12 days in South Australia Itinerary

12 days in South Australia Itinerary

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12 days in South Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Port Lincoln
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kids will enjoy Kelly Hill Caves and Little Sahara. Visiting Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Admirals Arch will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kelly Hill Caves ©
Kelly Hill Caves
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

3
nights
Port Lincoln

Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glen Forest Tourist Park and Food Tours. Visiting Fishery Bay and Sleaford Bay will get you outdoors. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Lincoln National Park. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Winter Hill Lookout and make a trip to The Old Mill.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Lincoln holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Food Tours
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Food Tours
Lincoln National Park ©
Lincoln National Park
Winter Hill Lookout ©
Winter Hill Lookout

1
night
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, then admire the verdant scenery at The Valley Lake, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Gardens.

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You can fly from Port Lincoln to Mount Gambier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
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Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
The Valley Lake ©
The Valley Lake
Cave Gardens ©
Cave Gardens

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, then take an in-depth tour of Old Timers Mine, and then take an in-depth tour of Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, then admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coober Pedy trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Mount Gambier to Coober Pedy in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mount Gambier in October: high temperatures in Coober Pedy hover around 36°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Wed), trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Henley Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Coober Pedy to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October, Adelaide is a bit cooler than Coober Pedy - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Henley Beach
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River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. On the 10th (Thu), do a tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, then contemplate the long history of Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, and finally hike along Riesling Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Gleeson Wetlands, pause for some serene contemplation at St Aloysius Church, then enjoy some diversion at Richardson Park Playspace, and finally steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Clare trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Adelaide to Clare in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Clare

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, St Aloysius Church
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Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum ©
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
Bungaree Station ©
Bungaree Station

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