31 days in New South Wales & Brisbane Itinerary

31 days in New South Wales & Brisbane Itinerary

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31 days in New South Wales & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Murwillumbah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Shoal Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Wallerawang
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Jenolan Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Shellharbour
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  37​h
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

3
nights
Murwillumbah

Murwillumbah ©
Murwillumbah is a town in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia, in the Tweed Shire, on the Tweed River, 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Murwillumbah side-trips: David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh), Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta) and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and relax in the rural setting at Buck's Farm.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Murwillumbah road trip planner .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Murwillumbah is an approximately 36-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Port of Spain to Murwillumbah. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port of Spain in October: high temperatures in Murwillumbah hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Murwillumbah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Buck's Farm, Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

6
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Queensland Art Gallery and Montville Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Kondalilla National Park (in Montville). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, stroll through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

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You can drive from Murwillumbah to Brisbane in 2 hours. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park

2
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Bennetts Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jimmy's Beach. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newcastle Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shoal Bay driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brisbane to Shoal Bay. Traveling from Brisbane in October, Shoal Bay is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Newcastle
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Camp Cove. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Justice & Police Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Drive from Shoal Bay to Sydney in 3 hours. Traveling from Shoal Bay in October, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Pulpit Rock Lookout and The National Pass. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip builder app .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Gallery Blackheath, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

2
nights
Wallerawang

Wallerawang ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Blackfellows Hand Cave, steep yourself in history at Hartley Historic Site, and then stroll through Queen Elizabeth Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park, and then explore the activities along Lake Wallace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wallerawang day trip planning website .

Drive from Katoomba to Wallerawang in an hour. In October in Wallerawang, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jenolan Caves.

Things to do in Wallerawang

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lithgow, Hartley Historic Site
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Lake Wallace ©
Lake Wallace
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park ©
Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park

1
night
Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jenolan Caves trip planner .

You can drive from Wallerawang to Jenolan Caves in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shellharbour.

Things to do in Jenolan Caves

Parks Nature
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

2
nights
Shellharbour

Shellharbour ©
Shellharbour is a suburb located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seven Mile Beach National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Cove Belmore Basin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shellharbour road trip planning app .

Drive from Jenolan Caves to Shellharbour in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shellharbour are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shellharbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beach Cove Belmore Basin, Seven Mile Beach National Park
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Beach Cove Belmore Basin ©
Beach Cove Belmore Basin

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