11 days in Newcastle, Forster & Blue Mountains Itinerary

11 days in Newcastle, Forster & Blue Mountains Itinerary

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11 days in Newcastle, Forster & Blue Mountains Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h
1
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Forster
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Sydney


1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Redhead Beach and then stroll through Newcastle Beach.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Newcastle trip itinerary builder site .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In April in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Redhead Beach
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach

4
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Explore hidden gems such as Cellito Beach and Cattai Wetlands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Forster Beach and Saltwater National Park. Step out of Forster with an excursion to Manning Regional Art Gallery in Taree--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boomerang Beach, get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout, and take in the exciting artwork at Whitewashed Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Forster vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Forster takes 2 hours. April in Forster sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boomerang Beach, Cellito Beach, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Whitewashed Gallery, Cattai Wetlands
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Cattai Wetlands ©
Cattai Wetlands
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trainworks and Hassan's Wall. Step out of Katoomba to go to Jenolan Caves and see Jenolan Caves, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, hike along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba holiday planning website .

Getting from Forster to Katoomba by car takes about 4.5 hours. In April in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Hassan's Wall, Jenolan Caves, NSW Rail Museum
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
NSW Rail Museum ©
NSW Rail Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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