25 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

25 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

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25 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Mudgee
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  30​h
End: Edinburgh

3
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bendalong Beach and Greenfield Beach. Visiting Callala Beach and Nelson Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blenheim Beach, stroll through Murrays Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Cape St George Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jervis Bay visit planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Jervis Bay is an approximately 30-hour flight. 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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in October; daily highs in Jervis Bay reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach, Seven Mile Beach National Park
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Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Seven Mile Beach National Park ©
Seven Mile Beach National Park

2
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Get in touch with nature at Cellito Beach and Elizabeth Beach. Visit Jimmy's Beach and Burgess Beach, Forster for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Forster to Hawks Nest to see Winda Woppa Reserve about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach and get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Forster itinerary planner .

You can drive from Jervis Bay to Forster in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Elizabeth Beach, Cellito Beach
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Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tacking Point Lighthouse and St Thomas Anglican Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koala Hospital and Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Maritime Museum South West Rocks (in South West Rocks) and Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planning site .

Getting from Forster to Port Macquarie by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Forster in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mudgee.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Maritime Museum South West Rocks, Scotts Head Beach
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

3
nights
Mudgee

Mudgee ©
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Broombee Organic Wines - Cellar Door and Burnbrae Wines. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Logan Wines and Lowe Wines. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Moothi Estate and look for all kinds of wild species at The Drip Gorge.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mudgee online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Mudgee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in October: highs in Mudgee hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Mudgee

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Apple Tree Flat
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Burnbrae Wines ©
Burnbrae Wines
Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery

2
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.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, then kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Fairlight Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): explore the activities along Watson's Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Avalon Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning website .

Fly from Mudgee to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Traveling from Mudgee in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Avalon Beach
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Camp Cove ©
Camp Cove
Avalon Beach ©
Avalon Beach
Fairlight Beach ©
Fairlight Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Tugun Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach
Surfers Paradise Golf Club ©
Surfers Paradise Golf Club
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Agincourt Reef and Palm Cove Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online tour itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Daintree National Park
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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