16 Day Melbourne to Darwin Explorer Overview
Travel along the Great Ocean Road, to Uluru, through the Mary River Wetlands and into Kakadu National Park on this epic Australian adventure from Melbourne to Darwin.
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Travel from Melbourne up through Australia's Red Centre to Darwin
Traverse the Australian continent, from Melbourne to Darwin, on this riveting road journey that takes in a great chunk of the country's most iconic landmarks plus some. Wind along the Great Ocean Road, stopping off en route to see the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, venture into the dramatic landscape of the Grampians and become acquainted with Adelaide's amiable small-city vibe. Get a grasp of the Red Centre's sheer scale from atop Kings Canyon, learn about the indigenous cultures that have called the region's climes home for millennia, be awed by an Uluru sunset and captivated by the raw beauty of Kakadu. From Melbourne's edgy and eclectic street scene to the endless horizons of the rugged Outback, this adventure is for those looking to encounter the distinctions and diversities that colour Australia.
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Touch down in Melbourne, Victoria's artsy, mellow and multicultural capital. The adventure gets underway heading west to the small surfing town of Torquay, home to the world famous Bell's Beach surf break and Rip Curl and Quiksilver surf brands, before reaching the Great Ocean Road and its iconic Twelve Apostles. Then trade the coast for the hills and head inland for a night in the Grampians.
Learn about the Grampians' local Aboriginal culture on a visit to the Brambuck Cultural Centre. Set out on a hike in the national park and take in the vast panoramas on offer from the various lookouts. Cross the state border and arrive in the charming city of Adelaide.
Travel inland to South Australia's respected Clare Valley wine country. Pass through picturesque provincial towns and perhaps sample some of the regional drops over a leisurely lunch. Soak up the astounding views of the Flinders Ranges on the way to Wilpena Pound – one of the country's most spectacular natural settings.
Continue winding through the Flinders Ranges, past the old mining town of Leigh Creek and Lake Eyre – the largest salt lake in Australia. Bed down for the night in the teeny-tiny town of William Creek, population: 6.
Watch an otherworldly landscape of dark red dunes, pale salt pans and the world's largest cattle station whirl by on the road to Coober Pedy. The undisputed opal capital of the world, this town will be unlike anything you've ever seen – as it exists almost entirely underground. Join a tour of its 'dug-out' dwellings, underground church and the scrap iron tree that overlooks the town. Tonight you'll be doing as the locals do and spending your sleeping hours below the earth.
Make your acquaintance with some of Coober Pedy's rescued joeys at Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage before heading out across the outback's Moon Plain. Passing through the Dingo Fence, the longest man-made construction anywhere in the world, arrive in the highway junction homestead of Erldunda.
Arrive in Uluru, arguably Australia's most recognisable natural landmark. Following lunch, get exploring the deep crevices and ravines of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds walk. When night falls, choose between a swag and permanent tent to sleep in and enjoy the dazzling light display that the desert sky puts on.
Wake to a magical sight as the sun rises from behind Uluru. Gain an enhanced appreciation of the significance that this rock holds for the local Mala people on an interpretative cultural walk led by an Aboriginal guide. After visiting an indigenous arts and crafts cultural centre, drive on to our exclusive campsite at Watarrka National Park.
Embark on a guided hike into Kings Canyon and take in the impressive sights of the Amphitheatre, Lost City, Garden of Eden and North and South walls. Arrive in Alice Springs and spend a free day getting to know this endearing odd-ball of a town.
Stop off at the huge boulders of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) on the road to Tennant Creek. Upon arriving in Daly Waters, there'll be the chance to sit down to a hearty pub meal at this town's famous hotel.
Home to both Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls, Nitmiluk National Park is a true gem of the Northern Territory. Savour the incredible views from Baruwei Lookout, learn about the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people and perhaps make a splash in Edith Falls before resuming the onward journey to Darwin.
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.
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