8 days in Melbourne, Kangaroo Island & Adelaide Itinerary

8 days in Melbourne, Kangaroo Island & Adelaide Itinerary

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8 days in Melbourne, Kangaroo Island & Adelaide Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Perth

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Degraves Street. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip site .

Perth to Melbourne is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You've now added Flinders Chase National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, learn about winemaking at The Islander Estate Vineyards, take in the exciting artwork at Fine Art Kangaroo Island, then take in the pleasant sights at George's 40,000 Castle Lights, and finally relax in the rural setting at Will's Rare Breeds Farm.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island driving holiday site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
The Islander Estate Vineyards ©
The Islander Estate Vineyards

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): do a tasting at Rockford Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Gorge Wildlife Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through North Terrace, do a tasting at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aldinga Beach, and finally hike along River Torrens Linear Park Trail.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip planning app .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Rockford Winery, River Torrens Linear Park Trail, Gorge Wildlife Park, Aldinga Beach
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail
Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully

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