14 Days, 12 Nights


Tropical Reef, Outback & Ghan Train Tour

Experience unique highlights of Australia’s wonders: Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and the iconic Ghan train journey.

Booking Code: AA-31088

Embark on a unique journey with our Tropical Reef, Uluru & Ghan Train Tour. This two week Australia vacation package is tailored for curious travelers eager to explore the iconic landmarks that define Australia. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a cultural aficionado, or simply seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this trip promises to exceed your expectations.

You’ll travel from the vibrant underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef to the awe-inspiring majesty of Uluru, and the cosmopolitan charm of Sydney. You’ll delve into the heart of the Outback aboard the legendary Ghan train, witnessing breathtaking vistas unfold before your eyes.

Tropical Reef, Outback & Ghan Train Tour

Tropical Reef, Outback and Ghan Train Tour Map

Day 1: International Flight to Sydney
Days 2 – 5: Cairns
Days 5 – 7: Darwin
Days 7 – 8: 1 Night Aboard the Ghan Train
Days 8 – 9: Alice Springs
Days 9 – 11: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Days 11 – 14: Sydney
Day 14: International Flight from Sydney

Tropical Reef, Outback and Ghan Train Tour Map
Tropical Reef, Outback & Ghan Train Tour

What’s included in your
Tropical Reef, Outback & Ghan Train Tour


Cairns (3 Nights), Darwin (2), Ghan (1), Alice Springs (1), Uluru (2), Sydney (3)


International – Los Angeles to Sydney (Return)
Australian Domestic – Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Darwin, Uluru to Sydney


Private – Darwin Airport to Accommodation, Alice Springs Train Station to Accommodation, Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
Shuttle – Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Uluru Accommodation to Airport

Day Tours

Cairns – Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Adventure
Darwin – Kakadu National Park Explorer Tour
Alice Springs – Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Uluru
Uluru – Sounds of Silence Dinner Star Gazing, Uluru Sunset & Sunrise Tour
Sydney – Guided Sydney Opera House Tour, Hop-on-Hop-off Sydney Harbour Cruise

Overnight Tours

1 Night Aboard the Ghan, Darwin to Alice Springs

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International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney

The estimated cost for this Tropical Reef, Outback & Ghan Train Tour package includes the average price of international airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. Your flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in Australia. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to Australia, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

Relax on the plane with an evening meal and your choice of entertainment, knowing that a delicious breakfast awaits you before landing in Sydney.

DAYS 2 – 5

Cairns – Experience Tropical Aussie Adventures

Cairns Esplanade

Upon arrival in Sydney, hop on a domestic flight to Cairns, the gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. From there, a convenient shuttle will whisk you away to your cozy accommodation where you’ll spend three nights indulging in comfort and style. Your 4-star Cairns hotel is a tropical haven boasting amenities like free Wi-Fi, a refreshing swimming pool, and a welcoming restaurant and bar.

Get ready for adventure as you start a full-day tour to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the kaleidoscope of coral formations that make up the Great Barrier Reef, from intricate brain corals to towering staghorn corals. Marvel at the sheer diversity of shapes, sizes, and colors that create a mesmerizing underwater tapestry. Swim alongside majestic sea turtles, graceful manta rays, and schools of tropical fish in this breathtaking natural wonder.

After your reef adventure, enjoy a free day to discover Cairns at your leisure. Explore the bustling Esplanade, immerse yourself in the region’s rich natural beauty, or simply unwind and soak up the laid-back atmosphere.

You might like to hop on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and journey through the rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda. Explore the vibrant markets offering unique handmade crafts, jewelry, and delicious local produce. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for breathtaking views as you glide above the treetops. Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with koalas, kangaroos, and other native wildlife at the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld.

Or you may embark on an adventure to the ancient rainforests of the Daintree, one of the oldest surviving rainforests on the planet. Take a guided walk through the lush greenery, discovering rare plant species and hearing the calls of exotic birds.

With its perfect blend of tropical wonders and vibrant culture, Cairns promises an unforgettable vacation filled with excitement, relaxation, and cherished memories.

