39 days in New South Wales Itinerary

39 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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39 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Merimbula
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Jervis Bay
— 6 nights
train + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Manly
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Mudgee
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Newcastle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Forster
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
South West Rocks
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. On the 25th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Short Point Recreation Reserve, kick back and relax at Pambula Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk. On your second day here, get great views at Disaster Bay Lookout, then stroll through Cocora Beach, then see the interesting displays at Killer Whale Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Merimbula road trip planner .

Melbourne to Merimbula is an approximately 1.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Merimbula are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Merimbula

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eden, Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, Pambula Beach
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Cocora Beach ©
Cocora Beach
Disaster Bay Lookout ©
Disaster Bay Lookout
Killer Whale Museum ©
Killer Whale Museum

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nan Tien Temple and Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Booderee National Park and Bendalong Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jervis Bay: Kiama Harbour (in Kiama), Rip Curl Ulladulla (in Ulladulla) and Mogo Zoo (in Mogo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, stroll through Murrays Beach, and steep yourself in history at Cape St George Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jervis Bay journey planner.

You can take a bus from Merimbula to Jervis Bay in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Manly.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nan Tien Temple, Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse, Bendalong Beach, Mogo Zoo, Rip Curl Ulladulla
Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 1:
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Booderee National Park ©
Booderee National Park
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach

1
night
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Terrigal Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manly online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of train and ferry from Jervis Bay to Manly in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or take a bus. April in Manly sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Baha'i House of Worship, Terrigal Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 4th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): hike along Evans Crown and then trek along The Giant Stairway.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Manly to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Manly in April, plan for little chillier nights in Katoomba, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Mudgee.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Govetts Leap, Evans Crown
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Evans Crown ©
Evans Crown

5
nights
Mudgee

Mudgee ©
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Visiting The Drip Gorge and Turon National Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lowe Wines and SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mudgee: Coolah Tops National Park (in Coolah) and Lake Canobolas (in Orange). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Mudgee Honey Haven, learn about winemaking at Burnbrae Wines, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mudgee online holiday planner .

You can drive from Katoomba to Mudgee in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Katoomba in April since evenings lows in Mudgee dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Mudgee

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Turon National Park, Coolah Tops National Park, Lake Canobolas, Broombee Organic Wines - Cellar Door
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:
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Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery
Burnbrae Wines ©
Burnbrae Wines

5
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve and Christ Church Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Bennetts Beach and Merewether Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Nelson Bay), Shoal Bay (Tomaree Head & Zenith Beach) and Jimmy's Beach (in Hawks Nest). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Redhead Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, and stroll through Nobbys Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Newcastle planning app .

You can drive from Mudgee to Newcastle in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Traveling from Mudgee in April, Newcastle is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nelson Bay, Hawks Nest, Shoal Bay, Redhead Beach
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:
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Merewether Beach ©
Merewether Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

6
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 Elizabeth Beach and Saltwater National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cellito Beach and One Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Forster: Grandis Picnic Area (in Bulahdelah) and Gloucester Tops Trail (in Barrington). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Rocks, indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Coastal Brewing Co, stroll through Burgess Beach, Forster, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Green Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Forster visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Forster takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elizabeth Beach, Saltwater National Park, Gloucester Tops Trail, Colin Wren Oysters, Whitewashed Gallery
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 21:
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
The Green Cathedral ©
The Green Cathedral

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try for a hole-in-one at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Forster to Port Macquarie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Forster in April, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

3
nights
South West Rocks

South West Rocks ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Scotts Head Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Change things up with these side-trips from South West Rocks: Nambucca Heads (Shelly Beach & V-Wall).

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read South West Rocks trip planner .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks in an hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in April: highs in South West Rocks hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nambucca Heads, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lennox Head Beach and Broken Head Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Belongil Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Bexhill Open Air Cathedral (in Bexhill), Yamba (Yamba Pedal Boats & Pippi Beach) and Spooky Beach (in Angourie). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Stone and Wood Brewery, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, and take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from South West Rocks to Byron Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. In April in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Yamba, Spooky Beach, Lennox Head Beach, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 2:
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

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