The Overland Adventure Safari

Darwin to Melbourne via the Red Centre -   (DM CF 3 15 15 V1)

The Overland Adventure Safari has been Austour’s most popular outback itinerary. The comments of a French Tour Wholesaler are provided at the end of this itinerary – she was very impressed and so will you be.

The choice of two levels of accommodation are provided with stopovers at Caravan Parks utilising cosy cabins, three star motel accommodation and the unique underground experience in a Coober Pedy Dugout.

Departs: 2017: 6th August and 29th October

Accommodation: Two styles are offered:

  • Style A) Soft Adventure: budget cabin x  9 nights, YHA or similar x 5 nights *
  • Style B) Safari: Tent twin share x 8 nights ; budget cabin, YHA or similar x 6 nights*

 

Soft Adventure Option: 

Soft Adventure offers twin/multi share bunk style beds in a cabin or onsite vans, mostly without private ensuite facilities, in the immediate proximity to the camping parks in lieu of tents.

Soft Adventure passengers must remember that they are members of a camping and not an accommodated tour. Soft adventure is budget style.  The majority of occasions bathroom facilities are outside but nearby to the cabin. Bed linen is provided on most occasions, however Austour has sleeping bags provided for soft adventure clients for their tent nights so this can be used if linen is not included.

As this tour is a safari adventure and is travelling in remote regions, itineraries cannot always be adhered to and scheduled stops reached. Therefore, in the event of adverse conditions, Soft Adventure passengers may be required to camp on extra nights.

Soft Adventure passengers have their meals with the safari group at the camping park using camp stools and camp tables. There may be a short walk from the cabin to the camp kitchen and eating shelter.

The choice of Soft Adventure establishments is at the discretion of Austour. We recommend this package for departures in the summer months of November to March – the wet, humid & cyclonic season in northern Australia

Single occupancy is also available for an additional surcharge but is extremely limited and not encouraged.

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Day 1: TO DARWIN, FREE TIME TO SETTLE IN Day 1

On arrival, meet your host and fellow passengers.  Afternoon orientation tour, free time, evening meal of fish and chips on the beach before joining the sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour.

Theme for the Day: The Tragedies of Darwin; World War II and Cyclone Tracey.

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A & B = YHA or similar

Day 2: DARWIN – THE TOP END Day 2

A free day in Darwin to explore this tropical cosmopolitan capital city or to just relax.  Lunch and dinner by own arrangement.  Your crew can assist with optional tours in and around  or perhaps a day trip to Tiwi Island – lots of choices!

Theme for the Day: The History of Migration and Settlement, 40,000 years ago to present

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Style A & B = YHA or similar

Day 3: TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Day 3

Depart Darwin and travel south to join the Arnhem Highway. Visit Fogg Dam, Mary River Homestead and Windows on the Wetlands. Continue along the Arnhem Highway, cross the South Alligator River and see the Kakadu Crocodile Motel (a motel shaped like a crocodile!) at the town of Jabiru, headquarters of the Ranger Uranium Mine. See Aboriginal rock paintings and visit the Kakadu National Park Headquarters – a wilderness region. Overnight at Jabiru in Kakadu National Park.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 4: EAST ALLIGATOR CROCODILE CRUISE & ARNHEMLAND Day 4

An exciting morning cruise on the East Alligator River, an Indigenous enterprise with Aboriginal guides. Step off the boat into Arnhem Land – watch spear throwing to catch the fish. Your journey through Arnhem Land takes you to the first settlement of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli). Meet a local guide who will take you to see a rock art site. Visit the local art centre and West Arnhem College, the local indigenous school. Return to Kakadu; visit Ubirr rock art site and enjoy the view looking back to Arnhem Land over a vast area of wetlands.

Theme for the Day: Arnhem Land

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 5: KAKADU TO KATHERINE - CRUISING & TOURING Day 5

Up early for the natural wonders of Yellow Waters – wildlife cruise on the billabong. Such a variety of birds, crocodiles, attractive vegetation, water-lillies and wildflowers – a photographers delight! After breakfast it’s on to Pine Creek, a revitalised gold mining town. Your destination today is Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Enjoy an afternoon cruise through the gorge. Overnight in Katherine at Nitmiluk National Park

Theme for the Day: Nitmiluk National Park

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 6: TO TENNANT CREEK & THE DEVILS MARBLES, SACRED SITE Day 6

Pass through the settlements of Larrimah, Elliot and the gold mining town of Tennant Creek. Establish camp at Wauchope. Time permitting return to the Devils Marbles to photograph this unique, natural region at sunset and later perhaps meet the locals over a drink at the bar!

Theme for the Day: Road Trains, Highways and Railways

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 7: CROSS THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN -TO ALICE SPRINGS Day 7

Journey south along the Stuart Highway passing through several small settlements and cross the Tropic Of Capricorn. As you are still in cattle country you may see the large road trains. In Alice Springs visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Standley Chasm and Simpson Gap before settling in to your comfortable motel accommodation for 2 nights. Enjoy a swim in the pool. Tonight our Indigenous friends will visit to cook and sample kangaroo tail and bush tucker. Learn how to play a didgeridoo. An evening of cultural experiences and learning with Damien and Uncle Arthur.

