15 days in South Australia Itinerary

15 days in South Australia Itinerary

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15 days in South Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
McLaren Vale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tanunda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Clare
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Coober Pedy
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
6
Coonawarra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Sahara and Drift On Bliss. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach, Head underground at Kelly Hill Caves, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island driving holiday planning tool .

Melbourne to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

3
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. For shopping fun, head to North Terrace or Adelaide Central Market. You'll get in some beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Aldinga Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from McLaren Vale: Blowhole Beach (in Delamere), Henley Beach (in Henley Beach) and Carrick Hill (in Mitcham). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Shingleback Wine Cellar Door.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our McLaren Vale trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to McLaren Vale takes 3 hours. December in McLaren Vale sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tanunda.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Adelaide, Aldinga Beach, Henley Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Carrick Hill
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
North Terrace ©
North Terrace

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chateau Tanunda, then do a tasting at Rockford Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Peter Lehmann Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, do a tasting at Two Hands Wines Cellar Door, then do a tasting at Langmeil Winery, and finally do a tasting at Whistler Wines.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tanunda day trip planner.

Drive from McLaren Vale to Tanunda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Tanunda, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries

Side Trips

Marananga, Murray Street Vineyards
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Chateau Tanunda ©
Chateau Tanunda
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Bungaree Station, learn about winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Paulett Wines, and finally do a tasting at Jeanneret Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Aloysius Church, do a tasting at Pikes Wines, contemplate the long history of Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, view the masterpieces at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, then do a tasting at Crabtree Watervale Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Kilikanoon Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Clare trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tanunda to Clare takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Paulett Wines, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
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Bungaree Station ©
Bungaree Station
Kilikanoon Winery ©
Kilikanoon Winery

1
night
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at Breakaways Conservation Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Seven Stones Designer Jewellers, look for gifts at Opalios, pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church, then admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, and finally identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coober Pedy trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clare to Coober Pedy. In December, daytime highs in Coober Pedy are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Opalios ©
Opalios
Seven Stones Designer Jewellers ©
Seven Stones Designer Jewellers

2
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hollick Estates and Rymill Coonawarra. Bellwether and Wynns Coonawarra Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane and learn about winemaking at Parker Coonawarra Estate.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Coonawarra trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Coober Pedy to Coonawarra with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Coober Pedy in December, with highs in Coonawarra at 28°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Penola
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Petticoat Lane ©
Petticoat Lane
Rymill Coonawarra ©
Rymill Coonawarra
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate

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