All about the 17 Day Melbourne To Darwin Tour Package

On this Melbourne, to Darwin tour, the landscape is rugged and vast. Hitting the Great Ocean Road, here you will finally be by the sea, marveling at the twelve apostles, Loch Ard gorge, and the London bridge. We then hike the Grampians National Park before heading over the Adelaide. After leaving Adelaide we go north towards Alice Springs to make our way out to Uluru (formally known as Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and then Kings Canyon. Then we head up the center of Australia visiting the Devils Marbles, Daly Waters, Mataranka Hot Springs and Katherine Gorge. Leaving hot and tropical Darwin and driving out to Kakadu National Park first we see amazing the wildlife and waterfalls of the Northern Territory. Litchfield National Park is the next stop short hikes and swimming in abundance. Finally ending in Darwin on the evening of day 17.

On this trip we hit so many National Parks; the Grampians, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, Litchfield, you get to see a great range of our Australian National Parks.

On our tour walking and hiking in Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon needs a good level of fitness.

Kakadu National Park: Good level of fitness is required for Gunlom falls and Jim Jim falls
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.

17 Day Melbourne To Darwin Tour Package Itinerary - 17 days

  1. Day 1 Melbourne to Twelve Apostles
    The first stops out of Melbourne are the famous surf coast icons, Torquay (home of surf wear brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver), Bells Beach and Anglesea. Further along the Great Ocean Road are the towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne where you can swim, explore or just relax with a cup of coffee. 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.

    At the Otway National Park, it’s time for lunch and a walk through some ancient temperate (cool) rainforest. What better way to finish the day than with a sunset at the Twelve Apostles rock formation. Tonight you will stay in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. (LD)
  2. Day 2 Great Ocean Road to Grampians National Park
    The highlights today on the Great Ocean Road include Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs not to mention the spectacular coastal scenery in the area. After lunch you will leave the coast and head inland to the Grampians National Park.

    Here 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. (BLD)
  3. Day 3 Grampians National Park to Adelaide
    This morning you will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre before doing some more hiking in the beautiful Grampians. On the way to Adelaide you will stop at Mt. Arapiles for lunch. In the afternoon sit back and enjoy the landscapes and drive to Adelaide where you will arrive at approximately 7.00pm. (BL)
  4. Day 4 Adelaide
    A free day to relax or explore the city of Adelaide. Activities and meals are at additional cost. Overnight accommodation is included.
  5. Day 5 Adelaide to Quorn
    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. Our night is spent in the town of Quorn where we stay at historic accommodation. (LD)
  6. Day 6 Quorn to Coober Pedy
    After an early start we drive to Coober Pedy, where most of the world’s supply of beautiful opals comes from. The landscape here is like you’ve landed on Mars. Enjoy a tour of an opal mine and there’s time to view the underground attractions of Coober Pedy. After a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and dinner you will sleep underground like the locals do in bunkhouse accommodation. (BLD)
  7. Day 7 Coober Pedy to Uluru
    Today is all about the journey to Uluru (Ayers Rock). At ‘The Rock’ you will set up camp and enjoy your first Uluru sunset. (BLD)
  8. Day 8 Uluru
    Today you have a full day to spend around Uluru. Walk around the base and learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Lunch is prepared back at the campground and you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the timeless wonder of Uluru. (BLD)
  9. Day 9 Uluru & Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon Resort
    Breakfast today is at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds which cuts through the uniquely domed rock formations. After a tasty lunch, we get back on the bus for a drive to Kings Canyon Resort and our overnight stop. Optional extra activities (Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Bike Safaris) are available at Kings Creek Station on the way there. (BLD)
  10. Day 10 Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
    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. You will get to see the renowned water hole known as the Garden of Eden. After lunch our destination is Alice Springs where you will arrive at approximately 6:30pm. Overnight accommodation included. (BL)
  11. Day 11 Alice Springs
    Day of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Accommodation is included.
  12. Day 12 Alice Springs to Banka Banka station
    Your adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins by crossing the Tropic of Capricorn just north of Alice Springs. The huge granite boulders known as the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) make for great photos. Tonight you will camp north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station. (LD)
  13. Day 13 Banka Banka to Mataranka region
    On the drive up the Stuart Highway, the Daly Waters Pub is a great spot to take a break and have a cold beer. Historically, it has been an important watering hole for explorers and cattle drovers. End the day with a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees, where you will camp nearby. (BLD)
  14. Day 14 Katherine to Darwin
    It’s an early start this morning for the short drive to 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 you travel to cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight accommodation in Darwin is included. (BL)
  15. Day 15 Darwin to Kakadu National Park
    The first stop today is the Mary River Wetlands which are renowned for the 250 bird species that can be found here and the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. To get the best understanding of the area you will take an informative, private cruise (included) along the Mary River where you can spot ‘crocs’ and other wildlife.

    Your introduction to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River where you will also have lunch. The Bowali Visitor Centre is a good place to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr.

    At Ubirr you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be interpreted by your guide. Here you will learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at a private campsite at Cooinda. (LD)
  16. Day 16 Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park
    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.

    There’s a chance for a final swim after lunch in the lower plunge pool before leaving the national park to travel via Batchelor to an overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park. (BLD)
  17. Day 17 Litchfield National Park to Darwin
    Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. (BL)
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Real Aussie Says:
Driving distance from Melbourne to Darwin is over 4000km. So plenty of time on the bus on this tour to take in the outback of Australia and get to know your fellow travel mates. As we make lots of stops, walks and hikes it doesn't feel long sitting on the tour bus. Our main piece of advice would to be bring a fly net with you for the Uluru and Kings Canyon portion of the tour, as you will be more comfortable during the hikes if your face is covered. You can easily buy one of these at a roadhouse on one of our stops along the way. Real Aussie Adventures is about adventure and getting involved. We don’t define by age but our trips are quite active. We get travellers from all over the world, people travelling by themselves, couples and groups.

17 Day Melbourne To Darwin Tour Package Price information
AUD per person

Price

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Tour code: MD17
$2329
Camping 7 nts / Dorm 9 nights
$2974
Camping 7 nts / Backpacker Twin/Double 9 nts (6 x ensuite)
$3583
Camping 7 nts/ Backpacker Single 9 nts (6 x ensuite)

Departure information

Starts

Fridays from Melbourne city and St Kilda from 6.30am

Ends
Darwin


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Important Notes

Things 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.
  • During the wet season Gunlom Falls may not be accessible and during this time we will visit the Yurmikmik region (either Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek)
  • Camping/dorm customers will spend 9 nights in a dorm, 3 nights camping in swags only, 2 nights in permanent safari tents and 2 nights in swags and pop-up tents. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 9 nights in a private room (6 nights private facilities, 3 nights shared facilities), 4 nights camping in swags and dome tents and 3 nights in a permanent safari tent (shared facilities)
  • Twin/double fare can only be booked by two people traveling together.
  • Single passengers will share a tent with another passenger of the same gender on the nights between Alice Springs and Darwin 
  • Twin/double/single passengers will need to pay a $30 payment for a sleeping bag to hire directly to their guide on departure from Alice Springs. Dorm customers will be required to pay the fee to their guide in Adelaide. Passengers are permitted to bring their own sleeping bags. Please specify this at the time of booking.
  • We endorse the recommendation of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travelers take out travel insurance. Get a quote now.

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