33 days in New South Wales Itinerary

33 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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33 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Dubbo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Newcastle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

10
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Muogamarra Nature Reserve and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 8th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, let little ones run wild at Cremorne Reserve, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 8:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The National Pass and Lennox Bridge. Get in touch with nature at Pulpit Rock Lookout and Jenolan Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley Historic Village in Little Hartley (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and take some stellar pictures from Lincoln's Rock.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba journey maker .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, Katoomba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dubbo.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Jenolan Caves, Hartley Historic Village, Lennox Bridge
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

2
nights
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and then get lost in a book at Macquarie Regional Library. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Riverdale Shopping Centre, then contemplate the long history of Old Dubbo Gaol, and then make a trip to Terramungamine Reserve and Rock Grooves.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Dubbo trip planning app .

Getting from Katoomba to Dubbo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Dubbo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Dubbo

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Macquarie Regional Library ©
Macquarie Regional Library

5
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Get outdoors at Tomaree Head and Yengo National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Norah Head Lighthouse and Nobbys Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba), Scarborough Wine Co (in Pokolbin) and Munmorah State Conservation Area (in Lake Munmorah). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and have some family-friendly fun at VRXP.

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You can fly from Dubbo to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubbo in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Newcastle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Ernest Hill Wines, Norah Head Lighthouse, Mount Sugarloaf, Scarborough Wine Co, Yengo National Park
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 20:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Koala Hospital and Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf. Popular historic sites such as Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Hat Head National Park (in Hat Head) and Wingham (Bent on Life & Wingham Brush Nature Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Coastal walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, and identify plant and animal life at Googik heritage Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie online trip maker .

Getting from Newcastle to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Newcastle in June, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Wingham, South West Rocks, Hat Head National Park
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Hat Head National Park ©
Hat Head National Park
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Bexhill Open Air Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Bundjalung National Park and Cape Byron Walking Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Fingal Head (Fingal Head Lighthouse & Cook Island Aquatic Reserve). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fingal Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Spas & Wellness, Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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