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Bus Charter – Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Brisbane, Darwin

Rustic Pathways Travel provides bus hire with drivers and coach charters in several locations across Australia. We are a licensed, accredited and insured commercial transport operator using our own vehicles and drivers. We are not a third-party agency that contracts other parties to provide your transport. Rustic provides safe, reliable charters and bus hire at competitive pricing.

Our fleet includes:

  • 50-seater luxury Volvo coach with toilet
  • 49-seater coach with toilet
  • 22-seater 4WD bus with coach seats
  • 14-seater 4WD bus with coach seats
  • 12-seater mini-bus
  • 7-seater Landcruiser Prado

Are you looking for a reliable bus company for groups in Australia? Rustic Pathways Travel caters for groups of up to 100 passengers in Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin. We provide charters and transfers for:

  • International students
  • School groups and university groups
  • Educational excursions and camps
  • Charter for overseas tourists
  • Corporate transfers for meetings
  • Bus charter with driver
  • International travel agencies
  • Airport pick-ups and transfers
  • Sports clubs and community groups
  • Private groups for family and friends events

Safety of our passengers is paramount. All our vehicles pass annual safety inspections to meet accreditation standards. Vehicles are well maintained and regularly serviced to ensure a smooth, comfortable journey. All vehicles are equipped with seatbelts, are airconditioned and our 50-seater has a toilet on board.

Contact us at rustic@rusticpathways.com.au or complete the form below to receive a quote on charters for your group in Australia.

    Central Australia Coach Tours: Melbourne to Uluru

    This program is designed to provide a broad understanding of Central Australia and the country’s vast landscapes. Travelling from Melbourne by coach, journey through Mildura, the Flinders Ranges, up the Oodnadatta Track, across to Coober Pedy and then through the Red Centre before flying home from Alice Springs.  Experience the best of Central Australia on this non-stop adventure program. This 14-day experience will focus on the natural and historical wonders of Central Australia. Develop a deep understanding of the regions’ environments, history and its people.

    Day 1 – Melbourne to Mildura

    Rustic Pathways staff will meet you at school this morning with our 57-seater coaches. After a warm welcome, it’s time to hit the road! Our first leg of the trip, we’re off to Mildura! Once arrived we will sit down for a program orientation, set some goals for the program and practice setting up camp.

    Overnight:          Cabins, Mildura

    Day 2 – Mildura to Almerta Station

    Today we will be crossing the border on our way to Almerta Station in South Australia! It’s sure to be another big day of driving, so bring your snacks, Spotify playlists and card games as we continue our road trip! Our Program Leaders will also facilitate games along the way, so time on the coach will fly by! Almerta Station offers some of the most picturesque scenery in the Flinders Rangers, and with over 8,000 sheep on the property you’ll be sure to immerse yourself in farm life! 

    Overnight:       Shearers Quarters, Almerta Station

    Day 3 – Almerta Station to Wilpena Pound 

    Enjoy a cooked brekkie this morning and a morning stroll around the property before taking a short drive in the coach to the Flinders Rangers National Park. Take in the crisp air hiking a saddle track with your crew, as you find some of the most spectacular views the mountain possesses. Learn local knowledge from your leaders as you hike along the mountain, playing games and singing songs. Wind down in the afternoon with hot drinks around the fire as you settle in for your first night of camping!

    Overnight:          Camping, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

    Day 4 – Indigenous Culture and History

    As we wake up this morning in the forests of the Flinders Ranges, hear birds chirping and be comforted by the presence of kangaroos during breakfast. From forest to the Outback, today we will see the everchanging Australian landscape as we head to the Gammon Ranges. On Adnyamathanha country, be welcomed by locals and experience an ochre ceremony and learn about the meanings behind colour and pattern use of the rocks. Explore hidden rock art sites, interpreted by your Adnyamathanha guide. Share cultural experiences and learn about past and contemporary society in the area, before singing local songs under the stars!  

     Overnight:         Safari Tents, Gammon Ranges

    Day 5 – William Creek via Lake Eyre South

    Today we will be heading off to William Creek! Shuffle your seats around, pump the music louder and enjoy our next leg of the road trip. Today we will either be greeted by salt or water as we pit stop at one of Australia’s largest inland lakes, Lake Eyre. This afternoon we will hit William Creek and experience the desolate side of Australia, with this place only having about 10 permanent residents! Known for its mining and next door to the world largest cattle ranch, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out. Tonight’s location is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in outback Australia! Finish the night with a movie under the stars!

