Alice Springs

ALICE EXPLORER AND OUTBACK BBQ DINNER

INCLUDED IN FARE

Travel to the world’s largest classroom, The School of the Air, covering more than 1.3 million square kilometres. Alice Springs School of the Air was established in 1951 and is still in operation today. It was the first to use two-way radio broadcasts to help with the education of students in remote areas who were unable to attend face-to-face lessons. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness a class first hand.

You’ll then visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base to learn about the vital medical care the service provides to thousands living in Outback Australia.

Visit the Reptile Centre, home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia with more than 100 reptiles exhibited. Terry the Saltwater Crocodile’s exhibit features underwater viewing enabling you to get up close to this mighty predator.

Capture a stunning photograph of Alice Springs atop ANZAC Hill before returning to The Ghan to freshen up prior to dinner.

Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – coach tour with short walks required.

ALICE TO OFF ROAD AND OUTBACK BBQ DINNER

INCLUDED IN FARE (limited availability)

The trail winds itself in and around the famous dry Todd River, as you experience up close some of the most breathtaking countryside. Your tour will take you along the Ilentye trail an Indigenous word, pronounced eeLINDGE, meaning Galah. This area of National Park is home to many wild galahs distinguishable by their pink colouring, often seen feeding in small flocks.

After a leisurely cycle on the ochre coloured dirt, your Tour Guide will lead you to a picturesque spot in the sandy river, where you will take time to dig for water and soak in this amazing landscape. Photography and relaxing is definitely encouraged! Your bike ride resumes along the Ilentye trail that runs parallel to the unique rugged terrain that is home to many black-footed rock wallabies, often spotted moving over the rocks. Ghost Gum trees line the trail and provide a stark contrast to the blue sky and red landscape.

This cycling tour provides an active and hands on way to tour Alice Springs, learning about the history of the town, its geological formations as well as immersing yourself in the captivating landscape. After you have completed your mountain bike ride, enjoy lunch at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Transfer back to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station in the evening for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouthwatering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.

Recommended Fitness Level: High – mountain bike ride approximately 12 kilometres across sandy bike paths. Enclosed footwear and comfortable clothing recommended.

DESERT PARK AND OUTBACK BBQ DINNER

INCLUDED IN FARE

Join your experienced guide for an exclusive guided walking tour to unravel ancient cultural stories, the science behind the region’s breath-taking landscapes, mysterious animal life and geological marvels. Your exclusive guided walking tour takes you through tall river red gums, enduring Spinifex or vibrant wildflowers for an unforgettable close-up exploration of outback flora and fauna.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch during your time in the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Step inside the Nocturnal House to discover the mysterious lives of desert animals of the night including the iconic bilby and mala. Watch closely as these animals go about their natural interaction and foraging for food.

As a guest travelling on The Ghan there is a front row seat reserved for you at the spectacular free flight bird show. After the show your back stage pass allows you to get up close and personal with the birds and trainers during a private training session.

See the resident dingoes before viewing a film on desert evolution on the big screen or alternatively take time to enjoy some retail therapy in the gift shop.

Return to The Ghan to freshen up prior to dinner.

Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low to moderate – guided walking tour, approximately 2 kilometres of walking. Mobility scooters available on request from Hospitality Attendant when booking.

SIMPSONS GAP DISCOVERY WALK AND OUTBACK BBQ DINNER

INCLUDED IN FARE (limited availability)

A magical location where important elements of flora, fauna and Indigenous culture all come together, the Simpsons Gap area incorporates large stands of Mulga and is a major stronghold for over 40 rare and relict plants.

Here you will enjoy walks that pass the native plants of the area including ancient Ghost Gums and views of the range.

Known as Rungutjirpa to the Indigenous, Simpsons Gap was the mythological home of a group of giant goanna ancestors. Several dreaming trails and stories cross at this important spiritual site.

Enjoy the serenity and peacefulness as you watch the walls glow from reflected sunlight, creating a breath-taking display of stark form and rich colour.

The Simpsons Gap walks are on a natural site. While every precaution has been taken to ensure the walk is safe for everyone, we do insist that all walkers are of high fitness, do wear appropriate footwear, carry a water bottle and wear a hat and sunscreen.

On completion of your guided walks, travel to the Alice Springs Desert Park for lunch and free time in this inspiring portrayal of Australia’s desert environment.

Return to The Ghan to freshen up prior to dinner.

Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.

Recommended Fitness Level: High – walking tour, approximately 4 kilometres of walking required.

PLEASE NOTE: Guests must wear long pants and enclosed shoes for this experience.

ULUṞU FIXED WING SCENIC FLIGHT AND OUTBACK BBQ DINNER

OPTIONAL UPGRADE - $1,359 (FROM 1 APRIL 2022) (limited availability)

You will fly just south of Pine Gap where the United States and Australian Joint Defence Space Research Facility is located before heading directly to Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Take in the spectacular outback scenery and vastness of Australia with a unique bird’s eye view.

On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, you will be met by your tour guide to commence your immersive experience of Uluṟu.

Rising out of the surrounding Central Australian desert, Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas) dominate the landscape. World Heritage-listed Uluṟu is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols and best known natural landmarks. The ancient monolith is impressive; Uluṟu is 348 metres above the plain, more than 860 metres above sea level and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres – that’s higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Chrysler Building in New York.

Here you will visit Mutitjula Waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral water snake. For centuries Mutitjula was an important campsite for Anangu at Uluṟu. On this walk, you will learn about Kuniya Tjukurpa – the great battle between Kuniya (woma python) and Liru (poisonous snake man).

Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling around the base of Uluṟu by vehicle. Hear cultural stories and environmental information from your local guide. Stop for the picture-perfect postcard photo – the one to make your friends jealous and to take pride of place on your mantelpiece.

On return to Ayers Rock Airport, board your aircraft and take to the skies again where you will fly closely around Uluṟu for a different perspective and see Kata Tjuṯa.

Kata Tjuṯa is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal tribe word meaning ‘many heads’. It is made up of 36 domes spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The tallest dome is Mount Olga and rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level. The ochre-coloured shapes are an intriguing and mesmerising sight.

Return to Alice Springs Airport and The Ghan to freshen up for dinner.

Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.

Please note weight restrictions do apply and vary depending on total weight of all passengers in the aircraft.

As this experience is an optional upgrade, a cost will be payable direct to your Hospitality Attendant. If you choose this experience, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Experiences.

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – must be able to climb aboard the aircraft and guided walks required.

To avoid disappointment we highly recommend guests pre-book this tour, for more information on how to pre-book please contact our team.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is subject to flight weather conditions and National Park access. Weight restrictions do apply and vary depending on total weight of all passengers in the aircraft.