8 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer

 

Come with us as we take you down to the vibrant city of Melbourne via the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru. Departing from Alice Springs this 8 day tour will take you down to the Opal Capital of the World, Coober Pedy and then to Adelaide before crossing the border into Victoria. Get your walking shoes out in the Grampians national park before arriving in Melbourne to sip a latte in one of the city's hidden laneways. 


Highlights

Tour Style
Tourcode: PASME8
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1135.00EUR €790.00GBP £680.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 8 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer
 
Fitness
Moderate 
Vehicles
Minibus
Accommodation
4 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities and 3 nights camping
Tour Code PASME8
Duration 8 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Alice Springs to Melbourne
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1135.00EUR €790.00GBP £680.00
Valid 31 March 2014 - 30 March 2015
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

DEFAULT PICK UP (begin Alice Springs): Haven Backpacker Resort, 06:10am

Kick off your adventure on top of a camel! Our first stop is an authentic outback camel farm where you can choose to take a ride and experience the best in desert transport (at own expense). From here we travel to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch. Explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, getting up close to this ancient geological formation during the Valley of the Winds hike. Fall in love with the desert sun as it sets over Uluru. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) and enjoy a night under the stars. (LD)

Day 2 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

An early start is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you embark on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to see more Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we stay for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 – Kings Canyon to Erldunda

Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. You will be left breathless by the sheer size and beauty of the canyon, as we trek through the Amphitheatre and discover the Lost City, the lush Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. We stop for lunch before we make our way back to our campsite for the night, Erldunda. (BLD)

Day 4 – Erldunda to Coober Pedy

We depart early this morning as we make our way to Coober Pedy, crossing the Northern Territory/South Australian border. We take a break at the outback town of Marla, where we have a chance to purchase some lunch (own expense) and stretch our legs. The next stop is Coober Pedy, ‘the Opal Capital of the World’. Upon arrival your guide will give you a tour of this unique town, before visiting an underground mine and museum for a guided tour. You will also have a chance to purchase some of the opal jewellery produced from the mine. Tonight we stay overnight in an underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy.

Day 5 – Coober Pedy - Adelaide

After breakfast we continue the journey South along the Stuart Highway and stop at some of the salt lakes of Central Australia for an interesting photo opportunity. We pass by the ‘rocket launching’ town of Woomera — part of a former military test site. Next we make our way to Port Augusta where we stop to enjoy lunch (own expense). We’re on the home stretch now leaving the vast open outback plains behind us and making our way into South Australia’s capital city Adelaide. (B)

Day 6 - Adelaide

Make the most of a day to relax and explore South Australia’s capital city Adelaide (overnight dorm accommodation included; meals and activities at own expense). If you’re looking for something exciting to do outside the city, why not try our Kangaroo Island Highlights Day Tour (Tour Code PKICC) or a Barossa Valley wine tour (Tour Code PBVDT).

Day 7 - Adelaide to Grampians National Park

PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 07:00am

Our journey takes us through the Adelaide Hills across the mighty Murray River before travelling past the Victorian border and on through Horsham. We make our way into the Grampians National Park, a beautiful area and a place of great significance for the local Indigenous people. We gain a good insight into their local customs with a stop at the Brambuck Cultural Centre. We then make the most of our afternoon to explore the region with a hike to either McKenzie or Silverband Falls. We then enjoy a short nature walk to take in the full beauty of the Grampians. Enjoy dinner (at own expense) with your new friends before we overnight in Halls Gap. (L)

Day 8 - Grampians National Park via Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

After an early start this morning we make our way to the Australian National Heritage listed and world-renowned Great Ocean Road. Enjoy the fantastic coastal views from the road. We explore Port Campbell National Park including a visit to London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles rock formation. We pass through the beach towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne before a short stop at Kennett River to do some koala spotting. From here we take on that last part of the Great Ocean Road. Make the most of a great photo opportunity at the famed Aussie surf location before we make our final journey into cosmopolitan Melbourne. (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.

Departures

Departure location : Select Alice Springs accommodation from 5:40am - Default pick up: Haven Backpackers at 06:10am.

Arrival location : Select Melbourne accommodation early evening day 10

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Included

  • Experienced guide
  • Meals as indicated
  • Accommodation transfers
  • Aboriginal culture interpretive walk*
  • Opal Mine Tour
  • National Park entry fees
  • accommodation as below:

    Standard Accommodation: 3 nights camping, 4 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities

    Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 3 nights camping, 1 night private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), 3 nights private room with shared facilities

Tour upgrades

Accommodation Upgrade

Double/Twin: AUD $1355 per person

Single: AUD $1610 per person

Optional Activities

  • Camel Ride
  • Helicopter Flight at Kings Creek Station

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel
  • toiletries
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • Water bottle
  • travel pillow
  • Sleeping bag (can be purchsed for $30)
  • Torchflashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Money for meals not included

Notes

  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable at Uluru, an Adventure Tours guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.
  • Package is made up of three separate tours therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Conversely, in July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Adventure Tours Australia if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Adventure Tours with your preferred accommodation pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.
  • Adelaide to Melbourne section is operated in conjunction with our touring partners Autopia Tours.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies on this trip.