10 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs Cheap as Chips
This Package includes a 3 day 2 night Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour from Melbourne to Adelaide and a 6 day 5 night Alice Springs to Adelaide tour.
You’ll visit all the hot spots on the Great ocean road such as Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles.
On the Adelaide to Alice Springs Tour you explore the flinders ranges and Coober pedy before heading to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon!
You’ll get to see the best spots at the best price and have an amazing time doing so. What are you waiting for?!
- 3 day 2 night tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians
- 6 day 5 night tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs
- 2 nights in Adelaide
- 1 night in Alice Springs after tour
- 6 nights in dorm, 4 nights swag camping
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (7 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 7 Dinners)
**This itinerary works best departing from Melbourne on a Tuesday and Friday. If you start on another day extra nights in Adelaide will be needed at your own expense
**This Tour also operates in Reverse Click Here to check it out**
“Our Cheap as chips trips are a great option for the budget conscious traveller. They’re a combination of tours with accommodation included in between at a price that won’t put a huge hole in your wallet.” – Cameron – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert
***There is the option of being dropped off at Ayers Rock resort on the final day in the morning to take advantage of cheaper jetstar flights that afternoon. Chat to us using the live chat or contact us to take advantage of this option!***
- Small Groups (18 to 24 max)
- Explore the Great Ocean Road and see the twelve apostles
- go hiking in the Grampians national park
- Accommodation between tours included. (2 nights in Adelaide, 1 night in Alice Springs after tour)
- Visit the Clare Valley and Flinders Ranges
- Discover the underground mining town of Coober Pedy
- Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon!
Below is an example Calendar and Written itinerary
Day 1 - Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road(Lunch, Dinner)
From Melbourne we head through Geelong to hit the famous surf coast, Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea (home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver) with time to check out the local waves. Apollo Bay and Lorne are great places to swim, explore or just relax with a cup of coffee. Marvel at the historical section of the Great Ocean Road carved by returned WWI servicemen. It provides one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. Arriving at the Otway National Park, enjoy the walks through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world. A great place for a lunch stop. We finish the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Overnight is hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.
Day 2 - Great Ocean Road to the Grampians National Park (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After an early breakfast back out to the amazing coastline for some magic opportunities to photograph the Twelve Apostles in the morning light, before the crowds. Heading along the Great Ocean Road, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs are some of the fantastic coastal scenery in this area. Enjoying a lunch stop, we arrive at the Grampians National Park, where we spend a great afternoon hiking before visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. In the late afternoon, take a stroll with the kangaroos and other wildlife. We stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.
Day 3 - Grampians National Park to Adelaide (Breakfast, Lunch)
After having breakfast we further explore the National Park, hiking the northern part which is rich in flora, Aboriginal and European history. We marvel at Mt. Arapiles and eat lunch. Heading for Adelaide travelling through the hills and arriving at approximately 7.00pm.
Day 4 - Adelaide
Today is a free day to explore Adelaide as you please.
Day 5 - Adelaide to the Clare Valley and the Flinders Ranges (Lunch, Dinner)
We start the day 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 then settle in the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges for the night.
Day 6 - Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 Mine and Museum you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy. 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 7 - Coober Pedy to Kings Canyon (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach the majestic Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we’ll camp for the night in an authentic station.
Day 8 - Kings Canyon to Uluru (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)
We get up early to explore 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 Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before learning about the local Aboriginal History at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Soon after we’ll be experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Day 9 - Uluru (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We start the day at dawn taking a (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. Later, we relax back at our campground or join one of our Adrenalin Plus options.
Day 10 - Kata Tjuta to Alice Springs (Breakfast, Lunch)
After devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast we’ll experience a glorious sunrise over Kata Tjuta, before 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. After lunch, we’ll hit the road to Alice Springs, arriving approximately at 6:30pm.
One night in Alice Springs is included after tour finishes
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of camping is done on this trip?
Swag Camping! A swag is a kind of bag that you can sleep in. It has a mattress and pillow inside and you can roll it up for storage. It has a flap you can put over your head for total cover but most people choose to fall asleep staring at the night sky!
Do I need a sleeping bag?
You will definitely want a sleeping bag in Winter as it can get quite cold at night, especially the further south you are and in the Red Centre (Around Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon. In summer it is advisable as it can still be cool at night. We advise to bring along your own sleeping bag, otherwise you can hire one for $30 on the Adelaide <> Alice Springs Section of the trip.
Will i be in the same group the whole trip?
No, this package is a combination of different tours put together and made into one convenient itinerary so that you get the best value trip and see as much as you can! This way you’ll get to make as many friends as you can on your travels.
I've heard the flies are bad in summer. Is this true?
In the warmer months there can definitely be a lot of flies while travelling through the outback. It is advisable to bring a fly net in the warmer months.
What clothes do I need?
In summer the temperatures can be extremely hot when travelling through the outback. A shirt and shorts is all that is needed during these months though we recommend a light long sleeved top and light long Pants (Zip off) to minimize your exposure to the sun. It can still get cool at night and in the morning so you will want a jumper as well.
Definitely Bring swimmers as there will be opportunities to swim at some locations. Sunglasses as well as Sunscreen SPF 30+ or better are also a necessity no matter what time of year.
During Winter the temperatures can be mild during the day but cold at night and in the morning when travelling through the centre of Australia. You will want a mixture of warm and cool clothes for this time of year. Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie, gloves and warm socks are recommended for use at night and in the morning. Further North near Darwin the temperature will not be so cold.
At all times of the year you will need a hat, Preferably wide brimmed.
A sleeping bag is required for the Adelaide to Alice Springs Section, you can bring your own or hire one for $30.
Every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday DECEMBER - MARCH
Every Tuesday & Friday APRIL - NOVEMBER
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, insect repellent, water bottle, and bathers (swimming gear. Otherwise all the usual stuff, and most important a sense of adventure!