10 Days Melbourne to Alice Springs Explorer

10 Days Melbourne to Alice Springs Explorer

Travel through the winding roads of Australia's most famous scenic drive, the Great Ocean Road to the Flinders Ranges and onto Uluru via the famous Oodnadatta Track Travel from Melbourne to the Red dirt of Alice Springs, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Drive the famous Great Ocean Road and Oodnadatta Track, hike the Grampians to the Pinnacles, stroll around Wilpena Pound, witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon.

Tour Highlights

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Kennett River
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Teddy's Lookout (Winter months)
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Dingo Fence
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Tour Info

Code AD-PAOBC
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 10 Days
Departures
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Vehicle All Terrain vehicle
Suitability 8+ Years
Start Melbourne @ 06.00 am
Finish Alice Springs @ 06.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Departing cosmopolitan Melbourne, hit the road west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. After stopping for a quick photo opportunity at iconic Bells Beach, begin the journey along one of Australia's most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.

** Included Activities

12 Apostles & London Bridge

Kennett River

Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges

Swim at Lorne (Summer months)

Teddy's Lookout (Winter months)

**Meals Included

Lunch

Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road's wonders, then drive into the Grampians National Park - an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes. We'll visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap.

Included Activities

Brambuk Culture Centre

Loch Ard Gorge

Mackenzie Falls - Grampians

Pinnacles Walk - Grampians

Meals Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sights such as The Balconies and Reeds Lookout. Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide where we stay tonight.

Included Activities

Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

Meals Included

Breakfast

/Flinders Ranges

Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia's oldest wine regions - and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you'll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state's biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there'll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag.

Total driving time takes around five hours.

Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Wilpena Pound

Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

/William Creek

Leaving the flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims 'Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)'. Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, we'll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia's largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek - base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world's largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid afternoon we'll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life's better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you'll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck 'noodling' for opals, or finish the day at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage to see what's hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours

Accommodation

Underground Multishare (1 night)

Included Activities

Anna Creek Station

Coober Pedy Mine tour

Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

/ Yulara

We'll be honest, there's a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Dingo Fence

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for 'Many Heads', the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually. Rising 546 m above the surrounding plain, Mt. Olga's tip is the highest point for miles around, while the site's ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you'll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land, on a guided walk.

Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars.

There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5-9km, depending on how much of Uluru's base you would like to walk.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Mala cultural interpretative walk

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee

Uluru Base Walk

Uluru Cultural Centre

Kata Tjuta

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

/Kings Canyon

Uluru isn't Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you're keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock's base, we recommend an early rise. Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which there's the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day there's also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before we hit the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Today, driving time is about four hrs and walking is up to ten kilometres.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

/Alice Springs

With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australia's answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City - all sites you'll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch it's back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where this adventure concludes.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

Included Activities

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Included

  • Experienced guide
  • National park entrance fees
  • Accommodation transfers
  • Meals as indicated - 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Transport All Terrain vehicle, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

ACCOMMODATION PAOBC

Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Warnambool, Halls Gap and Coober Pedy is in mixed gender multishare accommodation. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.

 

Night 1: Warnambool Beach Backpackers multishare with shared facilities

Night 2: Brambucks YHA multishare with shared facilities

Night 3: Adelaide YHA multishare with shared facilities

Night 4: Wilpena Pound - Simple permanent tents

Night 5: William Creek - Simple permanent tents

Night 6: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse

Nights 7 & 8: Yulara - Simple permanent tents

Night 9: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents

 

  • MULTISHARE ACCOMMODATION:

For BASIX travellers, when not camping the standard accommodation is multishare, and may be in mixed-sex dorms. The minimum age for this trip is 18.

 

  • FINISH TIMES:

Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

 

  • PARTICIPATORY CAMPING: 

To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag (can be purchased)

Notes

  • Tour commences in Melbourne on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Alice Springs day 10 at approx 6pm
  • Onward travel to be booked the following day
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag
  • Ages Min 8
  • Group size Min 1, Max 24
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • *Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable, Our guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk.

Highlight

Cruise the Great Ocean Road in comfort and hike the famous Grampians National Park

Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky

Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more

See some beautifully remote please in the Flinders ranges

Check out one of the strangest towns in Australia - built underground

Get up early and see the sun rise over Uluru

 

Suitability

This is a basic trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Great Ocean Road and Grampians, Flinders Ranges, and the Red Centre

You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning. This is part of the experience of travelling in a group.

This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

This trip is BASIX and we use mixed gender multishare accommodation. This means, the minimum age for the trip is 18 years old because minors aren't able to sleep in mixed gender rooms.

Temperatures in the red Centre be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

Food and dietary requirements

Your tour includes meals as indicated in our brochure and online. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour, however our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

 

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Operation of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

 

No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)

No Dairy (soy milk provided)

Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)

Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)

Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)

*Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.