24 days in New South Wales & Cairns Itinerary

24 days in New South Wales & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

24 days in New South Wales & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  31​h
1
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
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 30​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
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.
Visiting Bundjalung National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Pat Morton Lookout.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary planner .

Cincinnati, USA to Byron Bay is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Byron Bay. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, expect Byron Bay to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kingscliff, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Pat Morton Lookout, Bundjalung National Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get in touch with nature at Koala Hospital and Saltwater National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Macquarie: Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head), Rocks Ferry Reserve (in Wauchope) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in South West Rocks). It doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie attractions 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. Traveling from Byron Bay in October, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (63°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Saltwater National Park, Rocks Ferry Reserve, Scotts Head Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jimmy's Beach, identify plant and animal life at Winda Woppa Reserve, then explore and take pictures at Barry Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Shoal Bay trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Macquarie to Shoal Bay. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, you will find days in Shoal Bay are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are a bit cooler (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Barry Park
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Coachwood Glen Nature Trail and Marrangaroo National Park. On the 2nd (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blackheath online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shoal Bay to Blackheath. In October in Blackheath, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to 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 29 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Tathra Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ben Boyd National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Eden trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Eden. While traveling from Blackheath, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Eden, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough 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 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ben Boyd National Park ©
Ben Boyd National Park
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Eden to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Eden in November, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery.

Plan my trip to Cairns with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Similar Plans

59 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 35 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Canberra, New South Wales & Lakes Entrance BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in New South Wales & Victoria BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans