24 days in South Australia Itinerary

24 days in South Australia Itinerary

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24 days in South Australia Itinerary

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

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 10th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Gleeson Wetlands. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Jeanneret Wines, then learn about winemaking at Kilikanoon Winery, and then trek along Riesling Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Clare trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Clare is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Trails Parks

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Paulett Wines
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Kilikanoon Winery ©
Kilikanoon Winery
Paulett Wines ©
Paulett Wines
Jeanneret Wines ©
Jeanneret Wines

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 13th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Peter Lehmann Wines, then do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Whistler Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau Tanunda, learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery, and then do a tasting at Flaxman Wines.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tanunda itinerary builder .

Drive from Clare to Tanunda in 1.5 hours. In December in Tanunda, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries

Side Trips

Murray Street Vineyards, Whistler Wines, Flaxman Wines
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Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery
Flaxman Wines ©
Flaxman Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

3
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Popular historic sites such as Carrick Hill and North Terrace are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Horseshoe Bay and Henley Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near McLaren Vale: St Peter's Cathedral (in Adelaide) and River Torrens Linear Park Trail (in Henley Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Aldinga Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the McLaren Vale online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tanunda to McLaren Vale by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Adelaide, Henley Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Carrick Hill, Aldinga Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Island Beach and George's 40,000 Castle Lights. Get some historical perspective at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Cape Borda Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, Head underground at Kelly Hill Caves, experience rural life at Clifford's Honey Farm, and get outside with Remarkable Rocks.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island travel route planning site .

Getting from McLaren Vale to Kangaroo Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kelly Hill Caves ©
Kelly Hill Caves
Remarkable Rocks ©
Remarkable Rocks

4
nights
Port Lincoln

Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lincoln National Park and Food Tours. Get outdoors at Winter Hill Lookout and Glen Forest Tourist Park. Step out of Port Lincoln with an excursion to Coffin Bay and Farm Beach Boat Hire in Mount Dutton Bay--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Fishery Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleaford Bay, and don't miss a visit to The Old Mill.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Lincoln trip builder site .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Coffin Bay and Farm Beach Boat Hire, Food Tours
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Food Tours
Winter Hill Lookout ©
Winter Hill Lookout
Fishery Bay ©
Fishery Bay

3
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Visit St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church and Catacomb Church for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Opalios and Seven Stones Designer Jewellers. There's much more to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, get engrossed in the history at Old Timers Mine, and see the interesting displays at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Coober Pedy trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Lincoln to Coober Pedy takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Coober Pedy can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Catacomb Church ©
Catacomb Church
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church

3
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Petticoat Lane and Katnook Estate. Get outdoors at Beachport Surf Beach and Naracoorte Caves National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Coonawarra side-trips: Cave Gardens (in Mount Gambier) and Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park (in Tantanoola). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Wynns Coonawarra Estate and admire all the interesting features of Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Coonawarra day trip website .

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 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Penola, Cave Gardens, Beachport Surf Beach, Naracoorte Caves National Park, Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Petticoat Lane ©
Petticoat Lane
Katnook Estate ©
Katnook Estate

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