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A Travelrite tour via the Ghan Railway to Australia’s Northern Territory | Newcastle Herald

The Ghan entering Alice Springs station. Photo Shutterstock

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Here is your opportunity to take a comfortable hike in the very heart of Australia. Join Travelrite International and Wool newspaper on this odyssey of the antipodes passing by Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor, The Ghan and Darwin from March 30 to April 9, 2023.

The tour begins in Adelaide with a sightseeing tour of the city followed by an afternoon spent in Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German town.

Leaving Adelaide, the group takes a ferry from Cape Jarvis to Kangaroo Island. Experience nature at its best on Kangaroo Island with breathtaking scenery, friendly wildlife and not to mention the delicious food and wine it is famous for.

Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia’s largest and oldest conservation parks, is another destination. With its unique flora and idyllic coastal scenery, you won’t be disappointed.

Main picture; The Ghan entering Alice Springs station, above; some inhabitants of the aptly named Kangaroo Island. Photo Shutterstock

Next stop is Victor Harbor via winery tasting at McLaren Vale.

Enjoy a Cockle train ride to the town of Goolwa at the mouth of the mighty Murray River.

The train travels up the coast before heading inland via Port Elliott and Middleton. Back in Victor Harbor, enjoy a ride on the historic horse-drawn tram to Granite Island.

Boarding the Ghan train from Adelaide station on day seven, the journey north to Darwin begins.

Marla is reached at breakfast time the next day and Alice Springs, the nation’s red heart, just after lunch.

Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and the desert landscape, Alice Springs is the most famous town in outback Australia.

A guided tour of Alice Springs includes the Royal Flying Doctor’s Base and the National Pioneers Women’s Hall of Fame.

Back on The Ghan, sit back and enjoy the nighttime ride north through the hinterland.

By morning the train will have arrived in Katherine where the hinterland meets the tropics.

In Katherine, choose from three excursions. Cruise down the Katherine River to admire the gorge’s impressive rock formations that tower over the calm waters.

While traveling Katherine Gorge by boat, you can admire the impressive rock formations of the gorge. Photo Shutterstock

Later in the day, the journey to Darwin continues and concludes with a late afternoon arrival.

In Darwin, savor the sights and sounds of the capital. Visit Crocosaurus Cove and enter the slightly unnerving world of the mighty saltwater crocodile. Watch the crocodile jumping for food and check out the reptile exhibit.

On a city tour, delight in the Chinese Temple, Tropical Botanical Gardens and East Point Military Compound. Later in the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers.

The next morning you will be transferred to Darwin airport for a return flight.

Tour prices start at $5,395 Gold Service twin-share and $5,995 for single.

For details call 1800 630 343 or visit www.travelrite.com.au or https://www.travelrite.com.au/rail-tours/ghan-rail-mar-2023.php

Wide open spaces welcome you on this train journey to Darwin on The Ghan. Photo Shutterstock