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Melbourne to Darwin 17-Day Overland Tour

From the Great Ocean Road to the Flinders Ranges and Oodnadatta Track to the dusty Red Centre and tropical Top End, this tour covers it all!

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Duration
17 days
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Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Languages
Languages
English
Meals
Meals
Included
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Start & End Location
Start: Melbourne, End: Darwin
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What's Included

  • Meals (12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners)
  • Transport (All Terrain vehicle, Private vehicle)
  • Accommodation (Camping with shared facilities - 9 nights, Dormitory - 6 nights, Underground bunkhouse - 1 night)
  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Koala spotting 
  • Melba Gully Walk 
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Mackenzie Falls 
  • Pinnacles Walk 
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Dingo Fence
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
  • Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Edith Falls
  • Buley Rockholes
  • Florence Falls
  • Wangi Falls

Where We Visit

  • The Great Ocrean Road
  • The Grampians
  • Adelaide
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Oodnadatta Track/William Creek
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy
  • Yulara
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)
  • Alice Springs
  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Litchfield National Park

What's excluded

  • Sleeping bag
  • Some meals

Why do we love this

Travel through Australia's amazing Great Ocean Road, through the Flinders Ranges and the famous Oodnadatta Track to the dusty Red Centre and tropical Top End

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you want to see all the best that Australia's Northern Territory has to offer, this 17-day trip is the tour for you. The tour begins in Melbourne, ends in Darwin, and guides you through the region's most iconic destinations along the way. On this trip, you will drive along Oodnadatta Track, explore Wilpena Pound, get the chance to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise and trek through Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, two incredible sites. You will also get to witness Australia's native wildlife firsthand at Mary River Wetlands and Kakadu National Park. 

 

Australia has such a naturally beautiful and diverse landscape, and this tour is truly the best way to see it. This tail-to-top adventure will expose you to the country's natural terrain and rich culture, all with the assistance of a local guide who knows the area in and out. 


Itinerary:


Day 1: The Great Ocean Road


This tour departs from Melbourne. From there, you will head west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. The journey will continue along one of Australia’s most famous drives, the Great Ocean Road. You will get to hang with some koalas at Kennett River and then take a lunch break at Apollo Bay. After lunch, you'll continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge and spend the night in Warrnambool.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 6 hours 30 minutes (approximately 450kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 2 hours (approximately 2kms)

 

Included Activities

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Koala spotting - Great Ocean Road
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Loch Ard Gorge

 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 night)

 

Meals

  • Lunch

 

Day 2: The Grampians


Your day will start by seeing some more of the Great Ocean Road's amazing scenery, then driving into the Grampians National Park – an area rich in beautiful landscapes and history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who first inhabited it. You will get to visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre, where you will be taught about the Dreaming period. You will then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. End the night with a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 6 hours (approximately 400kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 4 hours (approximately 5kms)

 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 night)

 

Included Activities

  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

 

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide


A hike up to McKenzie Falls will get your morning going on a positive note. These falls are the highest in the Grampians and provide an impressive view of the surrounding area. You will also check out other spots such as the Balconies and Reeds Lookout. From there, you will leave the Grampians, drive through the town of Horsham, cross the famous Murray River, and finally make your way into the city of Adelaide, South Australia. We will arrive at approximately 7:30pm.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 7 hours 30 minutes (approximately 550kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approximately 3.5kms)

 

Included Activities

  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast

 

Day 4: Adelaide - Flinders Ranges

 

At 6:30 am, get picked up from your hostel and head tothe Clare Valley, a massive region full of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages located just 100 clicks north of Adelaide. It is one of Australia's oldest wine regions, famous for its production of world-class Reisling, an aromatic white wine. After spending some time in the Valley, continue your drive to Wilpena Pound, where you will witness some incredible views of the Flinders Ranges, which stretch over 430km across South Australia and are the state's largest mountain range. After a long day, head back to camp where you will sleep in a comfy swag for the night.  

 

Total Driving Time

  • 5 hours (approximately 300kms)

 

Included Activities

  • Wilpena Pound

 

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 5: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek

 

Get ready to big the Flinders Ranges goodbye and head north towards the small town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims ‘Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days)’. You will hit the legendary Oodnadatta Track, which is 620km long and considered one of the area's most historic destinations. Stop at Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest salt lake), then make your way back to camp in William Creek, where you will spend the night. 

