport Shuttle meets all domestic and international flights and departs from the front of the terminal. Car hire is available from the counters close to the baggage carousels. There are also plenty of taxis available at the airport cab rank and private transfers can be pre-booked.
Darwin can also be reached by The Ghan, from Adelaide or Alice Springs, with trains arriving weekly on Tuesdays. While the rail station is situated a short drive from the city centre, free transfers are offered to all passengers.
For those driving there are a number of entry ways to access Darwin. Most roads are sealed however some are for the more adventurous 4 wheel drivers. If you are coming from Queensland the best route to take is the Overlander’s Way / Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. If you are leaving from Cairns you can take the Savannah Way which is a rugged, unsealed road which crosses the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome. You can also use the Savannah Way as an access from Western Australia. Other roads leading from WA to Darwin include the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert and to the north the Butine Highway. The drive from South Australia is especially scenic as you follow the Explorer’s Way through Coober Pedy and past the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.
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