9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Tour

9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Tour

Start your journey in the Red Centre, camping under the outback stars and exploring the spectacular sights of this area. Escape the Alice and immerse yourself in the grandeur of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka before heading to the quirky underground town of Coober Pedy - opal mining capital of the world, finally soaking up scenery of the southern Flinders Ranges and a wine taste in the Clare Valley before arriving in Adelaide. That's not all, Groovy will get you from Adelaide to Melbourne on their 3 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians part, while you experience amazing waterfalls and viewpoints in the Grampians, sunset at the Twelve Apostles and the lush Otway Temperate Rainforest along the way.

Tour Highlights

  • Watarrka
  • Uluru Sunrise
  • Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Cruise to Coober Pedy
  • Stony Creek Bush Camp
  • Spencer Gulf
  • Kings Creek
  • Bay of Martyrs and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls and Twelve Apostles
  • Apollo Bay and Lorne

Tour Info

Code AI-GP63
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 9 Days
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1 st of April prices may change, If you book before 31st of March we can honor the same price.

Vehicle Mini Bus / Coaster
Suitability Open Age
Start Alice Springs @ 06.30 am
Finish Melbourne @ 07.00 pm

From Alice Springs, we journey across the rugged Outback to Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock - it's awesome! We learn about the region's indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy walk around the base of Uluru and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. There's no better way to finish the day than watching the amazing sunset over Uluru, before snuggling inside your swag under the star-studded desert sky.

After an early breakfast, we'll head to Kata Tjuta for a sumptuous sunrise and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds, with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. We relax back at our campground, take a dip in the swimming pool or join one of our adrenalin Plus options.

Today we set out for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), you'll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and breath-taking gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours) experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about local Aboriginal culture.

Along the way to Coober Pedy - the Opal Capital of the World - you'll notice the incredible change of scenery. We'll get the chance to visit the Opal Mine and Museum where you'll learn the history of the town. The highlight for some is visiting Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Soon after you'll get the chance to taste one of the most amazing pizzas in the outback before spending the night in a bunkhouse sleeping the way the locals do - underground!

After breakfast, we journey south into the foothills of the magnificent Flinders Ranges. On the way we stop at Pimba and get a chance to view the salt lakes. We'll stop en route for lunch before driving to Wilmington where we'll sleep among the red gum trees.

We enjoy a morning walk through the stunning Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers and amazing wildlife: you might get the chance to spot kangaroos or wallabies. We enjoy our last lunch together, before heading to Adelaide.

We soon escape the city and cruise through the scenic Adelaide Hills with a morning stop to grab a bite to eat and a tea or coffee. We stop for lunch before entering Halls Gap, gateway to the famed Grampians National Park. At around dusk, when wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos, cockatoos and kookaburras, come out to play, we walk (an easy 1 hour) through rocky outcrops and forests to The Balconies, another stunning geological formation. Tonight we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the heart of the Grampians.

We wake up and hike 2 hours to The Pinnacle, probably the finest viewpoint in the Grampians. We visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about the local Aboriginal history, before departing this wondrous place. For lunch we stop somewhere truly spectacular: the Tower Hill Reserve, home to wetlands, a lake, abundant wildlife and a dormant volcano.

The magnificent Great Ocean Road beckons! We stop at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. For many, the most amazing sight is the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. The next morning you also have the opportunity to view them aboard a helicopter (extra cost). Tonight we stay in dormitory style accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.

We start our final day with an easy walk (1 hour) through the Great Otway National Park, which boasts some of the world's oldest temperate rainforest. Sections of the Great Ocean Road were carved through cliffs by servicemen returning after World War I, and offer some of the most impressive coastal roads you'll ever see. You can take a quick dip in the ocean or explore the artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. You can watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of the surf brand outlets Rip Curl and Quicksilver). We'll find time to stop at Kennett River Koalas to watch the cuddly creatures in the wild, before heading through Geelong on the way to The Big City.

 

Note

  • Alice Springs @ 6:30am Hotel pick ups earlier
  • We will pick up the passengers form selected motel and Hotel with in the City CBD or with in the walking distance from your hotel.

  • The Ayers Rock Resort has a swimming pool, wi-fi, shopping centre, bank and laundry facilities.
  • We may adapt our hikes in Watarrka (King’s Canyon) if it’s too hot.         
  • Some hikes involve steep climbs and requires a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Sometimes our itinerary must be flexible due to road and weather conditions
  • The hike to the Pinnacle is the most challenging walk on the tour through rough terrain, a reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Parts of the Grampians National Park were affected by bushfire in January 2014, and as a result some trails are closed for repairs. Should they reopen, we will endeavour to visit them.
  •  Itinerary subject to change with out notice by the weather or time schedule. 

Inclusion

  • Day 1 to 6 -  All meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners), 4 nights camping under the stars in swags, 1 night undergound bunkhouse accommodation & National Park entry fees  and 1 night dorm share accommodation 
  • Day 7 to 9 - All meals (2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 2 Dinners), 2 nights dorm accommodation & National Park entry fees 

Accommodation Upgrade

  • Day 1 to 6 - 1 night at Stony Creek is shared facilities. 1 night at Coober Pedy is ensuite, 2 nights at Ayers Rock is compulsory camping. (tent and double swag available), 1 night at Kings Canyon is shared facilities and  6th night twin shared facility ( ensuite available on request)
  • Day 7 -8 - 2 night twin ensuite accommodation 

What to Bring

  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Walking Shoes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water Bottle
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sleeping Bag (or hire one from us for $20). 
  • Otherwise all the usual stuff, and most important a sense of adventure.