The ultimate adventure, travel from one end of the country to the other and notice the difference in culture between the two. Depart from coffee-mad Melbourne and head to the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park. Cross through in South Australia and visit Coober Pedy, the Opal Capital of the World and the Flinders Rangers. Hang out in Adelaide before moving North to the Red centre of Alice Springs. Watch the sunrise over Uluru and hike around the National Park, sleeping under the stars. From Alice Springs, head up north to visit to Katherine Gorge and then get ready for a Top End Kakadu adventure. The tour concludes in Darwin.
- Coober Pedy
- Daly Waters
- Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
- Edith Falls
- Grampians National Park
- Great Ocean Road
- Kakadu National Park
- Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
- Katherine Gorge
- Kings Canyon
- Litchfield National Park
- Mary River Wetlands
- Top End Cultural Experience
- Twelve Apostles
- Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Uluru Cultural Experience
Max Passengers: 24
AUD $2555.00EUR €2130.00GBP £1715.00
|Route||Melbourne to Darwin|
|Price (adult)||AUD $2555.00EUR €2130.00GBP £1715.00|
|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
Departing 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 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 lets you do some koala spotting and listen to the abundant birdlife 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. We embark on a walk in the National Park and take in some of the breathtaking views before making our way to McKenzie Falls where we hike to view these stunning falls. Leaving the Grampians behind, we stop for lunch in Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg in to Adelaide. (BL)
Day 3 and 4 – Adelaide, staying at the Adelaide Central YHA
Make the most of two days 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 KICC).
Day 5 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
PICK UP DAY 5: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:30am
Leaving 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 travel 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 wine! 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 to Quorn
Experience some of the beauty and magic that the Flinders Ranges has to offer. Keep your eyes peeled 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 – Quorn 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 iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) where we stop for a bite to eat. Kata Tjuta’s 36 domes will fascinate you and you will discover some of the secrets of this ancient landform on the Valley of the Winds hike. Relax and wind down after another exciting day 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 the outback stars. (BLD)
Day 10 – Uluru to Kings Canyon
Rise early and be treated to a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh (and your legs are too!) enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then 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. Make the most of your 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 11 – Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Grab your hiking shoes as we head out to explore the impressive and towering rock formations that make up Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer size and beauty of the canyon as we trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. We enjoy lunch before making our way back to Alice Springs. Overnight dorm accommodation included. (BL)
Day 12 – Alice Springs
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs (overnight dorm accommodation included; meals and activities at own expense).
Day 13 – Alice Springs – Devils Marbles
DEFAULT PICK UP LOCATION: Haven Backpacker Resort, 06:10am
Leaving Alice we pass by the Tropic of Capricorn and make our way to Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) where we explore the well-known marble shaped granite boulders, a site sacred to its traditional owners. Continuing north we make a stop at Tennant Creek for your chance to purchase some lunch (own expense) and stretch your legs before we continue to Daly Waters for our overnight camp located right near the NT’s famous Daly Waters Outback Hotel. Here you have an opportunity to check out this famous pub, enjoy a swim in the pool, have a cool drink and purchase some of the local fare for Dinner (own expense). Overnight dorm at Daly Waters pub.
Day 14 – Katherine Gorge to Darwin
After an early morning start as we make our way to Nitmiluk National Park, home to Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. Your guide will lead a short return walk to Baruwei Lookout, allowing you to get a postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this stunning area and its significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we have one final stop for a swim at the beautiful Edith Falls before we drive the last leg into the Northern Territory’s capital city, Darwin. Overnight dorm accommodation in Darwin.
Day 15 – Darwin to Litchfield National Park
PICK UP DAY 15: Adventure Tours Australia Shop, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am.
A refreshing start to the next leg of your adventure checking out the flora, fauna and refreshing waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Enjoy lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan – Wulna people. Experience the local Aboriginal culture including bush tucker talks, playing the didgeridoo, basket weaving and spear throwing. We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)
Day 16 – Mary River to Kakadu
This morning we travel into the heart of World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Admire ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr, then clamber up to a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next it’s on to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp within Kakadu National Park. (BLD)
Day 17 – Kakadu to Darwin
Get ready for some 4WD action today on our way to Kakadu’s most iconic site, Jim Jim Falls! Once we get there, we’ll hike to the base of the falls before continuing on to Twin Falls. Feel the beauty of the stunning gorge and powerful falls from your national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. Stop in at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre this afternoon to learn more about local Indigenous culture and customs. The impressive scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to cosmopolitan Darwin in the afternoon. (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 : Select Darwin accommodation early evening day 17
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
- 2 Aboriginal cultural experiences*
- accommodation transfers
- 5 nights camping, and 11 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities (or upgrade to 4 nights camping, 10 nights budget ensuite accommodation, and 1 night dorm share accommodation)
Upgrades: 4 nights camping, 1 night dorm share accommodation, 10 nights budget ensuite accommodation.
Twin/Dbl: AUD $3120 / €2600 / ₤2095
Single: AUD $3695 / €3080 / ₤2480
- Cruise or Canoeing at Katherine Gorge
- Helicopter flight at Kings Canyon
What to bring
- Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
- hat & sunscreen
- towel & toiletries
- warm clothing in winter
- water bottle
- insect repellent
- money for meals not included
- 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.
- *The Aboriginal Wulna-Limilngan cultural experience is only available during the dry season (Apr-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Adventure Tours Australia reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
- *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable at Uluru, an Adventure Tours guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.A tropical summer itinerary applies in Kakadu Nov/Dec-May.
- Package is made up of 5 separate tours therefore you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section
- Please note this trip has some long driving times between Alice Springs and Darwin. We recommend to bring a pillow, reading book, Ipod/MP3 player etc for personal entertainment on the long drives.
- A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies (10kg in Kakadu). Excess luggage can be stored in Darwin.
- 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.