Melbourne to Alice Springs Overland - 10 Days

Travel from Melbourne to Alice Springs and take in some of Australia's biggest and most famous landmarks along the way!

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Duration
Duration
10 days
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start day 1, 7.00 am. Finish day 10, 6.30 pm.
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
24
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Languages
Languages
English
Meals
Meals
Included
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What's Included

  • Experience Australia's most famous scenic drive, the Great Ocean Road to the Flinders Ranges
  • Accommodation (Camping with basic facilities 2 nights, camping with shared facilities 1 night, dormitory 2 nights, permanent tented camp with shared facilities 3 nights, underground multi-share 1 night)
  • Meals (8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners)
  • Travel in a private vehicle
  • Local, passionate guide 
  • Sunrise over Uluru & Uluru Base Walk
  • Koala spotting on the Great Ocean Road
  • Melba Gully Walk at the Otway Ranges
  • Pinnacle Walk at the Grampians
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance fees
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

     

    WHERE WE VISIT

  • Uluru via the Oodnadatta Track
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Grampians National Park
  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Lorne (Summer months)
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Dingo Fence
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Kings Canyon

What's excluded

  • Sleeping bag. 

Why do we love this

We love the untraditional route this tour takes. Usually, it's Darwin to Alice Springs or Adelaide to Alice Springs, but this trip is different! You get to see a combination of Australia's most beautiful (and different) areas - from the coastal Great Ocean Road to the dusty Oodnadatta Track. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Travel from Melbourne to the red dirt of Alice Springs and Uluru, taking in Australia's best-known sights along the way. Drive the famous Great Ocean Road and Oodnadatta Track, hike the Grampians to the Pinnacle, stroll around Wilpena Pound and witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise. Wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta, admire the views from Kings Canyon and discover Aboriginal tradition with a Maruku Arts cultural experience.

Itinerary
Day 1: The Great Ocean Road (lunch)
Departing from bustling Melbourne at 7.00 am, you'll start your day with a drive west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. After stopping for a quick photo opportunity at iconic Bells Beach, begin the journey along one of Australia’s most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road!

Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.

Total driving time today is about six and a half hours. Total walking time will be about two hours.


Included Activities

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Kennett River
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Teddy's Lookout (Winter months)

     

Day 2: The Grampians (breakfast, dinner)
Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road's wonders like Shelley Beach.

Later, drive into the Grampians National Park – an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes.

Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacle for impressive views across the Grampians.

Tonight, enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap.

Total driving time today is about six hours. Total walking time will be about four hours.

Included Activities

  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacle Walk - Grampians

 

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide (breakfast )
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfall in the Grampians today!

Afterwards, get exploring and check out other sights like The Balconies and Reeds Lookout.

Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide. You'll arrive around 7.30 pm.

Total driving time today is about seven and a half hours. Total walking time will be about two and a half hours.

Included Activities

  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
     

Day 4: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges (lunch, dinner)
You’ll be picked up from the Adelaide Central YHA at 6.30 am, so be ready for an early start!

Startin the drive, you'll head just north of Adelaide to the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – and one of its prettiest too. There are some great tastings to be had here. 

Later, on the drive through to Wilpena Pound, you’ll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges. Stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, this is the state’s biggest mountain range.

Arriving at the campsite later that afternoon, there’ll be time for a hike before snuggling down in a swag to watch the stars. 

Total driving time today is around five hours.

Included Activities

  • Wilpena Pound

 

Day 5: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Leaving the Flinders Ranges, cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst. According to their welcome sign, the population here is '30 (most days)’!

Later, hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, you’ll get the chance to check out Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake), before arriving at the campsite in William Creek, your base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours. 
 

Day 6: Coober Pedy (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Pay a visit to Anna Creek Station, the world’s largest working cattle station today. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune.

After a morning of driving, you'll reach the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy by mid-afternoon. The weather here is so hot that life’s better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure.

