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: Manchester
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  29​h
1
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Forster
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Shoal Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Merimbula
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
7
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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 Watersports Guru will get you outdoors. When in Byron Bay, make a side trip to see Whian Whian State Conservation Area in Whian Whian, approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Byron Bay is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Byron Bay, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in January, with highs in Byron Bay at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Watersports Guru, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Bundjalung National Park, Pat Morton Lookout
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Bundjalung National Park ©
Bundjalung National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Koala Hospital and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Hat Head National Park and Scotts Head Beach. Take a break from Port Macquarie with a short trip to Smoky Cape Lighthouse in South West Rocks, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and trek along Googik heritage Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie visit planning website .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Byron Bay in January: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Hat Head National Park, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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 Seven Mile Beach and Saltwater National Park. Relax by the water at Cellito Beach and Elizabeth Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Forster: Nelson Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Fly Point). There's more to do: experience rural life at Colin Wren Oysters and indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Coastal Brewing Co.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Forster travel route website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Forster by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Forster, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nelson Bay, Cellito Beach, Elizabeth Beach, Colin Wren Oysters, Saltwater National Park
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jimmy's Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Winda Woppa Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and finally take some stellar pictures from Barry Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tomaree National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shoal Bay online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Forster to Shoal Bay takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Fingal Bay
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
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Tomaree National Park ©
Tomaree National Park
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Barry Park ©
Barry Park

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seven Mile Beach National Park and Cabbage Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area and Moona Moona Creek. When in Jervis Bay, make a side trip to see Feeding Wild Rainbow Lorrikeets in Burrill Lake, approximately 1h 20 min away.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jervis Bay trip maker tool .

Drive from Shoal Bay to Jervis Bay in 5.5 hours. In February in Jervis Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Merimbula.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cabbage Beach, Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area, Feeding Wild Rainbow Lorrikeets, Seven Mile Beach National Park
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
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Moona Moona Creek ©
Moona Moona Creek
Cabbage Beach ©
Cabbage Beach

3
nights
Merimbula

Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Short Point Recreation Reserve and Montague Island. Explore Merimbula's surroundings by going to Montreal Goldfield (in Bermagui), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Narooma) and Reva at Tilba (in Central Tilba). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Pambula Beach, identify plant and animal life at Potoroo Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Merimbula online tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Jervis Bay to Merimbula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Merimbula

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tathra, Narooma, Panboola Wetlands, Pambula Beach, Reva at Tilba
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tathra Beach ©
Tathra Beach
Montague Island ©
Montague Island

1
night
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 13th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, identify plant and animal life at Logan Brae Orchard, then take in the awesome beauty at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Old Ford Reserve, then get great views at The Three Sisters, and finally hike along The Giant Stairway.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Merimbula to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Merimbula in February: highs in Katoomba hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Megalong Valley, Logan Brae Orchard
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, let little ones run wild at Cremorne Reserve, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk.

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Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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