Oceans to Outback

16 Days
Melbourne to Melbourne
From (AUD)
$ 6,545
Dates & Pricing

2021 Melbourne > Melbourne

Discover your homeland like never before. From the refined art and culture of Melbourne to the barren otherworldly landscape of Broken Hill, unearth a new Australian wonder every day during this 16-day unforgettable itinerary.
Your drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road will effectively set the stage for your upcoming adventure as you traverse places of incredible beauty, including rainforests, craggy limestone and sandstone cliffs, virgin beaches, the outstanding 12 apostles and the cerulean waters of an endless ocean. In South Australia, the mysteries of the volcanic crater Blue Lake will amaze you. Deep blue early in the year and steely grey towards the end, nature’s sorcery here has to be seen to be believed. From endearing wildlife to the world’s best winery, South Australia has surprises tucked away around every corner. Journey back in time and view the creation of the Flinders Ranges and its significance to the traditional owners of the land at Wilpena Pound. Finally, immerse yourself in the country’s outback aura at Broken Hill and Mildura, a fitting finale to a remarkable journey.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
AOMM
Duration:
16 days
Departure City:
Melbourne
Return City:
Melbourne

Selected Itinerary

16 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Melbourne

    Welcome to Melbourne. Victoria’s capital, renowned for its sporting events, café culture and breathtaking natural wonders and regarded by many as the world’s most liveable city. Sometimes referred to as Australia’s cultural capital, it is the birthplace of Australian Impressionism and Australian Rules football. From the airport, you will be transferred to your Special Stay hotel.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Melbourne – Warrnambool

    Today, enjoy one of the world’s great road trips, the Great Ocean Road. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, the road is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War 1 , the road is the world’s largest war memorial  Visit the remaining eight of the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks  and hear the story of the Loch Ard shipwreck as well as visit the famous Loch Ard Gorge. Your overnight stay is in Warrnambool.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Warrnambool – Mt Gambier

    Leaving Warrnambool this morning, visit Tower Hill state Reserve, a native wildlife haven located in a dormant volcano. The area was a rich food source for the Koroit Gundidj people whose descendants retain links with this country. Continue to Mt Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake. We visit the historic township of Penola, the Mary Mackillop Interpretive Centre, and the Woods Mackillop Schoolhouse. Enjoy a Special Stay in Mt Gambier, set amongst 5 acres of manicured English style gardens with most of the accommodation constructed from Mt Gambier limestone.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mt Gambier – Kangaroo Island

    Today, we follow the coast to the fishing town of Kingston before following the waters of the Coorong to Meingie, past Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina. Crossing the Murray River, we head to Victor Harbour and Cape Jervis where we board our ferry for Kangaroo Island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Kangaroo Island

    Be inspired by the scenery today at Flinders Chase National Park. Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks are great photo opportunities. A special encounter awaits at Seal Bay, home to the third largest sea lion colony in Australia, where you will meet your conservation guide for a walk amongst the seals. If you are quiet, you might even hear them talking.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Kangaroo Island

    Enrich

    Tantalise your taste buds as your local epicurean guide introduces you to the magnificent tastes of Kangaroo Island, which have helped to make it famous. Sample gourmet cheese, honey, and wine unique to this amazing island.

    Tonight’s dinner will highlight Kangaroo Island local produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

    Your ferry trip this morning will bring you back to the mainland.

    Enrich

    Meet the winemakers at Gemtree Wines that was rated the ‘World’s Best Winery for Sustainable Wine Tourism’ in 2019. Discover through an interactive experience at the Biodynamic hut all about biodynamic viticulture and finish your visit with a taste of locally sourced snacks.

    Arrive in Adelaide this afternoon for your two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Adelaide

    Freechoice

    Discover the history and culture of Adelaide on a walking tour or taste your way through the Adelaide Central Markets tour. Alternatively, take an Adelaide city sights tour including a cruise along the Torrens River, or enjoy a day tour to the Barossa Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Adelaide to Wilpena Pound

    Travelling north, today we stop in Port Augusta, situated on the quiet waterways of the Spencer Gulf. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre and travel through the ‘Tunnel of Time’ to learn about life in the outback. Journey to the beautiful Flinders Ranges National Park where your accommodation for the next two nights is at Wilpena Pound.

    Sundowners

    Watch the sunset drink in hand from Stokes Hills, which offers spectacular panoramic views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Wilpena Pound

    Optional flight over Wilpena Pound available today. (Additional expense)
    With rugged mountain scenery, peaceful gorges and a huge array of wildlife and flora, the Flinders Ranges is a wonderful showcase of the Australian outback.

    Enrich

    In a 4WD, venture with your local guide to Wilpena Pound. Hear stories about this natural amphitheatre, used as ‘The Meeting Place’ by the Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years, then as a natural enclosure by early pastoralists.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wilpena Pound – Broken Hill

    Say goodbye to South Australia as you cross the border for NSW and the town of Broken Hill, site of the world’s richest deposits of silver, lead and zinc, which led to the establishment of BHP. Enjoy a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Broken Hill

    At the Daydream Mine, you will experience life back in the early mining days. Visit the outback ghost town of Silverton, scene of more than 140 films and commercials. Spend time strolling around the restored gaol, art galleries and the Silverton Hotel before a visit to the Mad Max museum, where many pieces of the original set have been found buried underground. A visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service before a chance to enjoy a milkshake from the famous Bells Milk Bar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Broken Hill

    See and learn about the artwork of Pro Hart during a visit to the Ant Hill Gallery. Spend the afternoon at leisure before enjoying sunset at the spectacular Living Desert Sculptures Outdoor Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Broken Hill – Mildura

    Today we visit the small town of Menindee located on the banks of the Darling River and home to the Menindee Lakes. Later,  visit the world Heritage listed Mungo National Park for a guided tour from our park ranger. The famous Mungo Lunette was formed by sand swept up from the dried-up lake floor and dumped on the shoreline now the site of the spectacular “Walls of China”, carved from layers of the lunette and spectacular to view. Your overnight stay is Mildura.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Mildura – Melbourne

    Make your way through the mallee country with extensive low scrub and open pinewood. Upon arrival in Bendigo ride the historic tram around the city. Hear about the cosmopolitan town founded by migrants on one of the world’s richest goldfields. The migrants arrived at a desolate tent town and turned it into a grand city of architectural elegance. Tonight, you will return to Melbourne for our final night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Melbourne

    Its time to head home and say goodbye to new friends before returning home.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted touring with up to 32 guests
  • 3 exclusive scenic enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 4 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 memorable special stay
  • 29 Meals- 16 breakfasts(B)and 13 dinners (D)
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Adelaide central markets
  • Learn about bio dynamic farming at Gemtree Wines
  • Walk the beach at Seal Bay home to a colony of sea lions.
  • See the spectacular coast views on the Great Ocean Road
  • Look in awe at the colours and sculptures at the outdoor sculpture gallery in Broken Hill
  • Hear the indigenous stories while being amazed at Wilpena Pound.

Pricing & Availability