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Outback Adventure: Epic Trip from Melbourne to Darwin (or v.v) for 18 to 39 year olds

20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,622

Travel from Sydney via Thredbo Alpine Village and the Nation's Capital, Canberra, then through Melbourne. Sweep along the Great Ocean Road to Grampians National Park and on to south coast of Adelaide. After a day to explore you're off again through the heart of Australia, the Red Centre.

This allover tour through the heart of Australia lets you see it all. Cultured capitals, breathtaking wilderness, wildlife-rich national parks and the jaw-dropping vastness of the Australian outback all await you on this 22 day trip between Sydney and Darwin, designed specifically for 18 to 39 year olds.

Head from Sydney to Canberra and enjoy the sights of Australia’s capital, such as Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. Stay overnight in the Snowy Mountains, with a morning trip up Mt Kosciusko, Australia’s highest peak. Stop off in the Gippsland Lakes district on your way to Melbourne. Australia’s cultural capital is a bustling, European style city, packed with funky, offbeat bars, Australia’s best shopping and coffee culture, and street art that is often compared to New York or Berlin.

A trip along the Great Ocean Road takes you past such landmarks as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch, all formed by erosion from the wild Southern Ocean. Further inland, stop in at Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about indigenous life in this region. Then drive through picturesque hill and wine country to Australia’s ‘Festival City’, Adelaide.

The Flinders Ranges are your gateway to the Australian outback. A hike here will work up an appetite for a hearty pub meal and drinks with locals. You can even try some kangaroo. Known as ‘The Opal Capital of the World’, Coober Pedy is your first desert stop. Head underground to tour a working opal mine and museum, before departing for the Northern Territory.

KingsCanyon is home to some of the outback’s most spectacular walks and views. Sleep under the stars here, before continuing on to Uluru, Australia’s most iconic monolith. Sunset at ‘the Rock’ is a sight that will stay with you forever. You’ll also visit another sacred site, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), as well as the nearby Cultural Centre to learn more about the region.

Take a full day to explore Alice Springs and get a real taste of life in the outback. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base, School of the Air, or the historic Telegraph Station. An early morning start takes you to Tennant Creek and the famous Devils Marbles. Then continue north to Katherine Gorge, a series of 13 sandstone gorges filled with spectacular waterfalls and diverse wildlife.

Continue on to Darwin, your ideal base for a visit to Litchfield National Park, and a wildlife cruise along the Mary River. Finally, spend a day at Kakadu National Park, home to Aboriginal artwork and over 550 species of animals.


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20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,622


Day 1

Melbourne to Port Campbell (Great Ocean Road)

It's not called the 'Great' Ocean Road for nothing! Get snappy over the 12 Apostles before chilling out tonight.

Included today:
-Drive along the Great Ocean Road and see sunset at the 12 Apostles

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Port Campbell to Grampians National Park

Today we'll explore the Grampians and the Loch Ard Gorge. Meet the traditional landowners (he Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjal people), hear their Dreamtime stories and paint your own story on a boomerang.

Included today:
-Paint your own souvenir boomerang

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Grampians National Park to Mt Gambier

Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. Tonight, catch some shut eye in the Old Mount Gambier Gaol.

Included today:
-Hike to the base of MacKenzie Falls

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Mt Gambier to Adelaide

Check out the Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole before stopping off at Wynn's Coonawarra vineyard for a wine class. Afterwards: Adelaide.

Included today:
-Make your own wine in Coonawarra

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5


With heaps of bars and an awesome live music scene, your day in Adelaide is likely to pass by in a flash. Best get a move on!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

On our way to the Flinders Ranges, we'll stop off at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall. Word has it that if you whisper something at one end of the wall, it can be heard all the way over on the other side! After giving it a try, it's off to a local pub for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 7

Flinders Ranges

Mountains? Yep. Gorges? Uh-huh. Creeks? You betcha. Rivers? Why, of course! Flinders Ranges National Park has EVERYTHING. Today we'll take a hike at Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru.

Included today:
-Wilpena Pound guided walk

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy

Destination: Coober Pedy, where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Today we'll embark on a gem of an opal mine tour and pay a visit to a kangaroo orphanage. Prepare for cuteness overload!

