14 days in New South Wales Itinerary

14 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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14 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  34​h
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  27​h
End: Belfast

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 29th (Sat), trek along Coastal walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): try for a hole-in-one at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, then kick back and relax at Pilot Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planner .

Belfast, UK to Port Macquarie is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Belfast in December; daily highs in Port Macquarie reach 26°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Pilot Beach
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 31st (Mon), go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Newcastle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): get great views at Queens Wharf Tower, then kick back and relax at Zenith Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Newcastle trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Shoal Bay
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
The National Pass and Lost Bear Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Wentworth Falls and The Three Sisters. There's still lots to do: stop by The Nook, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip builder .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Katoomba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

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Leura, Blackheath, The National Pass, Rick Rutherford's Country
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The Nook ©
The Nook
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
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.
Visiting Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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