12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & South Australia Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & South Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly to Adelaide, Foot to Stop 9A Hamra Dr - South side
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Adelaide
— 2 nights
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Clare
— 2 nights
Drive to Adelaide International Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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Melbourne

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

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.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 12-hour 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney

— 2 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, then get outside with Watsons Bay, and finally stroll through Shelly Beach.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kangaroo Island

— 1 night
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.

For maps, photos, where to stay, 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 bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Adelaide

— 2 nights
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.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, 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 go by car to Clare.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Clare

— 2 nights
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 Historic 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.

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Traveling by car from Adelaide to Clare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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.