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20 Day/19 Night TopDeck Outback Adventure from Melbourne

Adults from $3295

Head out to the 'Red Centre' straight from Melbourne and see the majesty of the Outback!

​Have a 20 day Outback Adventure on this coach trip from Melbourne to Darwin via the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia. See the best of South Australia and the Northern Territory, visit a Clare Valley winery, camp under the stars near Uluru, visit a kangaroo orphanage and sleep underground at Coober Pedy.

Travel to Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Parachilna, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu and more on this Outback Adventure.

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Pricing

​Not suitable for children.

Ticket Room Type Details Price
Adults None
(Min booking: 0, Sleeps: 0)
17 x Dorm, 1 x Underground Accommodation, 1 x Swag $3295

Extras

     
12 Apostles Scenic Flight $145
Taste the Barossa Wine $95
Grand View Helicopter Tour $310
Uluru Helicopter Flight $150
Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight $285
Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Lake Amadeus Helicopter Flight  $475
Quick Spin Harley Davidson Tour $119
Uluru Cruise Harley Davidson Tour $179
Kakadu Scenic Flight (30 mins) $150
Kakadu Scenic Flight (60 mins) $250 

Schedule

Departures: Enquire for tour availability.

Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • National Park Fees
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Guided Walk
  • 19 x Nights Accommodation: 17 x Dorm, 1 x Underground Accommodation, 1 x Swag

Transport

Coach

Group Size: 24 ppl max

  • Modern Air-conditioned Vehicles

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Itinerary

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

Day 1

Pick Up from Melbourne Accommodation

Great Ocean Road

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.

12 Apostles

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.

Daly Waters Pub

Taking this trip is thirsty work, and you'll soon be able to re-hydrate with an ice-cold beer at one of Australia's best-known watering holes, the Daly Waters Pub. Located 'in the middle of somewhere', this place was the site of Australia's first international airport back when flights to London took eight days. Strewth (OMG).

Mataranka Thermal Pools

Later, drift off in the steamy thermal springs of Mataranka in the heart of the Never Never. Never never thought you'd find this in the outback, hey? When you're done, take in a game of lawn bowls at the local Country Club and enjoy a good old fashioned BBQ with the locals.

Katherine Gorge

You've got a front row seat for the amazing wildlife and scenery while canoeing along the Katherine River - the Gorge is yours to explore. But if you'd rather not be up the creek with a paddle, take your trip to the next level by upgrading to a three-gorge cruise and venture even further into the wilderness.

Edith Falls

We'll spend the afternoon absorbing the majestic Edith Falls - #nofilter necessary.

Kakadu National Park

The only thing more terrifying than the plastic clog variety are the crocs that can be found in Kakadu. Luckily, the areas we're heading to today are saltwater crocodile free. If this place looks familiar, you've probably seen Crocodile Dundee one too many times. Still too scared to swim? Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view over the escarpment that marks the borderline of Arnhem Land.

East Alligator River

At half the size of Switzerland, there's a lot of Kakadu to see. Get ready to rock early, because we're going deep into the park to check out some Aboriginal Rock Art sites and cruise the East Alligator River to see how many crocs we can snap (on our cameras). We've also got special permission to enter Arnhem Land for a lesson in traditional Aboriginal hunting methods and a cruise down the river. Lunch is your choice today.

Ubirr Rock Lookout

Climb to the top of Ubirr Rock Crocodile Dundee style and take in the fiery sunset.

Litchfield National Park

Seen one waterfall, seen them all, right? Well no, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that way by now. Our trip ends at - you guessed it - the refreshing waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Switch off and towel off for one last swim. Go on, you deserve it-you've got outback in your soul forever now.

Drop Off Darwin

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. 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

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.

Murray River

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.

Coonawarra

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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Flinders Ranges

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.

Wilpena Pound

Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru.

Arkaroo Rock

Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock.

Kanyaka Station

Kanyaka Ruins a lesson in hard yakka at Kanyaka Station - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm.

Day 8

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Lake Amadeus

After a #saltlakeselfie stop, we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. 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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South Australian Border

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.

Uluru

Then 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. 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.

Watarrka National Park

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. 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.

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. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome).

Day 14

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Get to know Alice with a free day, in the epicentre of Australia. Jump into the joey nursery at Kangaroo Dundee's place (aka the man who should win 'mother' of the century for hand-rearing orphaned joeys) and hold a baby kangaroo while you're there. Travel through time with a historic look into the amazing services of the Royal Flying Doctors or get lost in the mystery of the Australian outback at Desert Park Gardens. Art galleries, souvenir shops and all of the supplies for your next adventures are all here in Alice.

Day 15

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Barrow Creek Hotel

Dust off the red Alice Springs dust... actually, never mind. You'd better get used to that for another couple of days at least. Think your old Nokia was out-dated? Wait till you see the Overland Telegraph line at the Barrow Creek Hotel! Text mum to let her know you're heading off in Morse code like they did back when this place was a Telegraph Station.

Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)

To round off the afternoon, we've got some pretty epic granite boulders for you at the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles).

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