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Cruise West plus 'The Ghan'

Adelaide to Darwin

Our rail / cruise tours continue their popularity and 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.
Sitting back in Gold Class on one of the world’s great train journeys is not to be missed.
This fascinating journey of ever-changing landscapes includes excursions to Alice Springs and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.

Meals and off-train excursions, sightseeing and accommodation in Darwin are all included.
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.

Sea Princess is a very comfortable 4 star cruise ship with all the bells and whistles to entertain you for your five sea days. Scenic cruise along the colourful Kimberley Coast, calling at Broome before arriving in Perth’s vibrant sea port of Fremantle.

This rail / cruise experience encompasses iconic Australia at its best.

"Very enjoyable - huge range of experiences.  We are independent travellers normally but enjoyed everything organiseda and the quality of buses/guides.  No stress!" - Karen & Murray

"Loved it all" - Helen

"Never having been on a cruise before we didn't know what to expect, but really enjoyed the experience" - Jenny & David

"Cruise and Ghan were a wonderful experience for us both" - Judy & Barry

Your travel itinerary

Friday 04 October

Auckland – Adelaide

A morning departure from Auckland on Air New Zealand for our flight to Adelaide. On arrival enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market where there are numerous stalls to purchase lunch, the historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. Arrive mid-afternoon at your accommodation and later enjoy a free evening.

Saturday 05 October


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After breakfast travel to the Barossa Valley for a welcome lunch and a tour of the vintage Seppeltsfield Winery. Return to the city with the remainder of the day free.

Sunday 06 October

Adelaide – Ghan

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A relaxing morning before transferring to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board The Ghan 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.

Watch rolling pasture land and the Flinders Range merge into colourful scrubland as you head towards the Red Centre.

Monday 07 October

Alice Springs – Katherine

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Enjoy Alice Springs to experience a range of optional activities visiting various landmarks and immersing in several cultural activities. Re-board the train and relax as your journey continues.

Tuesday 08 October

Katherine – Darwin

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Arrive in Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich indigenous history. A wide range of interesting options include a leisurely cruise along the Katherine River or spending time with the local Aboriginal people. There is also the option of an exciting helicopter ride over stunning scenery.
Arrive in Darwin early evening and transfer to your hotel.

Wednesday 09 October


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Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour which includes Darwin’s history and landscapes, the Botanical Gardens, the Northern Territory museum and art gallery.
Afternoon free before a traditional Buffet Dinner Harbour Cruise on board ‘Spirit of Darwin.’ Relax and watch the colourful sunset, see the fish feeding from the ship’s bow and enjoy a sumptuous three course buffet meal. 

Thursday 10 October

Darwin – Kakadu

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This morning depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions into Kakadu National Park.

The international-acclaimed Kakadu is an enormous, unique natural reserve with wetlands, rivers, sandstone escarpments, and waterfalls and is home to more than 20,000 plant species, crocodiles, flatback turtles and exotic birdlife.

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.

Friday 11 October

Kakadu – Darwin

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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.

Saturday 12 October


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Today is free to explore Darwin at your own pace or enjoy some retail therapy.

Sunday 13 October

Darwin – ‘Sea Princess’

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After breakfast, transfer to the Darwin Cruise Terminal to board ‘Sea Princess,’ your home for the next seven nights. Take time to familiarise yourself with one of Princess Cruises’ leading cruise liners before a late afternoon departure.
Enjoy a sumptuous first dinner on board in one of the many dining options available. 

Monday 14 October

At Sea

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Tuesday 15 October

Kimberley Coast

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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, scenic cruising the Indian Ocean will be a prime way to view it all.

Wednesday 16 October


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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 17 October

At Sea

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Friday 18 October

At Sea

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Saturday 19 October

At Sea

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Sunday 20 October


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Arrive in ‘Freo’, rich in maritime and penal colony history, picturesque and the gateway to Perth, Western Australia’s capital.
Disembark and transfer to Perth – fast-growing with cycle ways, beaches and the green, open-space of Kings Park and botanical gardens overlook the city and river.
Enjoy a city tour before a Farewell Dinner.

Monday 21 October

Perth – Auckland

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Leisure time before transferring to the airport after a late hotel check out for an evening departure to Auckland.

Tuesday 22 October


Arrive Auckland early morning.


  • Economy air travel on Air New Zealand Auckland – Adelaide//Adelaide – Auckland
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast
  • Two half-day tours in Adelaide
  • Two nights’ on-board ‘The Ghan’ train in Gold Class (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and meals included)
  • Off-train excursions
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation in Darwin including breakfast
  • City sightseeing tour of Darwin
  • Darwin River cruise
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Kakadu including breakfast
  • Seven nights aboard ‘Sea Princess’ in a stateroom of your choice
  • ‘Sea Princess’ gratuities, port taxes and fees
  • One night Perth
  • Perth city sights tour
  • Farewell Dinner Perth
  • Pukekohe Travel escort - subject to 20 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 Balcony  $12,463  $16,347
 Oceanview  $11,577  $14,731
 Inside (Interior)              $10,691  $13,103
Business Class Upgrade +$1,800
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$1,050
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


  • Travel Insurance – compulsory (please ask us for a quote)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Airport and airline taxes (approx. NZD195)

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 01 July 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 01July 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 01 July 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

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                

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.

Health and Fitness

  • A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 meters is essential. The train is 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.



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* Itinerary subject to change