 

Total Driving Time 

  • 8 hours (approximately 600km)

 

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 6: Coober Pedy

 

First stop on day 6 will be Anna Creek Station, which is the world’s largest working cattle station at six million acres. The estate was founded in Nicole Kidman's distant relative Sir Sidney Kidman in 1899. The story goes that he left home at age 13 to make his fortune with nothing but a one-eyed horse to his name. You will reach the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy by mid-afternoon and get led on a guided tour of the underground society. The weather there is so hot that it's good most residents send their time below surface level! After your tour, check into an underground bunkhouse where you will spend the night. From there, indulge in some free time, as the rest of the afternoon will be unscheduled. If you're lost for things to do, try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals or visit Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage for a sight of Australia's most famous animal.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 6 hours 30 minutes (approximately 450kms)

 

Included Activities

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

 

Accommodation

  • Underground Multishare (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 7: Coober Pedy / Yulara

 

We’ll be honest, the drive today is quite long, clocking in around 8 and a half hours. It includes a journey across Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence and Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Be sure you have all the necessary driving essentials including a music player, headphones, a book and a neck pillow. 

 

Total Driving Time

  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approximately 650km)

 

Included Activities

  • Dingo Fence

 

Accommodation

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 8: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

 

Day 8 will start early but will be worth it thanks to the glorious morning views of Uluru at sunrise. After breakfast, you will make your way around the base of 'the rock', which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. Head to Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru, where you will get to see some cave paintings made by First Peoples and learn stories about the unique landscape from a qualified Anangu guide. Your guide will explain the art, its cultural significance, and how it symbolises a connection to the land, which is a very important aspect of Anangu philosophy and tradition. You can also visit the on-site Cultural Centre, home to an extensive collection of First Nations arts and crafts. After a browse, you will head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, there will be an option (available at an additional cost) to see the region from a new perspective via a helicopter ride over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. 

 

Total Driving Time

  • 1 hour (approximately 60km)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 4 hours (approximately 5km)

 

Accommodation

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Included Activities

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Maruku Arts interactive First Nations experience

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 9: Uluru/Kings Canyon

 

Today, you will explore one of the Red Centre's greatest treasures: Kata Tjuta. This area includes the Olgas, which are a group of domed rocks emerging from the desert. Like Uluru, these domes also exhibit a spectacular colour change come sunrise or sunset. They are estimated to be 500 million years old and are very sacred to the Anangu people. You will return to camp for lunch at midday and then travel onwards to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where you will spend the night at an exclusive on-site camping area.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 6 hours (approximately 400kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 2 hours (approximately 2kms)

 

Included Activities

  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

 

Accommodation

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 10: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs

 

Today's primary destination is Watarrka National Park, known for its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns. While here, you will get to visit the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City during your rim walk around the park. You will get a much-needed break for lunch, then hit the road again for a drive to Alice Springs.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 5 hours (approximately 300kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 5 hours (approximately 6km)

 

Included Activities

  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk

 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

 

Day 11: Flight Travel Day

 

You'll be glad to know there's no driving today. Rather than a 1,500km journey (about 24 hours) by road, you will board a Qantas Airways flight from Alice Springs to Darwin. Qantas ("Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services") was Australia's first commercial airline and is now one of the worlds best international airlines. Tickets are arranged through the tour and will be issued to you a few weeks before your initial departure. Upon arrival in Darwin, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your hostel.

 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Not included

 

Day 12: Free day in Darwin

 

Take advantage of a free day in tropical Darwin with lots of activities available to fill your time. Why not relax by the Melaleuca hotel's rooftop pool or head next door to Crocosauras Cove for a look at some saltwater crocodiles? You could also grab a coffee or meal at Smith Street Mall, peruse the Museum and Art Gallery NT or maybe even grab a drink at Darwin Ski Club. 

