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Red Centre Secrets Rail Explorer

8 day Rail Explorer - from £1885

Adelaide | Alice Springs | Ayers Rock | Kings Canyon

An epic journey through Australia’s outback taking you from the cultural city of Adelaide to the sacred landscape of the Red Centre.

  • Sunrise and sunset over Ayers Rock
  • Kings Canyon rim walk or canyon floor tour
  • Travel on the mighty Ghan train
  • Rock formations of Walpa Gorge
  • Aussie BBQ under the stars


Your Rail Explorer

Your inclusive Rail Explorer includes an overnight journey on the mighty Ghan train and an extended guided tour to see the impressive landforms of Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon, plus the historic town of Alice Springs.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Adelaide

Board the legendary 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.

Settle into your comfortable cabin, choosing to travel in Gold or Platinum service. Dinner tonight will be served in the dining carriage before retiring to the lounge to enjoy a nightcap!

Overnight: The Ghan
Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 - The Ghan to 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. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board and admire more incredible outback scenery as you travel to Australia’s Red Centre.

You’ll arrive into Alice Springs in the early afternoon and be transferred to your accommodation, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs.

Overnight: The Ghan
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3 - Ayers Rock

This morning you’ll depart Alice Springs on a guided tour 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 to check into your accommodation at the Sails in the Desert Hotel.

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 Tjuṯa.

An unforgettable day fades to dusk as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under an equally sparkling outback sky.

Hotel: Voyages Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Ayers Rock

Watch the glistening sunrise over Ayers Rock as you begin day four of your adventure. Explore Kata Tjuṯa and Walpa Gorge, uncovering its unusual rock formations, before touring the base of Ayers Rock. 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 Ayers Rock, finishing with an Aussie barbecue under the stars.

Hotel: Voyages Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock
Meals: Dinner

Day 5 - Kings Canyon

This morning is yours to explore the resort and take some time to relax in the Red Centre. There are many free activities on offer allowing you immerse yourself in the indigenous culture. 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 before checking into your overnight accommodation at the Kings Canyon Lodge.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Lodge, Kings Canyon

Day 6 to 8 - 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 for a 2 night stay in the DoubleTree by Hilton.

The next few days are yours to relax and explore at your own pace. Learn about the rich history of the region at the Old Telegraph Station or Royal Flying Doctors Museum, enjoy one of the many walking trails or learn about the fauna and flora at the Alice Springs Dessert Park (all additional costs)

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs
Meals: Breakfast

8 day Rail Explorer - from £1885

With flights from £2684


  • Upgrade your cabin accommodation to Platinum Service with a larger cabin, double or twin beds, full ensuite facilities and use of the exclusive Platinum lounge from £2779
  • Add nights in Adelaide before your Rail Explorer from £42
  • Choose to fly Premium, Business or First Class


Departs every Sunday at 12:15 excluding December & January

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Discover the best of Australia and its diverse scenery with our brilliantly planned Rail Explorer, which are a holiday in themselves.

Your Rail Explorer includes:

  • 2 days/1 night on board the Ghan including all meals and beverages
  • Off train excursion in Marla
  • Transfer from Alice Springs rail terminal to Hotel
  • 4 days/3 night Kata Tjuta, Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon tour including accommodation and guide
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners

Ghan Facilities:

  • On board lounge and dining room
  • Comfortable private cabin
  • All meals and drinks included

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