16 days in New South Wales Itinerary

16 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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16 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Broken Hill
— 1 night
+3
Fly + taxi + train + bus:  7​h
2
Cowra
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Parkes
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Lightning Ridge
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + train + bus:  8​h 30​min
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

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night
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Pro Hart Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum, then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, then don't miss a visit to Broken Hill Miner's Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Broken Hill Trades Hall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Broken Hill travel route builder tool .

Sydney to Broken Hill is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Broken Hill when traveling from Sydney in October, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cowra.

Things to do in Broken Hill

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Cowra

Cowra ©
Cowra is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Japanese War Cemetery, take in the pleasant sights at Bellevue Hill Reserve and Lookout, then make a trip to Cowra Prisoner of War Camp, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cowra Japanese Garden, and finally stop by Finds on Fitzroy.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cowra trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Broken Hill to Cowra in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Parkes.

Things to do in Cowra

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Cowra Japanese Garden ©
Cowra Japanese Garden
Japanese War Cemetery ©
Japanese War Cemetery
Finds on Fitzroy ©
Finds on Fitzroy

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Parkes

Parkes ©
Parkes is a town in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at McFeeters Motor Museum, see the sky in a new way at CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, see the sky in a new way at Parkes Radio Telescope, then look for all kinds of wild species at Memorial Hill Lookout, then pause for some photo ops at War Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sir Henry Parkes Statue.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Parkes trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Cowra to Parkes in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Parkes

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

McFeeters Motor Museum
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CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope ©
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
War Memorial ©
War Memorial
McFeeters Motor Museum ©
McFeeters Motor Museum

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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. On the 15th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Bevans Cactus Nursery, stop by Opal Bin, take in the exciting artwork at John Murray Art Gallery, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Artesian Baths, and finally step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Australian Opal Centre, take an in-depth tour of Kangaroo Hill Complex, look for gifts at Down to Earth Opals, then stop by Lost Sea Opals, then don't miss a visit to Stanley the Emu, and finally view the masterpieces at Chambers of The Black Hand.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lightning Ridge road trip planning website .

Drive from Parkes to Lightning Ridge in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Lost Sea Opals ©
Lost Sea Opals

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Byron Bay

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 17th (Wed), experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Lightning Ridge to Byron Bay in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get great views at Forest Sky Pier, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Byron Bay in October: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
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Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coastal walk and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam (in Wauchope) and South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Trial Bay Gaol). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, make a trip to Breakwall, and relax in the rural setting at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in October, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip website .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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