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About this tour: 17 Day Travel from Melbourne to Darwin on this overland adventure
Travel the length of Australia, tail to tip, on an epic overland adventure from Victoria's Great Ocean Road to the Territory's Top End. Watch the landscape transition from the rolling hills of the Grampians National Park into the barren terrain of the Oodnadatta Track, enjoy a bushwalk in Wilpena Pound, pass through the world's largest cattle station and spend a night below ground in Coober...

17 Day Melbourne to Darwin overland

Tour Name: 17 Day Melbourne to Darwin Overland

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Trip Code:
• PAOKC

 

Trip Style:
• Basix

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

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: In front of St Paul's Cathedral (Flinders St), 07:15am

Tour Departs:
• 01APR17-15OCT17: Sun

Tour Finishes:
• Select Darwin accommodation early evening day 17

Max People:
• 24

Accommodation:
• Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night) Hostel multishare (5 nights)

Prices:
• PAOKC
AUD $3495 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

 

 

ITINERARY

Why we love this trip
• Get back to basics with this classic seventeen-day overland adventure. See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Flinders Ranges, Red Centre and Top End in rugged, authentic style
• Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
• Visit the Western MacDonnell Ranges, a little talked about outback gem
• See some beautifully remote please in the Flinders ranges and the Oodnadatta track, an Adventure Tours itinerary exclusive
• Check out one of the strangest towns in Australia - built underground
• Get up early and see the sun rise over Uluru
• Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of the Limilngan-Wulna people as they invite you into their community with a traditional 'Welcome to Country
' • The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a billabong cruise
• Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. Get adventurous on a 4WD tour to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and see the ancient Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr

Is this trip right for you?
• This is a basic trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park, Flinders Ranges, Red Centre, and Top End
• You'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.
• This 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
• This 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.
• Temperatures in the Top End 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.

 

Day 1: The Great Ocean Road

Departing cosmopolitan Melbourne, hit the road west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. After stopping for a quick photo opportunity at iconic Bells Beach, begin the journey along one of Australia's 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. (L)

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. (B/D)

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sites 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. (B) This night is unguided, you will meet with your second Guide tomorrow morning at the YHA.

Day 4: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges
We'll pick you up from out the front of the Adelaide Central YHA at 6.30am. On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you'll be treated to some extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges, which, stretching for over 430 km across South Australia, are the state's biggest mountain range. Arriving at our campsite there'll be time for hike before snuggling down in a swag. Total driving time takes around 5 hours. (L/D)

Great Ocean Road

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, we'll make a stop by Lake Eyre (Australia's largest salt lake), before arriving at our campsite in William Creek - base for the night. Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours. (B/L/D)

 

Day 6: Coober Pedy
Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world's 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 midafternoon we'll have reached the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy. The weather here is so hot that life's better lived underground. After taking a guided tour of this subterranean society, and checking into an underground bunkhouse, you'll have the afternoon at leisure. Try your luck 'noodling' for opals, or finish the day at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage to see what's hopping about. Total driving time today is approximately 6.5 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Coober Pedy / Yulara
We'll be honest, there's 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. (B/L/D)

 

 

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Day 8: Yulara/Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Translating to the Pitjantjatjara word for 'Many Heads', the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta are a defining feature of the Red Centre landscape both topographically and spiritually. Rising 546 m above the surrounding plain, Mt. Olga's tip is the highest point for miles around, while the site's ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. Many of these stories are kept secret from outsiders, but you'll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land, on a guided walk. Tonight you can sleep in a permanent tent or curl up in a swag (Aussie bedroll) as you watch the desert sun set over Uluru and enjoy a night under the outback stars. There isn't much driving today, about an hour in total between destinations. You will walk approximately 5-9km, depending on how much of Uluru's base you would like to walk. (B/L/D)

Kings canyon rim walk

Day 9: Uluru/Kings Canyon
Uluru isn't Coober Pedy, but it still gets pretty hot here come midday. If you're keen to beat the heat on a walk around the rock's 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 there's the opportunity to learn more at the onsite Cultural Centre. Later in the day there's 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 4 hours and walking is up to 10km. (B/L/D)

Uluru-Ayers-Rock

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 Australia's answer to an oasis. The highlight attractions here are the Garden of Eden, the Amphitheatre and the Lost City - all sites you'll get to visit on the Rim Walk. Following lunch it's back on the road for the onward drive to Alice Springs. Driving time today is approximately 5 hours back to Alice Springs, and the Rim Walk is approximately 6km. (B/L)

 

Day 11: Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines. We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Darwin, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you'll be staying at the Melaleuca on Mitchell. (no meals included)

Day 12: Free day in Darwin
Kick back in balmy Darwin today, with time to wash your socks and jocks and perhaps relax by the rooftop pool at your hostel. If you're game, head a few doors down and visit the scaly locals at Crocosauras Cove!

 

Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Alice Springs to Darwin with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines. The plane you will be one won't have such colourful design - sorry.
Qantas plane - Commenative flight exterior design.

Day 13: Mary River Wetlands & Ubirr
This morning, we'll pick you up from out the front of the Melaleuca at 6:50am to travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique 'Welcome to Country' by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these 'salties' and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner. Total driving time today is around 6 hours. Total walking distance is up to 2 kilometres. (L/D)

Day 14: Kakadu National Park
Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that's operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp. Total driving time today is just over 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 1.5km (B/L/D)

Jim Jim Falls seasonal access see details below

Day 15: Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night. Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking time is approximately an 1.5 hours. (B/L/D)

 

Day 16: Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group. Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking time is up to 3.5 hours (optional walks included). (B/L/D)

2991 Nitmiluk-National Park Katherine Gorge otpional at own expense scenic cruise of Katherine Gorge

Day 17: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Once you've had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it's the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night. The total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'. (B/L)

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What to bring on tour:
• 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: 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners
• Transport: Minibus, All-Terrain vehicle and plane from Alice Springs to Darwin
• Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with shared facilities) (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night) Hostel multishare (5 nights)

Activities:
• 12 Apostles & London Bridge, Kennett River, Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges, Swim at Lorne or Teddy's Lookout (seasonal), Brambuk Culture Centre, Loch Ard Gorge, Mackenzie Falls and Pinnacles Walk in the Grampians National Park and Reeds Lookout (the Balconies), Wilpena Pound, Anna Creek Station, Coober Pedy Mine tour, Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, Dingo Fence, Mala cultural interpretative walk, Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru Base Walk, Uluru Cultural Centre, Watarrka National Park Entry Fees, Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Mary River cruise, Pudakul Cultural Experience, Jim Jim Falls Walk, Twin Falls Walk, Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre, Buley Rockholes, Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Wangi Falls


© • Uluru


© • Kata Tjuta


© • Ayers Rock from a distance

© • Mary River Wildlife Cruise



© • Litchfield


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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Melbourne on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Darwin day 17 at approximately 6pm

2. Onward travel to be booked the following day

3. This trip requires a sleeping bag, bring your own or pre-purchase from us for AU$45

 

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.

Airport Transfers
ALICE Springs: Alice Wanderer: Transfer Alice Springs accommodation to Airport 1800 1800 722 111 (free call) or +61 8 89522111 DARWIN: Darwin Airport Link Bus: Transfer Darwin Airport to accommodation Phone: +61474 503 093

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.

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

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.

Fitness Level: 3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll 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.

 

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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 that’ll 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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