6 days in Newcastle, Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour Itinerary

6 days in Newcastle, Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour Itinerary

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6 days in Newcastle, Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour Itinerary

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

2
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 find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Pokolbin (Harkham Wines & Hunter Valley Gardens), Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Nelson Bay). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, stroll through Nobbys Beach, explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, and look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Newcastle trip itinerary app .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tomaree Head
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Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Hunter Valley Gardens ©
Hunter Valley Gardens
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, trek along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally examine the collection at Roto House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then walk around Mrs York's Garden, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip planner.

You can drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle in April, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get great views at Forest Sky Pier, then appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park, and then make a trip to The Clog Barn.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in April, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
The Clog Barn ©
The Clog Barn

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