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
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h
2
Mudgee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  29​h
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Murrays Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, and then kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Callala Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bendalong Beach, and then stop by Rip Curl Ulladulla.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay route website .

Manchester, UK to Jervis Bay is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Jervis Bay at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Mudgee.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rip Curl Ulladulla, Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach
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Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach

1
night
Mudgee

Mudgee ©
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
On the 18th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Farmer's Daughter Wines, then do a tasting at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Drip Gorge, and finally learn about winemaking at Broombee Organic Wines - Cellar Door. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): do a tasting at Burnbrae Wines, learn about winemaking at Lowe Wines, then learn about winemaking at Petersons of Mudgee, then do a tasting at Logan Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Thistle Hill Organic Winery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mudgee trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Jervis Bay to Mudgee by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Jervis Bay in December, you will find days in Mudgee are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Mudgee

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Apple Tree Flat
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SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery
Logan Wines ©
Logan Wines
Burnbrae Wines ©
Burnbrae Wines

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf, see majestic marine mammals 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 21st (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Fort Scratchley, kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Mudgee to Newcastle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tomaree Head
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

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 22nd (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocks Ferry Reserve, and then stroll through Pilot Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planner .

You can drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle 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 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocks Ferry Reserve, Pilot Beach
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Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Rocks Ferry Reserve ©
Rocks Ferry Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and then enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour trip planner .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lennox Head Beach and Broken Head Beach. Get in touch with nature at Lighthouse Beach and Broken Head Nature Reserve. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Thomgallery, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip site .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Spas & Wellness
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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