Included today:
-Opal mine and town tour
-Visit a kangaroo orphanage

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Coober Pedy to Alice Springs

Cracked, dry and barren, Moon Plain is like something from another world. We'll cross it on our way to Alice Springs (just remember to close the gate on 5,614 km of dingo fence on your way out).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Today it's off to Uluru for a guided walking tour and a glass of bubbles as the glow of the sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, pink, purple and blue. Tonight, it's BBQ time.

Included today:
-Experience sunset at Uluru

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 11

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

What's more amazing than sunset at Uluru? Yep, you guessed it - sunrise. Time for a walk! Then, get your adventure on with an optional helicopter ride, camel ride or segway tour.

Included today:
-Experience sunrise at Uluru
-Uluru base walks

Optional activities:
-Scenic helicopter flights
-Camel ride
-Segway tour

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon

Dust off those walking boots as we take on Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) with a hike through the Valley of the Winds. Tonight, we sleep in swags. Zip up tight!

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon.

Included today:
-Walk the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
-Swag under the stars at Kings Creek Station

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 13

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Get your hiking boots on! This morning we'll be tackling the hardest part of the famous Rim Walk in Kings Canyon (aptly named 'Heart Attack Hill'). Believe us, it's worth the effort! We're talking 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 will make today even more awesome. After a stop off to grab some lunch, we'll head back to Alice Springs.

Included today:
-Guided hike of Kings Canyon
-Visit the Garden of Eden

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 14

Alice Springs

You've got a free day to spend however you please in Alice Springs.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 15

Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Cheerio, Alice - today it's up and onwards to Tennant Creek. Along the way, we'll make a pit stop at the Devils Marbles, a collection of huge, millions-of-years-old granite boulders. Fill up that camera roll!

Included today:
-Visit the Devils Marbles

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 16

Tennant Creek to Katherine

It's laidback. It's outdoorsy. It's an Aussie rite of passage. It could only be... lawn bowls! Kick off those shoes and prepare to get unexpectedly competitive as we roll the jack in Katherine. Also today: a stop at the legendary (and supposedly haunted) Daly Waters pub. In the mood for a brewski?

Included today:
-Lawn bowls
-Visit Daly Waters historic pub

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 17

Katherine to Kakadu National Park

After a cruise along the Nitmiluk Gorge and a visit to the idyllic Edith Falls, it's on to Kakadu for the next two nights. Expect phenomenal wildlife, Instagram-worthy scenery and, of course, heaps of local Indigenous culture.

Included today:
-Katherine Gorge cruise
-Visit Edith Falls

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 18

Kakadu National Park

Keep your eyes peeled for crocs, buffaloes and a whole bunch of birds as we float along the river.

*Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include an optional sightseeing boat cruise .

Included today:
-Kakadu river cruise

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 19

Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park

Next up: Litchfield National Park. Prepare to be wowed - today we'll be checking out some amazing Aboriginal Rock Art. Quick fact: some paintings are up to 20,000 years old. Take a moment to let that sink in!

Included today:
-Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 20

Litchfield National Park to Darwin

After stops at the stunning Florence Falls and the ancient rock pools of Buley Rock Hole, we'll share a farewell lunch together al fresco. When we get to Darwin, it's Splitsville - unless you wanna stick around?

Included today:
-Visit Florence Falls
-Visit Buley Rock Hole

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information


From Melbourne
Jan 12; Feb 9; Mar 9; Apr 14; Jun 9; Aug 4; Sep 29; Oct 24
2020: Feb 16; Apr 13

From Darwin
 Jan 14; Feb 11; Mar 11; May 15; Jun 10; Sep 4; Oct 30
2020: Jan 22; Mar 18


  • 20 nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, lodges and hostels
  • Depending on location, tours may also include accommodation in underground properties or sleeping in swags
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals as indicated


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on multi share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Multi share accommodation is single sex, mixed gender couples travelling together should not expect to share. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or twin/double travellers are available on request - please inquire.

These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only

12 Apr 2020
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