Alice Springs to Melbourne

Alice Springs to Melbourne 

A 12-day Down South & Outback amazing coach trip between Alice Springs and Melbourne. Drive the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide, paint your own boomerang at an Aboriginal cultural centre, visit a Clare Valley winery, tour an opal mine in Coober Pedy, see sunrise at Uluru… make some incredible memories of the land Downunder!

 

 

Alice Springs to Melbourne

14 days Down South & Outback

starting from $1,990

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru

We’re hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. It’s off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger) and maybe grab a ‘coldie’. Welcome to the outback, mate!

Included today: Mt Conner, Uluru Sunset, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry.
Meals: Dinner included.

Day 2: Uluru

Start your day with a big bowl of ‘oh my god’ thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Included today: Sunrise over Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry, Uluru base walks, Anangu Visitor centre, guided walk by your crew.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 3: Uluru to Kings Canyon

Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.

Included today:Valley of the winds walk, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park entry.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.
Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Day 4: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you’ll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that’s not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today a day to remember!

Included today: Guided hike of Kings Canyon, Garden of Eden walk.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: Alice Springs

Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option…and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There’s local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.

Included today: Stanley Chasm, Simpsons Gap.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 6: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy

Check out the world’s longest Dingo Fence (good thing there’s a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into South Australia. It’s time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world’s opals come from and a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7: Coober Pedy to Flinders Rangers

After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we’re riding south into the Flinders Ranges. You’ll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal – tomorrow’s going to be epic.

Included today: Opal mine & town tour, Kangaroo orphanage.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8: Flinders Rangers

Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you’re lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound – a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins – an abandoned sheep and cattle farm.

Included today: Wilpena Pound guided walk, Flinders Ranges National Park entry.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9: Flinders Rangers to Adelaide

We start our way away from the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes – we are heading for the City! A visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall – there’s a time and a place for confessions. This isn’t it. Tonight take in some of Adelaide’s finest local food and entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 10: Adelaide

You’ve made it to one of the world’s coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today’s a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia’s answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island. Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 11: Adelaide to Mt Gambier

Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy – hot tip: don’t go to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. 

Included today: Make your own blended wine class.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 12: Mt Gambier to Halls Gap

Next up: McKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It’s no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round – a rare promise in a country that’s 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria.

Included today: Grampians National Park entry, Pinnacles Walk, McKenzie Falls.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 13: Halls Gap to Port Campbell

Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived, then paint your own story onto a boomerang. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia and a sunset to write home about.

Included today: Paint your own souvenir boomerang, Grampians National Park entry, 12 Apostles.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.

 Day 14: Port Campbell to Melbourne

With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window – today you’ll join the list of five million people to do this road-of-passage along the Great Ocean Road each year. Before putting any rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we’ll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around.

Included today: Coastal lookouts, National Park entry.
Meals: Breakfast.

What you need to know…

  • What’s included: 
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
    • 10 nights in hotels, lodges & hostels, 1 night underground, 1 night in a swag
    • Entrance fees to national parks
    • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
    • Awesome Driver Guide
  • On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
  • Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available. Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the our crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or your trip consultant when you book.
  • We recommend to bring soft bags, suitcases or frameless backpacks, plus a small day pack or carry bag. A sleeping bag will not be required for your trip.
  • This trip can be done in reverse, from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

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