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Cruise & The Ghan

Sydney - Darwin - Adelaide

Join our exclusive Princess Cruises and the Legendary Ghan escorted tour to Australia in October 2019

This is a rare opportunity to embark ‘Sea Princess’ in Sydney to cruise via Brisbane, Alotau in Papua New Guinea and Cairns to Darwin.
‘Sea Princess’ is a comfortable 4 star cruise ship all the bells and whistles to entertain you for ten nights of luxury
Darwin offers history and a full day in Litchfield National Park, a myriad of cascading waterfalls, waterholes and pools, spectacular rock formations, flora and fauna.
The legendary rail journey through the heart of Australia, ever-changing landscapes, meals, drinks and off-train excursions in Katherine and Alice Springs all adds to the Ghan experience.

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 03 October

Auckland – Sydney

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-morning in Sydney. On arrival, transfer to the Port of Sydney to board Sea Princess in time for a late lunch. Depart Sydney Harbour late afternoon.

Friday 04 October

At Sea

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A day of cruising at sea. Treat yourself and dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants this evening and later catch a Broadway-style show in the theatre to complete a perfect evening on board.

Saturday 05 October


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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.

Sunday 06 October

At Sea

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Another cruising day. Pamper yourself and pay a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.

Monday 07 October

At Sea

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Tuesday 08 October

Alatou (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.

Wednesday 09 October

At Sea

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Thursday 10 October


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Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast and inland lies 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.

Friday 11 October

At Sea

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Saturday 12 October

At Sea

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Sunday 13 October


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This morning arrive into Darwin. Disembark ‘Sea Princess’ and join your fellow passengers on a sightseeing tour of Darwin, getting the perfect introduction to Darwin’s history and quirky charm. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Tourist facility and lunch at Stokes Hill Wharfe. Remainder of day free.

Monday 14 October


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An early morning start for the drive to Litchfield National Park. The gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield National Park. View the termite mounds found at Litchfield National Park and the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls from a high vantage point. One of the three major waterfalls along the western face of the Tabletop Range is Tolmer Falls. Marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Return to Darwin this evening.

Tuesday 15 October


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A full day to explore Darwin and uncover some Northern Territory gems along the way.

Wednesday 16 October

Darwin – The Ghan

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This morning transfer to the Darwin Rail Terminal to board The Ghan Expedition. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. This afternoon you will arrive into Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich in Indigenous history.

Thursday 17 October

The Ghan

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Continue your journey aboard The Ghan making an extended stop in Alice Springs - the heart of the Red Centre. This evening we will all come together and dine beneath the stars for an authentic Outback Dinner.

Friday 18 October

The Ghan

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Today make an extended stop at Manguri. Your destination Coober Pedy - the sun scorched opal mining capital of the world.

Saturday 19 October

The Ghan – Adelaide

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Today arrive into Adelaide late morning. Enjoy a short city tour before transferring to our beachfront hotel in Glenelg.

Sunday 20 October


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After breakfast a coach journey to the Barossa Valley, followed by a heritage tour and lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery. After lunch return to Glenelg. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Monday 21 October

Adelaide – Auckland

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After breakfast transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight home.


  • Economy flights Auckland – Sydney // Adelaide - Auckland
  • Transfers as stated
  • Nine nights aboard ‘Sea Princess’ in the Stateroom of your choice
  • All meals included on board ‘Sea Princess’
  • Cocktail reception on board
  • Sea Princess’ gratuities, port taxes & fees
  • Three nights Darwin post-cruise
  • Full day tour to Litchfield National Park
  • Three nights on board The Ghan in Gold Class (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and        coffee included)
  • Off-train excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast
  • Day tour to Sepplesfield Winery in the Barossa Valley including lunch
  • Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSinglE
 Balcony Stateroom       $13,732 $18,482
 Oceanview Stateroom  $12,507 $16,234
 Inside Stateroom                      $11,281 $13,974
Business Class Upgrade +$1975
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$920
Early Booking Discount ( 29 March 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


• Items of a personal nature

• Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote

• Airline taxes (NZD215)

Booking Conditions

  •  A non-refundable deposit of NZ$2,750 per person will secure a place on this tour
  •  Full payment by 21 June 2019
  • No refund after full payment

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 21 June 2019 – loss of deposit
  •  After 21 June 2019 – 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


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


Checked-in luggage is not accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the three nights on The Ghan.
Smart casual is required for the Queen Adelaide Restaurant on board the train.


A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 metres is essential. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.


• 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

A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 metres is essential. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.

Ship and Ghan Information

Average Length of Train: 774m

Average Weight of Train: 1400 tonnes (based on locomotives & 30 carriages)
Length of Track: 2979km

Length of Journey: 54 hours

Average Speed of Train: 85km/hr (Maximum speed 115km/hr)

Symbol: The Ghan’s emblem is a camel and its handler in recognition of the pioneering Afghan cameleers

Average number of Carriages: 30 including guest carriages, crew quarters, restaurants, lounges and power vans


‘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