Road trip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and find new adventures as you cross the state borders. Hit up the coast along the Great Ocean Road and camp overnight in the Grampians National Park. Visit the Opal Capital of the world in Coober Pedy before arriving in Alice Springs and watching the sunset over Uluru. Set off on a hike at Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before the tour ends in the Alice Springs.
Max Passengers: 24
AUD $1595.00EUR €1330.00GBP £1070.00
|Route||Melbourne to Alice Springs|
|Price (adult)||AUD $1595.00EUR €1330.00GBP £1070.00|
|Valid||31 March 2013 - 30 March 2014|
Itinerary: day by day
Day 1 – Melbourne via Great Ocean Road to Halls Gap
DEFAULT PICK UP: Melbourne Central YHA (corner Flinders and Spencer Sts), 06:00am
Leaving Melbourne we pass Geelong and travel through the surfing town of Torquay, stopping for a quick photo opportunity at the renowned surfing location of Bells Beach. We then begin our journey along one of Australia’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road enjoying the stunning scenery of this famous coastline. A short stop at Kennett River allows some time for koala spotting, before we break for morning tea (own expense) in Apollo Bay. Rejoining the Great Ocean Road we stop to admire the amazing Twelve Apostles, before enjoying a bite to eat. After lunch we explore Loch Ard Gorge before passing through the township of Port Campbell and making our way to the Grampians. Enjoy dinner with your new friends before we overnight in the Grampians. (LD)
Day 2 – Grampians National Park to Adelaide
Grampians National Park, one of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, is an area rich in Aboriginal culture set in a beautiful and rugged ancient landscape. Make the most of the national park’s beauty during a walk to take in some of the breathtaking views, before we hike to stunning McKenzie Falls. Leaving the Grampians behind, we stop for lunch in Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last part of our journey into Adelaide. (BL)
Day 3 and 4 – Adelaide, staying at the Adelaide Central YHA
Make the most of two days to relax and explore 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 our Kangaroo Island Highlights Day Tour? (Tour Code KICC).
Day 5 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
PICK UP DAY 5: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am
Departing Adelaide nice and early, our first stop is Barossa Reservoir’s famous Whispering Wall, where you will be fascinated by its unique acoustic qualities. We then journey through the picturesque Clare Valley and stop for some morning tea and wine tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest winery in the valley. After a stop in the historic town of Melrose for lunch, we enter Mount Remarkable National Park and enjoy an afternoon bush walk. Finish the day by watching a spectacular sunset across South Australia’s western plains and the breathtaking Central Flinders Ranges. (LD)
Day 6 – Flinders Ranges
Today we experience just some of the magic and stunning scenery that the Flinders Ranges has to offer. Keep an eye out for emus and kangaroos as we take a scenic drive through beautiful Parachilna Gorge. You’ll get an amazing view of the Flinders Ranges National Park from the top of Stokes Hill Lookout before hiking into the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound. Take a break for lunch before learning about the fascinating history of the area with a visit to the Aboriginal artwork at Arkaroo Rock and the ruins of Kanyaka Station. Tonight we enjoy dinner at an outback pub. (BLD)
Day 7 – Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy
We travel through Pichi Richi Pass and head towards Port Augusta, known as ‘the Crossroads of Australia’. Marvel at the enormous salt flats of the Woomera Prohibited Area and learn about the area’s incredible history as a military test site. We stop along the way to explore the surface of a salt lake and take advantage of an excellent photo opportunity. From here we make one more brief stop at the sheep-farming town of Glendambo before arriving at Coober Pedy, ‘Opal Capital of the World’. We take some time to explore this remarkable underground town before grabbing a bite to eat and settling in for the night in a purpose built underground bunkhouse. (BLD)
Day 8 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda
Explore an underground home to see how the locals survive in the harsh desert environment of Coober Pedy, followed by a tour of the Umoona Opal Mine to learn more about the discovery and mining of precious opal, Australia’s national gemstone. Next we visit an outdoor opal noodling spot where you can try your hand at fossicking for some gemstones of your own. Get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued Joey’s at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, before leaving Coober Pedy and heading out across the Moon Plain. We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world and take in views of the awe-inspiring Breakaways Scenic Reserve before arriving at our overnight campsite at Erldunda. (BLD)
Day 9 – Erldunda to Kata Tjuta and Uluru
This morning we journey towards Uluru (Ayers Rock) where we stop for a bite to eat. Kata Tjuta will fascinate you and you will discover some of the secrets of this ancient landform on the Valley of the Winds hike. Relax, wind down after a busy day in the outback and take in a beautiful desert sunset over Uluru. As the night grows darker, curl up in your permanent tent or enjoy the option of a swag (Aussie bedroll) under millions of stars. (BLD)
Day 10 – Uluru to Kings Canyon
It’s an early start this morning but you’ll be rewarded with a stunning Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh (and your legs are too!) enjoy an unguided walk around the base of the Rock. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a truly unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you can purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts when we stop in at the Cultural Centre, before making tracks to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Day 11 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
You’ll need your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the remarkable formations that make up Kings Canyon. The sheer beauty and size of the canyon will leave you breathless as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Enjoy lunch before we make our way to the heart of the Red Centre - Alice Springs. (BL)
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 : Default pick up: Melbourne Central YHA (corner of Flinders and Spencer Sts) at 06:00am. Other pick up locations available are: Nomads Industry (196 A’Beckett St) at 06:10am; Opposite Victorian Arts Centre (St Kilda Rd, Southbank) at 06:20am; Base Backpackers (17 Carlisle St, St Kilda), 06:40am
Arrival location : Alice Springs accommodation evening day 11.
Apr 12 26
May 10 24
Jun 07 21
Jul 05 19
Aug 02 16 30
Sep 13 27
Oct – 14 Mar Fri
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- Experienced guide
- national park entrance fees
- meals as indicated
- accommodation transfers
- 7 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, or upgrade to 8 nights budget ensuite
- 3 nights camping (2 nights camping if upgrading)
- Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk*
Package includes 8 nights budget ensuite accomodation and 2 nights camping.
Twin/Dbl: AUD $2035 / €1695 / ₤1365
CHILD rate for Twin/Double: AUD $1915 / € 1575 / ₤1245
Single: AUD $2510 / € 2090 / ₤1685
- Helicopter flight at Kings Canyon
What to bring
- Sturdy walking shoes
- hat and sunscreen
- towel and toiletries
- warm clothing in winter
- water bottle
- torch / flashlight
- insect repellent
- sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)
- 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.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
- Package is made up of 3 separate tours therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
- A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
- B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable, an Adventure Tours guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.
- Tour must be reconfirmed 48hrs prior to departure by phone on 1300 654 604 (within Australia).
- It is your responsibility to contact Adventure Tours with your preferred accommodation pick up point. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed in the itinerary and the PDF document on the website. 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.