13 Days Down South and Outback Tour (Alice Springs to Melbourne) from $1995

13 Days Down South and Outback Tour  (Alice Springs to Melbourne)  from $1995

13-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
  • Spectacular Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles
  • Stunning Grampians National Park
  • Paint your own boomerang at Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • 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
  • Experience the remote setting of Parachilna and the famous outback BBQ
  • View the magic of the Flinders Ranges
  • Make your own wine in Coonawarra

Tour Info

Code TD-AAMRUM
Style
  • Outback Adventure
Duration 13 Days
Price From $
Departures
Vehicle Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle
Suitability 18-39 Years
Start Alice Springs @ 06.00 am
Finish Melbourne @ 05.30 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, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or vege burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.

Included today:

-Mt Conner

-Uluru Sunset

-National Park entry

Meals: Dinner.

Did you know:

-A man landed his plane on top of Uluru in February 2015, and media dubbed him "The Red Centre Barron". How he managed to do that, we do not know. Don't try at home kids.

-You can be fined $5000 for taking rocks and sand from Uluru - although who would want to,

as legend says people who take rocks from Uluru will be cursed and suffer misfortunes, of which there have been some instances. Days, months and even years later stubborn rock-takers have tried to mail back their loot in an attempt to remove the curse, known as "sorry rocks".

-Uluru is taller than the Eiffel Tower (348m vs. 324m).

-From one side to the other, Uluru has a 50 million year sediment timeline.

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 see the original Top of 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.

Did you know:

-You can be fined $5000 for taking rocks and sand from Uluru - although who would want to,

as legend says people who take rocks from Uluru will be cursed and suffer misfortunes, of which there have been some instances. Days, months and even years later stubborn rock-takers have tried to mail back their loot in an attempt to remove the curse, known as "sorry rocks".

-Uluru is taller than the Eiffel Tower (348m vs. 324m).

-From one side to the other, Uluru has a 50 million year sediment timeline.

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.

Did you know:

-Kings Canyon has been inhabited by the Luritja Aboriginal people for over 20,000 years. And they say Australia is young.

-The Pitjantjatjara name Kata-Tjuta means 'many heads', so named after the 36 domes of The Olgas which closely resemble a human's noodle.

-The mythology surrounding The Olgas is rarely divulged to anyone, especially women, lest they are privy to the "men's business" and become susceptible to violent attacks from spirits. So don't be offended.

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 bloody bonza (translation: awesome).

Included today:

-Guided hike of Kings Canyon

-Garden of Eden walk

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Did you know:

-Alice Springs is the city on which Nevil Shute based his book "A Town Like Alice", along with the resulting film and miniseries by the same names.

-The sound of Krakatoa erupting in 1883 was heard as far a 4,800km away in Alice Springs - the loudest sound recorded in history with shock waves travelling around the world several times.

-Every September, Alice Springs hosts the Henley-on-Todd dry regatta in mock celebration of the original British settlers and the formal atmosphere of British regattas. It is therefore the only regatta to ever be cancelled because of rain (which happened once in 1993).

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

Did you know:

-Temperatures rise to such alarming heights in Coober Pedy that residents live in underground dugouts - the lower you get the cooler it is.

-Coober Pedy is known as the "Opal Capital of the World" for its stunning opals mined from the 70 opal fields in the area.

-The local Coober Pedy golf course has no grass; instead players bring with them a small patch of turf to tee off. The club is the only one in the world to reap the reciprocal rights benefits of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Scotland - one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world.

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.

Did you know:

-As hard as this may be to believe, no spider has actually killed anyone in Australia in over 30 years. Deep breaths.

-A wild pig stole 18 beers from a campsite, got inebriated, and tried to fight a cow #straya.

-The first modern refrigerator was built in Australia in 1856 to keep beer cold. Figures.

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 a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm.

Included today:

-Wilpena Pound guided walk

-National Park entry

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:

-Parachilna was the main film set for the iconic Australian feature film Rabbit Proof Fence. #hollywoodworthy

-It is cheaper to fly to the US to buy Adobe's Creative Suite than to just purchase it within Australia #ohaustralia.

We start our way towards the outback today with some dramatic scencery 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 Adelaides finest locacl food and entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast

Did you know:

-Burger King was forced to change its name in Australia to Hungry Jack's (answer anyone's question? Looking at you USA) as the name had been trademarked by a takeaway joint in Adelaide. #everyonelookatadelaide #smh

-Adelaide's buses are capable of driving both on and off rail tracks. It's called the O-Bahn busway, allowing buses to reach speeds of up to 100km/h, and then continue on suburban routes.

-Adelaide is the only city in the world where iced coffee outsells Coca-Cola, at a feat of 3-1.

"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.

Did you know:

-Burger King was forced to change its name in Australia to Hungry Jack's (answer anyone's question? Looking at you USA) as the name had been trademarked by a takeaway joint in Adelaide.

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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, you may have your own dilemma of "the dress" kind on your hands - the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole - Australia's own version of the Sacred Valley of the Inca Trail. 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:

-Wynn's Coonawarra Make Your Own Blended Wine class

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:

-When the Skylab satellite crashed in Australia in 1979, Australia issued NASA a fine for littering. They did not pay up.

-When a bank note is torn up in Australia, is it worth half of its former self. E.g. $20 torn up becomes $10. Still something.

By the end of today you'll have nailed a trifecta of the highest, largest and longest landforms across two states. 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 where #natureporn trends with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. To complete the trilogy: Tomorrow we cross the Murray River - a bronze medallist to the Nile and Amazon, stretching 2520 kilometres and spanning three states. How's that for a form guide?

Included today:

-National Park entry

-Pinnacles Walk

-McKenzie Falls

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:

-Victorians are way ahead of the rest of us - the Grampians Grape Escape, one of the longest running food and wine festivals in Australia, has been running since 1992 and is held in Grampians National Park annually.

-Name suggestions for Australia's capital originally included Sydmelperbrisho, Wheetwoolgold and Federalbus. Righto.

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:

-Boomerang Painting

-National park entry

-12 Apostles

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:

-If you visit between May and October you can see the annual migration of humpback whales travelling from Antarctica to northern Australia. #epic.

-There is a mountain in Victoria called Mt. Disappointment, and just as expected was so named due to its sub par view, according to the original British explorers. We did say they were British.

If you've ever seen a car commercial, chances are you've seen the Great Ocean Road. 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 each year. Before putting any rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we'll tick off the spiritual home of surfing, 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.

Did you know:

-Melbourne was originally settled by John Batman, who tried to declare the city Batmania.

-Changing a lightbulb in Melbourne is illegal, even in your own home - an electrician needs to do it for you every. single. time. Good way to prevent the destruction of an entire neighbourhood by an unlicensed all-assuming "electrician".

-Melbourne Aquarium once housed a 7-metre long giant squid in a 3-tonne block of ice, because #deepseacreatures.

-During construction of the Great Ocean Road, steamboat Casino struck a reef and was stranded near Cape Patton, left with no choice but to jettison 500 barrels of beer and 120 cases of spirits. Upon somehow obtaining this, the Great Ocean Road workers took an impromptu 2-week long drinking holiday #thisislivin.

Includes

  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 9 nights in hotels, lodges and cabins
  • 1 night underground, 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • 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.