42 days in South Australia Itinerary

42 days in South Australia Itinerary

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42 days in South Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  29​h
1
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Flinders Ranges National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Mount Gambier
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Coonawarra
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Tanunda
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
McLaren Vale
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Port Lincoln
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Zurich

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Get a sense of the local culture at Shut the Gate Wines and Bungaree Station. Explore hidden gems such as Kilikanoon Winery and Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clare: Simpson Rices Creek (in Auburn) and Rattler Trail (in Riverton). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Crabtree Watervale Wines, identify plant and animal life at Gleeson Wetlands, explore the galleries of Clare Valley Art Gallery, and hike along Riesling Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Clare trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Clare is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Flinders Ranges National Park.

Things to do in Clare

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Watervale, Simpson Rices Creek, Rattler Trail, St Aloysius Church, Paulett Wines
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Bungaree Station ©
Bungaree Station
Shut the Gate Wines ©
Shut the Gate Wines
Kilikanoon Winery ©
Kilikanoon Winery

3
nights
Flinders Ranges National Park

Flinders Ranges National Park ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge Geological Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Flinders Ranges National Park and Wilpena Pound.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Flinders Ranges National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Clare to Flinders Ranges National Park in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Flinders Ranges National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Flinders Ranges National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Flinders Ranges National Park
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
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Bunyeroo Gorge ©
Bunyeroo Gorge
Flinders Ranges National Park ©
Flinders Ranges National Park
Wilpena Pound ©
Wilpena Pound

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Step off the beaten path and head to St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church and Big Winch. Visit Catacomb Church and The Big Miner for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Opalios, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, explore and take pictures at Tom's Working Opal Mine, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coober Pedy trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Flinders Ranges National Park to Coober Pedy. In October, daily temperatures in Coober Pedy can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Catacomb Church ©
Catacomb Church
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church

4
nights
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Schank and Robe Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Banks Lighthouse and Wilson's at Robe. Explore Mount Gambier's surroundings by going to Robe (Cape Dombey Obelisk & Mahalia Coffee) and Naracoorte Caves National Park (in Naracoorte). There's much more to do: stroll around Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, contemplate the waterfront views at The Valley Lake, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ewens Pond.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mount Gambier day trip planning app .

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 October, expect nights in Mount Gambier to be little chillier, around 8°C, while days are colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Robe, Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, Cape Banks Lighthouse, Ewens Pond, Naracoorte Caves National Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
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Naracoorte Caves National Park ©
Naracoorte Caves National Park
Cape Banks Lighthouse ©
Cape Banks Lighthouse
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park

4
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Get some cultural insight at Rymill Coonawarra and Hollick Estates. Explore hidden gems such as Petticoat Lane and Brand's Laira. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Katnook Estate.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Coonawarra trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Mount Gambier to Coonawarra in an hour. October in Coonawarra sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Penola
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Katnook Estate ©
Katnook Estate
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Rymill Coonawarra ©
Rymill Coonawarra

6
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.
Eudunda Heritage Walk and Langmeil Winery will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yelland & Papps and Soul Growers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tanunda: Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek), National Motor Museum (in Birdwood) and Kapunda Historical Society Museum (in Kapunda). There's more to do: do a tasting at Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars and stop by Doddridge Blacksmith Shop.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tanunda trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coonawarra to Tanunda. While traveling from Coonawarra, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tanunda, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Greenock, Marananga, Angaston, Nuriootpa, Kellermeister
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 6:
Highlights from your plan
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Yelland & Papps ©
Yelland & Papps
Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars ©
Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars

6
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carrickalinga Beach and McLaren Vale III Associates. Get a sense of the local culture at Allusion Wines and Mollydooker Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around McLaren Vale: Victor Harbor (Urimbirra Wildlife Park & Softfoot), Monarto Zoo (in Monarto) and Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Deep Creek Conservation Park, steep yourself in history at Jetty Pylons, do a tasting at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, and tee off at Thaxted Park Golf Club.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the McLaren Vale trip website .

Drive from Tanunda to McLaren Vale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in McLaren Vale are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Victor Harbor, Delamere, Horseshoe Bay, Carrickalinga Beach, Monarto Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Morgan Beach ©
Morgan Beach

6
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 Will's Rare Breeds Farm and George's 40,000 Castle Lights. Visiting Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Kelly Hill Caves will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, get outside with Remarkable Rocks, and learn about winemaking at Dudley Cellar Door.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from McLaren Vale to Kangaroo Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara

4
nights
Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln ©
Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
We've included these beaches for you: Lincoln National Park and Fishery Bay. Get in touch with nature at Winter Hill Lookout and Food Tours. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mikkira Station, stroll through Sleaford Bay, walk around Glen Forest Tourist Park, and take an in-depth tour of Koppio Smithy Museum.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Port Lincoln trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Food Tours
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Park ©
Lincoln National Park
Mikkira Station ©
Mikkira Station
Winter Hill Lookout ©
Winter Hill Lookout

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