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11 day Alice Springs to Melbourne Overland

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About this tour: Travel through Australia's amazing Red Centre, Oodnadatta Track and famou Great Ocean Road.
Embark on a Northern Territory and Southern Ocean adventure, from Alice Spings to Melbourne, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon. Drive the famous Oodnadatta Track, and the famous Great Ocean Road. A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this top to tail exploration of our country is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia's raw and rugged natural beauty.

Uluru on one of it's many spectacular days

Tour Name: 11 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Overland

Valid:
01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Trip Code:
PBOAC - Alice Springs to Melbourne Overland
PBOACY - Alice Springs to Melbourne Overland ex Yulara (AYQ)

Trip Style:
Basix

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
Default pick up: YHA Alice Springs 6:00am (Leichardt Terrace)

Tour Departs:
01APR18-18MAR19: Mon

Tour Finishes:
Select Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 11

Max People:
Group size: Min 1, Max 24

Age:
Minimum 18 years

Accommodation:
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (5 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

Prices:
PBOAC
AUD $1460 per person
AUD $45 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix)
All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
Levies included: National Park park fee.
Not suitable for children. 18 years and over

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Why we love this trip
Get back to basics with this classic seventeen-day overland adventure. See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Great Ocean Road and Grampians, Flinders Ranges and Red Centre in rugged, authentic style
Cruise the world famous Great Ocean Road
Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky See some beautifully remote places in the Flinders ranges
Check out one of the strangest towns in Australia - built underground Get up early and see the sun rise over Uluru

Is this trip right for you?
This is a basic trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Great Ocean Road and Grampians, Flinders Ranges, and the Red Centre.
You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning. This is part of the experience of travelling in a group.
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
This trip is BASIX and we use mixed gender multishare accommodation. This means, the minimum age for the trip is 18 years old because minors aren't able to sleep in mixed gender rooms.
During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Welcome to Alice Springs. Kick off your adventure with a visit to an authentic outback camel farm where you can choose to ride a camel (at your own expense). From here its off to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch, before exploring the 36 rocky landforms of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). In the evening, watch the sun set over Uluru with a glass of wine and a 1,000 star dinner awaits you back at camp. With the red earth beneath your feet and the starry sky overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of local food and wine.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance

Meals Included Lunch Dinner

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk to the Mutijulu waterhole with an Aboriginal guide. Once youve had lunch, perhaps purchase some Indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Uluru Cultural Centre

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Put your hiking shoes on after breakfast and head out to explore the formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon. The sheer size of the canyon is breathtaking. Trek for 6 kilometres along the Rim Walk, which takes you through a natural amphitheatre, past the striped sandstone domes of the lost city and into the green oasis of the Garden of Eden. Stop for lunch before making your way to a campsite on the homestead of Erldunda, where youll spend the night at the Desert Oaks campsite at Erldunda, where you can meet one of Australia most unique wildlife species, the Emu at the Erldunda emu farm. Note:

Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking time is approximately two and half hours hour.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities Kings Canyon Rim Walk Erldunda Emu Farm Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Coober Pedy
Depart early this morning and make your way to Coober Pedy, crossing the Northern Territory/South Australian border on the way (approximately five hours in total). Take a break to stretch your legs and enjoy lunch in the outback town of Marla. Coober Pedy is known as The Opal Capital of the World and was one of the locations used to film the third Mad Max movie. Due to extremely hot temperatures in the area most of the town is constructed underground, with residents living in cave-like houses carved into the hillsides. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the town, underground opal mine and museum. End the day hanging out with some rescued joeys at Josephines Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. Tonight stay in a multi-share underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy.

Note: Total driving time today is around four and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Accommodation Underground Multishare (1 night)

Included Activities Josephines Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage Underground Mine & Opal Tour

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: William Creek
Today after breakfast we will travel into areas seldom seen by most tourists as we leave the sealed roads of the Stuart Hwy behind us and travel on unsealed roads to one of the remotest towns in the world, William Creek. On the way we will travel through the largest Cattle Station in the world, Anna Creek. As we drive gaze out at the endless horizons as we pass by the lake with the longest name in the world, Lake Caddibarrawirracanna. Arriving into town we will set up camp and have dinner. After dinner lay down in your swag and fall asleep as you count the shooting stars.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours.

Total walking time is approximately half an hour. Accommodation Dormitory (1 night)

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Quorn
Today will be a long day of driving as we travel the famous Oodnadatta track to Quorn. Along the way we will visit Australias Largest lake, Lake Eyre. Visit the outback towns of Marree, Lyndhurst and Hawker. Stay tonight in private accommodation at the Mill Lodge tonight, where youll also have dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking time is approximately half an hour.

