Start in Sydney and travel to Darwin. This is the pass for those wanting to have the flexibility of travelling via the South Coast and Outback and breaking their journey at key destinations like Melbourne, Adelaide and Alice Springs between individual tours that make up the pass. Before you leave Sydney take a Blue Mountains Day tour which is included in your pass. From Darwin a 2 day 4WD Kakadu National Park Tour is also included.
+ Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney
We head out of Sydney past the Sydney Olympic site to our first stop where we view wild Eastern Grey Kangaroos in native bush habitat. These 'roos’ are pretty big and you can get up close and personal. We do a 2-3 hour loop walk near Wentworth Falls to see this waterfall, lookout points and surround. You will walk through changing vegetation, hanging swamps, and under rock ledges giving you an overview of the dramatic Blue Mountains environment. Lunch is included - you'll eat a nutritious lunch, everything from fruit, sandwiches, salads and more.
After lunch, we walk down the historic Furber Stairs into Jamison Valley through lush rainforest, past picturesque Katoomba Falls and view the incredible 3 Sisters rock formations. From the bottom of the Jamison Valley, board the Scenic Railway (fare included), the steepest railway in the world and ride up to the valley rim. For those staying longer we’ll drop you off in Katoomba at the award-winning YHA @ 5.00pm and pick up others. The YHA is an impressive heritage building and you can experience some local nightlife in this historic town. We cruise back into Sydney after an action packed day and drop you off at 7.00pm (approximately) at the Supplier office where we picked you up.
Sydney to Thredbo Alpine Village(via Canberra) (zz)
Our first stop today is the capital city of Australia – Canberra - where the Prime Minister hangs out. See for yourself how a custom-made capital city is built as you take in the view from Mt. Ainslie, take a tour of Parliament House, check out a few embassies and see other city highlights. We travel via Cooma, learning about the historically important Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme on our way to Thredbo.
*In ski season (Jun-Sep) we stay in Jindabyne and during winter, have time to play in the snow at the ski resort of Perisher/Smiggins (optional toboggan hire or snow tube at own expense). (D)
Thredbo to Lakes Entrance via Snowy River Country (zz)
Grab your hiking boots and cameras, this morning we’re going to the “Roof of Australia”. There’s a chairlift (own expense, but we get a great deal!) express up the mountain! You can walk to the summit of Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, or to the viewing point. After lunch, it’s a spectacular drive along Barry Way, watching the Snowy River wind along below us. Tonight we stay in the coastal town of Lakes Entrance, the Gateway to the Gippsland Lakes and Australia’s longest beach – Ninety Mile Beach. (BD)
Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory NP and Melbourne (zz)
We travel to mainland Australia’s most southerly point, Wilsons Promontory National Park. Walk along gleaming beaches, hike along amazing granite rock formations and learn about coastal flora and native wildlife. You might even see emus and wombats! We finish our tour travelling to Melbourne through pastoral landscapes in South Gippsland. (B)
Melbourne to Princetown (zz)
We begin our journey travelling via Geelong to Torquay - stopping to shop at Quicksilver and Rip Curl - before continuing on to world famous Bells Beach. Here we commence our journey on the renowned Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular coastal roads in Australia. Hugging the coastline we stop to view Koalas, pass through the seaside town of Lorne then break for lunch at Apollo Bay. In the afternoon we travel through the magnificent cool temperate rainforest of the Otway NP, spend time at the awesome Otway Fly, (a 25 metre high elevated tree top walk) and view sunset at the Twelve Apostles. Tonight we stay in the coastal township of Princetown.
Princetown to Grampians NP (zz)
We take the Gibson Steps down to the beach for another look at the Twelve Apostles and then check out Loch Ard Gorge before continuing along the western end of the Great Ocean Road viewing London Bridge, Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. We take a break at Warrnambool; where you may view whales (seasonal). Travelling on through country Victoria, we arrive at the magnificent Grampians NP, calling in at Brambuks Aboriginal Cultural Centre before accepting the challenge of a hike to the “Pinnacle”. We finish the day with a walk to The Balconies and Reeds Lookout before arriving at our accommodation in the ‘Heart of the Grampians’ at Halls Gap.
Grampians National Park to Adelaide (zz)
Today we spend the morning hiking to the bottom of MacKenzie Falls and Hollow Mountain for breathtaking views over the north of the Grampians before leaving this magical place. Travelling west, we break for lunch at Horsham then continue through the agricultural district of Victoria, into South Australia and Bordertown; home of the rare White Western Grey Kangaroos. We cross the mighty Murray River, the longest river system in Australia, then pass through the picturesque Adelaide Hills arriving into the city of Adelaide.
