Alice Springs

SIMPSONS GAP DISCOVERY WALK

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.

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. If temperatures are forecasted to be 40 degrees or above, this experience will not go ahead.

DESERT PARK

INCLUDED IN FARE*

Join your experienced guide for an exclusive guided walking tour to unravel ancient cultural stories, the science behind the region’s breathtaking 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.

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.

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

*Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

ALICE EXPLORER

INCLUDED IN FARE*

Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base to learn about the vital medical care the service provides to thousands of Australians living in Outback Australia.

Get up close and personal with the reptiles of the Australian Outback at the Reptile Centre, where you will meet Terry the Saltwater Crocodile and a range of other scaly friends such as goannas, frill-neck lizards and thorny devils. Tour times will be explained to you by your Hospitality Attendant.

Travel by coach to the historical precinct of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Here you’ll learn about day to day life of the first European settlement in Alice Springs and how the station played a pivotal role in bridging the isolation and communication gap between remote Australian towns. Established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, it is the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line.

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

*Inclusive for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs are required to pay $100 per person.

PYNDAN CAMEL TRACKS

Optional Upgrade - $80 per person (limited availability)

Pyndan Camel Tracks is the only camel tour operator in Alice Springs.

Take a camel ride against the backdrop of the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges, a signature Red Centre experience. Located just 15 minutes from Alice Springs in a picturesque valley, take a one-hour ride on these gentle camels to see unique Australian animals like kangaroos, birds and other native wildlife as you experience the true beauty of the Red Centre. Feel the magic and serenity as you settle into a peaceful ride aboard the ‘ships of the desert’, the same mode of transport used by our outback pioneers.

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – must be able to climb aboard the camel.

 

SPIRIT OF MT. GILLEN HELICOPTER FLIGHT

OPTIONAL UPGRADE - $225 per person (limited availability)*

Early explorers trekked on foot across harsh desert to find magnificent landscapes that are now ingrained in Australian history and culture. Fast forward hundreds of years and today’s explorers enjoy these same landscapes with a touch more comfort and a bird’s eye view.

Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs, where you have the opportunity to sit back and relax around the pool area with a drink while waiting for your helicopter flight. The helicopter flight will take you up and over Alice Springs to experience amazing views of Simpson’s Gap – one of the most prominent water holes in the region – Mt. Gillen Ridgeline and the Larapinta Trail.

It’s only from the air that you’ll experience the sheer magnitude of this ancient and timeless land. Absorb the spirit of the Outback as your pilot reveals its mystery through detailed commentary.

Don’t forget your camera to capture memories of these unique and unforgettable landscapes that will last forever. After your flight, enjoy a swim in the pool or the hotel facilities while you wait for your transfer back to Alice Springs Rail Terminal. This really feels like a touch of luxury in the centre of Australia.

As this experience is an optional upgrade, a cost of $225 per person 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: Low – must be able to climb aboard the helicopter.

PLEASE NOTE: Weight restrictions of 130kg per person do apply.

*Optional upgrade only for Platinum and Gold Service guests travelling the entire journey. This upgrade is not available to Platinum and Gold Service guests leaving The Ghan in Alice Springs.