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Cruise West plus 'The Ghan'

Adelaide to Darwin

This exclusive 12-night cruise along the Western Australia coastline from Adelaide 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 cruising the Kimberley Coast on your way to Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.

Darwin offers history, Litchfield National Park - 1500 sq km of stunning waterfalls, lush waterholes, natural and colourful landscapes and two metre high termite mounds.

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.

Your travel itinerary

Sunday 15 March

Auckland – Adelaide

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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.

Monday 16 March

Adelaide (Board ‘Sea Princess’)

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This morning, enjoy a city sightseeing tour before transferring to Port Adelaide to board ‘Sea Princess’ - your home for the next twelve nights.

Tuesday 17 March

at Sea

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At sea to familiarise yourself with the ship

Wednesday 18 March

at Sea

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At sea. Watch a show, lounge on deck or follow your own interests.

Thursday 19 March

Albany

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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.

Friday 20 March

Margaret River

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This vibrant coastal town is laid-back, charming and enticing. With white-sand beaches, craft 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.

Saturday 21 March

Fremantle

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“Freo” is rich in maritime and penal colony history 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.

Sunday 22 March

at Sea

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Monday 23 March

at Sea

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Tuesday 24 March

at Sea

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Wednesday 25 March

Broome

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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!!

Thursday 26 March

Kimberley Coast Scenic Cruising

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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.

Friday 27 March

at Sea

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Saturday 28 March

Darwin

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After breakfast disembark the ‘Sea Princess’. A sightseeing tour is the perfect introduction to Darwin’s history and quirky charm, before lunch at Stokes Hill Wharf.

Later arrive at your hotel with free time before a Welcome Dinner.

Sunday 29 March

Darwin

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Today is free to explore Darwin at your own pace. You may like to wander the parks and beaches and later enjoy the many dining experiences available.

Monday 30 March

Darwin – Litchfield National Park - Darwin

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Pack your swimming gear as you drive through the gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor to the natural beauty of 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.

Tuesday 31 March

Darwin

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A day to immerse yourself in Darwin with its many attractions and laid-back lifestyle before an evening Dinner Cruise on the ‘Spirit of Darwin.’

Wednesday 01 April

Darwin – Katherine

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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.

Thursday 02 April

Katherine – Alice Springs

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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 the old Post & Telegraph Office.

Friday 03 April

Alice Springs – Manguri, Coober Pedy

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Today, make an extended stop at Manguri near Coober Pedy the sun scorched opal mining capital of the world.

Saturday 04 April

Manguri – Adelaide

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Arrive into Adelaide, disembark ‘The Ghan’ and enjoy a ‘Farewell Lunch’ in a restaurant overlooking the city. Return to the same Glenelg accommodation with the afternoon at leisure.

Sunday 05 April

Adelaide – Auckland

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After breakfast transfer to the airport for your Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.

Inclusions

  • Economy air travel on Air New Zealand Auckland – Adelaide//Adelaide – Auckland
  • Transfers as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast
  • Adelaide morning city sights tour
  • Barossa Valley Tour including lunch in Adelaide
  • Welcome Dinner & farewell Lunch in Adelaide
  • 12 nights aboard ‘Sea Princess’ in a stateroom of your choice
  • Private Cocktail Party on-board ‘Sea Princess’
  • ‘Sea Princess’ gratuities, port taxes and fees
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation in Darwin including breakfast
  • City sightseeing tour of Darwin
  • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls Tour
  • Darwin sunset river dinner cruise
  • Welcome Dinner in Darwin hotel
  • Three nights’ aboard ‘The Ghan’ train in Gold Class (beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and meals included)
  • Off-train excursions
  • Pukekohe Travel escort - subject to 20 people travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 Balcony  $15,225 $20,278
 Oceanview  $13,827  $17,768
 Inside (Interior)              $12,461  $15,299
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$920
Early Booking Discount ( 02 August 2019 ) $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

Exclusions

    • Travel Insurance – compulsory (please ask us for a quote)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Airport and airline taxes (approx. NZD200)

Booking Conditions

  • A non- refundable deposit of $2,750 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Full payment is due no later than 10 January 2020

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 10 January 2020 – loss of deposit
  • After 10 January 2020 - no refund

Travel Insurance

  • We advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs
  • Please ask us for a quote

General Information

Temperatures              Max ˚c            Min ˚c                            

Adelaide                    21˚c                 11˚c    

Alice Springs               31˚c                 15˚c

Darwin                        33˚c                 25˚c    
Perth                            22˚c                 10˚c                


Clothing
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.

 

Luggage

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.

Health and Fitness

  • A good standard of health is required and clients should be independently mobile with the ability to walk at unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs. The train can be unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.

Ship Information

‘Sea Princess’

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.

 

Length                         261m

Refurbished                 November 2015

Tonnage                      77,499

Speed                         22 knots / 41 kph

Decks                          14

Passengers                 1950

Crew                           910

 

Cabin Categories

Inside Stateroom

Featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV and bathroom with shower.

Oceanview Stateroom

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.

Balcony Stateroom

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.

 

 


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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