15 days in Northern Territory, Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

15 days in Northern Territory, Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

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15 days in Northern Territory, Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  30​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  36​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Eden
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru and then stroll through Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation builder website .

Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Springbrook National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gold Coast using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Gold Coast takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park

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nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 27th (Thu), admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Pilot Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Macquarie by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, North Brother Mountain, Pilot Beach
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Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

2
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): shop like a local with Whitewashed Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Seal Rocks Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sandbar Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wingham Wharf and then identify plant and animal life at Wingham Foreshore Recreation Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Forster itinerary tool .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Forster in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, expect nights in Forster to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Forster

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wingham, Whitewashed Gallery, Seal Rocks Lighthouse, Sandbar Beach
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nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Get outdoors at Callala Beach and Blenheim Beach. Visit Nelson Beach and Honeymoon Bay for some beach relaxation. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Murrays Beach and enjoy the sea views from Cape St George Lighthouse.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jervis Bay journey planning app .

Drive from Forster to Jervis Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Jervis Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Eden.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Currarong, Callala Beach
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Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Nelson Beach ©
Nelson Beach

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Eden

Eden ©
Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): engage your brain at Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, kick back and relax at Short Point Recreation Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Panboola Wetlands.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Eden online attractions planner .

Getting from Jervis Bay to Eden by bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Jervis Bay in January, expect nights in Eden to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eden

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Short Point Recreation Reserve, Panboola Wetlands
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Panboola Wetlands ©
Panboola Wetlands

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