21 days in New South Wales Itinerary

21 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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21 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  31​h
1
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Blackheath
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Eden
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bundjalung National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah), Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Pat Morton Lookout.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Cincinnati, USA to Byron Bay is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Byron Bay due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Byron Bay: highs are around 80°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kingscliff, Pat Morton Lookout, Bundjalung National Park, Whian Whian State Conservation Area
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Bundjalung National Park ©
Bundjalung National Park
Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Koala Hospital and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar) and Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and identify plant and animal life at Rocks Ferry Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Macquarie using our trip planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in October, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Saltwater National Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, Scotts Head Beach, Rocks Ferry Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Jimmy's Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Winda Woppa Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Barry Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shoal Bay trip maker tool .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Shoal Bay in 3 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, you will find days in Shoal Bay are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are little chillier (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Barry Park
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Barry Park ©
Barry Park

4
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Escape the urban bustle at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Go for a jaunt from Blackheath to Wallerawang to see Marrangaroo National Park about 46 minutes away. On the 3rd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, trek along Grand Canyon track, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Blackheath trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Shoal Bay to Blackheath takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Eden.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Marrangaroo National Park
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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Coachwood Glen Nature Trail ©
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Eden

Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
On the 4th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Tathra Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ben Boyd National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Eden journey builder .

Explore your travel options from Blackheath to Eden with the Route module. While traveling from Blackheath, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Eden, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Eden

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ben Boyd National Park, Tathra Beach
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tathra Beach ©
Tathra Beach

6
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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip website .

Fly from Eden to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Eden in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 77°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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