Mildura Weekly : Friday April 22 Vol 10 No 24
12 MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016 Shop T66 Mildura Central, Cnr Deakin Ave & 15th St, Mildura email@example.com Contact us for further information and inclusions Helloworld Mildura (03) 5022 1555 ALL ON TRAIN MEALS, BEVERAGES AND OFF TRAIN EXPERIENCES INCLUDED DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S BEAUTY by Melissa Hassall *For new bookings from 22 March 2016 until 30 June 2016 for travel 01 December 2016 to 28 February 2017. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and may not be available on the first date requested. Blackout dates apply. Full payment for the Rail and Flight component is required within 14 days of booking. This fare is non transferable and non refundable. No amendments allowed. Advance Purchase fares must be booked a minimum of 6 months in advance of departure. Booking and credit card fees may apply. Not available with any other offer. Pricing based on Gold Service Twin Cabin Low Season Advance Purchase Fare with the second guest receiving 60% off the same fare type on the Indian Pacific, Perth to Adelaide or The Ghan, Darwin to Adelaide. For general terms and conditions contact Helloworld Mildura. ATAS No. A10891. Alice Springs Katherine Gorge PER PERSON PER PERSON GOLD SERVICE TWIN SHARE GOLD SERVICE TWIN SHARE FROM FROM INCLUDES: • Flight from Adelaide to Darwin • 3 nights accommodation at Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin • 2 Day Kakadu & East Alligator River tour • Transfer to Darwin rail terminal • 2 nights onboard The Ghan in a Gold Service Twin Cabin Darwin to Adelaide inclusive of all meals, beverages and Off-Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Manguri INCLUDES: • Flight from Adelaide to Perth • 3 nights accommodation at Miss Maud Swedish Hotel including breakfast • 2 day Margaret River Top Drop tour • Perth & Fremantle City Explorer with Swan River Cruise • Transfer to East Perth Rail Terminal • 2 nights onboard the Indian Pacific in a Gold Service Twin Cabin Perth to Adelaide inclusive of all meals, beverages and Off-Train Experiences in Kalgoorlie and Cook Indian Pacific and Margaret River The Ghan and Kakadu Adventure FORGET summertime in the city and choose the warmer months to take your next trip aboard The Ghan or Indian Pacific to enjoy a whole new perspective on Australia’s beauty. The Ghan and Indian Pacific embark on adventures spanning Australia throughout the year, with every season delivering a unique and equally memorable experience. While many choose to travel in the cooler months to experience the Top End via The Ghan or the striking Nullarbor Plain via the Indian Pacific, holidaying in the traditional ‘low’ summer period between November and February can have some unexpected benefits. I was lucky enough to take my family on the great journey from Adelaide to Darwin a few years ago. Tr avelling in January my mum was hoping for some amazing Top End storms. That didn’t happen, actually we didn’t see rain for the entire week - not on The Ghan and not while touring around Darwin. The weather was fantastic and we were able to get out and about exploring. We visited the vibrant waterfront precinct, took the time to visit the wildlife park and even the Palmerston Waterpark. Darwin has such a rich culture and interesting history there is no end of things to keep you busy, but if you choose, there is always the option to kick back and relax. The train journey itself was two nights and three days aboard The Ghan, Gold Service Twin Cabins with private facilities with all your meals included, which certainly makes it a relaxing way to travel. If you can, I would strongly suggest the Platinum Service as these have spacious double and twin cabins that are almost twice the size of the Gold Service Twin Cabins with private full-size en-suites equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary bathroom amenities. By day the cabins are set up lounge style and very comfortable. In saying that we all enjoyed our Gold Service Cabins and the experience of drifting off to sleep with the clatter of the wheels and the swaying of the train, waking in the morning to spectacular views and something different every day. We loved that you got a choice of Off-Tr ain Experiences. We took advantage of this at Katherine where we did a Katherine Gorge cruise. It was simply amazing after leaving a dry hot Mildura behind only a few days before to be seeing this lush country with an abundance of water and waterfalls, truly spectacular. The Northern Territory wet season, from November through to April, is a stunning time to explore the Top End. Waterways are full to the brim, the landscape is lush with fresh green growth and the evening skies can present a natural light spectacular as the storms roll in at dusk. Despite its name, the wet season doesn’t promise constant downpours. You can expect clear mornings with clouds typically building in the late afternoon for a short summer shower. Yes, there is a tendency for increased humidity but temperatures range between 25°C and 35°C – and you can take your lead from the locals who know the best times of the day to get out and about. Darwin is a great place to spend a few days before or after your journey. Why not do a sunset cruise, ‘jumping crocs’ tour or venture out to Arnhem Land or maybe a little further and spend a night at Kakadu. We hired a car and drove out to Litchfield National Park for the day, and with the waterfalls and rock pools full, you were able to swim in amongst the rocks and walk through lush rainforests. While the Nitmiluk Gorge cruise is always a favourite inclusion with The Ghan’s guests, it’s not until you’ve cruised the Gorge at the height of summer that you’ve fully experienced this ancient destination. You Waterfall, Litchfield National Park, NT Giant Ant’s Nest, Litchfield National Park, NT can expect to see the waterfalls at their free-flowing finest and a host of native wildlife making their homes among the dense tropical flora. For travellers considering the Indian Pacific and embarking on an epic Nullarbor crossing, extreme temperatures can be part and parcel of the experience. But when travelling in air-conditioned comfort aboard the Indian Pacific, the midday heat makes little difference as you take in the vastness of the continent with a cool drink in hand. Summer on the Nullarbor delivers clear balmy nights – ideal for gazing at the bright constellations in the sky when the Indian Pacific pauses for an evening meal at the remote outpost of Rawlinna. With so many options to extend your time in and around Perth, an unforgettable journey awaits you.
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