13 day Darwin to Melbourne Cheap as Chips
Explore the outback with this amazing value package and visit all the must see spots. Journey 3 days south to Alice Springs visiting famous spots like the Daly Waters Pub, Katherine Gorge, Mataranka Thermal Pools and the Devils Marbles.
Visit Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon before crossing South Australia through Coober Pedy and Flinders Ranges.
Spend some time in Adelaide prior to travelling through the Grampians and of course the Great Ocean Road, one of the top ten drives in the world.
- 3 day 2 night Darwin to Alice Springs tour
- 2 nights in Alice Springs
- 6 day 5 night Alice Springs to Adelaide tour
- 1 night in Adelaide
- 3 day 2 night Great ocean road tour
- Meals while on tour as indicated in itinerary (9 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 9 Dinners)
- 6 nights in dorm, 6 nights swag camping
- Friendly, informative tour guides
“Our cheap as chips and shoestring 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.” – Liz- One Stop Adventures Travel Expert
- Explore the Great Ocean Road and Grampians
- Spend time in Adelaide
- Visit the Flinders Ranges
- Stay in the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy
- Visit the Rock!
- Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
- See the Devil's Marbles and Mataranka Thermal Pools
Below is an Example Calendar itinerary and a written itinerary.
Day 1 - Darwin to Mataranka Thermal pools (Lunch /Dinner)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00 am when our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). It’s a little further on to our overnight camp near Mataranka.
• Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Day 2 - Mataranka Thermal pools to Banka Banka Station (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
A great start to the day, is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum outback experience’! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
• Mataranka Thermal Pools
• Daly Waters Pub
• Banka Banka Cattle Station
Day 3 - Banka Banka Station to Alice Springs (Breakfast / Lunch)
We pass through Tennant Creek and then further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lies south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs where art galleries and pioneering history abounds.
• Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
• Tropic of Capricorn
Day 4 - Alice Springs
Today is free to explore Alice Springs as you please or just relax by the pool
Day 5 - Alice Springs to Uluru (Lunch, Dinner)
We depart Alice Springs and head towards Uluru. Nothing really prepares you for The Rock – it’s awesome! After lunch we visit the Cultural Centre to learn about the Aboriginal people of the region and walk around the base of Uluru. We end our first day with a spectacular sunset over Uluru. Tonight we camp at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground in comfy swags under the desert stars, our home for the next two nights.
Day 6 – Kata Tjuta (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
A fantastic Uluru sunrise and breakfast before we head to sunrise and breakfast at The Rock, before we hike Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredibly ancient rock formations before returning to the campsite for relaxing afternoon and another Uluru sunset.
Day 7 – Kings Canyon (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we visit Kings Creek Station, Australia’s largest exporter of wild camels and our camp site for tonight. We hike Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to experience the fantastic views of the gorge, huge sandstone walls and an immense canyon floor. Here we trek through the Garden of Eden and take a dip in the waterhole to cool down. There is time for you to swim in the pool or take up on any of the optional extra activities they have on offer.
Today we cruise to Coober Pedy, opal capital of the world. Incredible changing landscape, kangaroos, emus, eagles and road trains all unfold before us and a view of the striking sandstone colours of the Breakaways on the way. On arrival we visit the local kangaroo orphanage and later enjoy dinner, lots of stories and an overnight stay in an underground bunkhouse.
We spend the morning in Coober Pedy and take a tour of the town and an opal mine. We also have the opportunity to “noodle” for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. We continue our journey south in the afternoon as we travel on down to the foothills of the Flinders Ranges where we sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush camp.
This morning we hike Dutchman’s Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding ranges and plains before cruising to Adelaide arriving at around 6pm.
Departing Adelaide we cruise through the Adelaide Hills with a mid morning stop at a country bakery to grab a bite to eat. We eat lunch before we marvel at Mt. Arapiles then onto the Grampians National Park. Here we hike to the bottom of Mc Kenzie Falls and see breathtaking views from The Balconies. In the late afternoon, see the kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. We stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.
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 and 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 Darwin - Alice springs section and $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.
Departs: Saturdays (all year) and Tuesdays (April to October) between 6am and 7am
What to bring:
- Walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle
- Swimming gear
- A sense of adventure!
We advise to bring along your own sleeping bag, otherwise you can hire one for $30 on the Darwin - Alice springs section and $30 on the Adelaide - Alice Springs section of the trip