Travel to the Red Centre from culture capital Melbourne on this no-frills unleashed tour stopping over in Adelaide. 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 King's Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before the tour ends in the Alice Springs.
Max Passengers: 24
AUD $1440.00EUR €1240.00GBP £950.00
|Tour Style||Unleashed 18-39|
|Route||Melbourne to Alice Springs|
|Price (adult)||AUD $1440.00EUR €1240.00GBP £950.00|
|Valid||31 March 2013 - 30 March 2014|
Itinerary: day by day
Day 1 – Melbourne to Port Campbell
DEFAULT PICK UP: Nomads Industry (196 A’Beckett St), 06:15am
We depart Melbourne and journey to Torquay and the start of the Great Ocean Road. Passing through picturesque Lorne, we continue on to Kennett River where we take a short walk to spot wild koalas — keep your camera at the ready! After a quick lunch stop at Apollo Bay we head inland to experience Otway Tree Top Walk — the best way to explore this temperate rainforest and wildlife sanctuary. Next we head back to the coast to see the magnificent rock formations that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean and are affectionately known as the Twelve Apostles. Learn about the shipwreck history that gave Loch Ard Gorge its name before we settle in for the night in the friendly town of Port Campbell, nestled between the rocky cliffs and pristine beaches. (D)
Day 2 – Great Ocean Road to Grampians National Park
Before leaving scenic Great Ocean Road we take some time to explore the beautiful local landscape including The Arch, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs. We travel away from the coast through the farming regions of Western Victoria and into Grampians National Park — a place of great significance for the Indigenous population. Next stop is Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you’ll learn about the ancient Creation time stories of local Indigenous people. Your creative skills will be put to good use as we create personalised Boomerang souvenirs to take home. Tonight we cook up a storm with an authentic Aussie BBQ, cooked for you by your guide! (BD)
Day 3 – Grampians National Park to Adelaide
Pull on your hiking boots for a visit to the base of McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfall in the Grampians Range. Take in an incredible Aboriginal art site before a short hike to a lookout spot that delivers spectacular 360 degree views of the Northern Grampians. Leaving the mountains behind, we pass through the Gap and head towards the South Australian border. We cross the mighty Murray River, the longest river in Australia, before arriving in idyllic Adelaide, the ‘city of churches’. (BL)
Day 4 – Adelaide
A free day to relax and enjoy Adelaide (overnight dorm accommodation included, meals and activities at own expense).
Day 5 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
PICK UP DAY 5: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 07:00am
Departing Adelaide nice and early, we travel to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall, where you can have a go at communicating along the walls' 140 metre length. We journey through the picturesque Clare Valley and stop for some morning tea at Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest winery in the valley - there’s even time to sample some of their award winning wines. We lunch in the historic town of Melrose before visiting Mount Remarkable National Park for 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 some of the magic 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 grab some dinner at an outback pub. (BLD)
Day 7 – Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy
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’. Take some time to explore this remarkable and unique 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
This morning we check out an underground home to see how the locals survive in the harsh desert environment of Coober Pedy, followed by taking 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 the view of the awe-inspiring Breakaways Scenic Reserve before arriving at our overnight campsite at Erldunda. (BLD)
Day 9 – Erldunda to Kings Canyon
We kick start the day by making our way to Kings Canyon Resort. Make sure you’ve got your hiking shoes on as we journey into the remarkable Kings Canyon and explore the Amphitheatre, breathtaking North and South Walls, the Lost City and Garden of Eden. After an outdoor dinner, enjoy sitting around the fire (seasonal) before star-gazing from the comfort of your swag (Aussie bedroll). (BLD)
Day 10 – Kings Canyon to Uluru
It’s an early start as we hit the road and travel to iconic Uluru. After lunch at our campground, get up close and personal with the Rock as you walk around a spectacular section of the base. You will then gain some insight into the local Aboriginal culture from your guide before watching the desert sunset over Uluru. It’s time to fire up the BBQ for dinner. Stay overnight in a swag (Aussie bedroll). (BLD)
Day 11 – Uluru to Alice Springs
Witness a magical Uluru sunrise then visit the Cultural Centre to expand your knowledge of the amazing Anangu way of life. The 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are an incredible sight and you will get to explore the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. We then enjoy lunch before making our way to 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: Nomads Industry (196 A’Beckett St) at 06:15am. Other pick up locations available are: Opposite Victorian Arts Centre (St Kilda Rd, Southbank) at 06:00am; Base Backpackers (17 Carlisle St, St Kilda) at 06:30am.
Arrival location : Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 11.
Tour departs: Year Round: Wed, Sun
This tour is for 18-39 year olds.
To check out departures dates and availability, just click the BOOK NOW button on this page
- Experienced guide
- national park entrance fees
- meals as indicated
- accommodation transfers
- 7 nights dorm accommodation (or upgrade to 8 night’s budget ensuite accommodation)
- 3 nights camping (or 2 nights camping if upgrading)
Package includes 8 nights budget ensuite accomodation and 2 nights camping.
Twin/Dbl: AUD $2025 / €1735 / ₤1335
Single: AUD $2420 / € 2080 / ₤1595
- 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)
- Tour is strictly for 18-39 year olds ONLY
- 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.
- Tour is operated in conjunction with our touring partner Topdeck.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.
- Please note during summer the itinerary can change due to high temperatures.
- This is a package tour, made up of 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.
- 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.