17 Day Melbourne To Darwin

Australia

Koalas in Australia

Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

Kakadu, Northern Territory

Kata Tjuta, Northern Territoy 

Melbourne to Darwin

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17 Day Adventure

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Itinerary

Soft Adventure

Some Meals

Travel Visa

Perfect For Ages 18-39

Guided Adventure from Melbourne to Darwin

17 Days: Mel-Dar

17 Day Outback & Wildlife - Guided Adventure from Melbourne to Darwin

On our 17-day Melbourne to Darwin small group tour, the landscape is forever changing from beachside beauty to the rugged and vast outback.

Your first stop is the Great Ocean Road where you will be by the sea, marveling at the twelve apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the London bridge. After some time in Adelaide, you’ll head north towards Alice Springs and onto Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and then Kings Canyon. You’ll also be visiting the Devils Marbles, Daly Waters, Mataranka Hot Springs and Katherine Gorge. Onto Kakadu National Park, you’ll marvel at the incredible wildlife and waterfalls of the Northern Territory! Litchfield National Park is the final stop for short hikes and swimming in abundance.

Tour departs Fridays on select dates from Nov 2019 – Mar 2020 (blackout dates: 01 Dec 2019 – 30 Jan 2020).

 

Price Per Person
$3,699CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Subject to availability. All taxes and fees are included in above price.
  • Australian Travel Visa is included in above price.
  • VALID FOR TRAVEL: select Friday departure dates between November 2019 & March 2020 (blackout dates throughout December 2019 & January 2020).  
  • Note: This tour is recommended for ages 18-35 (accommodations on this tour include hostels and camp sites)
  • Airfare is NOT included in the above price

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Bus Tour

Itinerary

Guide

Some Meals

Shared Accomodations

Taxes & Fees

Travel Visa

Walking Tour

Cultural Experience

Excluded in your Adventure

Excursions

Flights/Airfare

Where will you visit?

Melbourne
Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay
Grampians National Park
Adelaide
Flinders Ranges
Coober Pedy
Kings Canyon
Uluru Kata Tjuta
The Olgas
ancient rock formations
Red Centre
Alice Springs
Darwin
Devils Marbles
Katherine Gorge
Mary River Wetlands
Kakadu National Park
Litchfield National Park

17 Days: Mel-Dar

Itinerary

Start in Melbourne, end in Darwin

17 Day Adventure

Day 1: Melbourne

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.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Great Ocean Road

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Grampians

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Adelaide

A free day to relax or explore the city of Adelaide. Activities and meals are at additional cost.

Meals included: None on this day

Day 5: Flinders Ranges

We start our adventure traveling 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 wildflowers. We’ll then settle in the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges for the night.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Coober Pedy

Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground Opal Mine and Museum, you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight, we sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.

Meals included, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kings Canyon

It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach the majestic Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we’ll camp for the night on an authentic station.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Kings Canyon

We get up early to explore Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch, we begin our journey into Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before learning about the local Aboriginal History at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Soon after we’ll be experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place. (BLD)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Uluru

We start the day at dawn taking a (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at Uluru’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your culturally accredited Groovy guide.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Kata Tjuta

After devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast we’ll experience a glorious sunrise over Kata Tjuta, before we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. After lunch, we’ll hit the road to Alice Springs, arriving approximately at 6:30 pm.

Meals included: Breakfast

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.

Meals included: None on this day

Day 12: Darwin

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.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Katherine Gorge

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: 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.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kakadu 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Litchfield National Park

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. Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin.

Meals included: Breakfast

17 Days: Mel-Dar

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