17 Day Melbourne to Darwin Including Kangaroo Island tour

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This Cross country combo tour of 17 days long, but relaxed journey, provides an opportunity to experience the outback of the Australia and witness most Australian attraction from north to south including great Ocean road, Alice Springs, Kakadu,Katherine gorge Ayers Rock, and Adelaide cooper peddy Kangaroo Island.

17 Day Melbourne to  Darwin Including Kangaroo Island tour
From$ aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles
  • Bells Beach and Torquay
  • Grampians National Park
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Clare Valley
  • Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Coober Pedy
  • Josephine s Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Uluru - Ayers Rock
  • Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Watarrka _ Kings Canyon
  • Outback Camel Farm,
  • Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse,
  • Mt Connor
  • Daly Waters Pub
  • Mataranka Thermal Pools
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Tour Info

  • Explorer Tour
  • Adventure Tour
Duration 17 Days
Price From $
Vehicle Coach,Ferry
Suitability 10+ Years
Start Melbourne @ 06.00 am
Finish Darwin @ 06.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

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 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.

From Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Hotels pick up to Cape Jarvis to Ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island.

See the highlights of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island. From Remarkable Rocks to playful fur seals, SeaLink guides will take you to the Kangaroo Island's natural highlights. This is simply the best 1 Day Kangaroo Island tour available.

Take a guided walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions with a National Parks Ranger. Head to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a two-course lunch, followed by a visit to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you will see koalas relaxing in the trees. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas.

The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen resting, swimming and playing in the waves or on the rocks.

From Adelaide, this tour is a 16 hour day that includes travel to and from Kangaroo Island. You do get time to rest during your ferry transfers & coach travel between attractions. Or, if you have the time to spare, why not consider staying overnight on Kangaroo Island or going over the day

Drop off at Bus station or Selected Hotels around 10.30 pm

Selected Hotel pick up / set downs from Adelaide and Glenelg

Return travel to Kangaroo Island either by coach/ferry or air

Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk

Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch

Koala viewing at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Expert Commentary by a local driver/guide

2 Course Lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro

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. We'll head to Quorn where we'll settle in our dormitory style accomodationfor the night before taking a dip in the swimming poolor walking around town.

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. After the walk we hit the road to reach Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we'll camp for the night.

Meals : (BLD)

Today 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)

It will be a free day to explore Alice Spring in your own expenses. Multishared Accommodation will be provided in a Hostel.

You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then our adventure through the 'Territory' to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.

Meals- (Lunch / Dinner)

No trip to the 'Territory' is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a 'fair dinkum outback experience'! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees before journeying to Katherine and our overnight camp.

Meals- (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin.

Meals - (Breakfast / Lunch)

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There's the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite for dinner and our overnight stay.

Meals- - (Lunch, Dinner)

This morning the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. After breakfast and departing camp we travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls* for a day of adventure and exploration. Travelling into Twin Falls by 4WD track, a boat shuttle and finally a rocky track and boardwalk we will be rewarded by the beauty of this remote waterfall deep within Kakadu National Park. Afterwards we stay off the beaten track where a walk through monsoon forests and over boulders lead us to Jim Jim Falls. Surrounded by 150 metre cliffs, we spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of this majestic location. This afternoon we depart Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park where we will stop along the way at our private campsite. Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow adventurers.

Meals- (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin. Please provide the drop off location to our tour guide he will drop off in front of the hotel or near to it. (Drop off with in the Selected CBD Hotel).

Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch)

Wangi Falls may not be accessible during the wet season. During this time we will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited.

*Twin and Jim Jim Falls may not be accessible between the shoulder periods of May-June and October. During this time we will visit Gunlum Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)

Twin Falls Boat Shuttle Fee ($12.50 Is not included and payable direct on day of cruise)


  • Day 1 to 3 - All meals (2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 2 Dinners), 3 nights dorm accommodation in a Hostel & National Park Entry Fees.
  • Day 4 - Kangaroo Island ferry and coach transfer, 2 Course Lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro and over Night Adelaide Dorm accommodation.
  • Day 5 to 10 - All meals (5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 5 Dinners), 4 nights camping under the stars in swags + 1 night underground bunkhouse accommodation and National Park entry fees. 10 th night and Day 11 ( free day) Dorm share accommodation in Alice springs.
  • Day 12 to 17 - Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned minibus, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping  and 1 night multishared dorm accommodation)),  pillow, drinking water (please provide your own bottle).
  • Kakadu park entree fee is excluded  from 1st of April 2016)


  • It is a combo tour , you may travel with 2/3  different group. 
  • Twin or Single  accommodation Upgrades are available on request when it is possible. 
  • Bring Your Own Sleeping bag. Or you need to hire twice it will cost $80. ( 3 different bags will be provided on this 17 day where it is needed)
  • We need 35% deposit for this extended tour. 
  • Kakadu National park fee is Payable on Boarding. $25 or dry season $40 (PP) directly to tour guide by cash. 
  • Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 15kg).
  • April and Nov to March Friday departure only. 
  • AS this is a combined tour, you need to travel with different group and tour guides. 
  • We recommend to print and refer the details for pick up and reconfirm the tour between 24 to 48 hours by phoning operation, numbers will be given to you on your e-ticket.   
  • Day 11 free day in Alice spring, you can book the day tour  if you like. 
  • We will pick up and drop off the passengers form selected motel and Hotel with in the City CBD or with in the walking distance from your hotel.
  • November to March , you will have a permanet classic camping tour in Darwin due to the Wet season no extra charge for upgrade. 

What to Bring

  • Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, sleeping bag (or can be hired for $60), toiletries, swim wear, towel, camera, comfortable and casual clothing.

Accommodation Upgrades

  • Where the dorm share is provided you can upgrade twin share room 
  • Last 3 days instead of basic camp you can upgrade permanent camp tour with proper bedding 
  • Day 5 to 9 you can have 3 more night twin cabin upgrade 
  • All the basic camping nights,  you may hire double swags or pop up tents
  • All the upgrades please contact us. 

Pick up 

  • Hotel Discovery - 167 Franklin St, Melbourne
  • Nomads Melbourne - 196 - 198 A'Beckett St, Melbourne
  • YHA Metro - 78 Howard St, North Melbourne
  • Neighbours Centre - 570 Flinders St, Melbourne
  • Victorian Arts Centre - 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  • Opposite Habitat HQ - 333 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda
  • Base Backpackers - 17 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Kakadu National Park Fee

Wet Season     November to March   Adult    $25      Child 5-15        $12.50

Dry Season     April to October         Adult    $40      Child 5-15        $20.00

IT is valid for 7 consecutive days. Child Price is for 5-15 years, children 4 years and under enter free. 

This is an additional compulsory government charge and is subject to change without notice. 

You must carry your entry ticket with you every time you enter the National Parks or you will be required to purchase another.



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