The Red Centre to Melbourne

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Alice Springs to Melbourne

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

It’s a wide-open space between the aptly named Red Centre and Adelaide, and we intend to make the most of it on this 10-day trek full of good company and good times. From touring national parks to wine tastings in the Clare Valley to hitting up the iconic Great Ocean Road, you’ll get a feel for the Outback that can only come from travelling in a close-knit group. Plus, our expert Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will make sure everything goes smoothly, leaving more time for you to enjoy yourself.

What’s included

  • Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Your Discover Moment: Adelaide
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Underground mine tour
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk and cultural centre visit (Uluru)
  • Hikes at Kings Canyon (seasonal) and Grampians National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Marvel at the 12 apostles along the great ocean road
  • Catch the magnificent colours of uluru at sunset
  • Explore the red centre

Itinerary

Day 1 Alice Springs Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Alice Springs/Uluru Depart early for the Red Centre. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park. Continue on to the Yulara campground for the night. Additional Notes: From late October - early March, if the temperature is forecasted to be 35°C or above we will be following the summer itinerary and visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges instead of Kings Canyon. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Uluru (1B, 1D) Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru at Sunset
Day 4 Uluru/Coober Pedy (1B) Travel across the Outback to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area. Additional Notes: This is one of a few long travel days on this itinerary. The vast expanses of the Outback make long drives necessary to travel between towns – so strap in and enjoy the desert scenery, get to know a fellow traveller, and chill out on this epic Outback roadtrip! Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-9.50 hours, 780km)
Day 5 Coober Pedy/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D) Prepare for an early morning start for the travel day to Flinders Ranges. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 590km)
Day 6 Flinders Ranges/Adelaide (1B) Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (7.50-9.00 hours, 380km)
Day 7 Adelaide With an emerging art scene, natural beauty and attractions, and incredible restaurants, Adelaide has tons to see and do. Get out and discover the hub of South Australia!
Day 8 Adelaide/Halls Gap (1B) Depart early and travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls. Included Activities: The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 570km)
Day 9 Halls Gap/Port Campbell (1B) Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, viewing sites including the collapsed London Arch. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk London Arch Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 10 Port Campbell/Melbourne (1B) Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles formations. Stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk en route to Melbourne. Additional Notes: Tour ends upon arrival in Melbourne in the afternoon. Consider booking post-tour accommodation in Melbourne to explore the city. Included Activities: Loch Ard Gorge Visit 12 Apostles Visit Rainforest Walk Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 300km)
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