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9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Package

Melbourne to Alice Springs Tours - Alice Springs to Melbourne Tours

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Duration 9 Days
Meals 8 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners
Group Size 21 People
Starts Alice Springs
Ends Melbourne
Tour Style Budget
Accommodation Camping and Dorms

Details

Experience all the beautiful highlights as we journey from Alice Springs down to Melbourne. On this amazing 9 Day tour, you will have the opportunity to discover the pristine beauty of the Australian outback as well as the iconic sights along the famous Great Ocean Road. Explore the panoramic wonderlands between Alice Springs and Adelaide such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Coober Pedy before continuing onto Grampian and Otway National Parks on our way down to Melbourne, both of which boast beautiful waterfalls, hikes and native Australian wildlife for you to observe in their natural habitats.

  • Be towered by the immense sandstone walls of Kings Canyon
  • Explore the magic of Uluru, camping overnight at Ayers Rock 
  • Enter the dazzling opal undergrounds of Coober Pedy
  • Ride through the open terrains of the Grampians National Park 
  • Admire the natural structure of the Twelve Apostles 

Itinerary

Day 1: 

From Alice Springs, we journey across the rugged Outback to Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock – it’s awesome! We learn about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy walk around the base of Uluru and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. There’s no better way to finish the day than watching the amazing sunset over Uluru, before snuggling inside your swag under the star-studded desert sky.  

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: 

After an early breakfast, we’ll head to Kata Tjuta for a sunrise 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 relax back at our campground, take a dip in the swimming pool or join one of our adrenalin Plus options.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: 

Today we set out for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and breath-taking gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours) experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about local Aboriginal culture.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: 

Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible change of scenery. We’ll get the chance to visit the Opal Mine and Museum where we’ll learn the history of the town. The 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. Soon after you’ll get the chance to taste one of the most amazing pizzas in the outback before spending the night in a bunkhouse sleeping the way the locals do – underground!  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: 

After breakfast, we journey south into the foothills of the magnificent Flinders Ranges. On the way, we stop at Pimba and get a chance to view the salt lakes. We’ll stop en route for lunch before driving to Wilmington where we’ll sleep among the red gum trees.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: 

We enjoy a morning walk through the stunning Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wildflowers and amazing wildlife: you might get the chance to spot kangaroos or wallabies. We enjoy our last lunch together, before heading to Adelaide.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 7: 

Departing Adelaide we cruise through the Adelaide Hills with a mid-morning stop at a country bakery to grab a bite to eat. We eat lunch before we marvel at Mt. Arapiles then onto the Grampians National Park. Here we hike to the bottom of Mc Kenzie Falls and see breathtaking views from The Balconies.  In the late afternoon, see the kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. We stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.   

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: 

Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and spend a great morning hiking the beautiful Grampians. We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife. We head south to the Great Ocean Road and Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, part of the fantastic coastal scenery in this area, finishing the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Overnight is in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.   

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: 

After breakfast, we soak up the beauty of the Otway National Park. Walk through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world. Marvel at the historical section of the Ocean Road carved by returned WWI servicemen. It provides one of the most spectacular coastal roads that you will ever see. Explore the artistic seaside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay (home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver) are all part of the famous surf coast with time to check out the local waves. We stop at the Split Point Lighthouse featured in the Round the Twist television series, before heading through Geelong to arrive in Melbourne approximately 7pm.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch


Where You Sleep

2 nights will be spent in mixed dorm accommodation on the Great Ocean Road, 1 night will be spent in an underground lodge (dorm style) in Coober Pedy and 5 nights camping in swags. 

A swag, often used in the outback is like a giant sleeping bag which props up off the ground to give plenty of room and head space inside. It has 2 entry points, a very tough mosquito net to ensure your sleep will be undisturbed and a dense foam mattress. The double zip vents will keep the air flowing on warm nights and you can leave one of them open if you wish to look at the stars.


Pickups / Departures

ROCK 2 WATER  ALICE SPRINGS to ADELAIDE 6 Days / 5 Nights

  • Departs every Wednesday & Sunday APRIL - NOVEMBER at 6:30am 
  • Every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday DECEMBER - MARCH at 6:30am

 

GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS ADELAIDE to MELBOURNE 3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday DECEMBER - MARCH 
  • Every  Tuesday & Saturday APRIL - NOVEMBER 

OR 

KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

  • Departs every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in April and November
  • Departs every Wednesday, Saturday from May to October inclusive
  • Daily from December to March inclusive

Extras

Dietary Requirements
Must be advised at the time of booking

Sleeping Bag Hire $30 on Rock 2 Water only

Accommodation in Adelaide in between tours is at own expense.

Adrenalin Plus Options

  • Camel Safaris at Stuarts Well
  • Camel Rides, Segway tours, Helicopter Flight or Skydiving at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • helicopter flight above the 12 Apostles
Luggage Limit
20kg
 

Additional Information

Fitness requirements: 

Please note that temperatures can be extreme in the Outback. During summer months temperatures can reach 40+ Celsius and a moderate to high level of fitness is required to complete challenging hikes. 

 

Open dated bookings: 

Please note that if you have purchased an open dated ticket you must call to reconfirm your departure date at least 14 days prior to secure your booking for your desired date. 

 

Children: 

Any child under the age of 10 is unfortunately not able to participate in any of our tours. If the child is between the age of 10-14 they MUST upgrade to a private room with their parent/guardian. Teenagers between 15-17 are able to share dorm rooms with the rest of the group. Please notify us of any minors during your booking.


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