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Adelaide - Darwin - Sydney by coach, rail and cruise

Including Alice Springs & Katherine

Why not join our exclusive Ghan / Princess Cruise escorted tour to Australia in April 2018?

This is a rare opportunity to join a cruise in Darwin after the legendary rail journey through the heart of Australia from Adelaide to Darwin on the iconic Ghan.
This fascinating journey of ever-changing landscapes includes excursions to Alice Springs and Katherine before arriving in Darwin at the end of “The Wet” when the country in the North is unusually green!!
Meals and off-train excursions, sightseeing and accommodation in Darwin are all included.
The ‘Sea Princess’ is a very comfortable 4 star cruise ship with all the bells and whistles to entertain you for your six sea days as you cruise via Cairns and Alotau in Papua New Guinea to Brisbane and Sydney.

Your travel itinerary

Friday 06 April

Auckland - Adelaide

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-morning in Adelaide, the picturesque capital of South Australia for a two night stay. On arrival enjoy a coach journey to the Barossa Valley, followed by a heritage tour and lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery. After lunch return to Glenelg and check into your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Saturday 07 April


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After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market, Historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or retail therapy at the famous Rundle Mall.

Sunday 08 April


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A relaxing morning before transferring to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal where you will board The Ghan to travel by rail from Adelaide to Darwin in Gold Class. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia.

Monday 09 April

Alice Springs

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Step off the train this morning in Marla and warm yourself with a morning cuppa against the stunning backdrop of an outback sunrise. Travel through the rich red landscapes of the Northern Territory before arriving into Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre. This afternoon a number of included optional excursions are available to choose from.

Tuesday 10 April


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Continue your adventure by making a stop in Katherine this morning, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich in Indigenous history. An exciting choice of optional excursions are available. Enjoy a late lunch back on board The Ghan before arriving into Darwin early evening and transfer to your accommodation for a one-night stay.

Wednesday 11 April

Darwin - Embark Sea Princess

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This morning explore Darwin before your transfer to the cruise terminal to embark onto the Sea Princess. Your cruise includes all on-board meals and entertainment.

Thursday 12 April

At Sea

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Today you will be cruising at sea. Treat yourself and dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants this evening and then why not then catch a broadway style show in the theatre complete a perfect evening on board.

Friday 13 April

At Sea

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Today you will be cruising at sea. Pamper yourself and pay a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.

Saturday 14 April


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Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations, boasting three of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore are immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast and inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine and balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city’s graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.

Sunday 15 April

At Sea

Monday 16 April

Alotau - Papua New Guinea

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Alotau is a sleepy little town built on the hillsides of the northern shore of Milne Bay. It became the provincial capital in 1968 when administrators were moved from overcrowded Samarai Island. Alotau and the coastal strip either side played a pivotal role in the WWII Battle of Milne Bay and there are several memorials and relics here. The town’s sights might soak up some time, but the real attractions lie beyond Alotau, amid the beautifully set capes, coves and islands of Milne Bay.

Tuesday 17 April

At Sea

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Wednesday 18 April

At Sea

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Today you will be cruising at sea. Get involved in the daily on board activities and join in on inspirational and exciting enrichment programs.

Thursday 19 April


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The cool and casual capital of Queensland offers all the glitz and glam of a big city, without the big city airs. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills, this urban oasis is certainly a great day out. 

Friday 20 April

At Sea

Saturday 21 April


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This morning you will arrive into Sydney Harbour and disembark Sea Princess. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

Optional Extension

Why not extend your stay and take a two night stop over package in Sydney and enjoy the sights?


• Economy flights Auckland – Adelaide // Sydney - Auckland
• Transfers as stated
• Two night’s hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast
• Two half-day tours in Adelaide
• Two nights on board The Ghan in Gold Class (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee included)

• Off-train excursions to Alice Springs and Katherine
• One night Darwin pre-cruise
• 10 nights aboard Sea Princess in the Stateroom of your choice

  • Sea Princess gratuities, port taxes & fees

• Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Balcony Stateroom $9,468 $12,630
 Oceanview Stateroom $8,895 $11.496
 Inside Stateroom $8,232 $10,170
 Platinum Class on The Ghan - on request   
Early Booking Discount (01 December 2017) $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


• Items of a personal nature
• Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote
• Airline taxes - NZD 195 

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of NZ$1000 per person will secure a place on this tour
• Full payment by 05 January 2018
• No refund after full payment


• From date of booking until 05 January 2018 – loss of deposit
• After 05 January 2018 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information


• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
• No visas are required for NZ Passport holders
•All others please ask



Adelaide 12˚c 12˚c
Alice Springs 27˚c 12˚c
Darwin 32˚c 24˚c
Alotau 28˚c 34˚c
Brisbane 26˚c 17˚c
Sydney 21˚c 15˚c


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.


• 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-sleeved shirt is fine. There are casual alternative restaurants.

Health and Fitness

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

Ship Information

Sea Princess
Step aboard Sea Princess and prepare for a cruise that will dazzle your senses. From the four-story Atrium to tantalising dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices, including Movies Under the Stars®, you'll find a relaxing retreat that's as captivating as the places you'll visit on this grand vessel.

Guests: 2,000
Crew: 910
Refurbished: October 2015
Tonnage: 77,499

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