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14 Day Darwin to Melbourne Explorer Overview
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
From north to south, discover all that lies between Darwin and Melbourne
Discover the wilds of the Aussie Outback on a cross-country exploration from Darwin to Melbourne. Spot sneaky saltwater crocs around Mary River National Park, watch a colourful sunset over Uluru, discover the Garden of Eden at Kings Canyon, hunt for opals in Coober Pedy and revel in the cosmopolitan vibes of Melbourne. Diverse and distinct, taking this route across Australia will impress every nature-lover, adventure-enthusiast and culture-admirer and provide a truly unique experience of Australia's open spaces.
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A cosmopolitan city in Australia's tropical Top End, Darwin has a relaxed atmosphere and a fascinating multicultural population. Litchfield National Park is famous for its beautiful rainforests, scenic waterfalls and safe swimming holes. A stunning region of freshwater billabongs and monsoon forests, Mary River National Park is an outstanding fishing and bird-watching destination where you can also spot a few saltwater crocs.
Home to colourful rock art and spectacular scenery, Kakadu National Park is a vast wilderness of rainforest, wetlands, waterfalls and amazing wildlife.
Known for its balmy weather and diverse cultural influences, Darwin has grown from a remote trading outpost into the Northern Territory's modern capital without losing its frontier charm.
Another day, another world class national park – this time it's Nitmiluk. Start the morning off with a refreshing dip beneath Edith Falls before heading to Katherine Gorge for the chance to take some scenic photographs over the mighty chasm. In the evening, unwind with a quiet beer in the historic Daly Waters Hotel. Being the oldest watering-hole in the entire territory, there are sure to be some characters to cheers a pint with.
Sacred to the Aboriginal owners of the land, journey to the daringly balanced Devil's Marbels (Karlu Karlu) and take a wander around these natural Australian icons. Later, cross the Tropic of Capricorn while heading south towards Alice Springs. Set up camp and spend the next day exploring the town.
On the drive to Uluru, stop by a camel farm and consider taking a short walk atop one of these unique animals. Next stop, Australia's most iconic site, Uluru. Check out this monolithic rock up-close, then spend the afternoon watching its colour change as the sun sets on the horizon.
Rise with the sun for a colourful start to the morning. After a dramatic sunrise, enjoy an unguided exploration around the base of Uluru. In the afternoon, meet an Aboriginal guide and take a hike around a local community to learn a little more about the culture of the Mala people before returning back to camp.
Grab some hiking shoes and head toward the towering rock faces surrounding Kings Canyon. Hike through desert sands, over granite boulders and into green oases on the walk to the lush Garden of Eden.
From the great outdoors to the hidden underground world of Coober Pedy, discover the delightfully enchanting world of this opal-mining capital. Delve into the history of this mining town with a journey underground into a mine. Later, head to the local museum before spending the night in a unique underground bunkhouse.
Although it is a long travel day, enjoy a scenic drive while travelling from Coober Pedy to Adelaide. Stop off at Woomera and Port Augusta before exploring Adelaide - the 'City of Churches'. Why not take a stroll around the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, check out the Art Gallery of South Australia or choose to explore the Migration Museum or State Library for an insight into Adelaide's history.
Journey across the mighty Murray River towards the Grampians National Park. Stop off at Brambuck Cultural Centre for an insight into Victoria's Aboriginal heritage, then take a leisurely hike to Silverband Falls. In the evening enjoy a final group dinner in Halls Gap before the final leg of the journey gets underway.
Cruise down the Great Ocean Road, Victoria's premier coastal destination. Check out the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge before arriving in Melbourne. This city by the bay is smart, edgy and fast paced, so if you have a little extra time, grab a coffee, catch a tram and get exploring. View cutting edge architecture around the city centre, experience the bohemian vibe of Collingwood or hit the beach in St Kilda.
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