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Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime! Join us on a 20-day Melbourne to Darwin tour that’ll have you saying ‘G’day’ to stunning landscapes, friendly locals, and unforgettable memories.
20 Day Melbourne to Darwin Tour Package
- Trip Styles: Budget
Travel Australia from bottom to top on this adventure, experiencing the best of outback Australia.
Embark on an unforgettable 20-day journey from Melbourne to Darwin with Real Aussie Adventures, and experience the diverse wonders of the Australian outback. This epic adventure takes you from the iconic Great Ocean Road to the lush landscapes of the Flinders Ranges, the heart of the Red Centre, and the captivating Top End in Darwin.
Your adventure begins with a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road, a route known for its breathtaking ocean views and the famous Twelve Apostles. Witness wild koalas and explore rainforests in the Great Otway National Park. Next, visit the Grampians, home to the iconic Pinnacle lookout and charming Halls Gap.
As you journey towards Adelaide, stop at Tower Hill Conservation Wildlife Reserve and immerse yourself in Aboriginal history. Enjoy wine tastings at renowned wineries in the Barossa Valley. Continue to Flinders Ranges, an ancient landscape filled with rugged beauty. Hike at Alligator Gorge and visit Arkaroo Rock, an essential site for the local Adnyamathanha people.
Delve into the heart of the outback with a drive along the iconic Oodnadatta Track. Pass surreal desert landscapes and Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake. Spend the night in William Creek, a tiny outback settlement with a rich history.
Explore Coober Pedy, Australia’s opal capital, and learn about the precious stones at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Stop by Josephine’s Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, housing orphaned kangaroos in an area the size of Germany.
Experience Kings Canyon’s enchanting rim walk with its towering sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, and magnificent gardens. Witness the impressive Uluru at sunrise and embark on a guided base walk, learning about its cultural significance.
Connect with Anangu culture and create your own artwork during a dot painting workshop. Relax in Alice Springs, and explore its unique attractions.
Board the Greyhound for a journey to Darwin, where you’ll have a free evening to enjoy the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.
Venture into the wild with a day at Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise and a visit to Ubirr rock, showcasing ancient Aboriginal rock art. Explore Kakadu’s waterfalls, lush forests, and remarkable termite mounds. Then, discover the natural oasis of Litchfield National Park, complete with refreshing rock pools and waterfalls.
This 20-day tour provides an immersive experience in Australia’s natural beauty, rich culture, and unique landscapes. Travelers can expect an adventure of a lifetime, guided by experts who ensure a seamless journey through the stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures of the Australian outback.
Travel from bottom to top through the heart of Australia.
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What To Bring
- Take a journey along the National Heritage Listed Great Ocean Road
- Enjoy some of the world’s best wine in the Barossa Valley.
- Experience the stunning scenes of Ikara-Flinders Ranges and National Park.
- Visit one of Australia’s most ‘quirky’ towns, in Coober Pedy.
- See some of the most iconic and special sites in Australia – Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon.
- Watch out for Crocs in Kakadu, as we travel around the incredible Top End, Northern Territory.
- Cool off in the swimming holes and waterfalls, discovering the wonderful Litchfield National Park.
- 2L Refillable water bottle
- Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
- Swimwear, towel & toiletries
- Comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (tread closed-toe shoes)
- All-weather clothing (it can get to below zero degrees at night time in the Red Centre & outback during the winter months)
- 15kg soft bag & small day pack
- Tropical strength insect repellent
- Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
- Flashlight, headlamp or torch, and camera
- Money for snack and meals
- Bring your own sleeping bag (or hire one) & pillow
- Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras
- This package is a combination of independent travel and joining scheduled tour departures.
- Some of the touring operators, as part of their COVID-Safe protocols, require all passengers to complete an online check-in, including a ‘Fit for Travel’ self-declaration to confirm they are free from illness. This is mandatory and must be completed at the latest 24 hours before departure.
- Prior to arrival you will be provided with vouchers and information for each component of the package, providing pick up times and other details for the accommodation and tour/activity providers.
- Different specialist guides will be used in each region of guided travel to ensure the greatest knowledge in each area.
- During the shoulder season in Kakadu some waterfall areas may not be accessible and during this time we may need to substitute some locations with others.
- Itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal, cultural and weather conditions. If an attraction cannot be visited due to closure your guide will arrange for another attraction to take its place.
- Luggage should be kept to 15kg in a soft bag or backpack with an additional day pack.
- This package is not suitable for children.
- The safari tours in this package are participatory, and guests will help with the preparation and cooking of meals, dish-washing and other tasks which may include collecting firewood.
- A minimum number of 6 passengers is required to operate the tour. It may therefore be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer an alternative or full refund for that tour if minimum numbers are not met. Real
- Aussie Adventures will always strive to find the best suitable alternative for your client on the rare occasion a cancellation occurs.
- Please advise of any medical/dietary/allergy requirements at time of booking. Further information and documentation may be required.
- Moderate fitness level is required, and you need to be prepared for walks between 3-12 kilometres on some days. This may involve rough ground and perhaps getting wet.
Where will I sleep on tour?
During your adventure-packed journey from Melbourne to Darwin, you’ll experience various sleeping arrangements to suit different parts of the tour. Here’s what you can expect:
In some locations, you’ll stay in hostels with shared dormitory-style rooms and shared bathroom facilities. This is a great way to meet other travelers on the tour and enjoy a comfortable and social atmosphere.
For a true Aussie outback experience, you’ll have the opportunity to sleep under the stars in a traditional swag. Swags are cozy canvas bedrolls designed for outdoor sleeping. It’s a unique way to immerse yourself in the natural environment and gaze at the clear Southern Hemisphere skies.
In certain locations, you’ll find permanent tents with communal bathroom facilities. These tents offer a more comfortable and sheltered sleeping option while still allowing you to experience the beauty of the outdoors.
The tour also includes stays in unique underground bunkhouses in Coober Pedy. This offers a fascinating and different accommodation experience in an opal-mining town known for its underground living.
Overnight Greyhound Bus:
During a portion of the tour, you’ll travel on the Greyhound bus, and accommodation is not provided on this overnight journey. You’ll sleep on the bus and arrive at your destination the following afternoon.
Melaleuca on Mitchell:
In Darwin, you’ll stay at the Melaleuca on Mitchell or a similar accommodation, offering a comfortable place to relax and unwind.
The variety in sleeping arrangements enhances your adventure and provides a well-rounded experience of Australia’s diverse landscapes. Whether you’re camping under the stars or resting in a hostel, the tour is designed to ensure your comfort and enjoyment.