18 days in Melbourne, Whitsunday Islands & Adelaide Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Whitsunday Islands & Adelaide Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Whitsunday Islands & Adelaide Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 10 hours. When traveling from London in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 23rd (Sun), stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island vacation builder app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Whitsunday Island hover around 37°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, and enjoy some friendly competition at Hamilton Island Bowling Alley.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island with the Route module. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: God's Hill Wines (in Lyndoch), Greenock (Kalleske Wines & Murray Street Vineyards) and Kabminye Winery (in Tanunda). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Cedars, stop by Charlesworth Nuts, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip app .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Adelaide takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, things will get little chillier in Adelaide: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greenock, Domain Day Cellar Door, The Cedars, Seppeltsfield, God's Hill Wines
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
The Cedars ©
The Cedars

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