Theme for the Day: The Explorers and the Telegraph connects to London, 1870s

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = 3* Motel; Style B = Budget room

Day 8: ALICE SPRINGS – A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE Day 8

A free day to explore “A Town Like Alice”. Perhaps a day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges; a city sights tour or time to wander around the township shopping and visiting the art galleries. Many choices with which your crew can assist. This evening your dinner will be at Earth Sanctuary, a leader in the field sustainability, education and tourism. The owners and guides will entertain, participate in a star watch, cook a damper and lots of learning experiences. Return to your accommodation for overnight.

Theme for the Day: Sustainability, the earth and environment

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = 3* Motel; Style B = Budget room

Day 9: TRAVEL TO KINGS CANYON Day 9

Depart Alice Springs and travel south to Stuart Well, optional ride on a camel.  Your destination is Kings Creek Station. Establish camp and sit around the campfire enjoying the atmosphere under the night sky.

Theme for the Day: Aboriginal Land and Indigenous cultures

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 10: ULURU KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK Day 10

Morning exhilarating Kings Canyon rim walk. Travel via Kings Creek Station where you can try a camel burger, then onto Curtin Springs Station and Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and The Olgas). There will be time today to travel into the National Park and to photograph Uluru at sunset. Stay for 2 nights at Ayers Rock Resort Campground.

Theme for the Day: The significance of Uluru

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 11: WORLD HERITAGE – ULURU Day 11

Up early to travel to Uluru for sunrise photographs. Afterwards visit the National Park Cultural Centre, time to explore and visit some of the sacred sites. Optional helicopter flights available, and Aboriginal cultural tours available at passengers own expense. Or just explore Uluru at your own pace. Remainder of afternoon free.

Theme for the Day: World Heritage Twice Listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 12: ACROSS THE OUTBACK TO OPAL FIELDS – COOBER PEDY Day 12

Head towards South Australia and across the gibber plains to Marla. Tonight you are in Coober Pedy, the world’s richest opal fields. A late afternoon guided tour of the town shows you an underground church and house, a disused opal mine – maybe see opals cut and polished and purchase one! Spend the night underground in a Coober Pedy dugout – a night to remember!

Theme for the Day: Opal Mining in Australia

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B: Budget underground dugout. Coober Pedy Opal Cave

Day 13: TO PORT LINCOLN VIA WOOMERA Day 13

On the road again, you are now in sheep country, saltbush, mulga scrub, sand dunes and salt lakes. Today’s destination is Port Lincoln on the lower coast of Eyre Peninsula. A commercial fishing centre that has the distinction of having the most millionaire business men and women per head of population anywhere in Australia – a fish dinner tonight!

Theme for the Day: The fishing industry

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 14 Saturday 07/11/15: SWIMMING WITH THE TUNA AND TRAVEL TO ADELAIDE Day 14

An exciting adventure in store today as you travel by catamaran to the outer fish ponds and breeding pens. On with the wetsuits and flippers and goggles and after an interesting talk and briefing on tuna fishing, its time for a swim with the tuna – two and three metres and longer. If you don’t want to swim, it’s fun to watch. Then alas its back to the mainland and onto the coach, visit a winery in the Barossa Valley nearby. Motel accommodation in the heart of Adelaide. Our last dinner together; a banquet in Chinatown.

Theme for the Day: Adelaide the capital, South Australia the state

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B: YHA or similar Adelaide

Day 15: TO MELBOURNE - TOUR CONCLUDES Day 15

International Passengers may choose to conclude their tour in Adelaide and fly on to other ports.

Depart Adelaide at 7.00am for road journey direct to Melbourne. All tour itineraries conclude on arrival in Melbourne. Transfers to airport or hotels own arrangements.

Theme for the Day: Victoria the state, Melbourne the city

Meals:
Breakfast

TOUR FARE:

Style A: Soft Adventure: $6795 per person, twin share / Child: $5435 sharing with 2 adults

Style B: Safari: $5625 per person, twin share / Child: $4500 sharing with 2 adults / Backpacker Special Fare: $5065 per person, twin share

 

Your tour cost includes:

The provision of a modern five star touring coach, air-conditioned, rest-room.
The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
The services of a Tour Manager who is also responsible for catering camp safari meals
The provision of specialist guides who join the coach on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information on the Theme of Day
The provision of all catering equipment inclusive of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate.
The provision of safari camp style cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals.
The payment of all accommodation costs, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
The provision of accommodation style chosen by you at the time of making your tour reservation. Style A) cabin, YHA or similar – Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

Not included:

Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
Domestic air travel.
Travel Insurance.
Items of a personal nature.
Accommodation Style B) Linen, bring your own towel, sleeping bag, liner and small pillow.
Single accommodation costs for Styles A & B are available upon request but cannot always be guaranteed

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

Testimonials

Comments from a French Tour Wholesaler after travelling with Austour

A big thank you again for inviting me on this camping tour from Darwin to Melbourne. It was my first stay in Australia, and it is going to help me a lot when I get back to the travel agency. The crew was excellent and very well organized and this is very important when you want to sell any kinds of packages and tours. What we’ve done on this tour is perfect for all the clients who are looking for an exciting adventure, and now I’m able to talk of your tour operator to my clients. Australia is a very nice country, and so different to Europe. I was very happy to meet you in Alice Springs. Hope to see you in the very near future in our office in France