22 days in New South Wales Itinerary

22 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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22 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 5 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: London

7
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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Museums
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get some cultural insight at Lost Bear Gallery and Falls Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Teddy Sinclair and Katoomba Antique Centre. Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, explore the galleries of Gallery One88, don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, and take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Megalong Creek Estate, The National Pass
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Lost Bear Gallery ©
Lost Bear Gallery
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or Books and Stuff. Relax by the water at Pippi Beach and Tallow Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: The Channon Gallery (in The Channon), Lismore (Star Court Arcade & Lismore Car Boot Market) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, stroll through Broken Head Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and get great views at Pat Morton Lookout.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Katoomba to Byron Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lismore, Ballina, Lennox Head, Broken Head Beach, The Channon Gallery
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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