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AUSTRALIA SOUTH TO NORTH - MELBOURNE TO DARWIN - 1 (MAY 1- OCT 30)

19 Days, Melbourne to Litchfield National Park
AUSTRALIA SOUTH TO NORTH - MELBOURNE TO DARWIN - 1 (MAY 1- OCT 30)

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IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 18 nights accommodation (Hostels (10 nts), "swag" camping (7 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share).
  • 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private bus, train, 4x4, boat).
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park.
  • Visit to the 12 Apostles, an Aboriginal centre, Tower Hill Reserve and Coorong National Park.
  • Clare Valley wine tasting.
  • Underground mine tour.
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru.
  • Mala walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre.
  • Hikes at Grampians National Park, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon.
  • Crocodile-spotting boat cruise.
  • Aboriginal art and craft centre visit.
  • Exploration of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
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Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD345-450 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Melbourne
Day 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell
Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap
Day 4 Halls Gap/ Mount Gambier
Day 5 Mount Gambier/Adelaide
Day 6 Adelaide/Quorn
Day 7 Quorn/Beltana
Day 8 Beltana/William Creek
Day 9 William Creeek/Coober Pedy
Day 10 Coober Pedy/Uluru
Day 11 Uluru
Day 12 Uluru/Kings Creek
Day 13 Kings Creek/ Alice Springs
Day 14 Alice Springs
Day 15 Alice Springs/Daly Waters
Day 16 Daly Waters/Darwin
Day 17 Darwin/ Kakadu National Park
Day 18 Kakadu National Park/ Litchfield National Park
Day 19 Litchfield National Park/Darwin
Departures
  • Mar
    2018
  • Apr
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Tue, 27 Mar '18
  • Sat, 14 Apr '18
  • Tue, 10 Apr '18
  • Sat, 28 Apr '18
  • Tue, 05 Jun '18
  • Sat, 23 Jun '18
  • Tue, 19 Jun '18
  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Tue, 14 Aug '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Tue, 28 Aug '18
  • Sat, 15 Sep '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

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Places Visited
  • Melbourne
  • Port Campbell
  • Halls Gap
  • Mount Gambier
  • Adelaide
  • Quorn
  • Beltana
  • William Creek
  • Coober Pedy
  • Uluru
  • Kings Creek
  • Alice Springs
  • Daly Waters
  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park
  • DAY 1 Arrive 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, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'.

    Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 19:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell

    Travel past world-famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy views of the 12 Apostles and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.

    Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk.

    Private Vehicle
    Melbourne - Port Campbell 5h 300km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Rainforest Walk
    Great Otway National Park 30m 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 45m-1h
    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 eight 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.

    Optional Activities
    Loch Ard Gorge Visit

    15m-30m
    Free
    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! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap

    Travel inland to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife.

    Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos.
    Private Vehicle
    Port Campbell - Grampians National Park 3h 260km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    London Arch Visit
    Port Campbell National Park 15m-30m
    Stop by the rock formation named the London Arch, formerly the London Bridge, until part of the arch collapsed in 1990. This brief stop on the Great Ocean Road showcases the art of nature -- the erosion of limestone and the beautiful rock formations it creates.

    Tower Hill State Game Reserve Visit
    Tower Hill 15m-30m
    Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve west of Warrnambool for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Learn more about this large volcanic crater and wetland and the role it plays in Aboriginal history. Set off on one of the self-guided walking paths, then visit the Worn Gundidj Centre to see cultural displays and crafts.

    Optional Activities
    Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit

    Grampians National Park
    Free
    Dive in to 'Dreamtime' and experience the stories, food and art of Australia's Aborigines. Attempt to blow into a didgeridoo, paint and then throw a boomerang, or go on a guided walk through gardens planted with native herbs and plants. Head to the Bushfoods cafe and sample the local delicacies -- kangaroo, emu, and crocodile. Anyone still hungry? (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Halls Gap/ Mount Gambier

    Explore Grampians NP. Enjoy waterfalls, lakes and beautiful vistas. Stay overnight at a refurbished old English prison in the country town of Mt Gambier.

    Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English prioson for the night; take a self-guided tour around this historic site.

    Private Vehicle
    Halls Gap - Mount Gambier 4h 310km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Grampians National Park Walk
    Grampians National Park 1h-5h 3-8km
    Walk along a dirt track past lookouts, sandstone ridges and other various rock formations. Be rewarded with sweeping views of the natural landscape of low mountains and cliffs.

