8 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer ex Yulara Overview

Embark on an outback adventure from the remote outpost of Yulara to the metropolitan hub of Melbourne. See Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the Great Ocean Road.

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    • PASME8Y
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31

Travel from Yulara down to Melbourne and experience some of Australia's most iconic sights

Take in the Australian Outback's wide open expanses and stupendous national attractions on this southbound road journey from Yulara to Melbourne. Hop atop a camel for a ride through the desert, become acquainted with the indigenous heritage of Uluru and go for a wander through marvellous Kings Canyon. Learn about opal mining in the rustic town of Coober Pedy, explore the spectacular natural scenery of the Grampians National Park and be totally engrossed by the ever-changing panoramas on display along the Great Ocean Road. Covering a considerable distance in a leisurely paced eight days, this adventure is just the ticket for those wanting to experience the rugged beauty of Australia's centre and coast.

  • Survey the Red Centre's great dusty expanse from the back of a camel
  • Explore the Olgas on a Valley of the Winds hike
  • Learn about the Mala people on a guided walk around Uluru's base
  • Take to the underground in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy
  • Spend a night in the Grampians National Park
  • Wind along Victoria's famed Great Ocean Road

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Yulara, Australia
  • Finish:

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Group size:

    Min 6 , Max 24
  • Ages:

    Min 8
  • Meals:

    4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hostel (3 nts), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nts), Underground Multishare (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Minibus, Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Mala cultural intrepretive walk

  • Notes:

    1. Tour commences in Yulara at either the Ayers Rock Resort or Yulara airport on day 1. Please refer to trip notes for pick up times as they vary at different time of the year. This trip finishes in Melbourne day 8 at approx 6pm please consider when booking flights and accommodation. 2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay here. 3. Please bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase one for AU$30. Please enquire at time of booking. 4. You can also join this trip in Alice Springs on Day 1; please see tour code PASME8.

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8 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Explorer ex Yulara Summary

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Day 1 Yulara/Kata Tjuta/Uluru

This Uluru Safari adventure commences in Yulara, a tiny outback town only 18 kms from Uluru. Perhaps get a feel for the surrounding desert from atop a 'ship of the desert' on a visit to a working camel farm. Then make tracks across the sunburnt plains to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and enjoy a guided hike to uncover the legends of the nearby Valley of the Winds. A desert sunset over ancient Uluru (Ayers Rock) makes for a fitting end to a memorable day.

Day 2 Uluru/Kings Canyon

Wake to a vision of the sun rising up over magnificent Uluru. Learn a bit about the culture of the region's local indigenous population on a guided walk with a local member of the Mala people and drop into a Cultural Centre to peruse their traditional arts and crafts. Continue on to Kings Canyon for a night of camping.

Day 3 Kings Canyon/Erldunda

Explore the deep natural gullies and rock walls of Kings Canyon. Trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, Garden of Eden and North and South Walls, keeping a keen eye for local wildlife.

Day 4 Coober Pedy

Cross the Territory border into South Australia. Arrive in Coober Pedy and set out on a tour of the museum and underground mine of this, the world's opal mining capital.

Days 5-6 Adelaide

Drive along the Stuart Highway, stopping off along the way for photo opportunities of the Central Australian salt flats. Pass the ‘rocket launching’ town of Woomera and break for lunch in Port Augusta before arrival in Adelaide.

Day 7 Adelaide/Grampians National Park

Spend a couple of days getting to know Adelaide, Australia's self-proclaimed 'City of Churches'. Cross into Victoria and enter the Grampians National Park. Learn about the significance of the park to the local indigenous population at the Brambuck Cultural Centre and visit some waterfalls before bedding down in Hall's Gap.

Day 8 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne

View London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles. Then just sit back and soak up the incredible views on offer along the Great Ocean Road. Spy koalas snoozing in their gum tree hideouts and take a break at legendary Bells Beach before the adventure winds up in Melbourne.
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    • PASME8Y
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    • Original