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South Australia, Ghan and the Top End

11 Days  |  Departing Thursday 30th April 2020 and returning Sunday 10th May 2020

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What a way to see your own backyard!

Highlights

Adelaide Oval & Bradman Museum
Adelaide City of Churches Highlights Tour
Menglers Hill Lookout & Barossa Sculpture Park
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
Seppeltsfield Wines
Chateau Barossa
St. Peters Cathedral
German Village of Hahndorf
Cedars, Home of Hans Heysen
3 Day Legendary Ghan Rail Experience - Gold Class - Adelaide to Darwin
Off Train Experiences in Alice Springs & Katherine
Darwin Highlights Tour
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Darwin East Point Military Museum
Crocosaurus Cove
Adelaide River War Cemetery - Pine Creek
Kakadu National Park - Warradjan Cultural Centre
Yellow Water Sunset Cruise
Nourlangie Rock 
Bowali Visitor Centre
East Alligator River - Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
Windows on the Wetland
Jumping Crocodiles Cruise
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Darwin Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise 
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Inclusions

Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one!
Return economy flights: Melbourne to Adelaide, Darwin to Melbourne including taxes and luggage (other departure cities available upon request)
8 Nights quality hotel accommodation
3 Day Ghan Rail Journey - Adelaide - Darwin in Gold Class
Luxury coach travel whilst touring
Breakfast, lunch & dinner as per Itinerary 
All entry fees, attractions & guides as per itinerary
Meet and Greet subject to minimum numbers attending
Willing to Share Option

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 30 April 2020

Melbourne - Adelaide (L,D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Your tour hostess and fellow travellers will meet you at the Melbourne Airport for our flight to Adelaide.  Upon arrival into Adelaide we are met by our local coach captain and travel into the heart of Adelaide to the Adelaide Oval for lunch. We then meet up with our expert guide and venture behind the scenes to discover hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments in the sporting, musical and civic history of this world famous arena. Our tour also includes the famed Bradman Museum where we will learn about Australia’s greatest ever cricketer. After leaving the oval we travel through the “City of Churches” taking in the iconic building, parks and gardens that the city is renowned for. Late afternoon we check into our hotel before dinner.

Overnight Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Day 2 - Friday 1 May 2020

Barossa Valley (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast we travel up into the Barossa Valley wine region, our first stop is the Menglers Hill Lookout and Barossa Sculpture Park. See sweeping, 180 degree views of famed wineries and fields that make up the region’s stunning landscape. The park hosts a number of distinctive abstract art pieces that have been sculpted by a number of renowned artists at a duo of symposiums. Next is the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company where we can watch the team of chocolatiers making the artisan, homemade chocolate and experience a chocolate and wine pairing carefully curated by the cellar door and chocolatier teams. For lunch we visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and Eatery, talent chef Tim Bourke creates a daily menu that we enjoy on the deck (weather permitting). Visit the Farm Shop and browse the exclusive items before we depart for the historic Seppeltsfield Wines and enjoy a heritage tour and tastings. Our tour includes a behind-the-scenes look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings and spectacular surroundings. Learn of the Seppelt family history and their profound influence on the Australian wine industry. This afternoon we visit the magnificent Chateau Barossa, showcasing the Antique Museum containing a private collection of antique furniture and Meissen porcelain, considered one of the most valuable and important in the world. Later we return to our accommodation for a rest before dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Overnight Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Day 3 - Saturday 2 May 2020

Hahndorf (B,D)

This morning we visit St. Peters Cathedral to experience a guided tour of the church. Completed in 1904 after the foundation stone was laid in 1869, the Towers and Spires were built and consecrated in 1902 and have the heaviest and finest bells in the Southern Hemisphere. A major feature is the fascinating stain glass windows within the Cathedral, each with their own story. Next we visit the Historic German Village of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German village with many original buildings housing interesting German and Australian History. We take time to stroll along the main street with its numerous craft and souvenir shops and cafes to purchase lunch. This afternoon we visit the Cedars, home of Hans Heysen where we enjoy a tour through the untouched family home and studio of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. His inspiration stemmed from the Adelaide Hills area and the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges. Our last stop of the day is the Mount Lofty Lookout, providing us with amazing panoramic views across the city of Adelaide and its seaside suburbs. We return to our accommodation to refresh before dinner at the Mayflower Restaurant.

Overnight Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Day 4 - Sunday 3 May 2020

Adelaide - Alice Springs (B,L,D)

We enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before we checkout and transfer to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal to board The Legendary Ghan for our 12.15pm departure. On our rail journey we experience one of the most fascinating and great train journeys of the world where it takes us on an ultimate journey through the heart of the Australian continent. 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.

Overnight The Ghan: Gold Service

Day 5 - Monday 4 May 2020

Alice Springs (B)

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, we’ll arrive into Alice Springs in the early afternoon at approx 1.45pm. We will have time in Alice to experience one of the optional off train tours at own cost. Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park, join the Alice Explorer, do the "Discovery Walk" at Simpson’s Gap, take a scenic flight, ride a camel or just spend your free time down the mall. Later this afternoon we are back on The Legendary Ghan for our 6.15pm departure for Katherine and Darwin.

