11 days in South Australia Itinerary

11 days in South Australia Itinerary

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11 days in South Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Port Lincoln
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glenelg Beach and Henley Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Aldinga Beach and Maslin Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek), Semaphore Beach (in Semaphore) and Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill, do a tasting at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, make a trip to Smith Brothers Walking Trail, and wander the streets of North Terrace.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Adelaide travel route builder tool .

Sydney to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, Adelaide is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Aldinga Beach, Maslin Beach, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Gorge Wildlife Park, Horseshoe Bay
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Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Get outdoors at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Little Sahara. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Stokes Beach. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Kelly Hill Caves, admire the natural beauty at Kangaroo Island Spirits, view the masterpieces at Australian Red Gum Gallery, and get outside with Remarkable Rocks.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island day trip planner .

Traveling by flight 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Remarkable Rocks ©
Remarkable Rocks
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

1
night
Port Lincoln

Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
On the 10th (Tue), get great views at Winter Hill Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Glen-Forest Tourist Park & Vineyard, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Lincoln online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Shark Diving
Winter Hill Lookout ©
Winter Hill Lookout

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, and then take an in-depth tour of Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Faye's Underground Home, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Coober Pedy driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Port Lincoln to Coober Pedy in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

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

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