56 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

56 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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56 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Byron Bay
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Yamba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
South West Rocks
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Forster
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hawks Nest
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Newcastle
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

9
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 Lennox Head Beach and Broken Head Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wategos Beach and Lighthouse Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: New Govardhana Australia (in Eungella), Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point) and Bexhill Open Air Cathedral (in Bexhill). Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Border Ranges National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Warning Summit Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stone and Wood Brewery, and play a few rounds at Teven Valley Golf Course.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay itinerary app .

Adelaide to Byron Bay is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Adelaide, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yamba.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Ballina, Broken Head, Protestors Falls, Mount Warning Summit Trail
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 29:
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Arakwal National Park ©
Arakwal National Park
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

4
nights
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pippi Beach and Bundjalung National Park. We've included these beaches for you: Main Beach Yamba and Iluka. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Ferry Park Gallery, and enjoy the sea views from Clarence River Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yamba day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Yamba takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Yamba can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maclean, Angourie, Iluka, Bundjalung National Park
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

10
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Explore hidden gems such as Coffs Harbour Beach and Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway. Visit Diggers Beach and Park Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Coffs Harbour's surroundings by going to Ebor (Ebor Falls & Cathedral Rock National Park), Dorrigo (New England National Park, Dorrigo National Park, & more) and The Honey Place (in Urunga). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Ulidarra National Park. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, do a tasting at Two Tails Wines, identify plant and animal life at Boambee Creek Reserve, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yamba to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. May in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dorrigo, Urunga, Ebor, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Two Tails Wines
Find places to stay May 3 — 13:
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
South West Rocks

Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nyambagga Walking Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Hat Head National Park and Island Golf Club. Go for a jaunt from South West Rocks to Scotts Head to see Scotts Head Beach about 46 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Arakoon National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read South West Rocks online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to South West Rocks in 1.5 hours. May in South West Rocks sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nambucca Heads, Hat Head National Park, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hat Head National Park ©
Hat Head National Park
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

10
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Thomas Anglican Church and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ellenborough Falls and Pilot Beach. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to North Haven Beach (in North Haven), North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Ellenborough Falls Kiosk (in Elands). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Dooragan National Park. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Goolawah National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, tee off at Port Macquarie Golf Cub, do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lighthouse Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip app .

Getting from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from South West Rocks in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Forster.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wauchope, Elands, Pilot Beach, Dooragan National Park, North Brother Mountain
Find places to stay May 17 — 27:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Ellenborough Falls ©
Ellenborough Falls

5
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Rocks Lighthouse and Tuncurry Rock Pool. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Saltwater National Park and Cellito Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The Green Cathedral (in Elizabeth Beach), Gloucester Tops Trail (in Barrington) and Wingham Foreshore Recreation Reserve (in Wingham). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Grandis Picnic Area, do a tasting at Villa d'Esta Vineyard, indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Coastal Brewing Co, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Forster road trip website .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Forster in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in May, expect nights in Forster to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hawks Nest.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tuncurry, Gloucester Tops Trail, Manning Valley Libraries, Grandis Picnic Area, The Green Cathedral
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:
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Seal Rocks Lighthouse ©
Seal Rocks Lighthouse
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Tuncurry Rock Pool ©
Tuncurry Rock Pool

3
nights
Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest ©
Hawks Nest is a suburb of the Mid-Coast Council local government area in the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales, Australia, located north of Port Stephens between the Tasman Sea and the Myall River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bennetts Beach and Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay. Get in touch with nature at Jimmy's Beach and Winda Woppa Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Hawks Nest side-trips: Soldiers Point Marina (in Soldiers Point) and Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk (in Lemon Tree Passage). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Zenith Beach, get lost in a book at Tea Gardens Library, take in the views from Singing Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Box Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hawks Nest online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Forster to Hawks Nest takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hawks Nest can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Hawks Nest

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tea Gardens, Shoal Bay, Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay, Soldiers Point Marina, Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
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Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

10
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Explore hidden gems such as Newcastle Beach and Myall Lakes National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Caves Beach and Nobbys Beach. Explore Newcastle's surroundings by going to The Entrance Heritage Walk (in The Entrance), Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head) and Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal). Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Hunter Wetlands National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Somersby Falls Picnic Grounds.

To find out how to plan a trip to Newcastle, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hawks Nest to Newcastle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Terrigal Beach, Somersby Falls Picnic Grounds, Norah Head Lighthouse, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 14:
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Myall Lakes National Park ©
Myall Lakes National Park