Melbourne to the Red Centre
Slutdestination: Alice Springs
If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia's highlights without feeling rushed, you'll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the Outback to the Red Centre. Here you'll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation swags to underground hostels and even a traditional sheep station.
Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, bed down at a traditional Outback station, learn about creation time stories from the Aboriginal Australians, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset.
Private vehicle, walking.
Hostels (7 nts), swag camping (4 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share.
Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley. Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP. 12 Apostles visit. Aboriginal cultural centre visit. Tower Hill Reserve visit. Underground mine tour. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit. Hikes at Grampians NP, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and Kings Canyon. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.