52 days in New South Wales Itinerary

52 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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52 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h
1
Newcastle
— 6 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
2
Jervis Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bredbo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Shoal Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 12 nights
End: Sydney

6
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Visiting Nobbys Beach and Blackbutt Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle side-trips: Pokolbin (Scarborough Wine Co, Leogate Estate Wines, & more), Maitland Gaol (in East Maitland) and Fighter World (in Williamtown). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Norah Head Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Newcastle Museum, take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head, and browse the exhibits of Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Newcastle online day trip planner .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Norah Head Lighthouse, Fighter World, Maitland Gaol
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Moona Moona Creek and Werri Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nelson Beach and Kiama Blowhole. Get out of town with these interesting Jervis Bay side-trips: Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market (in Nowra), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park). And it doesn't end there: stop by Starfish Education Centre, browse for treasures at Dirty Janes Bowral, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, and examine the collection at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jervis Bay online travel planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Jervis Bay by train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Jervis Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bredbo.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kiama, Bowral, Werri Beach, Nest & Burrow, Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole

4
nights
Bredbo

Bredbo ©
Bredbo is a village on the Monaro plains of New South Wales, Australia. Visit Tomakin Beach and Broulee Island Walk for some beach relaxation. Head to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines and Reva at Tilbafor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bredbo: Mogo Zoo (in Mogo), Paddys River (Pierces Creek Forest & Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex) and Gallery Bodalla (in Bodalla). There's still lots to do: stop by Christmas Barn at Bredbo and tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Pool.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bredbo driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Jervis Bay to Bredbo in 4 hours. When traveling from Jervis Bay in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bredbo: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Bredbo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paddys River, Blue Pool, Reva at Tilba, Mogo Zoo, Tomakin Beach
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Tomakin Beach ©
Tomakin Beach
Reva  at Tilba ©
Reva at Tilba

4
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Nook and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Jenolan Caves will get you outdoors. Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere, view the masterpieces at Falls Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Giant Stairway.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Katoomba itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bredbo to Katoomba in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Bredbo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Katoomba, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Leura, Wentworth Falls, Rick Rutherford's Country, Cabin & Co, The National Pass
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

3
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jimmy's Beach and Elizabeth Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Tomaree Head and Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Shoal Bay side-trips: Nabiac (National Motorcycle Museum & Nabiac Farmers Market).

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Shoal Bay road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Shoal Bay takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nabiac, Hawks Nest, Elizabeth Beach, Barry Park, Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

6
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.
Do your shopping at Bent on Life and Port Central Shopping Centre. Popular historic sites such as Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Tacking Point Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar), Hat Head National Park (in Hat Head) and Trial Bay Gaol (in South West Rocks). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, trek along Googik heritage Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, and don't miss a visit to The Big Axe.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Shoal Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. When traveling from Shoal Bay in December, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Timbertown Wauchope, Saltwater National Park, The Big Axe, Hat Head National Park
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

6
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
For shopping fun, head to Moonee Marketplace or Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Visiting Scotts Head Beach and Diggers beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Coffs Harbour: Dorrigo National Park (in Dorrigo) and Bowraville (Bowraville Folk Museum & Frank Partridge VC Military Museum). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, don't miss a visit to Cunningham’s Big Bunch, appreciate the history behind The Big Banana, and look for gifts at The Honey Place.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowraville, Boambee Creek Reserve, Parque Nacional de Dorrigo, The Honey Place, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Wategos Beach. Head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin), Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta) and David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, explore the fascinating underground world of Glow Worm Caves, and look for gifts at Truly Tea.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay road trip planning app .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Byron Bay, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

12
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Kamay Botany Bay National Park (in Kurnell) and Bouddi National Park (in Killcare). Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Berowra Valley National Park. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), take in the exciting artwork at Brett Whiteley Studio, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Bouddi National Park, Berowra Valley National Park, Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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