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: Manchester
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  29​h
1
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Jervis Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Manchester

1
night
Byron Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Byron Bay route tool .

Manchester, UK to Byron Bay is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Byron Bay, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Byron Bay reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Spas & Wellness
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 18th (Wed), meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, then look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour travel planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Byron Bay in December: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

2
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 20th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, then do a tasting at Long Point Vineyard, and then stroll through Pilot Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Pilot Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park ©

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the waterfront activity at Watt Street Wharf, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, stroll through Nobbys Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve.

Plan my day in Newcastle using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, you will find days in Newcastle are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tomaree Head
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

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 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Elizabeth Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cellito Beach, and then get all the equipment you need at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Rocks, explore the activities along Tuncurry Rock Pool, and then kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Forster trip website .

Getting from Newcastle to Forster by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Forster are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tuncurry, Elizabeth Beach, Cellito Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Tuncurry Rock Pool ©
Tuncurry Rock Pool

2
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Callala Beach and Bendalong Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Murrays Beach and Greenfield Beach. Take a break from Jervis Bay with a short trip to Rip Curl Ulladulla in Ulladulla, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blenheim Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Nelson Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jervis Bay online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Forster to Jervis Bay in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. In December in Jervis Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Rip Curl Ulladulla, Bendalong Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach

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