21 days in South Australia Itinerary

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Adelaide
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Padthaway
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Coonawarra
— 1 night
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Mount Gambier
— 1 night
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Meningie
— 1 night
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Langhorne Creek
— 1 night
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Second Valley
— 1 night
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Rapid Bay
— 1 night
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Port Noarlunga
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Aldinga Beach
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Rapid Bay
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Port Elliot
— 2 nights
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Goolwa
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Victor Harbor
— 1 night
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Port Pirie
— 1 night
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Kadina
— 1 night
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Wallaroo
— 1 night
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Moonta
— 1 night
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Minlaton
— 1 night
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Corny Point
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Marion Bay
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Stansbury
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Port Wakefield
— 2 nights
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Adelaide
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Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide travel planning site.

Brisbane to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Adelaide. Traveling from Brisbane in December, Adelaide is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. On the 12th (Sat), you're off to Padthaway.
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Padthaway — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Henry's Drive Vignerons.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Padthaway trip maker site.

Getting from Adelaide to Padthaway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coonawarra.
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Coonawarra — 1 night

Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sharam Cottage, steep yourself in history at Petticoat Lane, learn about winemaking at Majella Wines Coonawarra, learn about winemaking at Katnook Coonawarra, then learn about winemaking at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at Rymill Coonawarra.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coonawarra trip planner.

Getting from Padthaway to Coonawarra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Coonawarra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Cave Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Gambier trip builder site.

Getting from Coonawarra to Mount Gambier by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Meningie.
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Meningie — 1 night

Meningie is a town on the south-east side of Lake Albert in South Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Meningie Lions Jubilee Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pink Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Coorong National Park.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Meningie online attractions planner.

Getting from Mount Gambier to Meningie by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Langhorne Creek.
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Langhorne Creek — 1 night

Langhorne Creek is a town in South Australia. On the 17th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Bremerton Wines and then indulge your senses at Angas Plains Wines.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Langhorne Creek day trip tool.

You can drive from Meningie to Langhorne Creek in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Langhorne Creek, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Second Valley.
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Second Valley — 1 night

Second Valley is a coastal town on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.The name is derived from being the next valley north of Rapid Bay, the initial camp on South Australian mainland of Colonel William Light. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at Kate's Therapeutic Massage.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Second Valley trip planning website.

Drive from Langhorne Creek to Second Valley in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Second Valley are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Rapid Bay.
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Rapid Bay — 1 night

Rapid Bay is the name of both a locality including a small seaside town and a small bay on the west coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Blowhole Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rapid Bay Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rapid Bay trip maker app.

Rapid Bay is just a short distance from Second Valley. In December, daytime highs in Rapid Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Noarlunga.
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Port Noarlunga

On the 19th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Port Noarlunga Reef.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Noarlunga online holiday maker.

Getting from Rapid Bay to Port Noarlunga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Port Noarlunga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Aldinga Beach.
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Aldinga Beach

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Maslin Beach and then kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach.

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Aldinga Beach is just a short distance from Port Noarlunga. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rapid Bay.
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Rapid Bay

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid Bay trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Aldinga Beach to Rapid Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Port Elliot on the 19th (Sat).
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Port Elliot — 2 nights

Port Elliot is a town in South Australia toward the eastern end of the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Boomer Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Jude's Anglican Church, then stroll through Horseshoe Bay, and finally appreciate the history behind Port Elliot Obelisk. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basham's Beach Regional Park, then stop by Alexandrina Cheese, and then walk around Basham Beach Conservation Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Elliot trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid Bay to Port Elliot takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Port Elliot are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Goolwa.
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Goolwa

Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near the Murray Mouth in South Australia, and joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goolwa driving holiday planning website.

Goolwa is just a stone's throw from Port Elliot. In December in Goolwa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Victor Harbor.
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Victor Harbor — 1 night

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. To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Victor Harbor online road trip planner.

Victor Harbor is just a short distance from Goolwa. In December in Victor Harbor, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll set off for Port Pirie on the 22nd (Tue).
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Port Pirie — 1 night

Port Pirie is the sixth most populous city in South Australia after Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Murray Bridge and Port Lincoln. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Port Pirie National Trust Museum, browse the exhibits of Port Pirie RSL Museum, and then take in the views from John Pirie Bridge (Bridge to Nowhere).

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Pirie trip site.

Getting from Victor Harbor to Port Pirie by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Port Pirie, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will leave for Kadina on the 23rd (Wed).
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Kadina — 1 night

Kadina is a town located on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia, approximately 144 kilometres north-northwest of the state capital of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): walk around Kadina Skatepark and then take an in-depth tour of The Farm Shed Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Victoria Square.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kadina journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Port Pirie to Kadina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Wallaroo.
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Wallaroo — 1 night

Wallaroo is a port town on the western side of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, 160 kilometres north-northwest of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a splash at Wateroo, take an in-depth tour of Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Wallaroo Heritage Trail 37.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wallaroo trip builder.

Wallaroo is just a stone's throw from Kadina. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Moonta.
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Moonta — 1 night

Moonta is a town on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia, 165km north-northwest of the state capital of Adelaide. On the 26th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at The Copper Coast, contemplate the long history of Moonta Heritage Trail 38, then get engrossed in the history at Moonta Mines Museum, and finally stop by The Little Christmas Shop.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Moonta trip itinerary planner.

Moonta is just a stone's throw from Wallaroo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minlaton.
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Minlaton — 1 night

Minlaton is a town in central Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Bublacowie Military Museum and Memorial, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Watsacowie Brewing Company, then steep yourself in history at Captain Harry Butler Memorial, and finally hike along Minlaton Walking Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Minlaton trip app.

Getting from Moonta to Minlaton by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Corny Point.
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Corny Point — 1 night

On the 28th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Corny Point Lighthouse.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Corny Point trip tool.

Traveling by car from Minlaton to Corny Point takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marion Bay.
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Marion Bay — 1 night

Marion Bay is a small township in the Australian state of South Australia at the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Innes National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marion Bay trip planner.

Marion Bay is just a stone's throw from Corny Point. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Stansbury.
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Stansbury — 1 night

Stansbury is a small town, located in the southern east coast of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. On the 30th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Coobowie Estuary and Bird Hide, don't miss a visit to Wool Bay Jetty, and then take in the waterfront at Stansbury Jetty.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Stansbury trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Marion Bay to Stansbury in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Stansbury are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Wakefield.
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Port Wakefield — 2 nights

Port Wakefield was the first government town to be established north of the capital, Adelaide, in South Australia.Port Wakefield is situated 98.7km from the Adelaide city centre and lies on the Port Wakefield Road section of the A1 National Highway. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Port Wakefield Tidal Pool and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Wakefield Historical Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Wakefield planner.

You can drive from Stansbury to Port Wakefield in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Port Wakefield are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Adelaide.
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Adelaide — 1 day

On the 1st (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, get to know the resident critters at Adelaide Zoo, and then steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Adelaide online travel planner.

Drive from Port Wakefield to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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South Australia travel guide

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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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