5 days in Nelson Bay & Byron Bay Itinerary

5 days in Nelson Bay & Byron Bay Itinerary

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5 days in Nelson Bay & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
End: Byron Bay

2
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zenith Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fingal Bay Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, then kick back and relax at One Mile Beach, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Myall Lakes National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nelson Bay trip planning app .

Sydney to Nelson Bay is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay Beach, One Mile Beach, Myall Lakes National Park
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greenmount Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Lennox Head Beach and Wategos Beach. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Tugun Beach (in Tugun), Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse (in Coolangatta) and Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire all the interesting features of Pat Morton Lookout, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nelson Bay to Byron Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coolangatta, Lennox Head, Tugun Beach, Burleigh Heads Beach, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach

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