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12 Day Down South & Outback

$1,990.00 $1,790.00

Topdeck’s 14-day Down South & Outback is an amazing Australian coach tour between Melbourne and Alice Springs. Drive the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide, paint your own boomerang at an Aboriginal cultural centre, visit a Clare Valley winery, tour an opal mine in Coober Pedy, see sunrise at Uluru.

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Starts: Alice Springs, George Crescent, Ciccone NT 0870, Australia
Ends: Melbourne VIC, Australia

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru

We’re hitting the red ground running with a visit to a camel farm and then onto Yulara. It’s off to Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, providing a rockin’ live show. Tonight, hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own grub. Welcome to the outback, mate. (D)

Day 2: Uluru

Start your day with a big bowl of ‘oh my god’ thanks to a breathtaking sunrise sesh back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Do your best Attenborough narration as you keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. (B)

Day 3: Uluru to Kings Canyon

Get ready for some sole searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. (B, D)

Day 4: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you’ll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that’s not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: rad). (B, L)

Day 5: Alice Springs

Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option…and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There’s local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset. (B)

Day 6: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy

Check out the world’s longest Dingo Fence (good thing there’s a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into South Australia. It’s time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world’s opals come from and a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world. (B, D)

Day 7: Coober Pedy to Quorn

After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we’re riding south into the Flinders Ranges. You’ll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal – tomorrow’s going to be epic. (B, D)

Day 8: Quorn

Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you’re lucky you get to play in its toy cupboard today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound-a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. But first: rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins for a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station-an abandoned sheep and cattle farm. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Quorn to Adelaide

We start our way away from the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes – we are heading for the City! A visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall – there’s a time and a place for confessions. This isn’t it. Tonight take in some of Adelaide’s finest local food and entertainment. (B)

Day 10: Adelaide

You’ve made it to one of the world’s coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today’s a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia’s answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island. Learn about the birds and the bees… and some of the other 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or tram it to the seaside village of Glenelg. (B)

Day 11: Adelaide to Mt Gambier

Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy – hot tip: don’t go to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. (B)

Day 12: Mt Gambier to Halls Gap

Next up: McKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It’s no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round – a rare promise in a country that’s 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. (B, D)

Day 13: Halls Gap to Port Campbell

If you’ve ever seen a car commercial, chances are you’ve seen the Great Ocean Road. With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window – today you’ll join the list of five million people to do this road-of-passage each year. Before putting any rubber on the GOR, we’ll tick off the spiritual home of surfing, spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. Slip into the skinny jeans this afternoon as we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around. (B, D)

Day 14: Port Campbell to Melbourne

With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window – today you’ll join the list of five million people to do this road-of-passage along the Great Ocean Road each year. Before putting any rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we’ll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around. (B)

Inclusions:

  • Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Hike to MacKenzie Falls
  • Stay underground in Coober Pedy
  • Visit a kangaroo orphanage
  • Valley of the Winds’ walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • View the magic of the Flinders Ranges
  • Great Ocean Road and sunset at Twelve Apostles
  • Stunning Grampians National Park
  • Make your own wine in Coonawarra
  • Paint your own souvenir boomerang

Plus:

  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 10 nights in hotels, lodges & hostels, 1 night underground, 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Awesome Driver Guide
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