Adelaide to Quorn (zz)
Leaving the city behind, we travel through the Clare Valley then on to the frontier town of Melrose where we take a short walk across a swinging bridge and enjoy panoramic views from the Mt Remarkable lookout. Soon after we arrive in Quorn, the quaint and historical railway township nestled at the entrance to the Richman Valley. Eat a hearty lunch, because this afternoon we hike to the summit of Dutchman's Stern for stunning 360° views of Quorn, Spencer Gulf and the Flinders Ranges! We return to Quorn where we stay two nights in private accommodation at the historical “Mill”. Get ready for tonight’s BBQ dinner – it doesn’t get any more Aussie than this! (LD)
Flinders Ranges & Wilpena Pound (zz)
The Flinders Ranges has been recognised as one of Australia’s National Landscapes and today you’ll get to experience and explore this magical region! Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre located in a huge stone crater and you will spend the morning hiking and exploring its wonder! After lunch, it’s a short walk to Yourambulla Caves to view Aboriginal rock paintings. Learn about the hardships of sheep farming in the mid 1800’s as you view the ruins of Kanyaka Homestead. As we travel back to Quorn, there’s an opportunity to spot for the shy and elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby on a quiet stroll through peaceful Warren Gorge. Overnight at the Quorn “Mill”. (BLD)
Quorn to Coober Pedy (zz)
It’s time to go underground! We journey north through Port Augusta and the small town of Glendambo (population 30!) and visit ancient salt lakes which are the remnants of an inland sea. We arrive in plenty of time to check out the sites of Cooper Pedy on a town tour which includes an opal cutting demonstration and mine tour with the opportunity to try your luck ‘noodling’ for opals! Our bunkhouse for tonight is – you guessed it – underground. (BLD)
Coober Pedy to Uluru (zz)
Drive through rugged desert country to Yulara for the sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) then view the stars in our overnight permanent camp at Yulara.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta (zz)
Up early for the Uluru sunrise where you can enjoy a base walk or choose to climb Uluru, then take a guided interpretive walk at Mala. We visit Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and head to Kings Canyon for our overnight camp.
Kings Canyon and Uluru to Alice Springs (zz)
Explore Kings Canyon, including the breathtaking North and South walls. After lunch we depart for Alice Springs viewing the rugged desert scenery along the way.
Alice Springs to Tennant Creek (zz)
We cross the Tropic of Capricorn then pull over at Ti Tree for the opportunity to purchase authentic Aboriginal art. Next stop is the Barrow Creek Pub where we view the historic Telegraph Station. Further ‘up the track’ we explore the Devils Marbles; precariously balanced granite boulders sacred to the traditional owners’, before arriving at Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp overnight. Weather permitting - take a dip in the picturesque waterhole.
Tennant Creek to Katherine Gorge (zz)
We head further north to the famous outback pub at Daly Waters, the oldest pub in the Northern Territory and first international airport in Australia! After lunch we travel to Mataranka to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the crystal clear thermal springs. Late afternoon we travel towards the magnificent Katherine Gorge for our overnight camp.
Katherine Gorge to Darwin (zz)
Spend half a day canoeing or cruising (at own expense) the spectacular gorge. There is also the chance for a scenic helicopter flight (at own expense) to appreciate the vastness of the gorge system. After lunch we head into Darwin via Edith Falls and Adelaide River.
Darwin to Kakadu (zz)
Spot crocs (and other wild creatures!) on a cruise along the fresh waters of the Mary River Wetlands. After lunch, discover more about the land and its stories at the Bowali Visitor Centre. The whole of Kakadu is spread out before you at Ubirr Rock, where we spend the afternoon. Tonight we camp in Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu to Darwin
Jim Jim Falls is our first stop today, and it’s a stunner! You’ll feel a bit dwarfed by the towering cliffs as we hike to the base of the falls. By now you’ve probably worked up an appetite for some lunch! This afternoon the spectacular gorge of Twin Falls is experienced onboard a National Park operated boat and along the boardwalk. Unwind for a bit on the sandy banks before we trek back to Darwin.
Additional Fee to Pay the Driver: AUD $620.00
Darwin Kakadu Safari
1 night permanent camp site
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Sydney to Melbourne
2 nights multi-share accommodation (including bed linen)
Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
National park fees
Melbourne to Adelaide
2 nights multi-share accommodation (including bed linen)
Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Dinners
Park entry fees, entry to Otway Fly Treetop Walk
Adelaide to Alice Springs
3 nights multi-share accommodation
2 nights permanent camp sites
Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Uluru National Park fee, Flinders Ranges park fee, Opal Mine Tour
There is also a National Park fee of AUD $12.50 to enter Kakadu Park, which must be paid on departure. While visiting Kakadu Park we will go on a boat transfer to Twin Falls.
NOTE: The 2013 - 2014 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014. The 2014 - 2015 season rates commence on the 1st April 2014.
Departs Sydney, New South Wales, visits numerous locations, with final destination of Darwin, Northern Territory.
New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria
This experience runs daily, please email to check availability or call us on 1800 22 55 88.
32 Days Plus
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
This is for a single passenger. Please be at your pickup point at least 10-15 minutes prior to departure.
You must be 18 years old or over to travel alone. 15 kilograms is the luggage limit, please try and keep to this limit.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
Please pack for all weather conditions.
*(zz) = compulsory overnight stop required * Recommended trip time 32 days
* Itinerary also operates in reverse direction, departing from Darwin
* Pass price does not include accommodation unless specified in the kitty inclusions
* 2009 revised pass price includes 2 day 4WD Kakadu Safari. Camping fees and equipment, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. Park fee of AUD $12.50 is payable (seasonal). Passengers can upgrade to a 3 day 4WD Kakadu/Litchfield Safari at time of booking for an additional AUD $155.00 per person
* Itinerary may vary due to seasonal conditions, extreme weather conditions, traditional owner and national park requirements
* Prices valid for passes purchased on or before 31st December 2009
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