Coach trip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and find new adventures as you cross the state borders. Hit up the coast along the Great Ocean Road and camp overnight in the Grampians National Park. Visit the Opal Capital of the world in Coober Pedy before arriving in Alice Springs and watching the sunset over Uluru. Set off on a hike at Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before the tour ends in the Alice Springs.
Every Tue and Friday
|Start||Melbourne @ 06.00 am|
|Finish||Alice Springs @ 05.30 pm|
We begin the ultimate road trip, cruising towards the Great Ocean Road and stop to watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver). We also visit artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne to explore. We'll stop at Kennett River Koalas to see the cuddly creatures in the wild and the historical section of the Great Ocean Road that was carved through cliffs by returned World War I servicemen. We take an easy walk (1 hour) through the Great Otway National Park, home to some of the world's oldest temperate rainforest. There's no better place to finish the day than the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. The next morning you will have the opportunity to view it from the skies in a helicopter (at extra cost). Tonight we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the dormitory rooms of a backpacker's hostel on the Great Ocean Road.
We continue along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, lake, wetlands and habitat to lots of wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many types of birds
We enter the Grampians National Park in the afternoon. Just before sunset when the local wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras come out to play, we walk (an easy 1 hour) to The Balconies, which provides a magnificent viewpoint and photo opportunity of the surrounding ranges and valleys. Tonight we sleep in shared wood cabin accommodation, with the mountains towering around us.
We get up to hike a challenging 2 hours to The Pinnacle, but it's worth the effort for such awe inspiring views. We visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about local Aboriginal history. We marvel at the majestic Mt Arapiles, before hitting the highway and arriving into Adelaide city at approximately 7pm
Free day with Multi-shared accommodation with same gender.
You can do the Barossa valley wine tour for $99 or Kangaroo Island day tour.
Please let us know if you would like to do the optional tour.
We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we're heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. Our first night is spent camping the traditional Australian way: in a comfortable swag under the outback stars.
Meals : (LD)
Along the way to Coober Pedy - the Opal Capital of the World - you'll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles, will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum you'll learn about the history of Coober Pedy, and hear about the local indigenous people at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre. There'll also be time to explore this remarkable town above and below the ground; try your luck fossicking or "noodling" for opals or just browse one of the many opal shops. A 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. Tonight we sleep like the locals do - underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.
Meals : (BLD)
It's a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach Uluru -nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Meals : (BLD)
We start the day by learning about the region's indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you'll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock's geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. We relax back at our campground and witness another brilliant Uluru sunset.
Meals : (BLD)
After experiencing another glorious sunrise over Uluru while devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast, we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) 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 camp nearby in Kings Creek for the night.
Meals : (BLD)
Our last day is spent exploring Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you'll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you'll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch we begin our journey into Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.
Meals : (BL)
You can have a luggage 20 kg and a small day pack bag 5 to 6 Kg. while you are travelling your luggage will be on the back of the vehicle trailer. End of every evening you can access your bags.