The Ghan - Red Centre Secrets : Itinerary (Apr 19 - Mar 20)

Red Centre Secrets itinerary

Adelaide - Alice Springs

Alternative itineraries available: Alice Springs to Adelaide, Alice Springs to Darwin, Darwin to Alice Springs


Day 1: (Sunday) Board the Ghan in Adelaide

All aboard The Ghan for your departure from Adelaide. There’s no better viewpoint to watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia change into rugged Mallee scrub, as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon. (L,D) 

Day 2: (Monday) The Ghan, Alice Springs

Wake up with a coffee and step off the train to witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla – a remote outpost 160 kilometres from the Northern Territory border. After more incredible outback scenery, you’ll arrive into Alice Springs in the early afternoon and transfer to your accommodation. (B, L) 

Day 3: (Tuesday) Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta

This morning you’ll depart Alice Springs and travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. You will visit a camel farm and marvel at the majestic Attila (Mount Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy the afternoon experiencing the natural wonders, unique flora and native wildlife of the area, as you travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. An unforgettable day fades to dusk as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under an equally sparkling outback sky. (B) 

Day 4: (Wednesday) Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Watch the glistening sunrise over Uluru as you begin day four of your adventure. Your connection with the environment continues as you explore Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, uncovering its unusual rock formations, before touring the base of Uluru. You’ll see ancient rock art and get to know the rich Aboriginal and European history of the area. Watch as day turns to night with sunset over Uluru, finishing with an Aussie barbecue under the stars. (D)


Day 5: (Thursday) Uluru to Kings Canyon

This morning take some time to relax in the Red Centre or explore the Resort. See artists at work, learn more about the region’s history, geology, flora and fauna in the museum, enjoy the smells and sights of native gardens, or a bush yarn at the Circle of Sand. In the afternoon join your tour to Kings Canyon.

Day 6: (Friday) Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Today, experience the majestic views over the Watarrka National Park as you challenge your senses on a rim walk of Kings Canyon. But don’t worry, if heights aren’t for you there is an alternative (and easier) walk across the boulder strewn canyon floor. Then it’s a well-earned rest after you head back to Alice Springs.

Day 7: (Saturday) Leisure Day

Explore Alice Springs at your own pace. This small outback town is rich in history. Enjoy its many walking trails, which are well signed posted and provide insightful facts on the region. No trip to Alice is complete without experiencing a camel ride for yourself – these gracious animals and their Afghan handlers played a vital role in outback history, their service reflected in The Ghan’s emblem. (B)


Day 8: (Sunday) Farewell

This morning your adventure to the Red Centre comes to an end. On checking out of your accommodation it’s time for your onward journey home. (B)