10 days in Greater Newcastle & Ballarat Itinerary

10 days in Greater Newcastle & Ballarat Itinerary

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10 days in Greater Newcastle & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Maitland
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Ballarat
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 1st (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then admire all the interesting features of Barry Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nelson Bay travel route planner.

Sydney to Nelson Bay is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nelson Bay, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Maitland.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk, Barry Park, Tomaree Head
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

3
nights
Maitland

Maitland ©
Maitland is a city in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia and the seat of Maitland City Council, situated on the Hunter River approximately 166km by road north of Sydney and 35km north-west of Newcastle. Get out of town with these interesting Maitland side-trips: Newcastle (Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Memorial Walk, & more), Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba) and Pokolbin (Scarborough Wine Co, Harkham Wines, & more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Peterson House and appreciate the history behind Big Kookaburra.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Maitland trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Nelson Bay to Maitland in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Maitland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Maitland

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Newcastle, Big Kookaburra, Ernest Hill Wines
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Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Hunter Valley Gardens ©
Hunter Valley Gardens
Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines

5
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
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You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballarat: Bendigo (Eaglehawk Log Lock Up & Bendigo Art Gallery), Henry of Harcourt (in Harcourt) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ballarat trip itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Maitland to Ballarat with the Route module. When traveling from Maitland in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ballarat: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bendigo, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas, Erskine Falls, Henry of Harcourt
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Spas

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