16 Day Melbourne to Darwin Explorer Itinerary

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.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,140
      CAD $2,275
      AUD $2,365
      EUR €1,645
      GBP £1,415
      NZD $2,805
      ZAR R21,525
      CHF FR2,030
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Apr 1, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016. View later 16 Day Melbourne to Darwin Explorer.
Aboriginal art

Day 1 Melbourne/Great Ocean Road

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

Day 2 Grampians National Park/Adelaide

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.

Day 4 Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 5 Oodnadatta Track/William Creek

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 6 Coober Pedy

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.
ACCOM: Underground Multishare - 1

Day 7 Coober Pedy/Erldunda

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

Day 8 Kata Tjuta/Uluru

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

Day 9 Uluru/Kings Canyon

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

Day 10 Alice Springs

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.

Day 12 Alice Springs/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Daly Waters

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 13 Katherine Gorge/Darwin

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.

Day 14 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River

Drive out to Litchfield National Park, a lushly forested haven of tranquil swimming holes, year-round cascades and towering termite mounds. Receive a traditional 'Cul Cul' welcome meeting from the local Limilngan-Wulna people and try your hand at didgeridoo playing, spear throwing or basket weaving. Finish off the day with a croc-spotting cruise through the Mary River Wetlands.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 15 Mary River/Kakadu

Behold Aboriginal rock art thousands of years old on a hike through Ubirr. Take in exceptional views over the Nardab Floodplain and East Alligator River, then cool off with a splash in the plunge pools of Maguk (Barramundi Gorge).
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 16 Kakadu/Darwin

Clamber into a 4x4 and hit the wild road to Kakadu National Park. While the amount of water flowing can vary hugely according to season, the view from the base of Jim Jim Falls is always impressive. Continue on to Twin Falls and enjoy the tranquillity of this incredibly picturesque gorge on a boat and boardwalk adventure. Make the return journey to Darwin, where this Australian overland adventure concludes.