30 days in South Australia & Cairns Itinerary

30 days in South Australia & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia sightseeing planner

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Adelaide
— 4 nights
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Tanunda
— 3 nights
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Victor Harbor
— 2 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
— 4 nights
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Port Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Mount Gambier
— 2 nights
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Naracoorte
— 1 night
Drive to Mount Gambier Airport, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 10 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Cedars in Hahndorf (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, stroll through Cleland Wildlife Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner.

Lima, Peru to Adelaide is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a 14.5 hour difference. Traveling from Lima in January, Adelaide is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tanunda.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Tanunda

— 3 nights
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Tanunda is known for wineries, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Seppeltsfield, make a trip to Whispering Wall, steep yourself in history at Langmeil Winery, and get engrossed in the history at Kapunda Historical Society Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tanunda day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Adelaide to Tanunda in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Victor Harbor.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay, learn about winemaking at Fox Creek Wines, and then stroll through Aldinga Beach. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Granite Island, then do a tasting at Dog Ridge Winery, then learn about winemaking at Primo Estate, and finally savor the flavors at Wine Diva Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Victor Harbor day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tanunda to Victor Harbor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Victor Harbor sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Victor Harbor

Wineries · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kangaroo Island

— 4 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Bay Conservation Park, stop by Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, and explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island driving holiday planning website.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Port Lincoln

— 2 nights
Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to The Old Mill, then tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fishery Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glen-Forest Tourist Park & Vineyard, cruise along Winter Hill Lookout, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally relax in the rural setting at Minniribbie Farm.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Lincoln vacation planning site.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Mount Gambier

— 2 nights
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Echo Farm, Head underground at Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, do a tasting at Koonara Wines, then steep yourself in history at Petticoat Lane, and finally browse for treasures at Jill's Vintage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Reef 2 Ridge, explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, and then explore the activities along The Blue Lake.

Discover how to plan a Mount Gambier trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Port Lincoln to Mount Gambier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Mount Gambier can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Naracoorte.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Naracoorte

— 1 night
Naracoorte is a town in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, approximately 336 kilometres south-east of Adelaide and 100 kilometres north of Mount Gambier on the Riddoch Highway .HistoryNaracoorte was formed from the merger of two towns, Kincraig, founded in 1845 by Scottish explorer William Macintosh, and Narracoorte, established as a government settlement in 1847. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): Head underground at Naracoorte Caves National Park and then Head underground at Wonambi Fossil Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Naracoorte trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Mount Gambier to Naracoorte takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Naracoorte

Nature · Parks

Cairns

— 10 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls, get great views at Wrights Lookout, and take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Naracoorte to Cairns. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

South Australia travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · 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.