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14 Day/13 Night TopDeck Down South & Outback from Melbourne

Adults from $1990

Sit back and relax as you travel from Melbourne to Alice Springs

This 14-day Down South & Outback is an amazing Australian coach trip between Melbourne and Alice Springs.

Drive the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide, paint your own boomerang at an Aboriginal cultural centre, visit a Clare Valley winery, tour an opal mine in Coober Pedy, see sunrise at Uluru… make some memories on this Down South & Outback tour!

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Pricing

​Topdeck suitable only for 18-39 year olds

Ticket Room Type Details Price
Adults None
(Min booking: 0, Sleeps: 0)
10 x Nights Dorm, 1 x Night Underground Accommodation, 1 x Night Swag $1990

Extras

     
Camel Express Tour - Uluru $80
Segway Tour - Uluru $139
Tandem Skydive - Uluru $495
Uluru Helicopter Flight from $150
Hot Air Ballooning Alice Springs $295

Schedule

Departures: Please enquire for tour availability
  Start Finish Duration
Down South & Outback Tour Varies Varies 14 Days

Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • National Park Fees
  • 12 x Breakfast
  • 2 x Lunch
  • 7 x Dinner
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • 12 x Nights Accommodation: 10 x Dorm, 1 x Underground Accommodation, 1 x Swag

Transport

Coach

Group Size: 36 ppl max

  • Modern Air-conditioned Coach

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Itinerary

The below itinerary can change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

Day 1

Pick Up Melbourne Accommodation

Great Ocean Road

Turn toward the Great Ocean Road!

12 Apostles

Welcome to your Topdeck trip - meet your travel buddies and hit the road. If you've ever seen a car commercial, chances are you've seen the Great Ocean Road. With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window - today you'll join the list of five million people to do this road-of-passage each year. Before putting rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we'll tick off the spiritual home of surfing, spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia. Tonight chill out and get to know who you're travelling with.

Day 2

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Grampians National Park

From one natural wonder to another, we'll explore the 167,000 hectares of The Grampians - a mecca for hikers and rock climbers. More than just a place to get geology goosebumps, you'll be standing on sacred ground, with 80% of Victoria's Aboriginal rock art on show. Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived, then paint your own story onto a boomerang. Dinner with the crew tonight.

Day 3

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MacKenzie Falls

By the time we reach Adelaide you'll have nailed a trifecta of the highest, largest and longest landforms across two states. Next up: McKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It's no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round - a rare promise in a country that's 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. To complete the trilogy: the Murray River - a bronze medallist to the Nile and Amazon, stretching 2520 kilometres and spanning three states. How's that for a form guide?

Day 4

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Valley Lake Conservation Area

Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy - hot tip: don’t go to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, you may have your own dilemma of “the dress” kind on your hands - the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole - Australia’s own version of the Sacred Valley of the Inca Trail. Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin!

Day 5

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Adelaide

"You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island. Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg.

Day 6

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Barossa Valley

There are more wineries around here than flies on a sheep. On our way to the Clare Valley, we'll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall - there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. There is a classic Aussie pub at the end of the road today.

Day 7

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Arkaroo Rock

Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm.

Day 8

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Coober Pedy

Where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Along with these subterranean houses, this place is know for another little gem. Opals. 75% of the world's opals come from here. We'll take a mine and town tour to check it all out. Then: time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild.

Day 9

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Alice Springs

It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then, check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. That resort pool is just what the doctor ordered.

Day 10

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Yulara

We're hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or vege burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.

Day 11

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Uluru

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Day 12

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Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.

Day 13

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Kings Canyon

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think 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 makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome).

Day 14

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Alice Springs

Venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.

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