14 Days Down South and Outback Tour (Alice Springs to Melbourne)

14 Days Down South and Outback Tour  (Alice Springs to Melbourne)

14-day Down South & Outback is an amazing Australian coach trip between Melbourne and Alice Springs. 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 memories on our Down South & Outback!

Tour Highlights

  • Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Hike to MacKenzie Falls
  • Stay underground in Coober Pedy
  • Visit a kangaroo orphanage
  • 'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • View the magic of the Flinders Ranges
  • Great Ocean Road and sunset at Twelve Apostles
  • Stunning Grampians National Park
  • Make your own wine in Coonawarra
  • Paint your own souvenir boomerang

Tour Info

Code TD-AAMRUM
Style
  • Outback Adventure
Duration 14 Days
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Vehicle Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle
Suitability 18-39 Years
Start Alice Springs @ 07.00 am
Finish Melbourne @ 07.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

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

-National Park entry

Meals:

- Dinner

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

-National Park entry

-Uluru base walks

-Anangu Visitor centre

-Guided walk by your crew

Meals:

- Breakfast

Optional activities:

-Scenic flights

-Harley Davidson rides

-Camel tours

-Sounds of Silence

-Guided astrology tour

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.

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.

Included today:

-Valley of the winds walk

-National park entry

Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optional activities:

-Quad bike ride

-Sunset camel tour

f 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 bloody bonza (translation: awesome).

Included today:

-Guided hike of Kings Canyon

-Garden of Eden walk

Meals:

- Breakfast

- Lunch

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

Optional activities:

-Hot air balloon ride

-Desert Park

-Alice Springs Reptile Centre

-Kangaroo sanctuary

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

- Dinner

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

- Dinner

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

-National Park entry

Meals:

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

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

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

Optional activities:

-Kangaroo Island day trip

-Barossa Valley day trip

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. Chin chin!

Included today:

-Make your own blended wine class

Meals:

- Breakfast

Optional activities:

-Naracoorte Caves

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:

-National Park entry

-Pinnacles Walk

-McKenzie Falls

Meals:

- Breakfast

- Dinner

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

-National Park entry

-12 Apostles

Meals:

- Breakfast

- Dinner

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

Includes

  • 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
  • Escorted services of a fully trained  Driver/Guide

Note 

  • Group Size - Average 15, maximum 36
  • Transport -Modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Suitable only for 18 to 39 Year old Passengers. 
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers on all trips.
  • A luggage limit of 20kgs applies
  • 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.