Down Under ’18: Alice Springs to Melbourne

Well hello! It’s been a long, long time, hasn’t it? I’ve been awfully busy. I’ve just finished up a 10-day trip from Alice Springs, NT to Melbourne, VIC, and boy was it a corker. I’ve never used “corker” in my life. I must be more tired than I thought.

The trip was another G Adventures one, just like the one I did from Sydney to Brisbane at the start of my east coast trip, but the difference was that this one involved a lot of desert, sand and flies. Here’s a quick run down of what I got up to each day:

Day 1

  • Anzac Hill
  • Flying Doctors Visitors Centre
  • Exploring Alice Springs

Day 2

  • Exploring West Macdonnell Ranges just outside of Alice Springs
  • Swimming in Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Driving to Uluru!

Ellery Creek Big Hole, West MacDonnell Ranges

Sunset at Uluru

Day 3

  • Getting up at 5am to see the sunrise over Uluru
  • Doing the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Exploring the base of Uluru and visiting the Aboriginal cultural centre

Hiking at Kata Tjuta

Day 4

  • Long drive to Coober Pedy
  • Opal mine tour
  • Visiting a kangaroo sanctuary (and meeting Bella, the magical cancer-detecting kangaroo!)
  • Sleeping underground in an old opal mine (probably the single worst thing I’ve ever subjected myself to…)

Sophie the 5-month-old joey!

Day 5

  • Driving to Flinders Ranges and the town of Quorn
  • Dusk walk at Warren Gorge to see kangaroos and wallabies

Warren Gorge

Day 6

  • Salt Lake
  • Driving to Adelaide, stopping off at Laura and Melrose
  • Winds tasting at Clare Valley
  • Big night out with the group on Hindley Street!

Day 7

  • Exploring Adelaide – including Rundle Street Mall and the Adelaide Fringe

Day 8

  • Grampians National Park
  • McKenzie Falls
  • Staying the night at Halls Gap

McKenzie Falls, Grampians NP

Day 9

  • Grampians NP Pinnacle Look Out hike – starting at 6am!
  • Port Campbell
  • Bay Of Islands exploring

Day 10

  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • 12 Apostles (of which there are only 7…)
  • Apollo Bay
  • Exploring the rainforest at Great Otway National Park
  • Melbourne!

12 Apostles

Great Otway NP

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