19 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

19 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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19 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hawks Nest
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
South West Rocks
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Paris

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Main Beach Yamba, kick back and relax at Turners Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pippi Beach, and finally stop by Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Iluka Rainforest Walking Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Iluka.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamba trip itinerary builder site .

Paris, France to Yamba is an approximately 36-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paris to Yamba. Traveling from Paris in September, Yamba is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Iluka
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Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach

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nights
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some cultural insight at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Northern Rivers Community Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Ballina (Big Prawn, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Thomgallery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Stone and Wood Brewery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Yamba to Byron Bay takes 2 hours. In September in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Lennox Head Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

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nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head, then enjoy the sand and surf at Newcastle Beach, then kick back and relax at Merewether Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Shepherds Hill Fort, go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Caves Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Newcastle trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Newcastle in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hawks Nest.

Things to do in Newcastle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caves Beach
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Merewether Beach ©
Merewether Beach
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach

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Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest ©
Hawks Nest is a suburb of the Mid-Coast Council local government area in the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales, Australia, located north of Port Stephens between the Tasman Sea and the Myall River. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Winda Woppa Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jimmy's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bennetts Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hawks Nest itinerary planner.

You can drive from Newcastle to Hawks Nest in 1.5 hours. October in Hawks Nest sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hawks Nest

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get some cultural insight at Roto House and Port Macquarie Museum. St Thomas Anglican Church and Tacking Point Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, delve into the distant past at Innes Ruins, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and admire the natural beauty at Mrs York's Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Hawks Nest to Port Macquarie takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hawks Nest in October, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Wauchope
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

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nights
South West Rocks

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Maritime Museum South West Rocks, steep yourself in history at German Monument, then enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Macley River Historical Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, and finally kick back and relax at Horsehoe Bay Beach.

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You can drive from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, expect nights in South West Rocks to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kempsey
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

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nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coffs Harbour Beach and Korora Lookout. Two Tails Wines and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Coffs Harbour with an excursion to The Bellingen Brewery in Bellingen--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the world behind art at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boambee Creek Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour journey builder website .

Traveling by car from South West Rocks to Coffs Harbour takes 1.5 hours. October in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Tails Wines, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, The Bellingen Brewery, Boambee Creek Reserve
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Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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