5 days in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour & Byron Bay Itinerary

5 days in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour & Byron Bay Itinerary

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5 days in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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Port Macquarie
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
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Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach. On the next day, make a trip to The Big Banana, don't miss a visit to The Clog Barn, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour visit planner.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in August: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tropical Fruit World, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pat Morton Lookout.

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Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Tropical Fruit World
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

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