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner



Day 7: Adelaide
In the morning, eat a big breakfast and hike up one of the many peaks in the Flinders Ranges. Make your way back to Adelaide through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Clare Valley, arriving in the early evening. As your journey comes to an end here, we will drop you at your Adelaide city accommodation.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Meals Included Breakfast Lunch

Day 8 & 9: Adelaide
Spend two days exploring Adelaide and surrounds. Perhaps take a tour of the wine region, head to Glenelg foreshaw or check out Leigh Street and Peel street for some night life and people watching.

Accommodation Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this Day 8 & 9.

Day 10: Adelaide to Grampians
Leaving Adelaide in the morning, drive across the state border into Victoria and enter the Grampians. Go for a walk to view the Jaws of Death, hike down to McKenzie Falls and take in the incredible views from Reeds Lookout. Gain an insight into the customs of the land's traditional owners during a stop-in at the Brambuck Cultural Centre, then head into the heart of the Grampians, stopping en route for lunch. Last stop of the day will be a spot in the Grampians National Park where kangaroos, wallabies and koalas are often spotted. Tonight's accommodation is at either Brambuk Backpackers or the Grampians YHA.

Note: Total driving time today is about seven and a half hours (approximately 550kms) Total walking time will be about two and a half hours (approximately 3.5kms)

Included Activities Brambuk Culture Centre Mackenzie Falls - Grampians Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

Meals Included Dinner

Day 11: Grampians to Melbourne
After an early morning start, begin the journey along Australia's glorious Great Ocean Road. Explore Port Campbell National Park, checking out London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles rock formation, then sit back and soak up the mesmerising coastal views en route. Stop at Kennett River for the chance to spot koalas before passing through the charming beach towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. Take some snaps at some famed surf locations and hit the highway back to Melbourne.

Note: Total driving time today is about seven and a half hours (approximately 550kms) Total walking time will be about two hours (approximately 2kms)

Meals Included Breakfast

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What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport Minibus, Private vehicle
Accommodation Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (5 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)

Activities:
Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance Uluru Cultural Centre Kings Canyon Rim Walk Erldunda Emu Farm Josephines Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage Underground Mine & Opal Tour Brambuk Culture Centre Mackenzie Falls - Grampians Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

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Uluru


Kata Tjuta


Ayers Rock from a distance



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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Alice Springs on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Melbourne day 11 at approx 6pm

2. Onward travel to be booked the following day

3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (5 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights), Underground Multishare (1 night)
Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms.
Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites.
Pax will need to bring their own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Pillows not provided for camping.
Coober Pedy and Quorn is multishare mixed gender accommodation (underground bunkhouse, and lodge).
Families will stay in private rooms.
PBOAC - Basix Trip start Alice Springs PBOACY - Basix Trip start Yulara

Night 1: Yulara - Simple permanent tents with basic camping facilities
Night 2: Kings Canyon - Simple permanent tents with basic camping facilities
Night 3: Erldunda - Simple permanent tents with basic camping facilities
Night 4: Coober Pedy - Underground multishare bunkhouse
Night 5: William creek swag camping
Night 6: Quorn - multishare lodge
Nights 7, 8 & 9: Adelaide Central YHA multishare dormitory
Night 10: Ned's Beds (Basix multishare with shared facilities

Fitness Level:
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

^ Adventure Tours /Intrepid guide will lead the cultural walk.

The Valley of the Winds walk is quite often it is closed due to weather etc. There is another option other than the Walpa gorge walk to do half the Valley of the Winds which still gets to the good viewing point without doing the full walk which is often in the direct sun. (Agent note only-RH)

From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Children
Not suitable for children. 18 years and over

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies (10kg in Kakadu). Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Tour Operator
The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All terrain tour bus vehicle

The Tour Difference
Scheduled tours operate.
As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of soft adventure and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks thatll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

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Our very experienced Northern Territory staff - our travel boss has been here when the industry basically started living in Alice Springs for 6 years in the 90's and in Darwin since the 80's. We will help you discover the best of these unique and special tours offers across Australia with camping safaris to one day sightseeing coach trips, eco tours Australia adventure camping safaris in Kakadu National Park and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort (Uluru) in Northern Territory. We seek out tours from only reputable experienced tour companies to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park. From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from our ancient Aboriginal Culture to our rather unique Australia outback wildlife - then onto Adelaide and now Cairns we have sourced an excellent range of tours for your next vacation in Australia. Our experienced staff have collectively over 30 years in the travel industry will help you discover the best of these unique and special adventure and sightseeing guided tours.

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