18-to-Thirtysomethings: Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)
Countries Visited: Australia Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 20, avg 16
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, bed down at a traditional Outback station, learn about creation time stories from the Aboriginal Australians, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset.
If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia's highlights without feeling rushed, you'll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the Outback to the Red Centre. Here you'll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal Australian culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation - swags to underground hostels and even a traditional Outback station.
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|Day 1||Melbourne||Day 1 Melbourne|
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the cultural capital of Australia. Get lost in the citys famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the Uber-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Port Campbell||Day 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B)|
Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Included Activities: 12 Apostles Visit Loch Ard Gorge Visit Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
|Day 3||Halls Gap||Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B)|
Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP. Included Activities: London Arch Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
|Day 4||Adelaide||Day 4 Halls Gap/Adelaide (1B)|
Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzies Falls, and travel onto Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 500km)
|Day 5||Adelaide||Day 5 Adelaide|
There are no planned activities during the day, so enjoy free time to explore the city. Opt to go for a cruise to swim with dolphins (seasonal), take the tram to Glenelg beach, visit a nearby winery, grab lunch at the Central Market, or enjoy time getting lost in the city. Additional Notes: New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
|Day 6||Quorn||Day 6 Adelaide/Quorn (1B)|
Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
|Day 7||Beltana||Day 7 Quorn/Beltana (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
|Day 8||William Creek||Day 8 Beltana/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)|
We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours, 400km)
|Day 9||Coober Pedy||Day 9 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)|
Travel 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 the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 200km)
|Day 10||Kings Creek||Day 10 Coober Pedy/Kings Creek (1B, 1D)|
Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (padded canvas bedroll) around a campfire and sleep under the Outback sky. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)
|Day 11||Uluru||Day 11 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
|Day 12||Uluru||Day 12 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aboriginals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
|Day 13||Alice Springs||Day 13 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)|
Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Alice Springs. The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening. Included Activities: Valley of the Winds Walk Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
Local Flights: N/A
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