Down South & Outback

See the very best of Southern Australia and The Outback on an incredible coach trip between Melbourne and Alice Springs. Drive the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide, paint your own boomerang at an Aboriginal cultural centre, visit a Clare Valley winery, tour an opal mine in Coober Pedy, see sunrise at Uluru… make truly fantastic memories on this journey!

 

Price Per Person:

$2,085

 

Package Includes:

  • 10 nights in combination of hotels, lodges, and shared accommodations
  • Some meals as indicated
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver & Guide
  • All taxes and fees

 

Full Itinerary:

 

Day 1 - Melbourne to Port Campbell

 

  • Welcome– meet your travel buddies and hit the road.
  • Drive along the Great Ocean Road. With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window.
  • This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia.
  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Port Campbell to Halls Gap

 

  • From one natural wonder to another, you’ll explore the 167,000 hectares of The Grampians – a mecca for hikers and rock climbers.
  • Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived. Then paint your own story onto a boomerang.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Halls Gap to Mt Gambier

 

  • Visit to MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria.
  • Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Mt Gambier to Adelaide

 

  • Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence.
  • Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole.
  • Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin!
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 – Adelaide

  • You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Adelaide to Parachilna

 

  • On your way to the Clare Valley, we'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Parachilna to Quorn

 

  • Flinders Ranges National Park has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today.
  • Take a hike to Wilpena Pound – a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock. 
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Quorn to Coober Pedy

 

  • Destination: Coober Pedy. Where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Along with these subterranean houses, this place is known for another little gem: Opals. 75% of the world's opals come from here.
  • Later: meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 9 - Coober Pedy to Alice Springs

 

  • It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then, check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory.
  • Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 10 - Alice Springs to Uluru

 

  • We're hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red.
  • Meals Included: Dinner

Day 11 - Uluru

 

  • Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Uluru to Kings Canyon

 

  • Venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

 

  • If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome).
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 - Alice Springs

 

  • Your stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.
  • Meals: Breakfast

*Valid for travel: 01 April 2017 – 05 Nov 2017

*Package is land only and does not include international flights

*While considered open-age, this vacation is recommended for those aged 18-30.

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel 01 Apr 2017 – 05 Nov 2017.  The packaged advertised herein does not include international airfare and that would be additional to the per person price listed above.  All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Please note that due to space and weight restrictions on the coach busses, passengers with too much luggage on departure morning may be told that they cannot take their entire luggage with them – Please limit your luggage to a maximum of 20kg.  There are currently no compulsory vaccinations required for either Australia or New Zealand. Please reconfirm this with your GP or health professional before you leave as conditions can change.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon. All passengers traveling to Australia must have an Australian travel Visa. Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport. Please make sure your passport is valid for more than six months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if there is not at least six months validity remaining on your passport after your departure date from their country.  Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.