Darwin to Melbourne Overland (17 Days)

Australia

2019/24/06
  • Price: $ 3,062
  • AGE RANGE: 18 to 99 year olds
  • ACCOMMODATION: Hostel, Camping
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 24
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private Vehicle, Mini-coach
  • TRAVEL STYLE: Overland Truck, Adventure, Camping, Discovery, Hiking & Trekking

 

Highlights

 

Start in Darwin and end in Melbourne! With the overland truck tour Darwin to Melbourne Overland , you have a 17 day tour package taking you from Darwin to Melbourne and through Darwin, Australia and 21 other destinations in Australia. Darwin to Melbourne Overland includes accommodation in a hostel and campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

 

Tour Itinerary


Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Melbourne, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu National Park, visit Arnhem Land, Litchfield and Katherine. 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.

 

Day 1: Darwin - Arnhem Land
In and around Darwin

Welcome to tropical Darwin, where your adventure begins. As this trip spends very little time in the Northern Territory's capital, consider arriving a few days early to explore the city. We leave Darwin bright and early and head to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Firstly, we make our way to see the stunning rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a lookout to see the sprawling Nardab Floodplain. Next stop, head to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience a Guluyumbi cruise along the East Alligator River. Travelling with a Bininj guide, understand more about the cultural importance of the East Alligator River to the region’s traditional custodians. Once the cruise wraps up, jump in a vehicle and cross straight into Arnhem Land for an unforgettable afternoon of exploration at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art complex known as Mawurndaddja. This complex has a spectacular series of galleries with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age. Your guide will explain the importance of this art, the methods used to perform this expressionism and the anthropological system used to date the art as you are guided through the site. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic ancient site before heading back to Kakadu and settling into this evening’s campsite.

  • Note: Total driving time is about six hours (approximately 350kms). Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours (including stops for informative talks)

 

Day 2: Kakadu National Park
After fuelling up with an early breakfast, it's on to Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu's most iconic natural attraction. It’s a challenging walk through monsoon forest and over boulders. Recharge with a cooling dip in the clear waters beneath the falls upon arrival, or simply soak up the spectacular scenery while relaxing on the beach. After lunch head to Anbangbang and discover ancient rock art. Originally Warramal clan land, who have now passed away, Anbangbang is now looked after by neighbouring Mirarr and Djok clans. Consider taking a scenic flight over Kakadu in the afternoon, or visit Bowli Cultural Centre.

  • Total driving time: about four hours (approximately 120 km). Total walking time: about two and a half hours

 

Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

  • Note: Total driving time is about five and a half hours (approximately 340kms). Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours

 

Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Continue on to the edge of Litchfield National Park. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

  • Note: Total driving time is about four and a half hours (approximately 350kms). Total walking time is approximately three and a half hours

 

Day 5: Litchfield National Park / Darwin
Once you’ve had breakfast, head into Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin.

  • Note: Total driving time is about three and a half hours (approximately 250kms). Total walking time is approximately one hour

 

Day 6: Darwin
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas (QF). Qantas is Australia's first commercial airline and is now recognised as one of the world’s best International airlines. We'll arrange your e-tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Alice springs please look for your transfer vehicle to transfer you to your hostel. The rest of the day is free to explore Alice Springs.

 

Day 7: Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
Its an early start today out of Alice Springs to continue your adventure. From here it’s 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 and enjoy some tasty snacks. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.

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

 

Day 8: 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 Uluru, gaining insights into the land magnificent views of Uluru. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts for you to browse. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art and craft of the First Peoples of Australia 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.

 

Day 9: 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 you’ll spend the night at the Desert Oaks campsite at Erldunda, where you can meet one of Australia's 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.

 

Day 10: 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 Josephine’s 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.

 

Day 11: William Creek
Today after breakfast we will travel into areas seldom seen by most tourists as we leave the sealed roads of the Stuart Highway 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.

 

Day 12: Quorn
In and around Quorn

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

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

 

Day 13: Adelaide
In and around 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.

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

 

Day 14: Adelaide
Today is a free day to explore this vibrant city. Maybe head to Adelaide's central market to taste some delicious local faire, explore some of the city's fine pubs or explore the art work of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

 

Day 15: Adelaide
Another full free day in Adelaide. Jump on a tram to Glenelg Beach or head to Magill Estate to try some iconic Australian wine at one of the world's only urban single vineyards.

 

Day 16: Adelaide to The 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. The 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)


Day 17: The Grampians to Melbourne
In and around 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. Make the most of a great photo opportunity at some famed surf locations before we stop for a beach walk and then 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)

 

 

Tour Services

 

Included

  • Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION POOAC: 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 if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Accommodation in Warnambool, Halls Gap, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, and Darwin is in mixed gender multishare accommodation. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip. 

FINISH TIMES: Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

PARTICIPATORY CAMPING: To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions. Dormitory (2 nights),Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night),Camping (with shared facilities) (2 nights),Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights),Permanent,furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights),Underground Multishare (1 night) Hostel multishare (4 nights)

  • Guide

All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Yor leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp or kitchen cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) as well as recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.This trip is made of three smaller trips connected by a flight. You will be travelling with different Guides on each trip who are specialists in each region, and will not have an accompanying Guide during your flight.

  • Meals

11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners

  • Transport

All Terrain vehicle,Minibus,Private vehicle

  • Additional Services

-Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

-Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex

-Jim Jim Falls Walk

-Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

-Edith Falls

-Buley Rockholes

-Florence Falls

-Litchfield National Park

-Wangi Falls

-Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance

-Uluru Cultural Centre

-Maruku Arts cultural experience

-Kings Canyon Rim Walk

-Erldunda Emu Farm

-Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

-Underground Mine & Opal Tour

-Oodnadatta Track

-Mackenzie Falls - Grampians

-Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

-12 Apostles & London Bridge

-Koala spotting - Great Ocean Road

-Loch Ard Gorge

 
Not Included

  • Flights

International flights not included.

  • Insurance

Insurance is not included. Travel insurance is required for this tour. Please make sure you are adequately covered.

  • Optional

Other activities and services not included

  • Additional Services

Other activities and services not included

 

Cancellation Policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3062 for Darwin to Melbourne Overland.

  

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.

  • YELLOW FEVER

Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Australia. Ideally 10 days before travel.

  • JAPANESE B ENCEPHALITIS

Recommended for Australia. Ideally 1 month before travel.

 

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 5,248 km.

  • Darwin (Australia): 274 km
  • Arnhem Land (Australia): 109 km
  • Kakadu National Park (Australia): 112 km
  • Nitmiluk National Park (Australia): 210 km
  • Litchfield National Park (Australia): 65 km
  • Darwin (Australia): 1,290 km
  • Alice Springs (Australia): 345 km
  • Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park (Australia): 134 km
  • Kings Canyon (Australia): 620 km
  • Coober Pedy (Australia): 265 km
  • Lake Eyre (Australia): 176 km
  • Marree (Australia): 78 km
  • Lyndhurst (Australia): 177 km
  • Hawker (Australia): 62 km
  • Quorn (Australia): 292 km
  • Adelaide (Australia): 118 km
  • Clare Valley (Australia): 118 km
  • Adelaide (Australia): 438 km
  • Grampians National Park (Australia): 152 km
  • Port Campbell (Australia): 16 km
  • Twelve Apostles (Australia): 45 km
  • Apollo Bay (Australia): 36 km
  • Lorne (Australia): 118 km
  • Melbourne (Australia)
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