Overnight The Ghan: Gold Service

Day 6 - Tuesday 5 May 2020

Katherine - Darwin (B,L,D)

Welcome to Katherine! Upon reaching the Northern Territory we'll enjoy another full breakfast before leaving the train for a day of cultural delights. Endless options with our optional off train experiences await in Katherine (own cost). Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River gazing in wonder at towering sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, gain an insight into the culture and ways of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people, with an exclusive cultural experience. Spend the day with the Aboriginal people, sharing their culture, learning their ways and trying some of the skills developed over thousands of years. Activities include basket weaving; spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and learning the Didgeridoo. We can also choose to upgrade our excursion with a helicopter or scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks where aside from magnificent views, we may witness ‘Bolung’, the rainbow serpent who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge. A late lunch awaits back on board then kick back, and savour the last few hours of this epic journey. We arrive into Darwin at 5.30pm where we disembark The Ghan and transfer to our hotel for check in and dinner. 

Overnight Darwin: Double Tree By Hilton Darwin

Day 7 - Wednesday 6 May 2020

Darwin (B,D)

This morning we take in a leisurely highlights tour of Darwin, followed by a visit to the Cyclone Tracy Gallery, along with “Sweetheart” the crocodile and changing history of the Northern Territory all housed in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. We then visit the Darwin East Point Military Museum housed in its original concrete bunker. On display is a fascinating array of weapons, photographs and equipment used by the men and women of the day as well as a short film of the dramatic footage of the Japanese bombing on Darwin harbour. Next is Crocosaurus Cove where we can see an ‘up close and personal’ view of the massive Saltwater crocodiles, watch them feed and visit the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles! For those daring, enter the Cage of Death and come face to face with a 5m long Saltwater crocodile! (Must be booked, additional cost) Dinner tonight is at our hotel.

Overnight Darwin: Double Tree By Hilton Darwin

Day 8 - Thursday 7 May 2020

Darwin - Yellow Waters (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast we depart Darwin and make our way into Adelaide River to view the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the most visited war cemetery in Australia. During the Second World War, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base and the war cemetery was created especially for the burial of servicemen who died in this part of Australia. The cemetery now contains 435 Commonwealth burials of service men and women. We continue into Pine Creek, stopping for a refreshment at Mayse’s Cafe. Pine Creek is full of colourful characters and the Cafe is no exception, filled with decor inspired by 1950’s American diners, walls adorned with pictures of classic Hollywood glamour and the shirt Leonard De Caprio wore in Romeo and Juliet, this charming pit-stop also serves delicious mango smoothies. We enjoy lunch in Pine Creek before visiting the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where the displays include artefacts that illustrate the stories that the traditional owners wish to share with us. The Centre mixes contemporary techniques – such as videos – to cover various subjects, ranging from personal histories to bush tucker. Following this we enjoy the world renowned Yellow Water Sunset Cruise where crocodiles, birds and occasionally wild horses are seen amongst paperbark forests, pandanus, freshwater mangroves and exotic tropical trees. After our cruise we check-in to our accommodation then gather for dinner in this unique setting beside Yellow Water Billabong. 

Overnight Cooinda: Gagudju Lodge

Day 9 - Friday 8 May 2020

Kakadu National Park - Jabiru (B,L,D)

Today after breakfast we visit Nourlangie Rock where we witness ancient aboriginal rock art and also enjoy the scenic lookouts. Next we inspect the Bowali Visitors Centre to learn about the habitat of Kakadu in a walk-through informative display featuring the plants, animals and landscapes we’ll see in the park. Inside is also the Anmak An-me Cafe and Marrawuddi Gallery. We then travel up to Jabiru, stopping to enjoy lunch at the unique, Crocodile Hotel. We continue to the East Alligator River to experience our Guluyambi Cultural Cruise. On board, an Aboriginal guide provides us with an insight into their culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals as well as bush survival skills. After our cruise we return to the Crocodile Hotel and check-in. Dinner tonight is in the hotel restaurant.

Overnight Jabiru: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

Day 10 - Saturday 9 May 2020

Jabiru - Adelaide River - Darwin (B,L,D)

This morning we enjoy an early breakfast before departing for Adelaide River to visit the Window on the Wetlands Visitors Centre, offering an overview of the wetlands through a series of interactive displays. Next we view the Jumping Crocodiles as we board the double decked cruising vessel for a wildlife cruise with a difference. The Adelaide River is home to an array of Top End wildlife including magpie geese, brolgas, kites and kingfishers along with the rivers most famous residents, the fearsome saltwater crocodiles. The cruise takes us to a feeding ground where we witness the giant crocodiles leaping out of the water using their tails for propulsion, often getting all four legs clear of the waters surface, a sight one will never forget. After our cruise we enjoy lunch in the café then make our way to the gigantic 1700ha Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve to see the prolific birdlife as we walk along the boardwalks between observation platforms. This afternoon we return to Darwin and check-in to our accommodation for a quick refresh. Tonight we enjoy a wonderful Sunset Dinner Cruise on the waters of the Darwin Harbour providing a wonderful finale to our tour.

Overnight Darwin: Double Tree By Hilton Darwin

Day 11 - Sunday 10 May 2020

Darwin - Home (B)

Today we say goodbye to the Top End and begin our journey home.  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.

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