Spend the day exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Hike the Ghost Gum Walk into the majestic Ormiston Gorge before spending time relaxing at the stunning Ormiston Waterhole.
12 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Tour Package including 2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour & Barossa Valley Day Tour
Take our small group adventure tour from the Red Centre of Australia to the bustling city of Melbourne. Bucket list inclusions on our Alice Springs to Melbourne tour are viewing sunset and sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Plenty of awe-inspiring moments on this tour package like a hike to MacKenzie Falls, staying underground in Coober Pedy, visiting a kangaroo orphanage, hiking Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka which boasts great hikes and of course incredible sunrises and sunsets.
Once you get down to the city of Adelaide its time for some city exploring before you head over to the wildlife haven Kangaroo Island. Add in a quick wine tasting day in the Barossa Valley then it's off camping amongst the red gum trees at Stony Creek Bush Camp and view the magic of the Flinders Ranges. Finally, the Great Ocean Road awaits you and sunset at Twelve Apostles with fantastic hikes through the mountains of the Grampians National Park, the Shipwreck Coast, surf beaches, artistic seaside villages and the serenity of the Otway temperate rainforest.
This tour is an action packed 12 days to see the highlights in the outback between Alice Springs to Melbourne and plenty more!
12 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Tour Package including 2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour & Barossa Valley Day Tour
Tour itinerary - 12 Days
Alice Springs to Uluru
From Alice Springs, we journey across the rugged Outback to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Nothing will prepare you for the sight of Uluru – 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. (LD)
After an early breakfast, we’ll head to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) 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 such as Skydiving over Uluru! (BLD) If travelling November to March see notes below for revised itinerary.
Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)
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. (BLD)
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! (BLD)
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. (BLD)
Alligator Gorge to Adelaide
We enjoy a morning walk through the stunning Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers and amazing wildlife: you might get the chance to spot kangaroos or wallabies. We enjoy our last lunch together, before heading to Adelaide. Accommodation is included. (BL)
Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach trip through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis where you will board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute journey across Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island. On arrival in Penneshaw you'll meet your local Tour Guide/ Driver. First stop is Rob's Shearing & Sheepdogs to enjoy a sheep shearing demonstration by a real Aussie character before heading to Pennington Bay, a spectacular beach where you'll have some spectacular photo opportunities. Continue to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia to learn about their distilling process, peruse their farmgate store and enjoy lunch. Next you're onto the stunning Seal Bay Conservation Park where you will have the opportunity to get up close to a wild breeding colony of rare Australian sea lions. At Little Sahara explore the huge white sand dunes and test your skills at sandboarding. If you're not up to for sandboarding a walk to the top of the dunes will provide incredible views. Arrive at your overnight accommodation by the beach in Penneshaw. You'll then have the opportunity to spend some free time exploring the stunning Hog Bay Beach, the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, stop by the Penneshaw Hotel, take a look at the Penneshaw Penguin Centre or simply relax and get to know other travellers on your tour. Settle in for a mouth-watering dinner and then as darkness sets in, you may see kangaroos, Tamar wallabies and possums, or kick back with a glass of local wine before retiring to the comfort of your bed. (L,D).
Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
After breakfast get up close to wildlife at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you will look for koalas nestled up in the eucalypts, get up close to kangaroos and other native Australian wildlife. From here, visit Raptor Domain for the awe-inspiring ‘In-Flight’ Birds of Prey Display and see a display of Wedge Tailed Eagles, Kookaburras, Sea Eagles and different owls that have been rescued and rehabilitated before they go back into the wild. Enjoy lunch at Emu Bay Lavender Farm and take a walk around the garden and the charming Farmgate Store. The afternoon’s touring will then vary depending on time, weather conditions and the group’s interests. You may be able to discover one of Kangaroo Island’s pristine beaches, take a walk up Prospect Hill the highest point on Kangaroo Island, see some more wildlife in their natural environment, or sample some of the local produce at one of the many cottage industries (own expense). On arrival into Penneshaw, there will be time to purchase dinner (own expense) before the return journey to Adelaide via the SeaLink ferry. (B and L)
Travel through the Adelaide Hills to the most famous wine making region in Australia – the Barossa Valley. On the way to your first wine tasting, you will stop at the world’s largest Rocking Horse and the amazing Whispering Wall. Jacob’s Creek Winery is one of the most well known in Australia and at their Visitor’s Centre you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the winery, and enjoy an educational wine tasting presentation. At the small, family-owned winery, Kies, the wines here are only sold at their cellar door. At their rustic winery cottage you can taste a selection of their wines. A hearty Aussie barbeque lunch of marinated kangaroo, steak, sausages, chicken and salads will be prepared by your guide. After lunch you will get to tour the cellars and taste the wine at the pretty Richmond Grove winery, situated on the edge of the North Para River. After a quick stop at the Menglers’s Hill Lookout for a view across the valley, the fourth and final winery you will visit is the historic Seppeltsfield winery. You will return to Adelaide by about 5pm. Accommodation is included (L)
Adelaide to Grampians National Park
Leaving Adelaide sit back and enjoy the landscapes through the Adelaide Hills on the way to lunch at Mt. Arapiles. At the Grampians National Park you will spend the afternoon hiking to the bottom of MacKenzie Falls and enjoy the views from The Balconies lookout point. Later in the day, you might see kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. Tonight you will stay in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation. (LD)
Grampians National Park to Twelve Apostles
This morning you will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre before doing some more hiking in the beautiful Grampians. Enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife. Travelling along the Great Ocean Road highlights include the iconic Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs not to mention the spectacular coastal scenery in the area, finishing the day with a sunset at the Twelve Apostles rock formation. Overnight you will stay in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. (BLD)
Great Ocean Road to Melbourne
At the Otway National Park, take a walk through some ancient temperate (cool) rainforest. Parts of the Great Ocean Road were carved by returned WWI servicemen; their legacy has created one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. Further along the Great Ocean Road are the beachside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. The famous surf coast includes visits to Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf wear brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver). Your final stop is at the Split Point Lighthouse featured in the Round the Twist television series, before heading through Geelong to arrive in Melbourne at approximately 7pm. (BL)
Tour code: AM12
Camping 4 nights/Dorm 7 nights. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Camping 2 nights/Backpacker Twin/Double 9 nights. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Camping 2 nights/Backpacker Single 9 nights. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
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This tour is currently taking a break from operation and will be back in 2022
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- This package is a combination of safari products and therefore the guide and passengers will differ during each section. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation (included) between each of the safaris.
- Camping/dorm customers will spend 7 nights in a dorm and 4 nights camping in swags only. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 7 nights in a private room (4 nights private facilities, 3 nights shared facilities), 1 night in a cabin (shared facilities), 2 nights camping in swags and dome tents, and 1 night in a permanent safari tent (shared facilities)
- Twin/double fare can only be booked by two people travelling together.
- Sleeping bags are included for twin/double/single customers. Dorm customers will be required to pay a $30 fee to their guide in Alice Springs. Passengers are permitted to bring their own sleeping bags. Please specify this at the time of booking.
- This tour requires a certain level of participation from guests. This may include assisting and cleaning afterwards with the preparation of meals, collecting firewood and sweeping out tents.
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- Tour inclusions in Kangaroo Island amended from 15th January 2020 until further notice. Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in the Flinders Chase National Park is temporarily closed until further notice. In light of the KI bushfires, displayed itineraries may change to ensure an enriching and safe experience for passengers.
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