Melbourne, Outback, and Uluru Adventure

002506 - W17

This 12-day tour takes you from Melbourne to the Red Centre with experiences along the way – sample local wines, check out Victoria’s beaches, travel along the Great Ocean Road, take a guided night walk, sleep underground like the locals in Coober Pedy, and explore the Outback.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Brighton Beach on Port Phillip Bay’s colourful bathing boxes, and Mornington Peninsula
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road, passing world-famous surf beaches the 12 Apostles at Port Campbell
  • Visit The Balconies (Jaws of Death), McKenzie Falls in Grampians National Park and Little Desert National Park
  • Guided tour of an opal mine and overnight underground in Coober Pedy
  • Uluru, Australia’s most iconic symbol and centre of ancient, Aboriginal history and culture

2018 Departures:
November: 04
December: 16

2018 Prices:
CA$3,899 – twin

Prices are shown in CA$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room. If you’re travelling solo you will be matched up with a traveller of the same gender in a shared room. If you prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip a single supplement, starting at CA$2,069, will apply. Please inquire for a single quote on the date of your choice.

Tour Code:
002506 - W17

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Day 1: Melbourne

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the ‘cultural capital of Australia’. Get lost in the city’s famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.

Welcome Meeting at 6:00pm (1 hour)
The adventure begins tonight. Please ensure sure you’re back to the hotel in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour escort will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2: Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula

Tour Melbourne’s iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula. Stop to see Brighton’s brightly coloured bathing boxes, miniature beachfront cabins that are unique to the beaches in Port Phillip Bay. Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the stunning coastal scenery while driving through quaint towns and past stunning beaches.

Melbourne Laneways Walk
Discover the small laneways packed with shops, cafés and restaurants that make Melbourne so unique. After a light breakfast and delicious coffee (which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without!), experience Melbourne’s laneways with an expert local host. Journey through this ‘secret city,’ seeing local hotspots and incredible street art while learning about the city’s history.

Bathing Boxes Visit, Brighton
Stop to check out some of the famous bathing boxes that Port Phillip Bay is known for. These one-room “mini-cabins” are owned by families to store belongings on their favourite beach. Snap some photos of these brightly coloured boxes and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

Day 3: Mornington Peninsula

Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Go for a hike, visit a winery, or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.

Day 4: Mornington Peninsula – Port Campbell

Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park. Enjoy the stunning scenery while driving along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at the highlights along the way.

Rainforest Walk, Great Otway National Park (30 minutes, 1-2km)
Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO. Stroll sandy beaches and hike along the rugged coastline, take photos from rock platforms, and head north to see forests, green gullies, pristine lakes and gushing waterfalls.

12 Apostles Visit, Port Campbell National Park (45 minutes-1 hour)
Stop at a scenic lookout point along the Great Ocean Road and capture the beautiful views over the ocean and the 12 Apostles. Now with only seven formations still standing, these iconic attractions were once limestone caves which eroded to become arches and eventually stacks up to 45m (147 ft) in height.

Loch Ard Gorge Visit, Port Campbell National Park (15-30 minutes)
Located along the Great Ocean Road, beautiful Loch Ard Gorge shows the process of erosion in action. See offshore stacks and blowholes, and watch short tailed shearwaters soar over the nearby island. This location is a perfect backdrop for a group photo. Get snapping!

Day 5: Port Campbell – Little Desert National Park

Travel into the Aussie bush, stopping at Grampians National Park en route. Take a guided night walk to look for nocturnal critters in Little Desert National Park.

The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit, Grampians National Park (1 hour, 2km)
Set off from the Reed Lookout overlooking Victoria Valley, and enjoy a short walk with beautiful scenery to the Balconies, formerly called the Jaws of Death. Check out the gorgeous view, but be careful not to lean too far over the edge!

MacKenzie Falls Visit, Grampians National Park (30 minutes-1 hour)
MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform.

Night Bush Walk, Little Desert National Park
Once the sun sets, head out for a guided walk in the Aussie bush. Take in the sounds of the night while trying to spot various nocturnal critters, including sugar gliders and brush-tailed bettongs.
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Day 6: Little Desert National Park – Adelaide

Travel to Adelaide, and enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival before free time to explore the city.

Orientation Walk (30 minutes-1 hour)
Enjoy a brief walk with your guide. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Day 7: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges

Stop for a wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley before driving through the Flinders Ranges.

Hands-On: Wine Tasting
Stop by a local winery and sample some of the different grape varietals while learning a bit more about wine production and its history in the Clare Valley. Try some Riesling, the local favourite (considered the best in Australia, if not the world), along with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
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Day 8: Flinders Ranges

Visit Wilpena Pound, a 800-million-year old natural amphitheatre, before enjoying free time for optional activities in the Flinders Ranges like hiking or a 4WD tour of the rugged area.

Free Time
Wilpena Pound Visit
Visit the incredible Wilpena Pound amphitheatre, carved out of the Flinders Ranges over 800 million years ago. Explore the ancient landscapes and take in the impressive landscape in this part of the Flinders Ranges NP.
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Day 9: Flinders Ranges- Coober Pedy

Travel to Coober Pedy, the unique opal mining town, the world’s opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.

Guided Mine Tour, Coober Pedy (1 hour)
Learn about opals and Coober Pedy’s mining history on a tour of an old opal mine. See examples of both hand-dug and machine-dug underground homes, which are a popular way to escape the heat.
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Day 10: Coober Pedy – Uluru

Travel further into the Outback, cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia’s most iconic view awaits. Experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand!

Uluru at Sunset (30 minutes-1 hour)
Enjoy a glass of bubbly, and watch the setting sun transform Uluru into a glowing monolith bathed in deep reds and oranges. Capture the moment with your camera, but also take a moment just to soak in the serenity of the scene with your own eyes. Magic!

Day 11: Uluru

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aborigines.

Uluru Mala Walk (1 1/2 hours, 2km)
Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit, Uluru
Learn about the Aboriginal Australian culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and presentday life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.

Day 12: Uluru

Depart at any time today as the tour ends in Uluru.

Not ready to leave? We can arrange travel to Alice Springs, a fascinating town and home to the Flying Doctors base as well as a School of the Air distance-learning centre. From Alice you can travel north to Darwin, to the east coast or catch a flight home.

  • All transportation between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Services of a guide throughout the tour
  • 11 nights of accommodation, 10 nights hotel and 1 night underground hotel
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley; Guided Melbourne laneways walk; Brighton bathing boxes visit; Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP; 12 Apostles visit; Grampians NP visit; Night bush walk (Little Desert NP); Wilpena Pound visit; Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy); Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru; Mala Walk around Uluru; Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit, Uluru
Not Included
  • Airfare to Melbourne, return from Uluru
  • Optional tours
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book):

Helicopter Ride, The Twelve Apostles, AU$145 per person
A series of limestone cliffs stretching into the ocean, the 12 Apostles is one of the most iconic sites in Victoria. Get a birds eye view of these massive rock columns and watch the swells of the ocean crash into them from above. Prepare to be awed by the sheer size of these cliffs and one of Australia’s most famous coastlines.

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