16 days in Melbourne & South Australia Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne & South Australia Itinerary

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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 + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Taxi + 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 St. Patrick's Cathedral and William Ricketts Sanctuary are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at ArtVo and McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. Venture out of the city with trips to RAAF Museum (in Point Cook), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Ballarat (Lake Wendouree & Ballarat Wildlife Park). There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Italiano.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder website.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, RAAF Museum, Brighton Beach, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
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): Head underground at Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Gambier trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Mount Gambier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Mount Gambier is minus 0.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mount Gambier can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Robe.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Robe

Robe ©
Robe is a town and fishing port located in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): do a tasting at Ralph Fowler Wines, then don't miss a visit to Cape Dombey Obelisk, then stop by Mahalia Coffee, and finally kick back and relax at Robe Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Robe journey builder site.

You can drive from Mount Gambier to Robe in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Robe

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cape Dombey Obelisk ©
Cape Dombey Obelisk
Mahalia Coffee ©
Mahalia Coffee

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): do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, then contemplate the long history of Langmeil Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Two Hands Wines Cellar Door.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tanunda driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Robe to Tanunda in 4 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Adelaide.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Murray Street Vineyards, Two Hands Wines Cellar Door
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Glenelg Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, then contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill, then get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and finally take a stroll through North Terrace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide online journey 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Glenelg Beach, Aldinga Beach
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Raptor Domain and Admirals Arch. Get outdoors at Remarkable Rocks and Kelly Hill Caves. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Sahara, and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, see the interesting displays at Faye's Underground Home, then examine the collection at Old Timers Mine, and finally identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at Kanku - Breakaways Conservation Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Coober Pedy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Coober Pedy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Coober Pedy can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kanku - Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Kanku - Breakaways Conservation Park
Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

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