9 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 9 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. 


Tour Style
Tourcode: PASME9
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1155.00EUR €810.00GBP £675.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer
5 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities and 3 nights camping
Tour Code PASME9
Duration 9 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Alice Springs to Melbourne
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1155.00EUR €810.00GBP £675.00
Valid 31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016

Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

DEFAULT PICK UP: 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 it is off to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch. Explore the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta as you get up close to this ancient geological formation during a 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 the sunrise over Uluru. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then 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 sleep 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 and ancient 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 to 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 a unique underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy.

Day 5 – Coober Pedy - Quorn

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 continue our journey south and stop at ancient salt lakes which are remnants of an inland sea.   We stop at the small town of Glendambo (population 30!) and Pt Augusta before arriving in Quorn, the quaint and historical railway township nestled at the entrance to the Richman Valley.  We stay in private accommodation at the historical “Mill”.  Get ready for tonight’s BBQ dinner – it doesn’t get any more Aussie than this! (D)

Day 6 – Quorn - Adelaide

Eat a hearty breakfast, because this afternoon we hike to the summit of Dutchman's Stern for stunning 360° views of Quorn, Spencer Gulf and the Flinders Ranges! We then say farewell to the “Flinders”. Near the frontier township of Melrose we take a short walk across a swinging bridge and enjoy panoramic views from the Mt Remarkable lookout.  Our last stop is in the infamous Clare Valley before arriving late afternoon into Adelaide where we stay for the night. (B)

Day 7 – Adelaide, staying at the Adelaide Central YHA

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

Day 8 - 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 mightyMurray Riverbefore 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 witha 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 enjoya short nature walk to take in the full beauty of the Grampians.  Enjoy dinner with your new friends before we overnight in Halls Gap. (D)

Day 9 - 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 a tKennett 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.


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

Departure dates for this tour are currently not available online. We apologise for this inconvenience.

For more information on your tour's departure dates please consult our pdf brochure here,
or call us on 1300 654 604 (within Australia) or +61 (03) 8102 7800 (international).



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

    Standard Accommodation: 5 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 3 nights standard camping

    Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking; only applies to accommodated/non-camping nights): 3 nights private room with shared facilities (twin, double, or single), 2 nights private ensuite room (twin, double, or single), 3 nights standard camping (twin share tents only).

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


Adelaide accommodation is at the YHA Central Adelaide for both multishare and upgrade bookings.
Pick up on departure day 8 is from the YHA Central at 7:00am.

• Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• ^Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Adventure Tours/Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

• ^^Please note pick up times from Ayers Rock Resort vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. Please contact our Reservations team for further information. The free Yulara Airport Shuttle is available from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Lunch is not included on Day 1.

• Upgrade accommodation is budget style and may be located on different premises to multishare. Multishare may also be mixed gender accommodation. Families with children under the age of 18 will be required to upgrade to private family rooms.

• Adelaide to Melbourne section is operated in conjunction with our touring partner Autopia Tours.

• This package is made up of 3 separate tours, so you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.

• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.

• A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.

• This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us for $30.

• It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We are able to cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets, but not for vegan diets due to the difficulty in sourcing this food remotely. Please bring your own staples such as bread and cereal if you require specific foods.

• 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 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. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.