Cairns Esplanade
Couple snorkeling with turtle

Tourism & Events Queensland

Darwin Aerial

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

Darwin Exploring City

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

DAYS 5 – 7

Darwin – Discover Kakadu National Park

Darwin Aerial

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

Get ready for another day of adventure as you bid farewell to Cairns and head to Darwin, where tropical Outback excitement awaits! A shuttle transfer will take you from your Cairns hotel to the airport. Board your domestic flight from Cairns to Darwin. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation, ensuring a seamless transition to your next destination.

Your home-away-from-home in Darwin is a modern 4-star hotel nestled in the heart of the action, boasting a prime waterfront location. With its well-appointed rooms and a plethora of amenities including free Wi-Fi and a gym, you’ll be perfectly situated to explore all that Darwin has to offer.

For the next two nights, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Darwin’s seafront promenade. Whether you’re indulging in delicious cuisine at local favorites like Il Lido or Wharf One, or exploring the nearby Darwin Waterfront Lagoon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Then join a a full-day tour to Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its diverse landscapes, incredible wildlife, and rich Aboriginal heritage, this iconic site promises a day of amazing experiences.

Step back in time and admire the ancient rock art sites scattered throughout Kakadu. Marvel at the intricate artwork that showcases the rich cultural history of the region’s indigenous people. Your tour guide will offer insight into the stories behind these fascinating creations and their significance.

With over 280 species of birds, you’ll be amazed by the colorful plumage and melodic calls that fill the air. Keep an eye out as you glide along the waters of the famous Yellow Water billabong. Explore the park’s stunning wetlands and spot crocodiles along the way.

With a comprehensive commentary, delicious lunch, and entry fees included, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a camera to capture the unforgettable moments. So, lace up your walking shoes, don your hat and sunscreen, and get ready for an epic day of exploration in one of Australia’s most iconic national parks!

DAYS 7 – 8

The Ghan – Legendary Train Journey

Ghan Cabin View

Photo Credit: Journey Beyond Rail

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as you embark on a legendary train experience aboard The Ghan! Your journey begins with a taxi or ride-share transfer from your Darwin accommodation to the Ghan Train Station.

Choose from popular rideshare options like Uber, Ola, DiDi, or Shebah to ensure a convenient and hassle-free journey to the station.

Once you arrive at the train station, prepare to be whisked away on a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the heart of the Australian Outback.

Over the next two days, you’ll traverse the vast landscapes of the Northern Territory aboard The Ghan, soaking in breathtaking views of the iconic MacDonnell Ranges and the Red Centre. Marvel at the rich history and natural beauty of this legendary route, which has captivated travelers since its inaugural journey in 1929.

While the ever-changing landscapes provide a visual feast, the onboard experience aboard the Ghan is equally impressive. The train offers a range of comfortable and well-appointed accommodations, including private cabins with ensuite bathrooms and spacious communal lounges.

The elegant Queen Adelaide dining carriage serves up gourmet meals prepared by top-notch chefs, showcasing the finest regional produce and accompanied by a selection of premium Australian wines.

One of the highlights of the Ghan journey is the opportunity to explore the charming outback towns along the way. Stops are made in Katherine, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the unique attractions of these remote communities.

In Katherine, a visit to the Nitmiluk National Park is a must. Here, you will cruise along the majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, marveling at towering sandstone cliffs and cascading waterfalls. The town itself also offers a chance to learn about the Indigenous heritage of the region through captivating cultural experiences.

Prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of the Australian Outback as you embark on this iconic train journey aboard The Ghan. It’s an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

Ghan Cabin View

Photo Credit: Journey Beyond Rail

The Ghan Horizon

Photo Credit: Journey Beyond Rail

Alice Springs

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory Hannah Millerick

Alice Springs Royal

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

DAYS 8 – 9

Alice Springs – Where History Meets Outback Charm

Alice Springs

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory Hannah Millerick

Arrive in style and comfort as you’re chauffeured from the Alice Springs Ghan Station directly to your vacation accommodation, your home for one night. Travel hassle-free by private car, ensuring a smooth transition to your cozy retreat in the heart of Alice Springs.

