If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australias highlights without feeling rushed, youll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the Outback to the Red Centre. Here youll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation swags to underground hostels and even a traditional Outback station.
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Get lost in the city's famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.
Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
12 Apostles Visit
Loch Ard Gorge Visit
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP.
London Arch Visit
Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
Grampians National Park Walk
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
MacKenzie Falls Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 500km)
There are no planned activities during the day, so enjoy free time to explore the city. Opt to go for a cruise to swim with dolphins (seasonal), take the tram to Glenelg beach, visit a nearby winery, grab lunch at the Central Market, or enjoy time getting lost in the city.
New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.
Wilpena Pound Hike
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre.
Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours, 400km)
Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Guided Mine Tour
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 200km)
Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)
Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park.
Kings Canyon Hike
Uluru at Sunset
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Alice Springs.
The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening.
Valley of the Winds Walk
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
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Trip Name: Melbourne to the Red Centre
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: 2158
Trip Code: 133033
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