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The Red Centre to Melbourne

  • 10 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAOARM

It's a wide-open space between the aptly named Red Centre and Adelaide, and we intend to make the most of it on this 10-day trek full of good company and good times. From touring national parks to wine tastings in the Clare Valley to hitting up the iconic Great Ocean Road, you'll get a feel for the Outback that can only come from travelling in a close-knit group. Plus, our expert CEOs will make sure everything goes smoothly, leaving more time for you to enjoy yourself.

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Day 1 Alice Springs

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time and settle into the hostel. There will be a group meeting in the evening; please look for a welcome note when you arrive to learn about the time and location. Afterwards, there will be an optional group dinner with the CEO.

Day 2 Kings Canyon/Uluru (1D)

Leave early in the morning to travel to the Red Centre. Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon before continuing to Uluru.

Depart early for the Red Centre. In the heat of the summer, we will sometimes depart as early as 3 or 4am so that we arrive to the sites before the high temperature levels in the middle of the day. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park, including the natural Amphitheatre, the North and South Walls and the Garden of Eden. Continue on to the Uluru campground for the night. Estimated travel time - 8 hours Approximate travel distance - 700km

Day 3 Uluru (1B,1D)

Visit an Aboriginal cultural centre. Do the informative Mala Walk to learn about the importantce of Uluru to the Aborigines, and catch the sunset over Uluru. Camp under the stars-the only way to really experience the Outback.

Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru, while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.  The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 450 km

Day 4 Coober Pedy (1B)

Travel along a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat by spending the night underground.

Travel across the Outback to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Estimated travel time: 9 hours Travel distance: 780 km

Day 5 William Creek (1B)

Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route. Cross the dingo fence and stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way.

We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. We cross the dingo fence and stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 180 km

Day 6 Beltana (1B,1D)

Continue along the Oodnadatta track. Visit an Aboriginal centre, and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre. Experience a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at a historic sheep station.

Today we continue along the Oodnadatta track exploring the original Ghan Railway and historic settler sites. View the salt lake of Lake Eyre and enjoy a dip in a remote thermal spring. Learn of the importance of the local Indigenous people at the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre. Learn about the European history of the region before settling into the Historic Beltana Sheep Station. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 365km

Day 7 Adelaide (1B)

Drive through the Flinders Ranges before a wine tasting in the Clare Valley.

Depart Beltana and take one of the gorges into the Flinders Ranges, stopping to absorb the magnificent views along the drive. From Hawker take the famous RM Williams drive. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. South Australia has earned its place as one of the top wine regions in the world. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'. Estimated travel time: 7.5 hours Travel distance: 550 km

Day 8 Grampians National Park (1B,1D)

Trek through the forest of Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife.

Early start to explore Grampians National Park. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit Mc Kenzie's Falls. End the day depending on the time with an evening walk in the Grampians National Park before staying overnight in Halls Gap. Estimated travel time: Travel distance:

Day 9 Port Campbell (1B)

Early morning walk and visit to an Aboriginal cultural centre, then travel along the Great Ocean Road, visiting the Arch and the 12 Apostles.

Drive along the Great Ocean road, viewing sites including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill National Park for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 260 km

Day 10 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne (1B)

Visit Loch Ard Gorge and travel past world-famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Walk through the rainforest in Great Otway NP. Tour ends upon arrival to Melbourne in the evening; please book ongoing travel after 8pm.

Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Tweleve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Make a stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk and check out the famous surf town of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route to Melbourne. Tour ends upon arrival in Melbourne at approximately 5pm, please book ongoing travel after 8pm. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 300 km

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures, 18-35s
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park. Visit to the 12 Apostles. Clare Valley wine tasting. Visit to an Aboriginal centre. Underground mine tour. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala Walk and cultural centre visit (Uluru). Hike at Kings Canyon and Grampians National Park. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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