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10 day Melbourne to Alice Springs Overland

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About this tour: Travel through the winding roads of Australia's most famous scenic drive, the Great Ocean Road to the Flinders Ranges and onto Uluru via the famous Oodnadatta Track
Travel from Melbourne to the Red dirt of Alice Springs, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Drive the famous Great Ocean Road and Oodnadatta Track, hike the Grampians to the Pinnacles, stroll around Wilpena Pound, witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon.

Uluru on one of it's many spectacular days

Tour Name: 10 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Overland

Valid:
01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Trip Code:
PAOBC

Trip Style:
Basix

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
Default pick up: In front of St Pauls Cathedral (Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets), 07:00am.

Tour Departs:
01APR18-31MAR19: Sun

Tour Finishes:
Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 10

Max People:
Group size: Min 1, Max 24

Age:
Minimum 18 years

Accommodation:
Camping (with basic facilities) (2 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

Prices:
PAOKC
AUD $1480 per person
AUD $45 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix)
All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
Levies included: National Park park fee.
Not suitable for children. 18 years and over

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Why we love this trip
Cruise the Great Ocean Road in comfort and hike the famous Grampians National Park
GEnjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
GSee some beautifully remote places in the Flinders ranges
GCheck out one of the strangest towns in Australia - built underground
Get up early and see the sun rise over Uluru

Is this trip right for you?
This is a basic trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Great Ocean Road and Grampians, Flinders Ranges, and the Red Centre
GYou'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning. This is part of the experience of travelling in a group.
GThis 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.
GThis trip is BASIX and we use mixed gender multishare accommodation. This means, the minimum age for the trip is 18 years old because minors aren't able to sleep in mixed gender rooms.
GTemperatures in the red Centre be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

Victoria great ocean road

ITINERARY

Day 1: The Great Ocean Road
Departing cosmopolitan Melbourne, hit the road west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. From there, begin the journey along one of Australias most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.

Note: Total driving time today is about six and a half hours (approximately 450kms) Total walking time will be about two hours (approximately 2kms)

Included Activities 12 Apostles & London Bridge Kennett River Koalas Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges Swim at Lorne (Summer months)

Meals Included Lunch

Day 2: The Grampians
Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road's wonders, then drive into the Grampians National Park an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes. We'll visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap.

Note: Total driving time today is about six hours (approximately 400kms) Total walking time will be about four hours (approximately 5kms)

Included Activities Brambuk Culture Centre Loch Ard Gorge Mackenzie Falls - Grampians Pinnacles Walk - Grampians

Meals Included Breakfast Dinner

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sights such as The Balconies and Reeds Lookout. Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide.

Note: Total driving time today is about seven and a half hours (approximately 550kms) Estimated time of arrival into Adelaide is 7.30pm. Total walking time will be about two and a half hours (approximately 3.5kms)

Included Activities Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

Meals Included Breakfast

mackenzie falls

Day 4: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges
Barely 100 clicks north of Adelaide lies the Clare Valley, an undulating sprawl of vineyards, wine cellars and quaint bluestone cottages. Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, this is one of Australias oldest wine regions and one of its prettiest too. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound youll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the states biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite therell be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag.

Total driving time takes around five hours.

Accommodation Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Wilpena Pound

Meals Included Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Oodnadatta Track/William Creek
Leaving the flinders Ranges, we cruise north towards the tiny town of Lyndhurst, where the entrance sign proclaims Welcome to Lyndhurst. Pop. 30 (most days). Hitting the famous Oodnadatta Track, well make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australias largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek base for the night.

Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours

Accommodation Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 6: Coober Pedy
Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the worlds largest working cattle station. The estate was founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman, a distant relative of Nicole who set from home out on a one-eyed horse at age 13 to make his fortune. By mid afternoon well have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that lifes better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, youll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck noodling for opals, or finish the day at Josephines Kangaroo Orphanage to see whats hopping about.

Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours Accommodation Underground Multishare (1 night)

Included Activities Anna Creek Station Coober Pedy Mine tour Josephines Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner



Day 7: Coober Pedy / Yulara
Well be honest, theres a fair bit of driving today. From Coober Pedy we travel across the Moon Plains, past the Dingo Fence, past Breakaways Reserve, and into Yulara. Make sure you have your Ipod fully charged and your neck cushion handy.

Today driving time will be about 8.5 hours.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Dingo Fence

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Rise early this morning and be rewarded with a glorious Uluru sunrise. While the day is still fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of 'the rock', which is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. We walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru where you wiill be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse. . Head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, see the landscape from a different angle, perhaps from a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is optional and come at an additional cost.

There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk 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

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

sunset kata tjuta

Day 9: Uluru/Kings Canyon
Uluru isnt Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If youre keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rocks base, we recommend an early rise. Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. An indigenous guide will explain a little about the land during a cultural interpretative walk, after which theres the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day theres also the opportunity of taking a helicopter flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before we hit the road again for Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Today, driving time is about four hrs and walking is up to ten kilometres.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Watarrka National Park Entry Fees

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, chasms, canyons and caverns, Watarrka National Park is central Australias answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City all sites youll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch its back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs, where this adventure concludes.

Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km.

Included Activities Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch

Uluru moody sky

What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport All Terrain vehicle, Private vehicle
Accommodation Camping (with basic facilities) (2 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

Activities:
12 Apostles & London Bridge Kennett River Koalas Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges Swim at Lorne (Summer months) Brambuk Culture Centre Loch Ard Gorge Mackenzie Falls - Grampians Pinnacles Walk - Grampians Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout Wilpena Pound Anna Creek Station Coober Pedy Mine tour Josephines Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage Dingo Fence Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Uluru Base Walk Uluru Cultural Centre Kata Tjuta Watarrka National Park Entry Fees Kings Canyon Rim Walk


Uluru


Kata Tjuta


Ayers Rock from a distance

Mary River Wildlife Cruise



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The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence is a pest-exclusion fence that was built in Australia during the ... along the border with New South Wales. It then joins a section known as the Dog Fence in South Australia, which is 2,225 km (1,383 mi) long.


Important notes
1. Tour commences in Melbourne on day 1 at 7am and finishes in Alice Springs day 10 at approx 6pm

2. Onward travel to be booked the following day

3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (2 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

ACCOMMODATION PAOBC
Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Warnambool, Halls Gap and Coober Pedy is in mixed gender multishare accommodation. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip.
Night 1: Warnambool Beach Backpackers multishare with shared facilities
Night 2: Brambucks YHA multishare with shared facilities
Night 3: Adelaide YHA multishare with shared facilities
Night 4: Wilpena Pound - Simple permanent tents
Night 5: William Creek - Simple permanent tents
Night 6: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse
Nights 7 & 8: Yulara - Simple permanent tents
Night 9: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents

MULTISHARE ACCOMMODATION:
For BASIX travellers, when not camping the standard accommodation is multishare, and may be in mixed-sex dorms.
The minimum age for this trip is 18.

Fitness Level:
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

^ Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

The Valley of the Winds walk is quite often it is closed due to weather etc. There is another option other than the Walpa gorge walk to do half the Valley of the Winds which still gets to the good viewing point without doing the full walk which is often in the direct sun. (Agent note only-RH)

From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Children
Not suitable for children. 18 years and over

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies (10kg in Kakadu). Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Tour Operator
The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All terrain tour bus vehicle

The Tour Difference
Scheduled tours operate.
As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of soft adventure and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

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