Through the Centre

An incredible 22 day journey that takes you through magnificent coastal scenery along the Great Ocean Road, to the heart of the Red Centre and in to Australia's Top End.

Suggested itinerary:

  • 3 nights in Melbourne
  • 6 nights on the Great Ocean Road
  • 2 nights in Adelaide
  • 3 nights Red Centre Adventure
  • 2 nights in Darwin
  • 5 nights Top End Adventure


Day 1 - Melbourne
Arrive in Melbourne to spend three nights exploring this stylish vibrant city, from the beachside St Kilda to the Yarra Valley and the charming streets and cobbled laneways of the city, to the famous penguins on nearby Phillip Island, Melbourne has plenty to see and do. While food and wine lovers will discover the finest produce on Mornington Peninsula, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the ideal start to your Great Ocean Road self drive holiday.

Day 4  - Great Ocean Road 
Hugging the rugged south west coastline, the Great Ocean Road region is one of Australia's greatest drives. With spectacular views drive along the coast to seaside towns such as Torquay, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy and Mount Gambier, where you’ll discover stunning beaches, amazing views of the Twelve Apostles and spectacular waterfalls, as well as some of Australia's best kept scenery.

Day 10 - Adelaide
Arrive in the vibrant art scene of South Australia for a two night stay. Adelaide has a reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world with its shopping streets, vibrant arts scene, outstanding food and wine culture, and elegant mix of old and new architecture. Within close proximity to the city are the hills of the Mt Lofty ranges, great surfing beaches, and the great wine making regions of McLaren Vale, Barossa & Clare Valley.

Day 12 - Red Centre Adventure
Fly to Ayers Rock to discover Australia’s Red Centre on a one way journey from Ayers Rock to the outback town of Alice Springs. Start with a stay at the Ayers Rock Resort with the chance to take in sunrise or sunset over the famous rock, before driving to Kings Canyon and Alice Springs, home to the MacDonnell Ranges and Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Day 15 - Darwin
Fly to Australia's Top End to spend two nights in Darwin soaking up the tropical weather and liad back lifestyle. Enjoy the waterfront restaurants, tropical parklands and art precincts. Stroll through the Mindil Beach Markets or enjoy sunset whilst sailing through Darwin's Harbour. Darwin is the gateway to Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu and Arnhem Land and will be the perfect base to start your Top End Adventure.

Day 17 - Top End Adventure
Start your 4WD adventure from Darwin through the tropical wetlands and untamed wilderness of the Northern Territory. Be inspired by the natural beauty of landscapes, as you enter the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Spot some amazing wildlife on an optional Yellow Water Billabong cruise, discover Australia’s best kept Aboriginal rock art, cruise through the famous Katherine Gorge or swim and relax in thermal pools at nearby Edith Falls.

Day 22 - Farewell
Say a fond farewell to Darwin as you make your way back to the UK.

22 day Through the Centre holiday from £1999

with flights from £3099

Choose the accommodation you prefer:
Melbourne - A choice of great hotels and apartments hotels in the heart of the city or the suburbs.
Adelaide - For a great selection of hotels and apartments located in Adelaide's city centre.
Darwin - A choice of great hotels in Australia's Top End.

Be sure to enjoy:

  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • The Twelve Apostles 
  • The scenic views from the Murray River
  • A taste of the Barossa Valley
  • An abundance of wildlife on Kangaroo Island
  • A wonder through historic town in the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • The sandy beach of Glenelg 
  • A valley walk through the Olgas
  • Ancient Aboriginal cave paintings
  • Darwin Harbour
  • The sights of Kakadu National Park

You may also wish to add day tours and activities and a worldwide stopover

Guide prices shown are per person based on two sharing standard accommodation and include Red Centre tours and full ABTA/ ATOL protection. Prices vary according to season and standard of accommodation chosen. To plan your own holiday Downunder call Freedom Australia on 0333 234 2889.

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