Conveniently located just a short drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown, your accommodation offers easy access to top attractions including Simpsons Gap, Desert Park, and Anzac Hill.

Then, embark on a deluxe coach tour from Alice Springs to Uluru, traversing the stunning landscapes of Australia’s Red Outback. Sit back, relax, and take in the informative commentary from your friendly driver as you journey through this remote country, learning about its natural history, Aboriginal culture, and unique flora and fauna along the way.

Arrive at Ayers Rock Resort feeling rested and rejuvenated, ready to explore the wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. With pickup from your Alice Springs hotel and informative commentary included, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a few essentials like sunscreen and a water bottle. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Australia’s outback!

DAYS 9 – 11

Uluru – See Australia’s Iconic Red Rock

Ayers Rock Pink Sky

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory - Jack Morris

Get ready for a truly memorable stay as you settle into your accommodation in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre for two exciting nights!

Your 4 Star vacation retreat offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. Relax on your private balcony or courtyard, or take a dip in the refreshing pool while sipping cocktails.

Prepare for an extraordinary evening at the Sounds of Silence Dinner Star Gazing event. Enjoy canapes and chilled sparkling wine as you overlook the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from a dune-top. Delight in a bush tucker inspired buffet under the twinkling outback sky, accompanied by the sound of a didgeridoo. Learn about the southern night sky from a resident star-talker and enjoy a guided tour before returning to your accommodation.

Then begin a captivating tour to witness the stunning Uluru sunrise and sunset. Experience the majesty of Talinguru Nyakunytjaku at sunrise, followed by a guided walk through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta. In the afternoon, explore the base of Uluru, view ancient paintings, and enjoy Australian wines and nibbles at the sunset viewing area.

With informative commentary, convenient transfers, and unforgettable experiences included, your time in Uluru promises to be nothing short of extraordinary!

Ayers Rock Pink Sky

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory - Jack Morris

Couple on a hike

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Sydney Harbor Aerial
Luna Park

Photo Credit: No Credit

DAYS 11 – 14

Sydney – Urban Sophistication & Coastal Charm

Sydney Harbor Aerial

Get ready for a smooth transition from the breathtaking landscapes of Uluru to the vibrant streets of Sydney! Hop on a domestic flight and soar across Australia’s vast beauty to reach the iconic city.

Upon landing in Sydney, indulge in the luxury of a private transfer from the airport straight to your accommodation. Relax as a chauffeur guides you through the city, ensuring a stress-free start to your Sydney adventure.

Settle into your stylish 4-star accommodation nestled in the heart of Sydney. With its modern design, plush amenities, and convenient location, your hotel promises a comfortable and memorable stay.

Dive into Sydney’s cultural scene with a guided tour of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Marvel at its architectural brilliance and learn about its fascinating history while exploring its enchanting halls and theaters.

Then experience a scenic adventure with a hop-on hop-off ferry pass, granting you unlimited access to Sydney Harbour’s iconic landmarks. From Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, soak in the sights and sounds of this vibrant harbor city at your own pace.

With a free day to explore Sydney, the possibilities are endless! Wander through Darling Harbour’s shops and restaurants, hop on a ferry to Taronga Park Zoo, or soak up the sun at Manly Beach.

You may like to get up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas, and even Tasmanian devils at Taronga Zoo. For a truly unique experience, embark on the Wild Australia Experience, where you can hand-feed kangaroos and cuddle koalas.

Or step back in time and visit The Rocks, Sydney’s historic neighborhood nestled beneath the Harbour Bridge. Wander through cobbled streets, explore unique boutiques, and indulge in delicious food and drinks at the local pubs and restaurants. While you’re here, be sure to drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art for a dose of artistic inspiration.

Sydney is a treasure trove of art and culture. Take a trip to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, home to an extensive collection of Australian and international artworks. History enthusiasts will love exploring the Australian Museum, where you can learn about the country’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

DAY 14

International Flight from Sydney

Conclude your Sydney adventure with a seamless private transfer from your accommodation to the airport, then get on an international flight from Sydney to Los Angeles!

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