36 days in New South Wales Itinerary

36 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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Katoomba
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Sydney
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Newcastle
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Port Macquarie
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South West Rocks
— 4 nights
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Coffs Harbour
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Byron Bay
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Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Blue Mountains and Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd. Shop till you drop at Josophan's Fine Chocolate and Leura Mall. And it doesn't end there: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre, explore the landscape on two wheels at Narrow Neck Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Katoomba Cascades, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

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Brisbane to Katoomba is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in September since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. Visiting Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, admire the landmark architecture of Queen Victoria Building, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Katoomba in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Get in touch with nature at Tomaree Head and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Family-friendly places like Blackbutt Reserve and Nobbys Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Inner City Winemakers, take some stellar pictures from Shepherds Hill Fort, head outdoors with School of Yak, and see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Newcastle trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Newcastle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kids will enjoy Koala Hospital and Coastal walk. Head to Nabiac Farmers Market and Whitewashed Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Macquarie: North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Seal Rocks (in Forster). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, and meet the residents at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie online journey builder.

Getting from Newcastle to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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South West Rocks

Get some historical perspective at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Kids will enjoy Yarriabini National Park and Horsehoe Bay Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head) and Un4gettable4evermore (in Gladstone).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the South West Rocks trip builder.

Drive from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in South West Rocks: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Head to Carobana Confectionary and National Cartoon Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Korora Lookout. There's much more to do: stroll through Bongil Bongil National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Moonee Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach, and get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour route maker website.

Traveling by car from South West Rocks to Coffs Harbour takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cape Byron Walking Track. Do your shopping at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Byron Bay to Duranbah to see Tropical Fruit World about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, view the masterpieces at Craig Parry Photography, explore the striking landscape of Arakwal National Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. October in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

New South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.