10 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Kiama Itinerary

10 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Kiama Itinerary

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10 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Kiama Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kiama
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

3
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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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip site .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Nook, then Head underground at Jenolan Caves, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip maker .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, The Nook, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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Kiama

Kiama ©
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means 'where the sea makes a noise'.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Kiama Blowhole. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple and then kick back and relax at Hyams Beach.

Plan trip to Kiama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Kiama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kiama

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Bendooley Estate Book Barn, Nan Tien Temple, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Hyams Beach
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple

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