Melbourne to Darwin Overland

01/25/2020 through 10/15/2020
01/25/2020 through 10/18/2020
Intrepid Travel

Melbourne to Darwin Overland

Thought you knew what an epic Aussie road trip was? Well, think again. Crank the tunes and leave the big cities in your dust on the ultimate 17-day Outback adventure between Melbourne and Darwin. Discover the beauty of the Great Ocean Road coastline, check out the quirky opal mining town of Coober Pedy, witness the majestic Uluru at sunrise, gain an insight into the significance of First Nations cave paintings, rock art and connection to the land in Kata Tjuta and Katherine, and see some seriously spectacular vistas at the Grampians, the Flinders Ranges and Kakadu. With plenty of time to appreciate the natural beauty and learn a little bit more about the Traditional Owners of the land, let Australia’s southern interior, Red Centre and Top End lead the way.

Activities

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Koala spotting – Great Ocean Road
  • Melba Gully Walk – Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Mackenzie Falls – Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk – Grampians
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Anna Creek Station
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Dingo Fence
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Maruku Arts cultural experience
  • Watarrka National Park Entry Fees
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Mary River cruise
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Edith Falls
  • Top Didj Indigenous Experience

Highlights

  • Travel along Australia’s most acclaimed stretch of coastline with a scenic drive on the Great Ocean Road. This is one trip where you definitely want to call shotgun on a window seat.
  • Take a one-night pitstop in Halls Gap to discover the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park. Go hiking up to the Pinnacles lookout, and marvel at the stunning MacKenzie Falls.
  • Immerse yourself in First Nations cultures with experiences including witnessing cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru and viewing Aboriginal rock art at Yourambulla Caves.
  • See the best of Australia’s iconic Red Centre on guided walks around Uluru, Kings Canyon and the ancient red domes of Kata Tjuta.
  • Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of The First Peoples of Australia during an interactive experience in Katherine, and discover the historic and natural wonders of Kakadu National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1 The Great Ocean Road
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Day 2 The Grampians
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Day 3 The Grampians to Adelaide
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Day 4 Flinders Ranges
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Day 5 Quorn
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Day 6 Coober Pedy
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Day 7 Coober Pedy / Yulara
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Day 8 Yulara/Uluru
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Day 9 Uluru/Kings Canyon
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Day 10 Kings Canyon/ Alice Springs
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Day 11 Alice Springs
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Day 12 Alice Springs – Darwin
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Day 13 Darwin
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Day 14 Darwin – Mary River via Litchfield National Park
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Day 15 Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge
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Day 16 Kakadu – Katherine
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Day 17 Katherine Gorge – Darwin
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