    The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
    Grampians National Park 1h 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 30m-1h
    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. In Spring, see wonderful wildflowers in bloom along the path. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Mount Gambier/Adelaide

    Pass through Coorong National Park, known for its dune systems and lagoons en route to Adelaide.

    Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling through Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Continue on to Adelaide.

    New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

    Private Vehicle
    Mount Gambier - Adelaide 4h 330km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Blue Lake Visit
    Mount Gambier 15m
    Enjoy a brief stop for a photo op at Blue Lake, a crater lake in an extinct volcano. Between December and March, its waters are a vibrant, cobalt blue colour, and it returns to a steely grey between April and November.

    Coorong National Park Visit
    Coorong National Park
    Pass through this stunning park and its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life.

    Optional Activities
    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Adelaide/Quorn

    Enjoy wine tasting in the Clare Valley, then it's on to Quorn.

    Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night.

    Private Vehicle
    Adelaide - Quorn 4h 350km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Wine Tasting
    Clare Valley 30m-1h
    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Quorn/Beltana

    Head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history.

    Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.

    Private Vehicle
    Quorn – Beltana 1h 50km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Wilpena Pound Hike
    Wilpena Pound 1h-3h Full Day 2-7km
    Enjoy nature's 800 million-year-old natural amphitheater carved out of the mountains in Flinders Ranges NP. Visit Aboriginal art sites and learn more about the history and customs of the Adnyamathanha people who have lived here for tens of thousands of years. Keep an eye out for emus, kangaroos, and if you are lucky, the threatened yellow footed rock wallaby. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 8 Beltana/William Creek

    Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre.

    We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs.

    Private Vehicle
    Beltana - William Creek 3h 200km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Lake Eyre Scenic Flight

    Lake Eyre
    285AUD per person
    Soar above Australia's largest inland lake on this 60-min flight in the north of South Australia. Typically, Lake Eyre is dry, so prepare to see a vast white salt plain shimmering in the sun. Following monsoon rains in the north, the lake fills and becomes a breeding site pelicans, gulls and terns. Enjoy a bird's-eye view and enjoy the flight. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 William Creeek/Coober Pedy

    Cross the Outback on a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.

    Travel 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 the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Private Vehicle
    William Creek - Coober Pedy 3h 150km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Guided Mine Tour
    Coober Pedy 30m-45m
    Learn about opal 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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Coober Pedy/Uluru

    Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru and then bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) or tent under the Outback sky.

    Cross the border to the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Coober Pedy - Uluru 9h 750km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Uluru at Sunset
    Uluru 30m-1h
    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 to soak in the serenity of the scene just with your own eyes. Magic! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Uluru

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

    The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.

    Uluru Mala Walk
    Uluru 1h-1h30m Morning 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
    Learn about the Aboriginal culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day 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 stories from the Dreaming. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 12 Uluru/Kings Creek

    Discover more of the Red Centre with a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta.

    Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Kings Creek. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll).

    Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area.

    Private Vehicle
    Uluru - Kings Canyon 5h 450km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Valley of the Winds Walk
    Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga 1h-4h 2-7km
    Walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the beautiful, red, domed rocks that comprise the site. Visit two separate lookouts for great views over the area.

    Optional Activities
    Quad Biking

    Hop on a quad bike and enjoy a guided off-road tour. A mix of adrenaline, nature and fun, quad biking gets you closer to the destination and puts a smile on your face.

    Kings Canyon Helicopter Ride
    Kings Canyon 15m-30m
    60-275AUD per person
    Get a birds-eye view of Kings Canyon from the large bubble windows of a 4-passenger helicopter. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 13 Kings Creek/ Alice Springs

    Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, then transfer to Alice Springs.

    Take in the scenery or go on a 4km (2.5 mi) walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. Spend the night in a centrally-located hostel in Alice Springs.

    Private Vehicle
    Kings Creek - Alice Springs 4h30m 375km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Camel Ride

    Hold on and enjoy a ride on this even-toed ungulate, also known as the desert horse. Bring your camera for some fantastic photos of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Alice Springs

    Enjoy a free day to explore Alice Springs.

    Free Time
    Alice Springs Full Day
    Do as much or as little as you'd like on a free day in Alice Springs. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 15 Alice Springs/Daly Waters

    Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel north via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals. Finish the day at Daly Waters and grab a drink at the local Outback pub teeming with character.

