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Australia North to South – Darwin to Melbourne

Youve got just over two weeks in Australia, so what are you going to see? Everything! Travelling south from Darwin, tour Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks the old stomping grounds of Crocodile Dundee and check out some of the most diverse wildlife around. From there head to Katherine Gorge and decide if all the pictures youve seen have done it any justice (they havent!). Make your way towards the Red Centre and the magic of Uluru, followed by a stop in Coober Pedy, the neat underground town. Round it all off by taking in the scenery on your way to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road.

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  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OADM/154229
  • Starts: Darwin, Australia
  • Finishes: Port Campbell, Australia
You will Visit
  • Darwin
  • Melbourne

Itinerary

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Day 1: Darwin

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Darwin/Litchfield National Park

Set off early from Darwin and head to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence Falls, the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds. Later, go on a wetland nature cruise to try and spot crocs. Stretch out in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) and sleep under the stars.

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Day 3: Litchfield National Park/Kakadu National Park

Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Embark early on a full day of exploring. Travel to our overnight camp near Kakadu NP, where swags or tents await. End the day with a group barbecue.

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Day 4: Kakadu National Park/Katherine Gorge

Spend the morning exploring Kakadu NP. Finish the day with a drive to beautiful Katherine Gorge, stopping at Edith Falls on the way.

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Day 5: Katherine/Daly Waters

Enjoy a free morning. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. Stop off at nearby hot springs, then travel to the small town of Daly Waters. Hit up the local watering hole for a true Outback experience.

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Day 6: Daly Waters/Alice Springs

Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel south to Alice Springs via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals.

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Day 7: Alice Springs

Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.

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Day 8: Alice Springs/Uluru

Depart early and travel to the Red Centre. Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon (seasonal) before continuing on to Uluru.
Depart early for the Red Centre. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park.

Continue on to the Yulara campground for the night.

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Day 9: Uluru

Visit an Aboriginal culture centre and enjoy the informative Mala Walk at Uluru. Catch the sunset over Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.
Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people.

Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night.

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Day 10: Uluru/Coober Pedy

Travel to the town of Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.
Travel across the Outback to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area.

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Day 11: Coober Pedy/Flinders Ranges

Admire the Outback while travelling to the Flinders Ranges for the night.
Prepare for an early morning start for the travel day to Flinders Ranges.

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Day 12: Flinders Ranges/Adelaide

Explore the Flinders Ranges before travelling to Adelaide. Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley along the way.
Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'.

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Day 13: Adelaide

Enjoy a free day to discover Adelaide. Opt to go on a dolphin-spotting cruise (seasonal), or check out more wineries.
With an emerging art scene, natural beauty and attractions, and incredible restaurants, Adelaide has tons to see and do. Get out and discover the hub of South Australia!

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Day 14: Adelaide/Halls Gap

Set off early and travel inland to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife.
Depart early and travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls.

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Day 15: Halls Gap/Port Campbell

Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre (time permitting). Stop for a visit to the Arch along the Great Ocean Road.
Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, viewing sites including the collapsed London Arch.

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Day 16: Port Campbell/Melbourne

Travel along the Great Ocean Road. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles, then travel past world-famous surf beaches. Walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park. Tour ends upon arrival to Melbourne in the evening.
Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles formations. Stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk en route to Melbourne.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Recharge: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit, Mataranka Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley
    • Wetland nature cruise in crocodile territory
    • Visit to an Aboriginal art and craft centre
    • Guided exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield NPs
    • Underground mine tour
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk around Uluru and visit to the cultural centre
    • Hike at Kings Canyon (seasonal)
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
    • 12 Apostles visit
    • Walks in Grampians NP
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (8 nts), swag camping (6 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Kakadu National Park
  • Spot crocs on a river cruise
  • Clink glasses at an Outback pub
  • Awe at majestic Uluru
  • Sleep underground in Coober Pedy
  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road.