This exclusive 12-night cruise along the Western Australia coastline to Darwin and the iconic Ghan journey through the ‘Red Centre’ highlights Australia at its best.
‘Sea Princess’ is your home as you cruise across the Great Australian Bight, calling at Albany, Margaret River, Fremantle, Broome and the Kimberley Coast on your way to Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.
Darwin offers history, UNESCO Kakadu National Park - 20,000 sq km of wetlands and colourful landscapes enriched with wildlife, historic aboriginal art and a river cruise that features close-up experiences with nature.
Sitting back in Gold Class on board the legendary ‘Ghan’ train as it travels through Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ on one of the world’s great train journeys is not to be missed.
Stop-offs at Katherine with its natural wonders; historic Alice Springs; the underground lifestyle town of Coober Pedy before arriving in the cosmopolitan city of Adelaide will evoke lasting memories.
This cruise along the Western Australia coastline and the ‘Ghan’ rail experience encompasses iconic Australia at its best.
A morning departure from Auckland on Air New Zealand for our flight to Adelaide. On arrival transfer to the Barossa Valley to enjoy lunch and a tour of the vintage Seppeltsfield Winery. Transfer mid-afternoon to your overnight accommodation in Glenelg and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
This morning, enjoy a city sightseeing tour before transferring to Port Adelaide to board ‘Sea Princess’ - your home for the next twelve nights.
At sea to familiarise yourself with the ship
At sea. Watch a show, lounge on deck or follow your own interests.
Originally a penal colony, Albany later established itself as a busy port for steamships, whaling and an outlet for the interior farmland. Today it is home to Whale World, a large museum dedicated to the industry; wineries and tourism.
This vibrant coastal town is laid-back, charming and enticing. With white-sand beaches, crafty breweries, wineries, ancient limestone caves and one long street lined with cafés, gourmet and curio shops, boutiques and galleries, the day will be well-spent.
“Freo” is rich in maritime and penal colony history, picturesque and the gateway to Perth, Western Australia’s capital.
Perth is fast-growing with cycle ways, beaches and the green, open-space of Kings Park and botanical gardens overlook the city and river.
Broome was known as the “pearling capital of the world” when Japanese, Chinese and Aboriginal divers toiled in arduous conditions to harvest the pearls. Although still a remote outpost, it has become a popular tourist destination. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular sunset – with a drink of course!
Although its mainland has been inhabited for years, the ruggedly-beautiful Kimberley Coastline remains unspoilt.
With its dramatic red cliffs, reefs, islands and aquamarine waters, the Indian Ocean will be a prime way to view it all.
This morning after breakfast disembark the ‘Sea Princess’. A sightseeing tour is the perfect introduction to Darwin’s history and quirky charm, before arriving at your hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions into Kakadu National Park. Visit Warradjan Cultural Centre before a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise experience with a local guide. Later transfer to your overnight accommodation for an overnight stay.
The international-acclaimed Kakadu is an enormous, unique natural reserve with wetlands, rivers, sandstone escarpments and waterfalls - home to more than 20,000 plant species, crocodiles, flatback turtles and exotic birdlife.
This morning explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River, where with special permission, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin for a four-night stay.
Today is free to explore Darwin at your own pace. You may like to explore the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, which are open this evening for a memorable shopping and dining experience or wander the parks and beaches.
Pack your togs today as you drive through the gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. View termite mounds and the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls from a high vantage point, before a dip in one of the many plunge pools. The water cascading down into the waterhole at the base of the Tolmer Falls is home to the rare ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats. After lunch, another opportunity for a dip in the rock pool of the Wangi Falls before returning to Darwin.
Morning at leisure before enjoying a sunset dinner cruise of Darwin Harbour, on the ‘Spirit of Darwin.’
Transfer to the Darwin Railway Station to board ‘The Ghan’ for your rail experience to Adelaide - a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Afternoon arrival in Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich indigenous history.
Continue your journey aboard ‘The Ghan,’ making an extended stop in Alice Springs - the heart of the Red Centre. In the evening, dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback Pioneer Dinner, set in a strikingly-lit quarry.
Today, make an extended stop at Manguri near Coober Pedy the sun scorched opal mining capital of the world.
Today arrive into Adelaide and disembark ‘The Ghan’ and return to the same Glenelg accommodation with the afternoon at leisure before enjoying a ‘Farewell Dinner.’
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Business Class Upgrade||+$1813|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||+$661|
|Early Booking Discount ( 31/03/18 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
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Daytime – comfortable touring clothes, good walking shoes.
Evening – smart casual for hotels and on board the train
Cruising: As above, with something more dressy for the special nights on board.
Men – a jacket and long sleeve shirt is fine. There are casual-alternative restaurants.
Checked-in luggage is NOT accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the two nights. Smart casual is required for the Queen Adelaide Restaurant on board the train.
Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs
Sea Princess, a mid-sized, Sun-class cruise ship, is known for its top quality food and service. The four-story Atrium, Vista Lounge, tantalising dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices including Movies Under the Stars* provide a relaxing retreat.
Sailing into Fiordland’s Milford, Doubtful and Dusky sounds is a special experience, while arriving and berthing in New Zealand ports including the picturesque Bay of Islands is a special experience.
|22 knots / 41 kph|
Featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV and bathroom with shower.
Enjoy the added benefit of a view of the ocean from either a picture window or porthole that brings in natural light. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room.
This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony which gives you more space than a standard stateroom.
Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table and two chairs.
Gold Class Service Features
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* Itinerary subject to change