Spend a fun day exploring Litchfield National Park. You will see a landscape that has been formed by water and time with abundant waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bush walking tracks, swimming holes and amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds.
All about the 16 Day Darwin to Melbourne Tour Package
What a jam packed adventure tour. There are so many highlights on our 16 day Darwin to Melbourne tour.
Leaving hot and tropical Darwin on the morning of day one and driving out to Kakadu National Park first you will see amazing the wildlife and waterfalls of the Northern Territory. Litchfield National Park is the next stop short hikes and swimming in abundance. Then we head down the center of Australia to Katherine Gorge, Mataranka hot springs, Daly waters and the Devils Marbles. From Alice Springs we make our way out to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and then Kings Canyon. After crossing over into South Australia we stop at the underground town of Coober Pedy, Port Augusta and onto Adelaide.
After a relaxing day in Adelaide, we drive up to the Grampians National Park before hitting the famous Great Ocean Road. Here you will finally be by the sea, marveling at the twelve apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the London bridge. Melbourne is the final stop where you can grab a fantastic coffee and spend a few days exploring the city or fly off to your next adventure.
Driving distance from Darwin to Melbourne is over 4000km. So plenty of time to take in the outback of Australia and get to know your fellow travel mates. As we make lots of stops, walks and hikes it doesn't feel like a long time on the tour bus. So much to see and do between Darwin and Melbourne with plenty of bucket list inclusions.
Our Darwin to Melbourne 16 day tour package includes 6 days 5 night Darwin to Alice Springs tour including Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, 2 nights in Alice Springs, 6 days 5 night Alice Springs to Adelaide tour, 1 night in Adelaide, 3 days 2 night Great ocean road tour, Meals while on tour as indicated in itinerary (11 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 11 Dinners) plus our super friendly, informative tour guides.
From top to bottom of Australia you will see it all on this tour.
16 Day Darwin to Melbourne Tour Package Itinerary - 16 days
Darwin to Kakadu National Park
The first stop on your adventure is the Mary River Wetlands, renowned for the 250 bird species that can be found here and the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. To get the best understanding of the area you will take an informative private two-hour cruise (included) along the Mary River where you can spot ‘crocs’ and other wildlife.
Your introduction to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River where you will also have lunch. The Bowali Visitor Centre is a good place to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts before your late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. At Ubirr you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be interpreted by your guide. Here you will learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at our private campsite at Cooinda. (L,D)
Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park
You will spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls* where you can swim at the bottom of the waterfall and climb to the top of the falls. Relax in a natural infinity pool with a grand view of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. You will see why this picture postcard spot is such a favourite for all who visit. There’s a chance for a final swim after lunch in the lower plunge pool before leaving the national park to travel via Batchelor to an overnight campsite near Litchfield National Park. (BLD)
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Highlights include the large magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swimming in and hiking at Wangi Falls (seasonal). Go for a final swim in the waterfalls at Buley Rockhole before your early evening arrival back in Darwin. Overnight dorm or Budget ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation in Darwin is included. (BL)
Darwin to Katherine (via Nitmiluk National Park)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00am and then 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) before retiring to our campsite nearby. (L,D)
Katherine to Banka Banka (via Mataranka)
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. (B,L,D)
Banka Banka to Alice Springs
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 lays south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs. Overnight accommodation included, dinner at own expense. (B,L)
Two days of leisure to either relax or explore the Red Centre township of Alice Springs. All activities and meals are at your own expense. Accommodation is included.
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon
Leaving Alice Springs our first destination is Kings Creek Station, where most of Australia’s live camels are exported from, and where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the walk around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to access the lookout points and enjoy the views of the gorge, sandstone walls and the immense size of the canyon. On the walk you will get to see the renowned water hole known as the Garden of Eden. In the afternoon you can go for a swim in the pool or do one of the optional extra activities (Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Safaris) that are available at Kings Creek Station. (LD)
Kings Canyon to Uluru
After a drive to ‘The Rock’, at Uluru you can do a walk around the base of Uluru and there’s time to learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Lunch is prepared back at the campground and then you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the timeless wonder of Uluru. (BLD)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Get up in time for the magnificent Uluru sunrise and breakfast before doing a hike at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds which cuts through the uniquely domed rock formations. After lunch, return to your campsite and relax in the afternoon before seeing another Uluru sunset. (BLD)
Uluru to Coober Pedy
After an early start we drive to Coober Pedy, on the way you will see striking desert landscapes including the sandstone formation known as the Breakaways. Coober Pedy is where most of the world’s supply of beautiful opals comes from. The landscape here is like you’ve landed on Mars. After a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and dinner you will sleep underground like the locals do in bunkhouse accommodation. (BLD)
Coober Pedy to Wilmington
Today we take a tour of an Opal mine in Coober Pedy. You can also have a go at “noodling” for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. In the afternoon continue to travel south to the Flinders Ranges where you’ll sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush Camp. (BLD)
Wilmington to Adelaide
Start the day with a hike up Dutchman’s Stern for grand views of the ocean and surrounding ranges and plains. This hike is around 3 hours long. In the afternoon enjoy a refreshing stop at a winery in the Clare Valley before arriving in Adelaide at around 6pm. Overnight accommodation is included, dinner is at own expense. (BL)
Adelaide to Grampians National Park
Leaving Adelaide sit back and enjoy the landscapes through the Adelaide Hills on the way to lunch at Mt. Arapiles. At the Grampians National Park you will spend the afternoon hiking to the bottom of McKenzie Falls and enjoy the views from The Balconies lookout point. Later in the day, you might see kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. Tonight you will stay in the heart of the Grampians National Park in cabin accommodation. (LD)
Grampians National Park to Twelve Apostles
This morning you will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre before doing some more hiking in the beautiful Grampians. Enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife. Travelling along the Great Ocean Road highlights include the iconic Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs not to mention the spectacular coastal scenery in the area, finishing the day with a sunset at the Twelve Apostles rock formation. Overnight you will stay in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. (BLD)
Great Ocean Road to Melbourne
At the Otway National Park, take a walk through some ancient temperate (cool) rainforest. Parts of the Great Ocean Road were carved by returned WWI servicemen; their legacy has created one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. Further along the Great Ocean Road are the beachside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. The famous surf coast includes visits to Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf wear brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver). Your final stop is at the Split Point Lighthouse featured in the Round the Twist television series, before heading through Geelong to arrive in Melbourne at approximately 7pm. (BL)
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- This package is a combination of safari products and therefore the guide and passengers will differ during each section. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation (included) between each of the safaris.
- Camping/dorm customers will spend 7 nights in the dorm, 2 nights camping in swags and pop-up tents, 2 nights in permanent safari tents and 4 nights camping in swags only. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 7 nights in a private room (5 nights private facilities, 2 nights shared facilities), 1 night in a cabin (shared facilities), 4 nights camping in swags and pop-up tents and 3 nights in permanent safari tents (shared facilities)
- Twin/double fare can only be booked by two people traveling together.
- Sleeping bag hire is available for all customers for a $30 payment to the guide in Darwin. Passengers are permitted to bring their own sleeping bags. Please specify this at the time of booking.
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