12 days in South Australia Itinerary

12 days in South Australia Itinerary

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12 days in South Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  17​h
1
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Clare
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tanunda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Coonawarra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Big Winch, then play a few rounds at Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, then examine the collection at Old Timers Mine, and then admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coober Pedy tour planner.

Melbourne to Coober Pedy is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Coober Pedy is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 40°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Museums Golf Outdoors
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home

1
night
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. On the 26th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Mitchell Winery, learn about winemaking at Annie's Lane, do a tasting at Eldredge Vineyards, then do a tasting at Shut the Gate Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Greg Cooley Wines.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Clare trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Coober Pedy to Clare. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tanunda.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries

Side Trip

Annie's Lane
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Mitchell Winery ©
Mitchell Winery
Eldredge Vineyards ©
Eldredge Vineyards
Shut the Gate Wines ©
Shut the Gate Wines

3
nights
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peter Lehmann Wines and Chateau Tanunda. Step off the beaten path and head to Langmeil Winery and Rolf Binder. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tanunda online journey maker .

Getting from Clare to Tanunda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tanunda can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Adelaide.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seiber Road Wines, Flaxman Wines, Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars
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Chateau Tanunda ©
Chateau Tanunda
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseshoe Bay and Glenelg Beach. Relax by the water at Maslin Beach and Henley Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach) and McLaren Vale (Fox Creek Wines & Primo Estate).

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Adelaide holiday maker site .

You can drive from Tanunda to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Henley Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Glenelg Beach, Maslin Beach
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Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach

1
night
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Leconfield Coonawarra, do a tasting at The Blok Coonawarra, learn about winemaking at Menzies Wine Room & Retreat, then do a tasting at Bowen Estate Coonawarra, then do a tasting at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at Whistle Post Wines.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Coonawarra online day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Adelaide to Coonawarra with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Adelaide in January, with highs in Coonawarra at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries
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Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Whistle Post Wines ©
Whistle Post Wines
The Blok Coonawarra ©
The Blok Coonawarra

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