14 days in Gold Coast & New South Wales Itinerary

14 days in Gold Coast & New South Wales Itinerary

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14 days in Gold Coast & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Lightning Ridge
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
3
Faulconbridge
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mittagong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll get in some beach time at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Sea World Theme Park. Head to Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beachfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and have some family-friendly fun at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
day
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 12th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Artesian Baths, take in the exciting artwork at John Murray Art Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Amigos Castle, then view the masterpieces at Chambers of The Black Hand, and finally make a trip to Stanley the Emu.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lightning Ridge online day trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Lightning Ridge in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Nature Shopping Parks
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Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle

1
day
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the views from Lennox Bridge, see the interesting displays at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Corridor of Oaks.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Faulconbridge tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lightning Ridge to Faulconbridge takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Mittagong.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lennox Bridge, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Lennox Bridge ©
Lennox Bridge

1
night
Mittagong

Mittagong ©
Mittagong is a town located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, then look for gifts at Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop, and then learn about winemaking at The Grape Escape.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mittagong tour planner.

You can drive from Faulconbridge to Mittagong in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mittagong can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Mittagong

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
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6
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.
Visit Brett Whiteley Studio and Bondi Beach for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, browse the fresh offerings at Danks Street Produce Merchants, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday website .

Getting from Mittagong to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mittagong in July, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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