59 days in New South Wales Itinerary

59 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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59 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mudgee
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Newcastle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Forster
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Coffs Harbour
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Yamba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
9
Merimbula
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Broulee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Zurich

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Beach and Bronte Beach. Family-friendly places like Manly Beach and Shelly Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mudgee.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Taronga Zoo, Palm Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

6
nights
Mudgee

Mudgee ©
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Family-friendly places like Old Dubbo Gaol and The Drip Gorge will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lowe Wines and Burnbrae Wines. Get out of town with these interesting Mudgee side-trips: Rowlee Wines (in Orange), De Salis Wines (in Nashdale) and Orange Mountain Wines (in Borenore). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery and sample the fine beverages at Baker Williams Distillery.

Make your Mudgee itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Sydney to Mudgee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mudgee when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 19°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Mudgee

#Wineries, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Apple Tree Flat, Old Dubbo Gaol, De Salis Wines, Rowlee Wines, Orange Mountain Wines
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
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Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery

5
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nobbys Beach and Jimmy's Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Tomaree Head and Blackbutt Reserve. Explore Newcastle's surroundings by going to Caves Beach (in Swansea), Bennetts Beach (in Hawks Nest) and Fingal Bay (Fingal Bay Beach & Barry Park). Spend the 14th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Redhead Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Newcastle tour planner .

You can drive from Mudgee to Newcastle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Fingal Bay, Caves Beach, Redhead Beach, Tomaree Head
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach

6
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elizabeth Beach and Forster Beach. Kids will enjoy Cellito Beach and Boomerang Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Forster: Villa d'Esta Vineyard (in Dyers Crossing), Great Lakes Paddocks (in Wootton) and Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burgess Beach, Forster, get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout, examine the collection at Great Lakes Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Whitewashed Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Forster trip maker app .

Drive from Newcastle to Forster in 2 hours. January in Forster sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tuncurry, Whitewashed Gallery, Boomerang Beach, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, Elizabeth Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
Burgess Beach, Forster ©
Burgess Beach, Forster

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.
Family-friendly places like Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park and Pilot Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coastal walk and Tacking Point Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Macquarie: South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Trial Bay Gaol) and Hat Head National Park (in Hat Head). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, examine the collection at Timbertown Wauchope, and meet the residents at Marine Discovery Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie road trip website .

Traveling by car from Forster to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Forster in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Pilot Beach, Timbertown Wauchope, Hat Head National Park
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park ©
Hat Head National Park ©
Hat Head National Park

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.
Family-friendly places like Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic and Diggers beach will thrill your kids. Relax by the water at Scotts Head Beach and Coffs Harbour Beach. Take a break from Coffs Harbour with a short trip to Dorrigo National Park in Dorrigo, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Bongil Bongil National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, get great views at Forest Sky Pier, don't miss a visit to The Clog Barn, and delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour journey planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Dorrigo National Park, Scotts Head Beach, The Boardwalk, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Waterfall Way
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

5
nights
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pippi Beach and Spooky Beach. Visit Turners Beach and Main Beach Yamba for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamba: Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor (in Iluka), Bundjalung National Park (in Evans Head) and Grafton (Grafton Regional Gallery & Christ Church Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Iluka, take a memorable tour with Yamba Pedal Boats, make a trip to Brendan L Watkins Gold and Silversmith, and savor the flavors at Yamba Icecreamery.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamba online road trip planner .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Yamba in 2 hours. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yamba, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Grafton, Iluka, Spooky Beach, Bundjalung National Park
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach
Yamba Icecreamery ©
Yamba Icecreamery

5
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 Lennox Head Beach and Belongil Beach. Bring the kids along to Broken Head Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Step out of Byron Bay to go to Duranbah and see Tropical Fruit World, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, get in on the family fun at Macadamia Castle, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online holiday maker .

Drive from Yamba to Byron Bay in 2 hours. February in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head, Lighthouse Beach, Macadamia Castle, Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

4
nights
Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pambula Beach and Short Point Recreation Reserve. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Blue Pool and On the Perch. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Magic Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Tathra Beach, examine the collection at Killer Whale Museum, and take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Merimbula trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Merimbula takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, Merimbula is slightly colder than Byron Bay - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Broulee.

Things to do in Merimbula

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Tathra, Blue Pool, On the Perch, Killer Whale Museum, Pambula Beach
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
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Potoroo Palace ©
Potoroo Palace
Magic Mountain ©
Magic Mountain
Tathra Beach ©
Tathra Beach

3
nights
Broulee

Broulee ©
Broulee is a town on the south coast of New South Wales between Batemans Bay and Moruya. Explore hidden gems such as Mogo Zoo and Malua Bay Beach. Attractions like Tomakin Beach and Pebbly Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Broulee's surroundings by going to Narooma (Bar Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching).

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Broulee online tour planner .

Getting from Merimbula to Broulee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Broulee

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Narooma, Pebbly Beach, Tomakin Beach, Malua Bay Beach, Mogo Zoo
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Mogo Zoo ©
Mogo Zoo
Tomakin Beach ©
Tomakin Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hyams Beach and Callala Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bendalong Beach and Blenheim Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jervis Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Broulee to Jervis Bay in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bendalong Beach, Callala Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Cabbage Beach
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach

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