Melbourne to Uluru

12 days from 2,789pp

Let’s be frank, we’d need a heck of a lot of time to be able to see everything Australia has to offer, and sometimes we’re just not afforded that luxury. Fret not, fellow adventurers, because this 12-day tour will take you on a pretty thorough jaunt from Melbourne to the Red Centre, with a mix of must-see highlights and unique experiences along the way. Sample local wines, check out Victoria’s beaches, travel along the Great Ocean Road, take a guided night walk, sleep underground like the locals in Coober Pedy, and explore the Outback. (And more. Seriously.)
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12 days Melbourne to Uluru

From 2,789 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Melbourne

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the ‘cultural capital of Australia’. Get lost in the city’s famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2: Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula

Tour Melbourne’s iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula. Stop to see Brighton’s brightly coloured bathing boxes, miniature beachfront cabins that are unique to the beaches in Port Phillip Bay.

Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the stunning coastal scenery while driving through quaint towns and past stunning beaches.

Melbourne Laneways Walk
Melbourne1h30m-2h

Discover the small laneways packed with shops, cafés and restaurants that make Melbourne so unique. After a light breakfast and delicious coffee (which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without!), experience Melbourne’s laneways with an expert local host. Journey through this ‘secret city,’ seeing local hotspots and incredible street art while learning about the city’s history.

Private Vehicle
Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula2h100km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Bathing Boxes Visit
Brighton

Stop to check out some of the famous bathing boxes that Port Phillip Bay is known for. These one-room “mini-cabins” are owned by families to store belongings on their favourite beach. Snap some photos of these brightly coloured boxes and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Mornington Peninsula
Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Opt to visit a winery or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.
Free Time
Mornington Peninsula Full Day

Get out and explore the stunning Mornington Peninsula.

Optional Activities – Day 3

Wine Tour
Mornington Peninsula

Visit some local wineries to taste locally produced vino. The Mornington Peninsula is famed for its Pinot Noir, but the 50 plus wineries in the region produce over 200 different wines… bottoms up!

Day 4: Mornington Peninsula/Port Campbell

Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.

Private Vehicle
Mornington Peninsula – Sorrento30m20km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ferry
Sorrento – Queenscliff1h15km

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Private Vehicle
Queenscliff – Port Campbell8h

Enjoy the stunning scenery while driving along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at the highlights along the way.

Rainforest Walk
Great Otway National Park30m 1-2km

Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO. Stroll sandy beaches and hike along the rugged coastline, take photos from rock platforms, and head north to see forests, green gullies, pristine lakes and gushing waterfalls.

12 Apostles Visit
Port Campbell National Park45m-1h

Stop at a scenic lookout point along the Great Ocean Road and capture the beautiful views over the ocean and the 12 Apostles. Now with only seven formations still standing, these iconic attractions were once limestone caves which eroded to become arches and eventually stacks up to 45m (147 ft) in height.

Loch Ard Gorge Visit
Port Campbell National Park15m-30m

Located along the Great Ocean Road, beautiful Loch Ard Gorge shows the process of erosion in action. See offshore stacks and blowholes, and watch short tailed shearwaters soar over the nearby island. This location is a perfect backdrop for a group photo. Get snapping!

Optional Activities – Day 4

Helicopter Ride
The Twelve Apostles

145AUD per person

A series of limestone cliffs stretching into the ocean, the 12 Apostles is one of the most iconic sites in Victoria. Get a birds eye view of these massive rock columns and watch the swells of the ocean crash into them from above. Prepare to be awed by the sheer size of these cliffs and one of Australia’s most famous coastlines.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Port Campbell/Little Desert National Park

Travel into the Aussie bush, stopping at Grampians National Park en route. Take a guided night walk to look for nocturnal critters in Little Desert National Park.

Private Vehicle
Port Campbell – Grampians National Park3h260km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
Grampians National Park1h 2km

Set off from the Reed Lookout overlooking Victoria Valley, and enjoy a short walk with beautiful scenery to the Balconies, formerly called the Jaws of Death. Check out the gorgeous view, but be careful not to lean too far over the edge!

MacKenzie Falls Visit
Grampians National Park30m-1h

MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform. In Spring, see wonderful wildflowers in bloom along the path.

Private Vehicle
Grampians National Park – Little Desert National Park1h30m-2h110km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Night Bush Walk
Little Desert National Park

Once the sun sets, head out for a guided walk in the Aussie bush. Take in the sounds of the night while trying to spot various nocturnal critters, including sugar gliders and brush-tailed bettongs.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Little Desert National Park/Adelaide

Travel to Adelaide. The CEO will point out important highlights of the city while driving in, before free time to explore the city.

