15 days in South Australia Itinerary

15 days in South Australia Itinerary

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15 days in South Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
McLaren Vale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tanunda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Robe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Coonawarra
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Get in touch with nature at Stokes Beach and Kelly Hill Caves. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Islander Estate Vineyards and Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks, relax in the rural setting at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, admire the natural beauty at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and do a tasting at Dudley Cellar Door.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island itinerary builder website .

Sydney to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Dudley Cellar Door ©
Dudley Cellar Door
The Islander Estate Vineyards ©
The Islander Estate Vineyards

3
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Explore hidden gems such as Carrickalinga Beach and Alpha Box & Dice. Visiting Horseshoe Bay and Maslin Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of McLaren Vale with an excursion to Glenelg Beach in Glenelg--about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: do a tasting at McLaren Vale III Associates and stroll through Aldinga Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the McLaren Vale trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to McLaren Vale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tanunda.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Aldinga Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Maslin Beach, Glenelg Beach, Carrickalinga Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), learn about winemaking at Peter Lehmann Wines, then learn about winemaking at Langmeil Winery, then do a tasting at Rockford Winery, and finally look for gifts at Doddridge Blacksmith Shop. On the next day, do a tasting at Chateau Tanunda, learn about winemaking at Two Hands Wines Cellar Door, then learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Yelland & Papps.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tanunda trip planner .

You can drive from McLaren Vale to Tanunda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Two Hands Wines Cellar Door, Murray Street Vineyards, Yelland & Papps, Doddridge Blacksmith Shop
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Two Hands Wines Cellar Door ©
Two Hands Wines Cellar Door
Yelland & Papps ©
Yelland & Papps
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. On the 5th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars, do a tasting at Kilikanoon Winery, then view the masterpieces at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, and finally hike along Riesling Trail. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station, stop by Paulett Wines, contemplate the long history of Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, then do a tasting at Sussex Squire Wines, and finally do a tasting at Greg Cooley Wines.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Clare trip maker .

You can drive from Tanunda to Clare in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Robe.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, Paulett Wines, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
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Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Paulett Wines ©
Paulett Wines

1
night
Robe

Robe ©
Robe is a town and fishing port located in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Beachport Surf Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Robe Town Brewery, and then stroll through Robe Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Ralph Fowler Wines, learn about winemaking at Cape Jaffa Wines, then do a tasting at Wangolina, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Dombey Obelisk.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Robe tour planning app .

You can drive from Clare to Robe in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Robe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Beachport Surf Beach
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Cape Jaffa Wines ©
Cape Jaffa Wines
Wangolina ©
Wangolina
Cape Dombey Obelisk ©
Cape Dombey Obelisk

2
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): do a tasting at Penley Estate, learn about winemaking at Parker Coonawarra Estate, learn about winemaking at Katnook Estate, then learn about winemaking at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, and finally contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Bowen Estate Coonawarra, learn about winemaking at Rymill Coonawarra, and then do a tasting at Bellwether.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Coonawarra vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Robe to Coonawarra takes 1.5 hours. January in Coonawarra sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petticoat Lane
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Penley Estate ©
Penley Estate
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Katnook Coonawarra ©
Katnook Coonawarra

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