Australia South to North–Melbourne to Darwin

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Melbourne to Darwin

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

On the water and on the road? Is there a better way to explore somewhere new than from a few different vantage points? We didn’t think so either. This 19-day tour allows you to experience Australia in true Aussie style. From Melbourne to Darwin, your itinerary will include amazing stuff like rainforest walks in Great Otway National Park, awe-inspiring sunsets at Uluru, and even a wetland nature cruise in croc country.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Adelaide Your Foodie Moment: Local Food Experience, Clare Valley
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Aboriginal centre visit
  • Tower Hill Reserve visit
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre
  • Hikes at Grampians NP, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and Kings Canyon
  • Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory
  • Aboriginal art and craft centre visit
  • Exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Learn about creation stories of the aboriginal australians
  • Catch the magnificent colours of uluru
  • Hike through gorgeous natural rock formations in the red centre
  • Explore the unesco world heritage site of kakadu national park

Itinerary

Day 1 Melbourne There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Get lost in the city's famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood. Additional Notes: Please ensure to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group
Day 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B) Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf coast, visiting the towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Included Activities: 12 Apostles Visit Loch Ard Gorge Visit Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B) Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP. Included Activities: London Arch Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 4 Halls Gap/Adelaide (1B) Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Visit The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 500km)
Day 5 Adelaide If you're travelling between mid-September to late-April, opt to pre-book the "Dolphin Swim and Cruise" activity on the checkout page, to include this optional on your tour. Additional Notes: New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 6 Adelaide/Ikara-Flinders Ranges (1B) Hit the road in the morning. Admire scenic views across the Clare Valley and enjoy a local food experience featuring some of South Australia's best regional produce. Travel to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, an ancient mountain range and your base for two nights. Included Activities: Local Food Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 440km)
Day 7 Ikara-Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D) Head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Ikara-Flinders Ranges/Adelaide (1B) Journey back to Adelaide via the historic township of Quorn. Stop for a waterside lunch at Port Pirie. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 440km)
Day 9 Adelaide/Alice Springs (1B) Board your flight to Alice Springs, gateway to the Red Centre of Australia. Relax this afternoon, or opt to visit the Royal Flying Doctors Museum or hike up ANZAC Hill. Transport: Plane
Day 10 Alice Springs/Kings Creek (1B, 1D) Opt to get up early for a hot air balloon flight, before departing Alice Springs to journey to Kings Canyon. Spend your first night under the stars in a true Aussie desert swag (padded canvas bedroll). Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 430km)
Day 11 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 6km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
Day 12 Uluru (1B, 1L) This morning, awake before the sun so you can watch it rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then, do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru while learning its significance to the local Aboriginals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Opt to pre-book the "Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Day 13 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B) Take in the scenery around Uluru. Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, temperature permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area. Travel to Alice Springs, where you will spend the next two nights. Included Activities: Valley of the Winds Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)
Day 14 Alice Springs Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.
Day 15 Alice Springs/Darwin Board your flight bound for Darwin. Spend the afternoon exploring Australia's northernmost city. Transport: Plane
Day 16 Darwin/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Set off early from Darwin and head to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds. Later, go on a wetland nature cruise to try and spot crocs. Stretch out in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) and sleep under the stars. Additional Notes: The itinerary for this day varies depending on seasonal/weekly weather. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Included Activities: Litchfield National Park Visit Crocodile-Spotting Boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 185km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 160km)
Day 17 Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Embark early on a full day of exploring. Travel to our overnight camp near Kakadu NP, where swags or tents await. End the day with a group barbecue. Included Activities: Ubirr Rock Art Gunlom Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 310km)
Day 18 Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge (1B, 1D) Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 19 Katherine Gorge/Darwin (1B) Enjoy a relaxed start to the day in Katherine Gorge. Opt to go kayaking through the gorge or enjoy a leisurely boat cruise. Make your way back to Darwin, with the tour finishing on arrival. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
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