Outback to Ocean: The Ghan & Kimberley Cruise

14 nights | Adelaide to Broome | Train & Cruise

Deal Details

Travel Dates

29 Jun 2025

Priced From

$16,919 per person

Embark on an extraordinary journey that seamlessly blends the iconic Australian Outback Rail adventure aboard The Ghan with a captivating Kimberley cruise aboard PONANT's luxurious Le Soleal. This unparalleled experience promises to take you on a voyage of discovery through some of Australia's most remote and awe-inspiring landscapes.

As you board The Ghan in Alice Springs, you'll be transported through the heart of the Australian Outback, where endless red deserts stretch out to meet the horizon. Witness the stark beauty of this ancient land from the comfort of your train carriage as you traverse vast plains and rugged terrain, passing by iconic landmarks like Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Arriving at the northern coast, you'll embark on Le Soleal for the next leg of your adventure. Set sail along the pristine waters of the Kimberley, a region renowned for its dramatic landscapes, towering cliffs, and cascading waterfalls. Explore secluded bays and hidden gorges, where ancient rock formations tell the story of millions of years of geological history.

Throughout your journey, expert guides will accompany you, offering insights into the rich cultural heritage and natural wonders of the Kimberley. From thrilling Zodiac excursions to leisurely walks ashore, you'll have ample opportunities to immerse yourself in this untouched wilderness and encounter its unique wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, wallabies, and an array of bird species.

As the sun sets over the horizon, enjoy evenings onboard Le Soleal, where gourmet dining, world-class entertainment, and luxurious accommodations await. Whether you're savouring a sumptuous meal prepared by talented chefs, attending captivating lectures by knowledgeable experts, or simply relaxing on deck with a glass of wine, each moment promises to be a highlight of your unforgettable journey through the Kimberley.


Day 1
Board The Ghan in Adelaide
Day 2
The Ghan and Alice Springs
Day 3
The Ghan, Katherine and Darwin
Day 4
Board Le Soleal in Darwin
Day 5
King George River
Day 6
Vansittart Bay
Day 7
Ashmore Reef (Technical Stop)
Day 8
Careening Bay
Day 9
Swift Bay
Day 10
Hunter River
Day 11
Collier Bay
Day 12
Horizontal Falls
Day 13
Lacepede Islands
Day 14
Day 15

Your Cruise & Train Package Includes

  • 2-night rail journey aboard The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin in a Gold Premium twin cabin including all meals and beverages onboard 

  • Transfer from Darwin Rail Terminal to Darwin Hotel 

  • 1 night in Darwin at Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin or similar 

  • Transfer from Darwin hotel to Darwin cruise terminal 

  • 10-night Kimberley expedition cruise from Darwin to Broome aboard PONANT's Le Soleal in a Prestige Stateroom including meals and prepaid gratuities 

  • Transfer from ship to Broome Hotel 

  • 1 night in Broome at Oaks Cable Beach Resort or similar 

  • Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches & 12 Dinners

Activities & Attractions

JBRE The Ghan Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge NT 173 scaled 1

Your Train & Cruise Package also includes the following Activities and Attractions:

The Ghan

  • Off train experiences in: Marla, Alice Springs & Katherine
  • Witness spectacular outback landscapes as you travel.
  • Visit the impressive natural wonder of Nitmiluk Gorge

Ponant Cruise

  • Discover ancient landscapes and rock art in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley,
  • Get up close to King George twin falls
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments and spot Crocodiles
  • See the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world on Jar Island
  • Take a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls (additional cost)
  • View the effects of unique tidal phenomena at Horizontal Falls 


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Board The Ghan in Adelaide
Board The Ghan in Adelaide for an impressive journey showcasing spectacular inland Australia. As the train leaves the city heading for the Flinders Ranges and beyond, the dramatic changes in landscape will ignite your imagination over the next two days. (L,D)

Overnight: 2 nights The Ghan

Day 2: The Ghan and Alice Springs 
After your first night enjoying the fine dining and relaxed comfort of this iconic train, you’ll wake to an unforgettable
outback sunrise at Marla – a remote outpost 160 kilometres from the Northern Territory border that marks the start of the Oodnadatta Track. After breakfast in Marla, board The Ghan and head onwards to Alice Springs watching the colours of the outback change before your eyes. As the train pulls into Alice Springs, prepare for a day of immersive Off Train Experiences that’ll showcase the best of the red centre. (B,L,D)

Day 3: The Ghan, Katherine and Darwin 
When the landscape transforms into rocky gorges and fastflowing canyon streams, prepare to experience one of the Top End’s most impressive natural wonders, Nitmiluk Gorge. Continue to Darwin, where you’ll disembark The Ghan and be transferred to your overnight accommodation. After checking in, you may wish to explore the Waterfront Precinct with its many restaurants and bars. (B,L)

Overnight: 1 night Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront or similar

Day 4: Board Le Soleal in Darwin
This morning is yours to explore Darwin at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transferred from your accommodation to the Port of Darwin to board Le Soleal for your Kimberley cruising. Settle into your elegant cabin, make yourself comfortable, enjoy dinner and perhaps have a nightcap at the Blue Eye, a multisensorial underwater lounge. (B,D)

Overnight: 10 nights onboard Le Soleal

Day 5: King George River 
The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying  degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures change with the light creating a continually changing vista that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls, the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley. Your Expedition Team will escort you to the foot of the twin falls and explain the stunning geological
formations of the canyon. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vansittart Bay
Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Gwion Gwion art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depictions of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Ashmore Reef (Technical Stop)
Located 600 kilometres north of Broome, on the edge of the continental shelf, Ashmore Reef consists of 3 low-lying tropical islands surrounded by coral reef. The islands have a combined land area of approximately 54 hectares and are a designated important bird area (IBA). Visitation to Ashmore Reef and Islands is strictly controlled and most of the reef is designated as a sanctuary zone where access is prohibited. Our visit to Ashmore Reef is required to ensure we comply with Australian government regulations. Should weather, sea and tide conditions permit, there may be an opportunity for guests to undertake a Zodiac tour of the vicinity of West Island. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Careening Bay 
Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, the HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. At high tide, on a warm September afternoon, King ran the leaking HMC Mermaid onto the sands. As the crew worked hard to refloat the vessel, the ship's carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The boab tree is now three metres wide and National Heritage listed. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Swift Bay
The Bonaparte Archipelago consists of a rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 kilometres along Western Australia's coast. Its remote location has ensured it remains a remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Hunter River
Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with pockets of ancient rainforest, pristine mangroves, and mosaic sandstone cliffs. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the saltwater crocodile. The Expedition Team will share their knowledge as you explore by Zodiac, keeping a lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach (additional
cost). (B,L,D)

Day 11: Collier Bay
Lying to the east of the Buccaneer Archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by massive tidal movements, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, this movement of water creates a unique phenomena. Nestled in the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Horizontal Falls 
At the southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient rock art galleries. Activities here will be determined by the weather and tide conditions. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Lacepede Islands 
The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world and up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here, amongst the plethora of other birdlife. Join your Expedition Team for a guided
Zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Broome
The town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. This is where your Kimberley cruising will come to an end. Early this morning, Le Soleal will dock in the Port of Broome, where you will disembark and be transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Visit the fascinating Chinatown district; which is the historic city centre, and the Japanese Cemetery, dating back to 1896, with a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. (B)

Overnight: 1 night Oaks Cable Beach Resort

Day 15: Farewell
Take in any last-minute sights in and around Broome as your rail and sail adventure concludes and you leave with memories to last a lifetime. (B)

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