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Down, South & Outback (ex. Alice Springs) 2017-18 (14 Days, Alice Springs to Melbourne)

Topdeck's 12-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 Topdeck's Down South & Outback!
Please note: For departures dates in 2018/19 please check out Down South & Outback

Inclusions

Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
Hike to MacKenzie Falls
Stay underground in Coober Pedy
Visit a kangaroo orphanage
'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
Guided hike of Kings Canyon
View the magic of the Flinders Ranges
Great Ocean Road and sunset at Twelve Apostles
Stunning Grampians National Park
Make your own wine in Coonawarra
Paint your own souvenir boomerang
13 Breakfasts
13 Lunches
13 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $1,990
Start Location
Alice Springs, Australia
End Location
Alice Springs, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 Nov 201703 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,990 
18 Dec 201731 Dec 20176AUD $1,990
15 Jan 201828 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,990 
12 Feb 201825 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,990 
12 Mar 201825 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,990 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru
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. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger) and maybe grab a ‘coldie’. Welcome to the outback, mate. Included today: -Mt Conner -Uluru Sunset -National Park entry Meals: - Dinner
Day 2: 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 soar over 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. Included today: -Sunrise over Uluru -National Park entry -Uluru base walks -Anangu Visitor centre -Guided walk by your crew Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Scenic flights -Harley Davidson rides -Camel tours -Sounds of Silence -Guided astrology tour
Day 3: Uluru to Kings Canyon
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. 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. Included today: -Valley of the winds walk -National park entry Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated. Meals: Breakfast, dinner. Optional activities: -Quad bike ride -Sunset camel tour
Day 4: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
f 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). Included today: -Guided hike of Kings Canyon -Garden of Eden walk Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch
Day 5: Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth 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’s 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. Included today: -Stanley Chasm -Simpsons Gap Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hot air balloon ride -Desert Park -Alice Springs Reptile Centre -Kangaroo sanctuary
Day 6: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy
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 South Australia. It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from and a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world. Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 7: Coober Pedy to Flinders Rangers
After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we're riding south into the Flinders Ranges. You'll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal - tomorrow's going to be epic. Included today: -Opal mine & town tour -Kangaroo orphanage Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8: Flinders Rangers
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 - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm. Included today: -Wilpena Pound guided walk -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9: Flinders Rangers to Adelaide
We start our way away from the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes - we are heading for the City! A visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall - there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. Tonight take in some of Adelaide's finest local food and entertainment. Meals: - Breakfast
Day 10: 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. Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Kangaroo Island day trip -Barossa Valley day trip
Day 11: Adelaide to Mt Gambier
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, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. 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! Included today: -Make your own blended wine class Meals: - Breakfast
Day 12: Mt Gambier to Halls Gap
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 with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. Included today: -National Park entry -Pinnacles Walk -McKenzie Falls Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 13: Halls Gap to Port Campbell
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. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia and a sunset to write home about. Included today: -Paint your own souvenir boomerang -National Park entry -12 Apostles Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 14: Port Campbell to Melbourne
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 along the Great Ocean Road each year. Before putting any rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we'll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around. Included today: -Coastal lookouts -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast