9 Day Melbourne to Alice Springs tour with Groovy Grape - Happy Travels
Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 9 days
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Price: From $1,221.00
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Join the team at groovy grape as they take you on an epic journey from Melbourne to Alice springs. You’ll check out the all best that this area has to offer with this award winning company. Save $135.00 + we’ll give you a bonus free night of accommodation in Adelaide with this great value for money package. […]

Tour Description

Join the team at groovy grape as they take you on an epic journey from Melbourne to Alice springs.

You’ll check out the all best that this area has to offer with this award winning company.

Save $135.00 + we’ll give you a bonus free night of accommodation in Adelaide with this great value for money package.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 : GREAT OCEAN ROAD AND GRAMPIANS
From Melbourne we head through Geelong to hit the famous surf coast, Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea (home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver) with time to check out the local waves. Apollo Bay and Lorne are great places to swim, explore or just relax with a cup of coffee. Marvel at the historical section of the Great Ocean Road carved by returned WWI servicemen. It provides one of the most spectacular coastal roads you will ever see. Arriving at the Otway National Park, enjoy the walks through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world. A great place for a lunch stop. We finish the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Overnight is hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.
Meal(s) included : Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 : GREAT OCEAN ROAD AND GRAMPIANS
After an early breakfast back out to the amazing coastline for some magic opportunities to photograph the Twelve Apostles in the morning light, before the crowds. Heading along the Great Ocean Road, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs are some of the fantastic coastal scenery in this area. Enjoying a lunch stop, we arrive at the Grampians National Park, where we spend a great afternoon hiking before visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre.  In the late afternoon, take a stroll with the kangaroos and other wildlife. We stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 : GREAT OCEAN ROAD AND GRAMPIANS
After having breakfast we further explore the National Park, hiking the northern part which is rich in flora, Aboriginal and European history.  We marvel at Mt. Arapiles and eat lunch. Heading for Adelaide travelling through the hills and arriving at approximately 7.00pm.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 : ROCK PATROL
We start our adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, but soon enough we’re heading into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. We enjoy an easy stroll through the awesome Alligator Gorge, which is sometimes bursting with wild flowers. We’ll then settle in the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges for the night.
Meal(s) included : Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 : ROCK PATROL
Along the way to Coober Pedy – the Opal Capital of the World – you’ll notice the incredible changing landscapes. Wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus and eagles will scatter as road trains thunder across a landscape that resembles Mars or the Moon. On a tour of an underground Opal Mine and Museum, you’ll learn about the history of Coober Pedy. A highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys and admire (or buy) Aboriginal art and didgeridoos. Tonight, we sleep like the locals do – underground, in bunkhouse accommodation.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 : ROCK PATROL
It’s a big day driving up the Stuart Highway, with several pit stops en route. Our mission today is to reach the majestic Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we’ll camp for the night on an authentic station.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 : ROCK PATROL
We get up early to explore Watarrka (Kings Canyon), where you’ll need to stop to admire and photograph the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and stunning gorges. On the Canyon Rim Walk (3-4 hours), you’ll experience the beautiful Garden of Eden and learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. After lunch, we begin our journey into Uluru. Nothing will prepare you for the sight of The Rock. We quickly set up camp before learning about the local Aboriginal History at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Soon after we’ll be experiencing our first awe-inspiring Uluru sunset, taking time to absorb the beauty and majesty of this place.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 : ROCK PATROL
We start the day at dawn taking a (3 ½ hour) walk around the base of Uluru. Hiking through acacia woodlands and grassy clay pans, you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at The Rock’s geological wonders and learn more about Aboriginal interpretations from your Culturally Accredited Groovy Guide. Later, we relax back at our campground or join one of our Adrenalin Plus options.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 : ROCK PATROL
After devouring yet another scrumptious breakfast we’ll experience a glorious sunrise over Kata Tjuta, before we hike to lookouts around Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and visit the majestic Valley of the Winds with its ancient rock formations and extraordinary views. After lunch, we’ll hit the road to Alice Springs, arriving approximately at 6:30pm.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch
National Parks
Hiking
Swimming
Sightseeing
GREAT OCEAN ROAD AND GRAMPIANS - MELBOURNE to ADELAIDE 3 Days / 2 Nights

Every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday DECEMEBER 2012 - MARCH
Every Tuesday & Friday APRIL - NOVEMBER
Pickups from City 6:45am, Arts Centre 7:15am and St Kilda 7:30am
OR

KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE - ADELAIDE to KANGAROO ISLAND and RETURN 2 days / 1 night

Departs every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in April and November
Departs every Wednesday, Saturday from May to October inclusive
Daily from December to March inclusive
ROCK PATROL - ADELAIDE to ALICE SPRINGS 6 Days / 5 Nights

Every Tuesday & Saturday APRIL - NOVEMBER from 6:30am
Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday DECEMBER - MARCH from 6:30am
Departure Day(s)
Tuesday
Friday
Sunday


Extras
Adrenalin Plus Options

Helicopter Flight above the 12 Apostles

Camel Rides, Segway tours, Helicopter Flight or Skydiving at Uluru

Accommodation Upgrades
Double Swags (Rock Patrol only), Private single, twin or double rooms – Subject to availability
2 nights at Ayers Rock Resort Campground are essential camping nights

Passengers travelling with a child less than 15 years-old must upgrade to a private room

What to bring
Hat
Sunscreen
Walking Shoes
Insect repellent
2L water bottle
Swimwear
Towel
Sleeping bag
windproof/waterproof jacket
Voucher Information
Open dated tickets please give 14 days notice to book. All bookings MUST reconfirm 48hrs in advance. Ph: 1800 661 177 or 08 8440 1640 or from outside AU: +61 8 8440 1640. The office is open Mon – Fri from 9am to 6pm, Sat from 9am to 5pm and Sun from 12pm to 5pm. Maximum luggage allowance on the Kangaroo Island tour is 7kg, all the other tours the luggage allowance is 20kg. Please inform Groovy Grape upon confirmation of your tour of any dietary and or health/medical requirements.

Groovy Grape Tours (GGT) may amend prices and change vehicles from time to time. GGT reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary due to road, weather or group conditions. GGT expects you to have reasonable fitness and to act responsibly for your own safety. GGT recommend that all passengers have personal travel insurance to cover loss or damage to property, illness, injury or not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. GGT accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal belongings or luggage or for any injury or loss of any type whilst on our tours.

Cancellation
$1220.00 + Optional Sleeping Bag Hire
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