27 days in New South Wales Itinerary

27 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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27 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Eden
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Broken Hill
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
3
Lightning Ridge
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Mudgee
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
South West Rocks
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Sydney
— 7 nights
End: Sydney

1
night
Eden

Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Ben Boyd Tower and then visit a coastal fixture at Green Cape Lighthouse. On the next day, get curious at Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, examine the collection at Killer Whale Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Eden travel route planner .

Sydney to Eden is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Eden to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Eden

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Merimbula Boardwalk
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killer Whale Museum ©
Killer Whale Museum
Green Cape Lighthouse ©
Green Cape Lighthouse

1
night
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
On the 3rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Pro Hart Gallery, then examine the collection at Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum, then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Broken Hill Miner's Memorial, steep yourself in history at Day Dream Mine, then examine the collection at Mad Max Museum, and finally get great views at Mundi Mundi Lookout.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Broken Hill road trip tool .

Getting from Eden to Broken Hill by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Eden in September; daily highs in Broken Hill reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Silverton
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Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery
Mad Max Museum ©
Mad Max Museum

1
day
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Artesian Baths, look for gifts at Lost Sea Opals, then view the masterpieces at John Murray Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Chambers of The Black Hand, and finally explore the historical opulence of Amigos Castle.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lightning Ridge day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Broken Hill to Lightning Ridge takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mudgee.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Shopping Parks Nature
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John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle

1
night
Mudgee

Mudgee ©
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Mudgee Honey Haven, then learn about winemaking at Lowe Wines, then learn about winemaking at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, and finally learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at The Drip Gorge, learn about winemaking at Robert Stein Winery & Vineyard, then see the interesting displays at Gulgong Pioneers Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Thistle Hill Organic Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mudgee trip planner.

You can drive from Lightning Ridge to Mudgee in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. September in Mudgee sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Mudgee

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Gulgong Pioneers Museum
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Gulgong Pioneers Museum ©
Gulgong Pioneers Museum
Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lennox Head Beach. Appreciate the collections at Belongil Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from Byron Bay with a short trip to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Warning, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mudgee to Byron Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Mudgee in September, expect Byron Bay to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Mount Warning, Lennox Head Beach
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

1
night
South West Rocks

South West Rocks ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Trial Bay Gaol, then visit a coastal fixture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the South West Rocks travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to South West Rocks takes 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in South West Rocks can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching and Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park. Get some cultural insight at Tacking Point Lighthouse and Port Macquarie Museum. Take a break from Port Macquarie with a short trip to Ellenborough Falls in Elands, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Coastal walk, admire all the interesting features of Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and see the interesting displays at Timbertown Wauchope.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie online tour planner .

Traveling by car from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from South West Rocks in September, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Wauchope, Ellenborough Falls
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Nobbys Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Tomaree Head and Hunter Valley Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Pokolbin (Ivanhoe Wines, Scarborough Wine Co, & more) and Gan Gan Lookout (in Nelson Bay). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fighter World and take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Newcastle day trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Newcastle, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Nelson Bay, Tomaree Head, Hunter Valley Zoo, Fighter World
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Wentworth Falls. Relax by the water at The Rocks and Manly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Lincoln's Rock, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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