 

Private Vehicle
Little Desert National Park – Adelaide4h-5h345km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Drive

Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

Stop in the Clare Valley for a wine tasting and light gourmet lunch featuring regional produce. Afterwards, drive through the Flinders Ranges.

Hands-on: Wine Tasting

Stop by a local winery and sample some of the different grape varietals while learning a bit more about wine production and its history in the Clare Valley. Try some Riesling, the local favourite (considered the best in Australia, if not the world), along with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Private Vehicle
Adelaide – Flinders Ranges6h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Flinders Ranges

Visit Wilpena Pound, a 800-million-year old natural amphitheatre, before enjoying free time for optional activities in the Flinders Ranges like hiking or a 4WD tour of the rugged area.

 

Free Time
Flinders Ranges Full Day

Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.

Wilpena Pound Visit
Wilpena Pound

Visit the incredible Wilpena Pound amphitheatre, carved out of the Flinders Ranges over 800 million years ago. Explore the ancient landscapes and take in the impressive landscape in this part of the Flinders Ranges NP.

Optional Activities – Day 8

Wilpena Pound Hike
Wilpena Pound1h-3h 2-7km

Free

Enjoy nature’s 800 million-year-old natural amphitheater carved out of the mountains in Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP. Visit Aboriginal art sites and learn more about the history and customs of the Adnyamathanha people who have lived here for tens of thousands of years. Keep an eye out for emus, kangaroos, and if you are lucky, the threatened yellow footed rock wallaby.

Mountain Biking
Flinders Ranges

Get on two wheels to explore the rugged landscape of Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP.

Flinders Ranges Helicopter Ride
Flinders Ranges

95-270AUD per person

Take to the air for a helicopter ride over the impressive Flinders Ranges. With a variety of flight options to choose from, opt to check out Rawnsley Bluffs, Wilpena Pound, or the Chace Range.

Flinders Ranges 4WD Tour
Flinders Ranges

105-295AUD per person

Strap in for a 4WD tour of the Flinders Ranges. Encounter spectacular scenery, Aussie wildlife, and learn about the regions rich geological history, all while getting a thrilling ride!

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Flinders Ranges/Coober Pedy

Travel to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.

Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opals to the area.

Private Vehicle
Flinders Ranges – Coober Pedy8h700km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Guided Mine Tour
Coober Pedy1h

Learn about opals and Coober Pedy’s mining history on a tour of an old opal mine. See examples of both hand-dug and machine-dug underground homes, which are a popular way to escape the heat.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10: Coober Pedy/Uluru

Travel further into the Outback and experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia’s most iconic view awaits.

Private Vehicle
Coober Pedy – Uluru9h750km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Uluru at Sunset
Uluru30m-1h

Enjoy a glass of bubbly, and watch the setting sun transform Uluru into a glowing monolith bathed in deep reds and oranges. Capture the moment with your camera but also take a moment to soak in the serenity of the scene just with your own eyes. Magic!

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11: Uluru

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aborigines.

Uluru Mala Walk
Uluru1h-1h30m 2km

Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Uluru

Learn about the Aboriginal Australian culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.

Optional Activities – Day 11

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride
Uluru

245AUD per person

To fully appreciate the sheer size and splendor of Uluru, you need to experience it from above. Get a bird’s eye view of the iconic red rock, and take in the vast expanses of desert surrounding the ‘Heart of the Red Centre’. This is one ride you don’t want to miss!

Outback Astronomy Tour
Uluru

48AUD per person

Enjoy a tour of the night sky, learning how Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions while getting a chance to stargaze through telescopes and binoculars. The Outback is one of the best places to stargaze, with low humidity and surrounding light – take a peek and see whats out there!

Sounds of Silence Dinner
Uluru

195AUD per person

Enjoy a decadent three-course dinner while watching the sunset over Uluru. Try traditional bush tucker inspired food, including crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi, while listening to a didgeridoo performance as day turns to night. After dinner, learn more about the southern night sky during an astronomy tour with a local expert – prepared to be dazzled by the incredible clarity of the outback sky from this remote location.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12: Uluru
Depart at any time.
Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

What’s Included

  • Hands-on: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley
  • Guided Melbourne laneways walk
  • Brighton bathing boxes visit
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Grampians NP visit
  • Night bush walk (Little Desert NP)
  • Wilpena Pound visit
  • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (10 nts), underground hotel (1 nt).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD465-605 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, ferry, walking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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