10 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Trilogy
This Trilogy of Tours allows you to get all the way from Melbourne to Alice Springs with the Barossa Valley in between! Cruise the Great Ocean Road & hike the Grampians from Melbourne to Adelaide, taste the deliciousness of the Barossa Valley and escape to the outback on our 6 Day Rock Patrol Tour.
Starting with our 3 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour from Melbourne to Adelaide, check out all the iconic rock formations along the Great Ocean Road, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles, with the spectacular mountain ranges of the Grampians.
Sip on some of the best wine in Australia on our Single Day Barossa Valley Tour from Adelaide. Then up to the Centre on our 6 Day Rock Patrol Tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs, making great friendships around the campfire at Wilmington in the Flinders Ranges, living like the locals underground in Coober Pedy - opal mining capital of the world and immersing yourself in the culture and spirit of the Red Centre.
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour
Day 1 - We begin the ultimate road trip, cruising towards the Great Ocean Road and stop to watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver). We also visit artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne to explore. We’ll stop at Kennett River Koalas to see the cuddly creatures in the wild and the historical section of the Great Ocean Road that was carved through cliffs by returned World War I servicemen. We take an easy walk (1 hour) through the Great Otway National Park, home to some of the world’s oldest temperate rainforest. There’s no better place to finish the day than the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. The next morning you will have the opportunity to view it from the skies in a helicopter (at extra cost). Tonight we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the dormitory rooms of a backpacker’s hostel on the Great Ocean Road.
Day 2 - We continue along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, lake, wetlands and habitat to lots of wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many types of birds.
We enter the Grampians National Park in the afternoon. Just before sunset when the local wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras come out to play, we walk (an easy 1 hour) to The Balconies, which provides a magnificent viewpoint and photo opportunity of the surrounding ranges and valleys. Tonight we sleep in shared wood cabin accommodation, with the mountains towering around us.
Day 3 - We get up to hike a challenging 2 hours to The Pinnacle, but it’s worth the effort for such awe inspiring views. We visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about local Aboriginal history. We marvel at the majestic Mt Arapiles, before hitting the highway and arriving into Adelaide city at approximately 7pm.
Overnight : Adelaide (own expense)
Single Day Barossa Valley Tour
After winding our way through the suburbs and scenic Adelaide Hills for an hour, we stop at Gumeracha, home to the World’s Largest Rocking Horse. It also boasts a café and Australia’s only remaining wooden toy factory, and for some the highlight is hand-feeding the remarkably tame kangaroos, goats and alpacas.
In Williamstown, the gateway to the Barossa, we visit the astonishing Whispering Wall*. As tall as a 9-storey building and constructed in a perfect semi-circle over 110 years ago, it’s possible to hear someone whisper from one end of the dam wall to the other end 140 metres away.
As the vine leaves replace the gum trees, we enter the largest and most celebrated wine region in Australia. Our first stop is the world-famous Jacob’s Creek, the largest exporter in the valley. A local guide will provide an informative explanation of their wines and offer a selection of their famed shiraz, merlot and rosé for tasting. Our next stop, Kies, is a family-owned boutique winery, where the setting is quaint and the service is personal. Their exquisite wines are not available for sale anywhere else in the world.
For lunch, we'll head to Saltram's for gourmet pizzas. You'll also get the chance to do a cellar door tour and taste a selection of their wines.
After Lunch we'll slowly make our way to Wolf Blass. This world renowned winery created in 1966 by a German migrant, Wolfgang Blass, is nowadays one of the most awarded wine brands. We'll get the chance to taste their wide range of wines before we pop into our last winery Lambert estate, a family owned business that made their name thanks to their Chocolate Port. Finally we'll stop by Mengler's Hill lookout for superb views of the Barossa Valley before heading back to Adelaide, arriving at approximately 5pm.
Overnight : Adelaide (own expense)
6 Day Rock Patrol Tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Day 1 - We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we’re heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. We'll head to Quorn where we'll settle in our dormitory style accommodation for the night before taking a dip in the swimming pool or walking around town.
Day 2 - Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles, will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy, and hear about the local indigenous people at the Aboriginal Interpretive Centre. There’ll also be time to explore this remarkable town above and below the ground; try your luck fossicking or “noodling” for opals or just browse one of the many opal shops. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight we sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.
Day 3 - It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach Uluru –nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 4 - We start the day by learning about the region’s indigenous history at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking an easy (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. We relax back at our campground and witness another brilliant Uluru sunset.
Day 5 - After experiencing another glorious sunrise over Uluru while devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast, we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. The hikes here can be challenging at times, with steep sections and duration of about 3 ½ hours. After the walk we hit the road to reach Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we'll camp for the night.
Day 6 - Our last day is spent exploring Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch we begin our journey into Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.
• 3 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour
• Single Day Barossa Valley Tour
• 6 Day Rock Patrol Tour
• 7 Nights Accommodation
Accommodations in Adelaide between tours is at your own expense. Package Deals are combinations of separate tours and can depart differently than specified, to allow for extra free days in Adelaide.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2022 - 2023 season. The 2022 - 2023 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023. The 2023 - 2024 season rates commence on the 1st April 2023.
Due to the ongoing and evolving nature of Covid-19 restrictions and the unpredictable impact it is having on bookings we have temporarily ceased taking new reservations for this package. If you have a gift voucher that you would like to redeem please contact us and we will be happy to check availability.