    We spend approx 12 hours on the road today, stopping off in Daly Waters for the night. Make sure to grab a drink or two at the famous local pub in this small Outback town.

    Private Vehicle
    Alice Springs - Daly Waters 12h Full Day 920km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch)

  • DAY 16 Daly Waters/Darwin

    Continue north, stopping at beautiful Katherine Gorge for a visit en route to Darwin. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge.

    Availability of optional activities may change depending on the season.

    Mataranka Hot Springs Visit
    Mataranka
    Stop for a dip in the thermal pools in Mataranka. Fed by a natural spring, the crystal clear waters are constantly around 34 degrees Celcius and are perfect for relaxing after a day on the road.

    Private Vehicle
    Katherine Gorge - Darwin 4h 350km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Private Vehicle
    Daly Waters - Katherine Gorge 4hMorning 300km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Katherine Gorge
    Enjoy beautiful Katherine Gorge. Get out there and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Katherine Gorge Walk

    Katherine Gorge
    Free
    Take a short self-guided walk along Katherine Gorge to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area. Stop at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre learn more about the cultural and spiritual significance of the area for the Jawoyn.

    Helicopter Flight
    Katherine Gorge
    Enjoy a bird's eye view of Katherine Gorge with an optional helicopter flight.

    Katherine Gorge Flat-Bottomed Boat Ride
    Katherine Gorge
    Hop aboard a flat-bottomed boat and enjoy the view from Katherine River. With cliffs on either side of the river (try and spot the
    Aboriginal rock art paintings) and freshwater and and saltwater crocodiles along the banks and in the water (depends on the season
    which one!), there's something to see wherever you look. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Darwin/ Kakadu National Park

    Continue travelling north, stopping at Edith Falls. Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park-a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    4x4
    Darwin - Kakadu National Park 3h30m Morning 250km
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Gunlom Falls Visit
    Kakadu National Park 1h 1km
    Visit Gunlom Falls and the large natural swimming pool at their base. Follow a short but steep path to the top of the falls to find more pools to swim in. From up top, take in the amazing, sweeping views over southern Kakadu. (Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 18 Kakadu National Park/ Litchfield National Park

    Continue exploring Kakadu NP, stopping off at sacred rock art galleries. Head towards Litchfield National Park, stopping to spot crocs on a boat cruise.

    We overnight just outside of Kakadu NP. Depending on weather, sleep in a swag under the stars or a hut if raining.

    Bowali Visitor Centre Visit
    Kakadu National Park
    Named after the Bowali River that runs through Kakadu NP, the visitor centre highlights some of the different sights and animals we may come across while exploring the park.

    Private Vehicle
    Kakadu National Park - Litchfield National Park 3h 200km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Warradjun Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
    Kakadu National Park
    See different artifacts and learn about the history of the Aboriginals in the region at the cultural centre within Kakadu NP. Take time to shop for local, authentic Aboriginal products before leaving.

    Ubirr Rock Art
    Kakadu National Park 1h30m- 2h 2-3km
    Ubirr is home to one of Kakadu's most famous rock art galleries. See rock paintings depicting fish, turtles and other local wildlife created by Aborigine ancestors thousands of years ago. The view from Ubirr is incredible and you might recognize this spot from the film "Crocodile Dundee." (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 19 Litchfield National Park/Darwin

    Guided tour in Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening.

    Litchfield National Park Visit
    Litchfield National Park 6h-24h
    Hike trails to see the Buley, Florence and Tolmer Falls. Bring a bathing suit to take a quick dip to cool off. Head to the Buley Rockholes, past forests of Eucalyptus trees, and marvel at the magnetic termite mounds, aligned in a north-south direction.

    Crocodile-Spotting Boat Cruise
    Mary River1h30m
    Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Corroboree Billabong. Learn about the wetlands and their inhabitants from 30 species of birds to the infamous crocodiles. This area is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Bring your camera, insect repellent and get ready for a thrill.

    Departure Day (Activities)
    Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

    Private Vehicle
    Litchfield National Park - Darwin 5h 350km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD345-450 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 20 passengers, at an average there are 16 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. The itinerary and accommodation in both Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks vary depending on the season. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions.

  10. This tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours, and your CEO, fellow passengers or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections.

  11. Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in Australia as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.


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