23 days in New South Wales Itinerary

23 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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23 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  31​h
1
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shoal Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Munich

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.
For shopping fun, head to Whitewashed Gallery or Un4gettable4evermore. Get some cultural insight at Tacking Point Lighthouse and Maritime Museum South West Rocks. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton), Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in South West Rocks). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder tool .

Munich, Germany to Port Macquarie is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Munich to Port Macquarie, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in December; daily highs in Port Macquarie reach 26°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Whitewashed Gallery, Saltwater National Park, Un4gettable4evermore, North Brother Mountain
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
We've included these beaches for you: Jimmy's Beach and Fingal Bay Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Tomaree Head and Bennetts Beach. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Tomaree National Park.

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Drive from Port Macquarie to Shoal Bay in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Shoal Bay hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Fingal Bay
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Tomaree National Park ©
Tomaree National Park
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

5
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Head to Lost Bear Gallery and Katoomba Antique Centrefor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Falls Gallery. On the 25th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, browse the exhibits of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Katoomba Cascades.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba day trip planning website .

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Katoomba in 4 hours. In December in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Falls Gallery, The Nook
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

8
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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning app .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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