- 7 night stay in Darwin staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade* in a guest room including;
- Daily breakfast,
- A DoubleTree cookie per person on arrival
- 15% off Food & Beverage at Aqua restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Free parking
- Free late checkout to 1pm.
- Dinner at the iconic Hotel Darwin with a glass of beer, wine or soft drink
- Big Bus Darwin 24 hour Hop on Hop off pass with detailed commentary
- Litchfield National Park Waterfalls sightseeing tour including lunch, experienced driver guide and comprehensive commentary in an air-conditioned coach
- 2 nights aboard The Ghan including all meals, drinks and off train experiences in Alice Springs & Katherine in a Gold Service Cabin.
- Free transfer to/from your Darwin accommodation to/from the rail terminal
*This hotel opens on the 9th February, if you wish to travel earlier than this you will be staying at Hilton Darwin with different hotel inclusions, surcharges will apply.
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.
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.
Ride the rails of history aboard The Ghan, as you take the unforgettable journey through Australia’s outback heartland. Whether you travel up to the tropical Top End of Darwin, or south to the wine capital of Adelaide, your time experiencing one of the world’s great rail journeys will deliver a unique holiday beyond expectations. 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, 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.
Each of our three dining carriages has its own ambience and personality. The Queen Adelaide restaurant evokes the golden era of rail with an art deco atmosphere, the Outback Explorer Lounges offer camaraderie in a relaxed social setting, while the Platinum Club impresses with its quartzite tabletops, timber flooring and brass fittings for our Platinum Service guests.
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.
Sightseeing in the NT’s capital city is easy with the Big Bus Darwin Hop on Hop off sightseeing tour which will allow you to customise your Darwin experience while also learning interesting facts via the entertaining audio commentary provided on the bus. The popular drop-off spots include the beautiful George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Crocosaurus Cove, Stokes Hill Wharf and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
This distinctly Australian holiday on board the Ghan includes a series of immersive Off Train 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.
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. 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.
On sale until 28 January 2021.^ For travel until 31 March 2021. Advertised price based on travel departing 9 February to 31 March 2021 surcharges apply outside these dates. Please note the Ghan does not operate in December & January. Seasonal supplements apply outside of these dates. Blackout dates may apply and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 11 December 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. Flights should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. Please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.
Summer sale conditions: Travel must be booked within the campaign period of 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021. Travel departure must occur by, or on, 31 March 2021. Must be valued at a minimum of $1,000 per booking (inclusive of GST) before the NT Summer Sale discount is applied. Can include any bookable flight, accommodation, tour, attraction or hire vehicle inbound to, from or within the NT – the travel cannot originate in the NT and finish outside the NT unless either 80% in the NT or on the Ghan, see below point. All bookings must have a minimum of 80% of days booked in the NT. The summer sale price is listed. Intra-Territory travel by NT residents is eligible.