Melbourne to the Red Centre
Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, bed down at a traditional outback station, learn about dreamtime stories from the Aborigines, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset, explore the Red Centre
If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia’s highlights without feeling rushed, you’ll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the outback to the Red Centre. Here you’ll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation—swags to underground hostels and even a traditional sheep station.
- Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park. Visit to the 12 Apostles and an Aboriginal centre. Visit to Tower Hill and Coorong National Parks. Evening walk in Grampians National Park. Clare Valley wine tasting. Underground mine tour. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre. Hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon.
- 12 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners (Allow AUD160-200 for meals that are not included.)
- Hostels (6 nts), sheep station (1 nt), camping in 'swag' or tent (4 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share.
- Private bus, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
Please note that most accommodation in Australia is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.
Day 1 Melbourne
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Great Ocean Road/Port Campbell (1B)
Travel past world-famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy views of the 12 Apostles and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway NP.
Day 3 Grampians National Park (1B,1D)
Travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife.
Day 4 Mt Gambier (1B)
Explore Grampians NP. Enjoy waterfalls, lakes and trek to the 'Jaws of Death Balconies'. Stay overnight at a refurbished old English jail in the country town of Mt Gambier.
Day 5 Adelaide (1B)
Hike in Coorong NP, known for its dune systems, lagoons and amazing birdlife before continuing onto Adelaide.
Day 6 Flinders Ranges (1B,1D)
Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley. Continue to Alligator Gorge, known for its uniquely coloured rock formations, before a stop in the historic town of Quorn. Bed down under the stars for a one-of-a-kind overnight experience.
Day 7 Outback (1B,1L,1D)
Head to Wilpena Pound for a guided walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history.
Day 8 William Creek (1B,1L,1D)
Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route—the Oodnadatta Track. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites, visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre, cross the dingo fence and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre.
Day 9 Coober Pedy (1B)
Cross the outback on a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.
Day 10-11 Uluru (2B,1L,1D)
Cross the border to the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru and then bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) or tent under the outback sky. Enjoy the Mala Walk around a portion of the base of the rock to learn the importance of Uluru to the Aborigines.
Day 12 Kings Creek (1B,1L,1D)
Discover more of the Red Centre with a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Opt for a scenic helicopter flight over the area.
Day 13 Alice Springs (1B)
Enjoy the morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka NP. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. The tour ends upon arrival in the evening. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today.
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