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9 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Adventure - Groovy Grape

MELBOURNE OUTBACK & REVERSE TOURS - ULURU TOURS AND RED CENTRE

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Why You'll Love It

  • See Australia's world famous Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles
  • Experience the rock formations in the Grampians Mountain Range
  • Visit the Clare Valley wine region and taste the best grapes of Australia
  • Experience Alligator Gorge and see real Australian wildlife
  • Learn about Australian Aboriginal culture
  • Enjoy watching the sunset over Uluru, and then camp under the stars

What's Included

  • Transportation
  • All meals while on tour
  • 4 nights dorm-style accommodation
  • 3 nights camping
  • National Park and levies

 

**Please note that this product is a combination tour of two separate tours - a 3 day/2 night Great Ocean Road & Grampians tour and a 6 day Adelaide to Alice Springs tour 


Itinerary

Day 1: 

From Melbourne we head through Geelong to hit the famous surf coast, Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea (home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver) with time to check out the local waves. Apollo Bay and Lorne are great places to swim, explore or just relax with a cup of coffee. Marvel at the historical section of the Great Ocean Road carved by returned WWI servicemen. It provides one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. Arriving at the Otway National Park, enjoy the walks through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world. A great place for a lunch stop. We finish the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Overnight is hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.

Meals :Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: 

After an early breakfast back out to the amazing coastline for some magic opportunities to photograph the Twelve Apostles in the morning light, before the crowds. Heading along the Great Ocean Road, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs are some of the fantastic coastal scenery in this area. Enjoying a lunch stop, we arrive at the Grampians National Park, where we spend a great afternoon hiking before visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre.  In the late afternoon, take a stroll with the kangaroos and other wildlife. We stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: 

After having breakfast we further explore the National Park, hiking the northern part which is rich in flora, Aboriginal and European history.  We marvel at Mt. Arapiles and eat lunch. Heading for Adelaide travelling through the hills and arriving at approximately 7.00pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: 

We start our adventure travelling 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 wild flowers. We’ll then settle in the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges for the night.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: 

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: 

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: 

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8:

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 The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. Later, we relax back at our campground or join one of our Adrenalin Plus options.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: 

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 6:30pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Pickups / Departures

MELBOURNE to ADELAIDE   3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday DECEMEBER 2012 - MARCH
  • Every Tuesday & Friday APRIL - NOVEMBER 
  • Pickups from City 6:45am, Arts Centre 7:15am and St Kilda 7:30am

 

ADELAIDE to ALICE SPRINGS   6 Days / 5 Nights

  • Every Tuesday & Saturday APRIL - NOVEMBER from 6:30am 
  • Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday DECEMBER - MARCH from 6:30am

 

*Please note that this package is a combinaton of two tours* 


Extras

Adrenalin Plus Options

Helicopter Flight above the 12 Apostles

Camel Rides, Segway tours, Helicopter Flight or Skydiving at Uluru

Accommodation Upgrades
Double Swags (Rock Patrol only), Private single, twin or double rooms – Subject to availability
2 nights at Ayers Rock Resort Campground are essential camping nights

Passengers travelling with a child less than 15 years-old must upgrade to a private room


Additional Information

Fitness requirements: 

Please note that temperatures can be extreme in the Outback. During summer months temperatures can reach 40+ Celsius and a moderate to high level of fitness is required to complete challenging hikes. 

 

Open dated bookings: 

Please note that if you have purchased an open dated ticket you must call to reconfirm your departure date at least 14 days prior to secure your booking for your desired date. 

 

Children: 

Any child under the age of 10 is unfortunately not able to participate in any of our tours. If the child is between the age of 10-14 they MUST upgrade to a private room with their parent/guardian. Teenagers between 15-17 are able to share dorm rooms with the rest of the group. Please notify us of any minors during your booking.


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