22 days in New South Wales, Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

22 days in New South Wales, Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

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22 days in New South Wales, Melbourne & Cowes Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  22​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Wallerawang
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cowes
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Toronto


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3
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 Bondi Beach and Cremorne Reserve will get you outdoors. Visit The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 15 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World, and then experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online holiday planner .

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tropical Fruit World
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Norah Head Lighthouse and Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Tomaree Head and Nobbys Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, contemplate the long history of Nobbys Head, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Newcastle trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Byron Bay to Newcastle by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from Byron Bay in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Newcastle: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Norah Head Lighthouse, Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

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Wallerawang

Wallerawang ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along Turon National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wallerawang trip website .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Wallerawang takes 4 hours. Traveling from Newcastle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Wallerawang, with lows of 3°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wallerawang

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lithgow, Turon National Park
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Turon National Park ©
Turon National Park
Hassan's Wall ©
Hassan's Wall
Bracey Lookout ©
Bracey Lookout

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then hike along The Giant Stairway, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Katoomba trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Wallerawang to Katoomba in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Mountains National Park
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Getting from Katoomba to Melbourne by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in July, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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nights
Cowes

Cowes
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cowes day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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