 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 Night)

 

Day 13: Pudakul 'Welcome to Country' and Arnhem Land

 

Wake up early and get ready to leave Darwin for Wulna Country, where you will receive a Cul Cul ('Welcome to Country') by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. You will learn about their ancient culture through bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and a basket weaving lesson. Next, stop at the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land for a Guluyumbi cruise. The cruise will be led by a Binninj guide who will explain the importance of the East Alligator River. After the cruise, you will enter Arnhem Land and visit an exclusive art site called Mawurndaddja, which is a must-visit in Top End. Exploring this site will give you insight into the history and tradition of the land and the people who live there. Ochres and spear tips can be found all around the grounds, and some of the artwork featured is over 8,000 years old. Take a break for a cold beverage and a snack in Arnhem Land, and then eat dinner and settle for the night at your camp in Kakadu. 

 

Total Driving Time

  • 6 hours (approximately 350kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (including stops for informative talks) (approximately 1.5km)

 

Included Activities

  • Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
  • Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex
  • Ubirr Rock

 

Accommodation

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 14: Kakadu National Park

 

Eat an early breakfast and then travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. You will get to sail along the water by boat cruise as you admire the awe-inspired gorge that surrounds you. After the cruise, walk along the boardwalk, relax on the sandy beach banks, and make your way to Jim Jim Falls. You will stop for lunch and then gear up for a more challenging walk up to the base of the falls. You can opt to swim if you want, otherwise stay on land and enjoy the natural scenery. After the falls, you will drive a short distance to your campsite.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 4 hours (approximately 120kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approximately 3.5kms)

 

Included Activities

  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Gorge River shuttle

 

Accommodation

  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 15: Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park

 

After breakfast, you will head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a swim in the plunge pools. You will then visit Pine Creek, a historic gold-mining centre. Eat lunch and then hop into a private vehicle for a three-hour journey further south to your campsite at Nitmiluk National Park. You will have a chance to unwind and then will finish the night with a group dinner.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approximately 340kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approximately 1.5km)

 

Included Activities

  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

 

Accommodation

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 16: Nitmiluk National Park

 

You will spend the morning at Katherine Gorge, an impressive sight in Nitmiluk National Park. You will have the option to take a cruise, kayak or canoe along the gorge if you wish. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, you will head to Edith Falls, home of huge rock pools that are the perfect spot for a refreshing swim. After, you'll continue on to the edge of Litchfield National Park. Then head back to your campsite for dinner and bed.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approximately 350kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approximately 4.5kms)

 

Included Activities

  • Edith Falls

 

Accommodation

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

 

Optional Activities

  • Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - AUD94
  • Katherine Gorge Canoe from - AUD45

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 17: Litchfield National Park / Darwin

 

After breakfast, you will start the day with a visit to Litchfield National Park. This peaceful and tropical park is filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls. Stops will include the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the cooling refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. After a relaxed picnic lunch, you will take a walk through the rainforest and then take a refreshing swim in one of the Litchfield's swimming holes. After, you will drive two hours back to Darwin, where your trip ends. You can opt to go out with your new friends if you're spending the night in Darwin, otherwise continue on to wherever your journey may lead. 

 

Total Driving Time

  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approximately 250kms)

 

Total Walking Time

  • 1 hour (approximately 1km)

 

* Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.

- Florence Falls
- Wangi Falls
- Bluey Rockholes

 

Included Activities

  • Buley Rockholes
  • Florence Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Wangi Falls

 

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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Yes! Please note your dietary preference at the time of booking. We can cater for the following diets:

  • No Pork (Ham alternative provided)
  • No Dairy (soy milk provided)
  • Vegetarian (additional veg and veg burgers provided)
  • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
  • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)

*Unfortunately religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these remote trips.

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The days can be very hot in the Top End and the sub is strong, so please bring appropriate clothing that is light, breathable, and will protect you from the rays. You will need sun protection, sunglasses, a hat, and a refillable water bottle. In the evenings, temperatures drop, so be sure to bring plenty of layers. We also recommend you bring a portable music player, book and notebook, and a camera.

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The Top End & Kakadu portion of this trip has a strict luggage limit of 10kg. Excess luggage cannot be carried. However, it can be stored at Darwin accommodation.

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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.

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  • You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $99 for per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. 
  • All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. 
  • Families must upgrade from dorm-share accommodation to private rooms where applicable. 


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  • 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, the supplier will retain the deposit; between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, they will retain 50% of the total booking cost; 14 days or less prior to departure, they will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
  • If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, the supplier is 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. 


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