This adventure offers a value for money Red Centre experience for travellers who are short on time - the safari commences in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock (Uluru) airport or resort and finishes at Ayers Rock Resort. Travel in an air-conditioned four-wheel-drive and absorb the fascinating information of the area and its people provided by your professional guide – all of this while travelling with other active travellers from all over the world.
All about the 9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Tour Package
Bucket list inclusions on our Alice Springs to Melbourne tour are sunset and sunrise over Uluru, hiking to MacKenzie Falls, staying underground in Coober Pedy, visiting a kangaroo orphanage, a guided hike of Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and seeing Watarrka with great hikes and incredible sunrises and sunsets, camping amongst the red gum trees at Stony Creek Bush Camp and view the magic of the Flinders Ranges. Plus the Great Ocean Road 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. Phew! So much to see and do in just 9 days!
Real Aussie Adventures is about adventure and getting involved. We don’t define by age but our trips are quite active. We get travelers from all over the world, people traveling by themselves, couples and groups.
On our tour walking and hiking in Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon needs a good level of fitness.
Uluru: Moderate level of fitness required. The base walk is on flat ground.
Kata Tjuta: Good level of fitness required. Walking on uneven surface required to complete the Valley of the Winds walk
Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for four-hour walk around the canyon’s rim.
9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Tour Package Itinerary - 9 days
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon
Leaving Alice Springs our first destination is Kings Creek Station, where most of Australia’s live camels are exported from, and where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the walk around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to access the lookout points and enjoy the views of the gorge, sandstone walls and the immense size of the canyon. On the walk you will get to see the renowned water hole known as the Garden of Eden. In the afternoon you can go for a swim in the pool or do one of the optional extra activities (Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Safaris) that are available at Kings Creek Station. (LD)
Kings Canyon to Uluru
After a drive to ‘The Rock’, at Uluru you can do a walk around the base of Uluru and there’s time to learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Lunch is prepared back at the campground and then you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the timeless wonder of Uluru. (BLD)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Get up in time for the magnificent Uluru sunrise and breakfast before doing a hike at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds which cuts through the uniquely domed rock formations. After lunch, return to your campsite and relax in the afternoon before seeing another Uluru sunset. (BLD)
Uluru to Coober Pedy
After an early start we drive to Coober Pedy, on the way you will see striking desert landscapes including the sandstone formation known as the Breakaways. Coober Pedy is where most of the world’s supply of beautiful opals come from. The landscape here is like you’ve landed on Mars. After a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and dinner you will sleep underground like the locals do in bunkhouse accommodation. (BLD)
Coober Pedy to Wilmington
Enjoy a morning in Coober Pedy including a tour of the town and an opal mine. You can also have a go at “noodling” for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. In the afternoon continue to travel south to the Flinders Ranges where you’ll sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush Camp. (BLD)
Wilmington to Adelaide
Start the day with a hike up Dutchman’s Stern for grand views of the ocean and surrounding ranges and plains. In the afternoon enjoy a refreshing stop at a winery in the Clare Valley before arriving in Adelaide at around 6pm. (BL)
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)
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 4 nights in a dorm and 4 nights camping in swags only. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 4 nights in a private room (3 nights private facilities, 1 night 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 traveling 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.
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