10 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Explorer

 

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.


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Tour Style
Tourcode: PMASE10
Max Passengers: 24
Price from:
AUD $1355.00EUR €940.00GBP £810.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 10 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Explorer
 
Fitness
Moderate 
Vehicles
Minibus
Accommodation
5 nights camping, 4 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities
Tour Code PMASE10
Duration 10 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Melbourne to Alice Springs
Maximum Passengers 24
Price (adult) AUD $1355.00EUR €940.00GBP £810.00
Valid 31 March 2014 - 30 March 2015
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Melbourne via Great Ocean Road to Halls Gap

DEFAULT PICK UP: In front of St Pauls Cathedral (Flinders St), 07:15am.

Departing Melbourne we pass through Geelong and the surfing town of Torquay, stopping for a quick photo opportunity at an iconic surf beach. We then begin our journey along one of Australia’s most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road.

A short stop at Kennett River lets you do some koala spotting. We visit Apollo Bay for our lunch stop before getting back on the Great Ocean Road where we stop to admire the iconic Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.Late afternoon we make our way into the Grampians for our overnight stay in Halls Gap where we enjoy dinner (own expense) with new friends before we overnight in the Grampians. (L)

Day 2 – Grampians National Park to Adelaide

Grampians National Park is an area rich in Aboriginal culture set in a beautiful landscape. We learn about the local Aboriginal culture with a visit to the Brambuck Cultural Centre. We enjoy a few walks in the National Park and take in some fantastic views before making our way to either McKenzie Falls or Silverband Falls. Leaving the Grampians behind, we pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of our journey into Adelaide. Accommodation tonight is at the Adelaide Central YHA. (B)

Day 3 - 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 our Kangaroo Island Highlights Day Tour (Tour Code PKICC) or a Barossa Valley wine tour (Tour Code PBVDT).

Day 4 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am

We leave South Australia’s capital city behind and head for the hillside vineyards of the Clare Valley plus a string of classic country towns before we stop for an optional tasting (own expense) at one of the many local cellar doors. After lunch we can start enjoying the expansive views of Flinders Ranges as we weave our way towards Wilpena Pound, one of Australia’s most magnificent natural features. We have the option of few hikes to explore this stunning area. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges (LD)

Day 5 – Flinders Ranges to William Creek via the Oodnadatta Track

Today we breakout from the Flinders Ranges as we head north passing the mining town of Leigh Creek and visit the gallery of outback eccentric Talc Alf at Lyndhurst. We are now following the historic route of the old Ghan railway and the Overland Telegraph line.

Before we really get off the beaten track we stop in Marree for some lunch beside the old Ghan rail station. We are now on the renowned Oodnadatta track as we pass by Australia’s largest salt lake, Lake Eyre. Our last stop for the day is William Creek, home to its famous pub and a population of about six! Tonight we temporarily increase the population as we camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 6 –William Creek to Coober Pedy

Desert landscapes of red dunes, salt pans and gibber plains feature as we pass through Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest cattle station at almost 24 000 square kilometres. Today’s first stop is Lake Cadibarrawirracanna - yes that is the longest lake name in the world. We then continue our approach to Coober Pedy, the ‘Opal capital of the world’. We take a town tour and view an underground house, underground church. We also take a mine tour including an opal cutting demonstration. The afternoon is free for some more exploring or you can even try ‘noodling’ (fossicking) for opals. Overnight in an underground bunkhouse. (BLD)

Day 7 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda

Before we leave Coober Pedy and head out across the Moon Plain we get up close to some local wildlife and learn about rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. We pass the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, and take in the view of the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, made famous by the movie Mad Max III.

Early afternoon we arrive at Erldunda, located almost right in the geographical centre of Australia. Here we can take a swim in the pool or enjoy some relaxation time at our campsite for the night. (BLD)

Day 8 – Erldunda to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

We start the day by heading to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before making the journey to one of the Red Centre’s greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. Get up close to this ancient geological formation during a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. (BLD)

Day 9 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

Rise early and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. 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, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase 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 10 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Get your hiking shoes on today as we head out to explore the impressive formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. You’ll really appreciate the 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. Enjoy a lunch before we make 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.

Departures

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 10.

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Included

  • Experienced guide
  • national park entrance fees
  • meals as indicated
  • accommodation transfers
  • Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk*
  • accommodation as below:

    Standard Accommodation: 4 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 5 nights camping

    Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 3 nights private room (twin, double, or single) with shared facilities, 1 night private room with ensuite, 5 nights camping



Tour upgrades

Accommodation Upgrade

Double/Twin: AUD $1575 per person

Single: AUD $1855 per person

 



Optional Activities

  • 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
  • camera
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)

Notes

  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. See terms and conditions for full details.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable an Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.
  • Package is made up of two separate tours therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • 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.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag.  You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • 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/Intrepid 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.
  • Melbourne to Adelaide section is operated in conjunction with our touring partners Autopia Tours.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.