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The Ghan Platinum Service & Darwin

Explore the tropical city of Darwin at your leisure with your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour and taste some local Territory fare at the popular Hotel Darwin, all while based at the relaxing Hilton Darwin. Complete your holiday with a quintessential Australian rail journey aboard the Ghan in Platinum Service Adelaide to Darwin.

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5 nights from:
$2,999pp

Valued up to:
$4,634

Offer ends:
30 September 2020

For travel 30 August - 30 October 2020. Advertised price based on travel 30 August - 30 October 2020 (Northbound only).

Inclusions

  • 3 night stay in Darwin at the Hilton Darwin in a guest room including:
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • 15% off food and beverage at Mitchell's restaurant
    • Free WiFi 
    • Late checkout to 1pm
  • 2 nights aboard the Ghan travelling from Adelaide to Darwin in Platinum Service including all onboard meals, drinks, Off Train Experiences and Platinum transfers in Adelaide and Darwin (within 60km of the rail terminal)
  • Big Bus Darwin 24 hour Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing pass with detailed commentary
  • Dinner at the iconic Hotel Darwin with a glass of beer, wine or soft drink

Itinerary


Accommodation:


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. 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. 

For the discerning traveller, Platinum Service 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.

Stylishly appointed, spacious suites complemented by discreet, personalised service and world-class food and wine make this a very special travel experience.


Platinum guests enjoy premium extras like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage.


You’ll also notice the Bollinger champagne, Australian Appelles Apothecary toiletries, Haigh’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown, luxuriously soft linen, and more … it’s this attention to detail that you’ll recall long after your journey’s end.


By day, your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, you’ll enjoy a deep, comfortable sleep as the lounges convert into a comfortable bedroom with either a double or twin beds.


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.


For a social experience on board the Ghan, head to the Platinum Club. Thoughtfully appointed to embody the spirit of the train’s Australian heritage, the décor features quartzite tabletops, timber flooring, brass fittings and leather banquette lounge seating in tones of ash, moss and sepia. The carriage offers a daytime lounge setting with adaptable dining options.


As you’d expect from a first class service, the food and wine included in the Platinum Service is of the highest standard. Your fare includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners. Vegetarian and special dietary meals are available when you make your booking. 


What to do:


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.


Off Train Experiences include:


Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise

Cruise down Katherine River as the large rock formations of the Gorge tower over the calm water. Nitmiluk is home to the Indigenous Jawoyn people and many of their stories centre around the Gorge.


Calls of the cicada resonate across the water between the massive sandstone cliffs while you cruise down the First and Second Gorges listening to stories about how the Gorge came to be named. The sheer walls of the Gorge, etched by time and the elements, are home to a myriad of plant and animal life, much of it unique to this area and all playing a role to the lives of its traditional owners.


Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine Outback Experience is owned by multiple Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain, and celebrates life on the land through real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations entwined with live music and humorous bush-tales.


Just a short 30m walk from the coach, you will be welcomed and directed to the comfort of elevated seating within the indoor arena.


Prepare to be mesmerised as the team work with a young horse, demonstrating how they build a bond with the horse, and explaining the psychology between man and horse.


Enjoy the enthusiasm of the beloved working dogs as the team demonstrate how they build-up their confidence and prepare them for working life on the land.


The show is never complete without a few of Tom’s chart-topping songs – often performed with guitar in hand and from the saddle of a horse at full-flight.


You will have the opportunity to interact with some of the four-legged station characters including Tin Shaker the Brahman Steer and Bill the Buffalo, while learning about the Northern Territory’s rich pastoral history before enjoying a delicious morning or afternoon tea.


Alice Springs Desert Park

Join your experienced guide for an exclusive guided walking tour to unravel ancient cultural stories, the science behind the region’s breathtaking landscapes, mysterious animal life and geological marvels. Your exclusive guided walking tour takes you through tall river red gums, enduring Spinifex or vibrant wildflowers for an unforgettable close-up exploration of outback flora and fauna.


Step inside the Nocturnal House to discover the mysterious lives of desert animals of the night including the iconic bilby and mala. Watch closely as these animals go about their natural interaction and foraging for food. As a guest travelling on The Ghan there is a front row seat reserved for you at the spectacular free flight bird show. After the show your back stage pass allows you to get up close and personal with the birds and trainers during a private training session. See the resident dingoes before viewing a film on desert evolution on the big screen or alternatively take time to enjoy some retail therapy in the gift shop.



Location & how to get there


Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including QantasVirgin AustraliaJetstar 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.


Package terms


On sale until 30 September 2020. For travel 30 August - 30 October 2020. Advertised price based on travel 30 August - 30 October 2020 (Northbound only).  Blackout dates may apply and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 7 August 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 deals@ntnow.com.au 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.


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