31 days in Daintree Region, South Australia & Melbourne Itinerary

31 days in Daintree Region, South Australia & Melbourne Itinerary

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31 days in Daintree Region, South Australia & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  31​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
3
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Victor Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Mount Gambier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Coonawarra
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Stockholm

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. Visit Myall Beach and Wonga Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation day trip planning app .

Stockholm, Sweden to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Cape Tribulation is 9 hours. In December, Cape Tribulation is warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Tea, Bloomfield Waterfall, Wonga Beach, Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jeanneret Wines and Sevenhill Cellars. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riesling Trail and St Aloysius Church. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, do a tasting at Jim Barry Wines, steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gleeson Wetlands.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Clare vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Cape Tribulation to Clare with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Paulett Wines, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
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Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Bungaree Station ©
Bungaree Station

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kelly Hill Caves and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, meet the residents at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Clare to Kangaroo Island by car takes about 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Victor Harbor.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Kelly Hill Caves ©
Kelly Hill Caves

3
nights
Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor ©
Victor Harbor is a town in South Australia on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 km south of the centre of Adelaide. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blowhole Beach and Granite Island. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Morgan Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Victor Harbor: Allusion Wines (in Yankalilla), Ingalalla Falls (in Normanville) and Carrickalinga Beach (in Carrickalinga). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach and take in the exciting artwork at Willunga Leadlight and Glass Studio.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Victor Harbor online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Victor Harbor in 2.5 hours. In December in Victor Harbor, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Adelaide.

Things to do in Victor Harbor

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carrickalinga Beach, Allusion Wines, Ingalalla Falls, Aldinga Beach, Morgan Beach
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Ingalalla Falls ©
Ingalalla Falls
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of North Terrace, then experience rural life at Beerenberg Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach, and then trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Victor Harbor to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park, Beerenberg Farm
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
On the 3rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, then admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Breakaways Conservation Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Old Timers Mine, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Coober Pedy itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Coober Pedy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in January, with highs in Coober Pedy at 41°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Catacomb Church ©
Catacomb Church
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park

2
nights
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): Head underground at Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, and then explore the activities along The Blue Lake. On the next day, explore the activities along Millicent Swimming Lake, see the interesting displays at Millicent National Trust Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Cave Gardens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Gambier travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Coober Pedy to Mount Gambier by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Coober Pedy in January, things will get little chillier in Mount Gambier: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Millicent, Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Millicent National Trust Museum ©
Millicent National Trust Museum
Cave Gardens ©
Cave Gardens

4
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Get in touch with nature at Robe Beach and Black Cockatoo Bush Camp Hiking Trails. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Penley Estate and Bellwether. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Naracoorte Caves National Park, do a tasting at Redman Wines, and steep yourself in history at Petticoat Lane.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Coonawarra online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Mount Gambier to Coonawarra by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Naracoorte, Penola, Robe Beach
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Penley Estate ©
Penley Estate
Naracoorte Caves National Park ©
Naracoorte Caves National Park
DiGiorgio Family Wines ©
DiGiorgio Family Wines

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat), 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park and contemplate the long history of Cooks' Cottage.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coonawarra to Melbourne. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Ocean Beach, Bells Beach, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

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