18 days in New South Wales Itinerary

18 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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18 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Colombo
Fly:  18​h
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
South West Rocks
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Dubbo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Colombo

1
day
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shoal Bay day trip planner .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Shoal Bay is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Shoal Bay is 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Colombo in April: highs in Shoal Bay hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours

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Nelson Bay
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
days
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Popular historic sites such as Tacking Point Lighthouse and St Thomas Anglican Church are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Innes Ruins and Port Macquarie Historic Court House. Step out of Port Macquarie with an excursion to Saltwater National Park in Old Bar--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, meet the residents at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, don't miss a visit to Hello Koalas Public Art Sculpture Trail, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip planner.

Getting from Shoal Bay to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Shoal Bay in April, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Saltwater National Park
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
South West Rocks

South West Rocks ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Trial Bay Gaol, then enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum South West Rocks.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our South West Rocks driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in April, plan for a bit warmer days in South West Rocks, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in South West Rocks

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

2
days
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kangaroo Hill Complex. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at John Murray Art Gallery, stop by Down to Earth Opals, don't miss a visit to Stanley the Emu, then stop by The Opal Cave, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Artesian Baths.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lightning Ridge online travel route planner .

You can drive from South West Rocks to Lightning Ridge in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dubbo.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Lost Sea Opals ©
Lost Sea Opals
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge

2
days
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Dundullimal Homestead and then do a tasting at Red Earth Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Riverdale Shopping Centre, steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and then admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen Japanese Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dubbo travel planner .

Getting from Lightning Ridge to Dubbo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dubbo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Dubbo

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks
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Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Red Earth Estate ©
Red Earth Estate
Dundullimal Homestead ©
Dundullimal Homestead

5
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Gannon House Gallery. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubbo to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dubbo in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Nan Tien Temple
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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