11 Day Darwin To Melbourne Explorer Tour

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Easily the best way to travel from Alice Springs to Darwin in a hurry and still see some of the breathtaking outback sites along the way. Continue to your journey in the Red Centre, camping under the outback stars and exploring the spectacular sights of this area. We cross the border and visit the town of Coober Pedy, unique in its opal mining history and underground dwellings. Experience the scenic Flinders Ranges. Then Jump on the great Aussie road trip and head from Adelaide down to the Culture Capital of Australia, Melbourne.

11 Day Darwin To Melbourne Explorer Tour
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Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Watarrka
  • Ayers Rock
  • Kings Creek
  • Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Cruise to Coober Pedy
  • Stony Creek Bush Camp
  • Daly Waters
  • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
  • Edith Falls
  • Katherine Gorge
  • Grampians National Park
  • Great Ocean Road
  • McKenzie Falls
  • Twelve Apostles

Tour Info

Code AI-ADGP26
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 11 Days
Price From $
Vehicle Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Darwin @ 06.00 am
Finish Melbourne @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

DEFAULT PICK UP: 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am.

We depart from Darwin early and make our way to Nitmiluk National Park. Our first stop is the beautiful Edith Falls for a swim before heading to Katherine Gorge where your guide will take you on a short returnwalk to Baruwei lookout. You can get a postcard shot of the gorge and learn about this stunning area and itssignificance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Once we finish exploring the gorge we continue ourjourney south to Daly Waters arriving in time for dinner and a beer at the historic Daly Waters Hotel - the territory's oldest pub (own expense). Overnight in our camp at Daly Waters.

We continue our journey south passing through Tennant Creek and onto Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) wherewe have some time to explore the well-known marble shaped boulders, a site sacred to its traditionalowners. There is also one last photo stop as we cross the tropic of Capricorn before finishing in the heart ofthe Red Centre, Alice Springs.

You can explore the city in your own expenses. Accommodation will be provided.

We depart Alice Springs and head towards Kings Creek Station, Australia's largest exporter of wild camels and our camp site for tonight. We hike Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to experience the fantastic views of the gorge, huge sandstone walls and an immense canyon floor. Here we trek through the Garden of Eden and take a dip in the waterhole to cool down. There is time for you to swim in the pool or take up on any of the optional extra activities they have on offer.

Meals - L D

Today we head for Uluru. Nothing really prepares you for The Rock - it's awesome! After lunch we visit the Cultural Centre to learn about the Aboriginal people of the region and walk around the base of Uluru. We end our first day with a spectacular sunset over Uluru. Tonight we camp at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground in comfy swags under the desert stars, our home for the next two nights. Meals -B L D
A fantastic Uluru sunrise and breakfast before we head to sunrise and breakfast at The Rock, before we hike Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredibly ancient rock formations before returning to the campsite for relaxing afternoon and another Uluru sunset. Meals -B L D
Today we cruise to Coober Pedy, opal capital of the world. Incredible changing landscape, kangaroos, emus, eagles and road trains all unfold before us and a view of the striking sandstone colours of the Breakaways on the way. On arrival we visit the local kangaroo orphanage and later enjoy dinner, lots of stories and an overnight stay in an underground bunkhouse. Meals -B L D
We spend the morning in Coober Pedy and take a tour of the town and an opal mine. We also have the opportunity to "noodle" for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. We continue our journey south in the afternoon as we travel on down to the foothills of the Flinders Ranges where we sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush camp. Meals -B L D
This morning we hike Dutchman's Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding ranges and plains. We stop at a winery in the Clare Valley before cruising to Adelaide arriving at around 6pm. Meals -B L
Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 07:00am Our journey takes us through the Adelaide Hills across the mighty Murray River before travelling past the Victorian border and on through Horsham. We make our way into the Grampians National Park, a beautiful area and a place of great significance for the local Indigenous people. We gain a good insight into their local customs with a stop at the Brambuck Cultural Centre. We then make the most of our afternoon to explore the region with a hike to either McKenzie or Silverband Falls. We then enjoy a short nature walk to take in the full beauty of the Grampians. Enjoy dinner (at own expense) with your new friends before we overnight in Halls Gap. Meals - (L)
After an early start this morning we make our way to the Australian National Heritage listed and world-renowned Great Ocean Road. Enjoy the fantastic coastal views from the road. We explore Port Campbell National Park including a visit to London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles rock formation. We pass through the beach towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne before a short stop at Kennett River to do some koala spotting. From here we take on that last part of the Great Ocean Road. Make the most of a great photo opportunity at the famed Aussie surf location before we make our final journey into cosmopolitan Melbourne. Meals - (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.


  • Day 1 to 3 - Experienced guide,accommodation transfers, comfortable mini coach,  one night camping including fees and equipement and 2 night Dorm share accommodation - no meals Included.
  • Day 4 to 9 -  All meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners), 4 nights camping under the stars in swags, 1 night undergound bunkhouse accommodation and 1 night Dorm Accommodation & National Park entry fees
  • Day 10 to 11 - Experienced guide, Meals as indicated, National Park entry fees, 1 night dorm accommodation with shared facilities - Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 1 night private room (twin, double, or single) with shared facilities

 What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • hat and sunscreen
  • towel and toiletries
  • insect repellent
  • warm clothing in winter
  • water bottle
  • camera
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)


  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weatherextremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
  • This trip is designed to be an express between Alice Springs and Darwin and has a limited itinerary. The distance travelled is some 1,500km and involves a substantial amount of time on the vehicle.
  • Please note that some areas in Nitmiluk National Park are seasonal and may not be available during thewet season.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Conversely, in July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag fromus.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guidebefore departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Operation if you have any special dietary requirements ormedical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Operation with your preferred accommodation pickup point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do nothear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on thisdocument. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.

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