14 Day Darwin to Melbourne Explorer Itinerary

Travel from Darwin to Melbourne via Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs, Uluru, Coober Pedy, Adelaide and Halls Gap. From Australia's northern-most capital to southern Victoria, prepare to be dazzled by the natural and urban delights of Australia.

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      USD $1,940
      CAD $2,065
      AUD $2,145
      EUR €1,490
      GBP £1,285
      NZD $2,540
      ZAR R19,525
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Beach sunset, Darwin

Sign, Uluru

Aboriginal culture, Darwin

Crocodile, Kakadu

Rock art, Kakadu

Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Farewell Australia's most northern capital city and head south towards Litchfield National Park. Discover the stunning waterfalls dotted around the park, perhaps taking a dip in their cool waters. After lunch, meet the traditional owners of the land and learn about their culture. Give spear throwing a try, learn about bush tucker or perhaps test out a didgeridoo before visiting the Mary River Wetlands and going on a river-cruise at dusk - keep an eye out for lurking crocodiles in the waters below.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu

After witnessing incredible Aboriginal rock art, art lovers should certainly visit the main art gallery of Kakadu National Park. Then take in the park’s natural beauty on any number of short hikes.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 3 Kakadu/Darwin

Visit two of Kakadu's most beautiful highlights, Jim Jim and Twin falls. Feel the power of Mother Nature while exploring this natural wonder by boat before returning to Darwin.
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Day 4 Darwin/Katherine Gorge

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 5 Daly Waters/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Alice Springs

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.
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Day 6 Alice Springs

Break up the journey to Alice Springs with a stop at Tennant Creek and Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), two fascinating places steeped in meaning for the area's traditional owners.
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Day 7 Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru

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.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 8 Uluru/Kings Canyon

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.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 9 Kings Canyon/Erldunda

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.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 10 Coober Pedy

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.
ACCOM: Underground Multishare - 1

Day 11 Adelaide

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.
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Day 12 Adelaide

Spend a leisurely day getting to know South Australia’s amiably paced and attractively set capital, Adelaide.
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Day 13 Adelaide/Grampians National Park

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.
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Day 14 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne

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.