38 days in New South Wales Itinerary

38 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New South Wales trip planner

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Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
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Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
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Byron Bay
— 5 nights
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Pokolbin
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 8 nights
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Sydney
— 10 nights

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Port Macquarie

— 4 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Macquarie: Forster (The Coastal Brewing Co & Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises), North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Horsehoe Bay Beach (in South West Rocks). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koala Hospital, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Duck Brewery, hike along Coastal walk, and learn the secrets of beer at Wicked Elf Beer.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary tool.

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

Coffs Harbour

— 5 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Get out of town with these interesting Coffs Harbour side-trips: See Park (in Grafton), Dangar Falls (in Dorrigo) and Nambucca Heads Beach (in Nambucca Heads). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Brelsford Park Playground, stroll through Korora Lookout, take a leisurely stroll along Urunga Boardwalk, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in November: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:

Byron Bay

— 5 nights
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.
Take a break from Byron Bay with a short trip to Hastings Point Headland in Hastings Point, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, stroll through Lennox Head Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Thomgallery, and meet some fierce fish with Sundive Byron Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Pokolbin

— 5 nights
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Explore Pokolbin's surroundings by going to Caves Beach (in Swansea), Speers Point Park (in Speers Point) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at Wine D Road Tours, do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines, admire the natural beauty at Hunter Valley Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pokolbin vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Pokolbin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Pokolbin, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

Katoomba

— 8 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Ida Falls (in Lithgow) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and get great views at Echo Point Lookout.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Katoomba travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Pokolbin to Katoomba by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 13:

Sydney

— 10 nights

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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Hambledon Cottage (in Parramatta). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 23:

New South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Gardens
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.