25 days in South Australia Itinerary

25 days in South Australia Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Victor Harbor
— 2 nights
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McLaren Vale
— 4 nights
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Drive to Cape Jervis Ferry Pier, Ferry to Penneshaw Ferry Pier, Drive to Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Penneshaw Ferry Pier, Ferry to Cape Jervis Ferry Pier, Drive to Adelaide
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Adelaide
— 4 nights
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Angaston
— 2 nights
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Hahndorf
— 2 nights
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Coonawarra
— 3 nights
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Mount Gambier
— 1 night
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Victor Harbor — 2 nights

Victor Harbor is a town in South Australia on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 km south of the centre of Adelaide. On the 17th (Wed), see what you can catch with Victor Harbour, then explore the striking landscape at Rosetta Head, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Port Victor Historic Walk. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nangawooka Flora Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Raukkan Church, and then look for gifts at The Pork Pie Shop.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Victor Harbor vacation planner.

Sydney to Victor Harbor is an approximately 15-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Victor Harbor hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to McLaren Vale.
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McLaren Vale — 4 nights

McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Visiting Onkaparinga River National Park and The Dive Shack will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hugo Wines and Wirra Wirra Vineyards. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Chalk Hill Wines, contemplate the long history of Jetty Pylons, and stop by McLaren Unvaled.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our McLaren Vale driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Victor Harbor to McLaren Vale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in McLaren Vale are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kangaroo Island.
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Kangaroo Island — 5 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Will's Rare Breeds Farm and Flinders Chase National Park. Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and Kangaroo Island Estate Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Parndana Wildlife Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island vacation planner.

Fly from McLaren Vale to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.
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Adelaide — 4 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Carrick Hill and State Library of South Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Henley Beach and Waterfall Gully. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Belair National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Thorndon Park, and take an in-depth tour of Adelaide Gaol.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Angaston.
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Angaston — 2 nights

Angaston is a town on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, 77 km northeast of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): learn about winemaking at Taste Eden Valley, don't miss a visit to Day Off Peter Bronze Statue, and then get to know the fascinating history of Angaston Heritage Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Thorn-Clarke Wines, then learn about winemaking at Turkey Flat Vineyards, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Town Walk of Tanunda.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Angaston trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Adelaide to Angaston in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Angaston are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hahndorf.
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Hahndorf — 2 nights

Hahndorf is a small town in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. On the 3rd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Hahndorf Heritage Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Heysen The Cedars, and then explore the galleries of Hans Heysen Art Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park, steep yourself in history at Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door, and then stop by Udder Delights Cheese Cellar.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hahndorf tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Angaston to Hahndorf by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hahndorf are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coonawarra.
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Coonawarra — 3 nights

Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sharam Cottage and Harrow Log Jail. Get a sense of the local culture at Katnook Coonawarra and Menzies Wine Room & Retreat. Get out of town with these interesting Coonawarra side-trips: Johnny Mullagh Park (in Harrow) and Lake Wallace (in Edenhope). There's more to do: do a tasting at Leconfield Coonawarra.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coonawarra trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hahndorf to Coonawarra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hahndorf in September: high temperatures in Coonawarra hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mount Gambier.
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Mount Gambier — 1 night

The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lower Glenelg National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mount Gambier day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Coonawarra to Mount Gambier takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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South Australia travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Largely arid or semi-arid in terms of its climate and geography, South Australia nevertheless boasts several picturesque mountain ranges and grasslands, particularly in its coastal region. Founded in 1836 as a planned colonial province rather than a penal settlement, South Australia has a slightly different modern history than Australia’s other states. Economically prosperous and culturally rich, South Australia boasts a confident, easygoing personality.
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Barossa Valley travel guide

4.4
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Gift & Specialty Shops
A broad, verdant valley formed by the North Para River, Barossa Valley enjoys prominence as a result of the area’s focus on viniculture. Vineyards have been a common sight in Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s most notable wine-producing regions, since 1852, when the Bethany vineyard was first planted. The area maintains a strong association with the German community.
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