5 days in Newcastle, Nelson Bay & Port Macquarie Itinerary

5 days in Newcastle, Nelson Bay & Port Macquarie Itinerary

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5 days in Newcastle, Nelson Bay & Port Macquarie Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h
1
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach, and then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Hunter Valley Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Newcastle trip planning app .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in August, Newcastle is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hunter Valley Gardens
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Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Hunter Valley Gardens ©
Hunter Valley Gardens
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

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night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Nelson Bay travel planner .

You can drive from Newcastle to Nelson Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tomaree Head
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Coastal walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. On your second day here, meet the residents at 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.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip website .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nelson Bay in August, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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