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MELBOURNE-DARWIN: Cruise to Kangaroo Island + Stay in Adelaide + Ride the Ghan to the Top End! (Feb-Mar 2021)

Two bucket list adventures in one!

Holiday hear and discover lands untouched on this almighty expedition! Set sail from Melbourne travelling south to Adelaide via Kangaroo Island before boarding the Ghan for the ultimate Australian rail journey travelling north to Darwin.

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About this holiday

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Kangaroo Island boasts the kind of beauty that will stop you in your tracks. Over half the island is covered with "old-growth" bush land supporting huge populations of kangaroo, koala, goana, wallaby and other native Australian animals.

A memorable cruise. A legendary train. An unforgettable Australian adventure.

We have combined two of the most leisurely styles of travel, cruise & rail with 2 night city stays to create a wonderful 10 night package where you will explore the coast, outback and the tropical north all in one sensational holiday!



Your package includes:

  • 4 night cruise on Sapphire Princess
  • Transfers from Adelaide cruise terminal to city hotel
  • 2 nights at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel with breakfast*
  • Transfer from Adelaide city hotel to railway station
  • 3 days/ 2 nights aboard The Ghan in a Gold Service cabin travelling from Adelaide to Darwin
  • Complimentary transfer Darwin railway station to select Darwin hotels (provided by rail operator)
  • 2 nights at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin with breakfast*
  • Transfer from Darwin hotel to airport

Your cruise includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation aboard Sapphire Princess
  • Anytime Dining or Traditional Dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Room Service (24 hours)
  • Casual Dining Venues
  • Select beverages (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Tea varieties, Non-Specialty Coffee)
  • Most onboard activities
  • Nightly entertainment

Your rail journey includes:

  • 3 days/ 2 nights aboard The Ghan in a Gold Service Cabin travelling from Adelaide to Darwin
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Immersive off train experiences in Marla, Alice Springs, and Katherine
  • Cruise the Nitmiluk Gorge, learn more about Katherine’s ancient Indigenous rock paintings, or discover authentic outback life on a cattle station

*Hotel is subject to availability at the time of booking and may change. Surcharges may be applicable for alternative hotels


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Gold Twin cabin on the Ghan by day

The Ghan - Gold Service:

Spend hours deep in conversation with a travelling partner or lose yourself in a lifetime of thoughts. And after a day of off-train activities, your cabin provides the perfect place to relax and recharge before heading for the lounge or dining carriage. You’ll enjoy private cabin accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating Off Train Excursions at key stops.

  • For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage

Sapphire Princess

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa.

Travel dates


22 Feb - 04 Mar 2021

Twin Share Package Prices:

  • Interior - from $3,955 per person
  • Outside - from $4,105 per person
  • Balcony - from $4,155 per person
  • Mini-suites - from $4,455 per person

Package prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to change at the time of booking based on availability.

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your place now!



Day 1 - Set sail from Melbourne this afternoon at 5pm.

Day 2 - Enjoy the day at sea

Day 3 - Today the ship will be dock in port Lincoln from 8am to 6pm.

Day 4 - A water shuttle is required today to access Kangaroo Island from the ship. The ship will be anchored from 7am to 6pm.

Day 5 - The ship will arrive in Adelaide at 7am. Upon disembarking you will be transferred to your Adelaide hotel.

Day 6 - Enjoy the day at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Ask your travel consultant about adding in a day tour of the Adelaide Hills.

Day 7 - This morning you will be transferred to the railway station to board The Ghan. Departing Adelaide, what lies ahead is rugged, beautiful and spectacular – through the Red Centre to the tropical north of Australia. Settle into your cabin and watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia from your window, or meet your fellow travellers in the lounge car. Before long some of the oldest rock formations in the world, the Flinders Ranges, come into view. As darkness envelops the rugged outback, it’s time to indulge in a regionally-inspired dinner and all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

Day 8 - Begin with a freshly brewed coffee or juice as the day dawns at Marla, an outback outpost in the remote reaches of South Australia. It is here, deep inland, that you will enjoy a one of a kind experience, as you watch the desert come to life at sunrise. All aboard for brunch as you make your way through the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs where a choice of Off Train Excursions awaits. Alice is an iconic Red Centre outpost. 1,500 kilometres from the nearest major city, it may be remote, but offers plenty to explore – home to doctors who fly, rivers that run dry, and a cast of colourful characters. Your time in the ‘capital out of the outback’ offers numerous opportunities to explore its historic legacy and unique environment.

Day 9 - Your day dawns in the tropical north. The pristine wilderness of Katherine is stirring and powerful, and you’ll have the chance to explore it from the water or land with your choice of off train experiences. Cruise the jaw-dropping Nitmiluk Gorge, learn more about its ancient Indigenous rock paintings and gain insight into the culture of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, or discover authentic outback life on a cattle station.  As evening falls, you will arrive in Darwin and be transferred to your hotel.

Day 10 - Enjoy the day a leisure today in Darwin. If you want to experience the iconic Top End we recommend booking a day tour to see the Jumping Crocs!

Day 11 - Today we have included a airport transfer for your homeward journey.


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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Package is Land Only. Prices are correct as at 09 June 2020 & are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices are per person based on twin share. Package price is based on travel dates specified. All product is subject to availability and may be withdrawn or varied without notice.