Try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals, or finish the day at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage to see what’s hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours. 

Accommodation

  • Underground Multishare (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

 

Day 7: Coober Pedy / Yulara (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
There’s a fair bit of driving today! From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

It's a big stretch from Coober Pedy to Uluru/Yulara, but its got to be done!

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

Included Activities

  • Dingo Fence
     

Day 8: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock) (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for ‘Many Heads’, the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually. Rising 546 metres above the surrounding plain, Mt. Olga’s tip is the highest point for miles around. The site’s ridges and ravines are also closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you’ll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land on a guided walk.

Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru. Enjoy a night under the outback stars, with one of the clearest views in the world! 

You'll have a rest from driving today, with only about an hour travel in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5-9km, depending on how much of Uluru's base you'd like to conquer. 

Included Activities

  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta

 

Day 9: Uluru/Kings Canyon (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Uluru isn’t Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you’re keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock’s base, it's best to get up early! 

Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which there’s the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre.

Later in the day, there’s also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before hitting the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Today, driving time is about four hours and walking is up to ten kilometres.


Included Activities

  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
     

Day 10: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs (breakfast, lunch)
With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is Central Australia’s answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City – all sites you’ll get to visit on the Rim Walk.

After working up an appetite, its time for lunch before hitting the road to Alice Springs.  This is where your adventure ends, but don't worry, there's still plenty to explore around Alice with your new friends! You'll finish this tour at approximately 6.00 pm. 

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours. The Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

Included Activities

  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

 

This is a 10-day tour, starting in Melbourne and finishing in Alice Springs. Given the difficulty of some the walks, you will need to have a moderate level of fitness.

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Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, you can carry a maximum of 15 kg. You are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle. We cannot guarantee to carry overweight or oversized luggage. Please store bulky items at your pre-tour accommodation. It may be necessary to freight excess luggage at your own expense.

There is a mixture of camping and dorm accommodation on this tour.  You will camp with basic facilities for 2 nights, camp with shared facilities for 1 night, sleep in a dormitory for 2 nights and permanent tented camp with shared facilities for 3 nights. You will also stay in an underground multi share for 1 night in Coober Pedy. 

Sleeping bags are required. It's up to you whether you bring your own, or purchase one from us. (

Each tour requires all the basics you would typically bring on any trip e.g. toiletries, towels, camera and extra money for optional snacks and activities. Due to the nature of our tours we recommend bringing sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), swimming gear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch, insect repellent and fly net to cover your head if you are bothered by flies (outback tours particularly). Check the Essential Trip information you'll receive after booking. 

It’s also important that you always travel with your current passport, visas, travel insurance and a copy of your Essential Trip Information for your chosen tour.

Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform us of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

  • No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
  • No Dairy (soy milk provided)
  • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
  • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
  • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
  • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for
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Terms & Conditions:

  • This trip is BASIX and we use mixed gender multi-share accommodation. This means the minimum age for the trip is 18 years old because minors aren't able to sleep in mixed-gender rooms.
  • You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning. This is part of the experience of travelling in a group.
  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • Temperatures in the red Centre be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evening's temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
  • Tour commences in Melbourne on day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Alice Springs day 10 at approx 6 pm
  • For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you. Please consider bringing your own refillable water bottles.
  • Onward travel to be booked the following day
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by the traveller  

  • If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:
    - 30 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit
    - Between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost
    - 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
  • Note that different cancellation conditions apply to some trips and additional services. Your booking consultant will advise if differences apply. Please note that for certain travel arrangements the cancellation charge may be higher than those shown.
  • In certain cases a 100% cancellation fee applies as soon as the booking is made and the ticket is issued. You will be advised of different cancellation charges at time of booking.
  • You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
  • If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees.

Cancellation by us

  • We may cancel a trip at any time up to 30 days before departure. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.
  • If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund.
  • In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs.
  • We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
  • Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some styles of trips; your booking consultant will advise if differences apply.


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