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Via Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Flinders Ranges, Oodnadatta & Ayers Rocks
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 to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.
Meals included: lunch
Accommodation: Bayside Lodge (Warrnambool)
Day 2: The Grampians National Park
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.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Grampians Motel (Grampians National Park)
Day 3: The Grampians & McKenzie Falls
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.
Meals included: Breakfast Accommodation: Adelaide Central YHA
Day 4: Clare Valley Vineyards & Flinders Ranges
Barely 100 kilometres 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 Australia’s oldest wine regions.
On the drive through to Wilpena Pound you’ll be treated to some
extraordinary views of the Flinders Ranges. Stretching for over
430 km across South Australia, they are the state’s largest mountain range.
Leaving the Flinders Ranges, we travel 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation: William Creek Camp (William Creek)
Day 6: Coober Pedy: The Underground Town
Covering an area of six million acres, Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest working cattle station. By mid-afternoon we will 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.
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.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation: Campotel
Day 8: Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olga’s)
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 ridges and ravines are closely connected with numerous indigenous creation-time stories. You’ll learn a little about the local Anangu culture, and come to appreciate the beauty of their land, on a guided walk.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 9: Uluru & Anangu Culture
Uluru holds great significance to the local Anangu people, and appreciating this is key to appreciating Uluru itself. Your guide will explain a little about the land during the final “Mala” 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).
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Kings Canyon - Campotel
Day 10: Watarrka National Park - Alice Springs
With its 300-metre high sandstone walls, hidden waterholes, fern forests, 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, where this adventure concludes.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
(a great dinner option is Overlander Steackhouse).
Please note, this itinerary is meant to be customised based on the customer’s budget and expectations as well as the number of travellers.
All accommodation as stated in itinerary
All meals as stated in itinerary
Local English speaking tour guide throughout the tour with 4WD charter vehicle
Umoona Opal Mine tour
Entrance Ayers Rock
National Park fees
International and domestic flights
Meals not stated in itinerary
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