10 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Greater Newcastle Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Greater Newcastle Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Greater Newcastle Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Washington DC

2
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Waverley Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally examine the collection at Carriageworks. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hillsong Church.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for colder days in Sydney, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Waverley Cemetery
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, then explore the galleries of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, then take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Katoomba vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Katoomba, with lows around 43°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Mistletoe Wines. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Fernleigh Track, then see the interesting displays at Lost in the 50's Car Museum, and then do a tasting at Petersons Wines Broke Road.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pokolbin road trip planner.

Getting from Katoomba to Pokolbin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Pokolbin can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fernleigh Track, Lost in the 50's Car Museum
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Mistletoe Wines ©
Mistletoe Wines
Gundog Estate ©
Gundog Estate
Constable Estate Vineyards ©
Constable Estate Vineyards

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

Getting from Pokolbin to Sydney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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