12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & South Australia Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & South Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & South Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Town Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Melbourne is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Town Hall ©
Melbourne Town Hall
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, then head outdoors with Watsons Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney day trip site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Watsons Bay ©
Watsons Bay
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Island Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island visit app .

Getting from Sydney to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse ©
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

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 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and finally hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of North Terrace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrim Uniting Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip planner.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
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Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
North Terrace ©
North Terrace
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station, contemplate the long history of Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, then learn about winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars, then do a tasting at Greg Cooley Wines, and finally explore the galleries of Clare Valley Art Gallery. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Mitchell Winery, then do a tasting at Jeanneret Wines, then learn about winemaking at Jim Barry Wines, and finally take a memorable tour with Lakeside Minature Railway.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Clare vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Adelaide to Clare takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Jeanneret Wines
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Bungaree Station ©
Bungaree Station
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum ©
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars

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