16 days in Melbourne & South Australia Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne & South Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne & South Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Robe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Tanunda
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Popular historic sites such as William Ricketts Sanctuary and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Brighton Beach and Ballarat Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park (in Langwarrin), RAAF Museum (in Point Cook) and Lake Wendouree (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at ArtVo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and get engrossed in the history at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online route maker .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
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ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary

1
night
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll around Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Umpherston Sinkhole, and then explore the activities along The Blue Lake.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Mount Gambier driving holiday planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Mount Gambier by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Robe.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
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The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park

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 22nd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Ralph Fowler Wines, don't miss a visit to Cape Dombey Obelisk, then look for gifts at Mahalia Coffee, and finally stroll through Robe Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Robe online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mount Gambier to Robe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Robe

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ralph Fowler Wines ©
Ralph Fowler Wines
Mahalia Coffee ©
Mahalia Coffee
Cape Dombey Obelisk ©
Cape Dombey Obelisk

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards, then indulge your taste buds at Langmeil Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery, and finally do a tasting at Two Hands Wines Cellar Door.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tanunda trip builder site .

You can drive from Robe to Tanunda in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Tanunda can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Adelaide.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Murray Street Vineyards, Two Hands Wines Cellar Door
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery

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 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach and then kick back and relax at Glenelg Beach. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, then steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, then get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and finally wander the streets of North Terrace.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tanunda to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Adelaide sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aldinga Beach, Glenelg Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Glenelg Beach ©
Glenelg Beach

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Raptor Domain and Admirals Arch. Visiting Remarkable Rocks and Kelly Hill Caves will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kangaroo Island travel planner .

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Remarkable Rocks ©
Remarkable Rocks
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, then see the interesting displays at Faye's Underground Home, then examine the collection at Old Timers Mine & Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church.

Plan my day in Coober Pedy using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Coober Pedy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home

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