Parrtjima with the Ghan
Parrtjima with the Ghan
Parrtjima with the Ghan
Parrtjima with the Ghan
Parrtjima with the Ghan

Parrtjima A Festival in Light with The Ghan

Located within the natural wonders of the Alice Springs Desert Park in the iconic Red Centre, Parrtjima is set to astound with its mesmerising use of light merged with creative Aboriginal designs and the newest technology. From immersive Aboriginal artworks to interactive creations, and the magical illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Parrtjima is set to blow Australia’s minds. While in the heart of our great country you’ll also find yourself exploring the incredible West MacDonnell Ranges, including Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole, all while based at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs. Then board an icon of Australian rail travel and one of the world’s great train journeys, ride the rails of history aboard The Ghan between Alice Springs and Darwin. Within the beauty of travelling by rail from the red earth of the Red Centre to the Tropical climate of Darwin, finally spend 1 night in Darwin to end your holiday.


Tour Inclusions

Accommodation: 5 night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs.

Train Journey: 1 night stay aboard The Ghan travelling in Gold Service from Alice Springs to Darwin. Your train journey includes all meals, drinks and off train experiences.

Accommodation: 1 night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade.

And, all bookings for this package include the following:

  • 1 day Premium Uluru & Kata Tjuta day tour** including lunch & sunset BBQ.
  • 1 day Premium West MacDonnell Ranges tour including entry fee to Standley Chasm with morning tea & lunch, accommodation pick-up & drop-off, experienced friendly guide & air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Daily breakfast, DoubleTree cookie, WiFi, parking & late checkout to 1pm. Free Bonus

Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.

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Parrtjima is an extraordinary FREE festival in the stunning Red Centre, with an incredible program featuring light installations and more.


Enjoy exploring the wonders of the unique city of Alice Springs while based at the modern DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs which boasts stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. Your spacious room will offer luxurious bedding, modern interiors and internet access as well as a late check-out. For those who enjoy being active the hotel provides a 24-hour fitness centre, two tennis courts and an outdoor heated pool which overlooks the lush garden landscape. Golfing-enthusiasts need not worry as there is an 18-hole golf course located just next door.

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. Operating March to October 2019 and March 2020, your adventure through the country’s vast, varied, and captivating interior will leave you speechless. It’s the ultimate Australian outback experience.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is centrally located next to the Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooks the palm-lined esplanade, with stunning ocean views also available from select rooms. All rooms have been newly refurbished, and the hotel also boasts the largest outdoor swimming pool in Darwin, as well as free WiFi, a fitness room and beauty salon. While being located on the esplanade, the DoubleTree is also within walking distance of many Darwin hotspots, eateries and shopping areas. A later check out time of 1pm will also mean a relaxing end to your stay in Darwin.

Where to eat:

A delicious BBQ dinner and sparkling wine will fill you up while you take in the breathtaking site of the sun setting over the Australian outback and mountainous Uluru. 

On your day tours you will be provided with a freshly packed lunch and fruit and snacks throughout the day to keep you satisfied on your adventure around the Red Centre.

Other recommendations:

There are plenty of unique places to eat in Alice Springs and many of them you’ll find situated in and around Todd Mall. Tucked away in the Fan Arcade just off Todd Mall you’ll find Page 27, Alice’s own slice of Melbourne’s laneway culture. Loved by locals for its all-day brekky and pumping tunes, this little cafe has become a bit of an institution for lovers of all things cool. Epilogue (Page 27’s sister eatery and located on the other side of the Todd Mall) is open until the wee hours of the morning and is famous for its share plates (the nachos are insane!) and vibrant live music scene. Dine and dance in the rooftop section for the full hipster experience.

What to do:

The premium Uluru tour will take you via a luxury coach to the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) as well as a Walpa Gorge Walk, immersing you in the beauty of the Red Centre’s landscape, followed by a trip to the informative Aboriginal Cultural Centre. From here you’ll then be taken on a guided Mala walk around the north-west side of the famed Uluru where you’ll see many examples of Anangu rock art while also being told dreamtime stories of the Anangu people by your experienced guide. This is followed by a second guided walk starting from the back of Uluru. While listening to stories of local traditions and practices, you’ll be guided to the Mutitjulu Waterhole, home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi, where you can also view caves containing historic rock art. A fresh BBQ dinner with a view of the famous rock will then end your adventuring for the day as you take in the stunning outback sunset. 

The West MacDonnell Ranges tour will provide you with panoramic landscapes, spectacular outback scenery and many photo opportunities as you travel along the ranges, stopping occasionally at historic sites. You’ll enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, the Ochre Pits and a stop at Ormiston Gorge for lunch. Next stop is the spectacular gorge of Glen Helen before heading to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of Central Australia’s most pristine waterholes, for a refreshing swim. On the return trip to Alice Springs you’ll witness the spectacular ranges light up with the brilliant orange and reds of the day’s sunset.

Other recommendations:

If you’re planning a visit to Alice, you’ve probably already got the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens on your itinerary. If so, you’ll be pleased to know the team there also know how to serve up a good feed! Why not grab some lunch and get amongst the local flora! Be sure to walk up Anzac Hill for a stunning sunset picture over Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges as the back drop.

Package terms

On sale until 31 March 2024 or until sold out. Pricing based on travel between 12 - 21 April 2024. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. **The 1 day premium Uluru & Kata Tjuta day tour departs only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 7 December 2023 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on per person twin share. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.

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