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9 Day Melbourne to Darwin Express

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Mixed (Minibus,Bus)
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
9 days, 8 nights
Some Meals
While on Tours
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 6:30am and 7:30am
Darwin on Day 9 at 5:20pm approx
Watch Australia’s landscape drastically change on this express journey!

This trip will get you all the way from Melbourne to Darwin express while taking some of Australia’s most iconic locations.

Explore the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park before checking out for a day. Head north on an overnight bus and arrive in the Red Centre and discover Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and of course Uluru.

Arrive in Alice Springs for the night before hopping on an overnight bus to your final destination – Darwin.

*This tour also operates in reverse click here to check it out*


  • 2 day 1 night Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour
  • 1 night in Adelaide in dorm
  • Overnight bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs with Greyhound
  • 2 night in Alice Springs in Dorm
  • Overnight bus from Alice Springs to Darwin with Greyhound.
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (3 lunches, 3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners)
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  •  Explore the Great Ocean Road and Grampians
  •  Visit the Rock!
  •  Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
  • Watch Australia's landscape change

Melbourne to Darwin Tour

Day 1 - Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road (Lunch)

Surf Beach - Watch Surfers at an Aussie beach coastline

Beach Walk - Get some sand between your toes and go for a stroll along some of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Historic Memorial Arch - Great photo opportunity

Seaside Towns - Feel the vibe of small coastal towns

Kennett River Koala's - Spot wild Koala's, kookaburra's, parrots and lorikeets

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a great restaurant in Apollo Bay

Rainforest - Take a guided bush walk through the rare ancient Otway's Rainforest

12 Apostles - View the mighty 12 Apostles with an optional helicopter ride (additional cost)

Loch Ard Gorge - Find yourself surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and a beautiful white sandy beach

London Bridge - Visit the collapsed but still amazing London Bridge

Kangaroos!- Night time kangaroo spotting in Halls Gap

Day 2 - Grampians National Park to Adelaide (Breakfast)

Tour the Grampians National Park - Lookout for kangaroos, wallabies, emus, birds, echidnas, a wildlife wonderland!

Mountain Hike - Walk an Aussie bush track to experience spectacular views

Halls Gap - Spend time in the heart of the Grampians

Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre - Learn about the history and culture of the local jardwadjali and djab tribes.

Reed's Lookout or Lake Bellfield - breath-taking views!

Mckenzie Falls, Clematis Falls or Silverband Falls - Magnificent waterfalls!

Jaw's of Death or Aboriginal Cave Paintings - Sensational experience!

Connect with a luxury coach in Horsham for continuation onto Adelaide arriving at 7-8:00pm

Day 3 - Adelaide to Alice Springs

Enjoy a full day in Adelaide before hopping on an overnight bus to Alice Springs at 6:00pm

Day 4 - Alice Springs

Arrive in Alice Springs and check into your accommodation

Day 5 -Kings Canyon (Lunch, Dinner)
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs at 5:30am, first destination Kings Canyon. Enjoy a guided 3 hour hike through the sandstone domes of the Lost City. Visit the many Amphitheatres, North & South Walls and the beautiful Garden of Eden. Next stop, Curtin Springs where we have a quick wash and toilet stop before setting up our bush camp. Your guide will prepare a healthy camp-oven dinner. Relax around the fire then curl up in your cozy swag under a million stars.

Day 6 - Kata Tjuta & Uluru Sunset (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
We leave the Bush Camp at Sunrise and head to the Ayers Rock Campground for a quick shower and toilet stop. Feel the spiritual significance on your guided walk through to the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta. Be shown bush tucker along the hike before heading to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre in the afternoon where you can listen to tales from the 'Tjukurpa' Dreamtime. We spend the evening enjoying dinner at the spectacular Sunset over Uluru. Witness the awesome sight of Uluru changing colour. We spend this night at the Ayers Rock Campground with toilets and showers.

Day 7 - Uluru Sunrise (Breakfast, Lunch)
We leave Ayers Rock Campground before Sunrise before taking in a memorable Uluru Sunrise over the World’s Largest Rock. You then have time to complete an Uluru Base Walk around Uluru. You will see beautiful sites such as the Mala Walk, Mutijulu Waterhole and Aboriginal Cave Paintings. After lunch we will make our way back to Alice Springs and you can share your photos on the bus with new made friends and then spend one night at a hostel in Alice Springs.

Day 8 - Alice Springs to Darwin

Today you have the full day to explore Alice Springs as you please before boarding an overnight bus to Darwin at 7:15pm

Day 9 - Darwin

Arrive in Darwin at 5.20pm approx - your journey has come to an end!

What sort of camping is done on this trip?

Swag camping is provided on the 3 day Rock Tour section of the trip. 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 $20 on the 3 day Red Centre 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 are 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.

*$25 National Park fee is paid onboard Red Centre Tour

Departs: Monday, Thursday and Saturday

What to bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • 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 $20 on the 3 day Red Centre section of the trip.

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