    Overnight:       Camping, William Creek Hotel

    Day 6 – William Creek to Coober Pedy

    Wake up to the first of many sunrises on the red sands, pack up camp and back in the buses as today we make our way towards Coober Pedy! One of Australia’s most iconic towns, known for its Opal mining and underground lifestyle! Here we will have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live underground for the night! Once arrived we will head underground to the Umoona Mine where we learn about the Opal mining industry and the history behind it. After lunch we’re back on the buses and will be taken out to the Quest Mines where we will be noodling for our own Opals.. it could be your lucky day!!

    Overnight:          Underground Cabins, Coober Pedy

    Day 7 – Coober Pedy to Uluru

    You’ll discover the importance of these underground rooms as you wake up feeling refreshed and cool in the morning. Today is our longest day on the road but will be the most rewarding as we head on up to the most anticipated destination of the trip, Uluru!

    Overnight:          Camping, Yulara

    Day 8 – Explore Uluru and Cultural Centre

    This morning we will be heading into the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to take in the sights and sounds of the Australian Outback. Visit the Cultural Centre to learn about the Anangu people then walk around the base of Uluru with a local guide who will teach us about what life was like prior to European arrival. Don’t forget your wallet as there are some of the most beautiful dot paintings and other artworks by the local people! Finish the day with light snacks and drinks at the Uluru sunset view point, one of the most memorable sunsets you will ever see.

    Overnight:          Camping, Yulara

    Day 9 – Sunrise Camels and Kata Tjuta

    Start today with a sunrise camel ride! Take in the beauty of the outback landscape as it changes colour with the sunrise. Then, hop off the camel for a delicious breakfast prepared by the local camel guides. Spend the rest of day walking through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, another rock formation famous for its spectacular domes. The sunset here can be as equally impressive as Uluru itself.

    Overnight:          Camping, Yulara

    Day 10 – Uluru to Kings Creek Station

    This morning we’ll be taking things easy, an easier wake up and relaxed breakfast will have us feeling good for the drive to Kings Creek Station. Get welcomed by camels, horses, dogs and maybe even a dingo or two if you keep your eyes peeled. Here we will set up camp for the next 2 nights, nestled within one of the best spots for sunsets, sunrises and stars. Make sure you get a great night sleep, ready for the big hike at Kings Canyon tomorrow!

    Overnight:          Camping, Kings Creek Station

    Day 11 – Kings Canyon Rim Walk & Indigenous Cultural Workshop

    This morning after a hearty breakfast, it’s time to hike around the rim of Kings Canyon, a truly magnificent part of Australia. Be sure to stop and take in the scenery – Outback views don’t get much better than this!

    This afternoon you’ll participate in a cultural workshop with a local Indigenous family. Try some bush tucker, hear Dreamtime stories and learn about traditional hunting and gathering on this land. Afterwards, there’ll be an opportunity for a Q&A discussion to engage more personally and deepen your understanding of Indigenous Australia. Make your way back to camp for a (camel!) burger, some hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire.

    Overnight:          Camping, Kings Creek Station


    Day 12 – Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs

    Today we’ll travel to Alice Springs, the last stop of our adventure together! Upon arrival, visit a wildlife sanctuary and learn about the conservation and research being done across Central Australia. Along with an array of Aussie animals, you’ll also learn about local plants and their uses on Arrernte country. This afternoon, settle into your cabins before exploring the capital of the Outback!  

    Overnight:          Cabins, Alice Springs

    Day 13 – Ormiston Gorge

    This morning you will wake up ready for your last day of hiking and adventure! But what a day to finish on – Ormiston Gorge! With breathtaking views, cool calm rivers and good company this short and enjoyable hike will leave you feeling satisfied for your last day. After hanging by the Gorge, head back into town for a final dinner out with your crew. It’s time to celebrate!

    As we come to an end we like to think, reflect and share memories on the trip that has been. At Rustic we like to finish our programs by allowing students to reflect on their experiences and the issues they engaged with, and talk about how to apply this new understanding to their own worlds. During or after their closing discussion, groups participate in Rustic Ties, a unique and powerful activity that allows students to capture the memories and learning moments of their program to process and share with their communities back home.

    Overnight:          Cabins, Alice Springs

    Day 14 – Departure from Alice Springs

    Today will be full of fond farewells as you fly back to Melbourne and say goodbye to your Aussie guides and the golden land of Central Australia. We hope you have enjoyed your journey through Central Australia and wish you a safe journey home.