48 days in New South Wales Itinerary

48 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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48 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Newcastle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Byron Bay
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Dubbo
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Hay
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Katoomba
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 10 nights
End: Sydney

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 find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Pokolbin (Leogate Estate Wines, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more), Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba) and Nelson Bay (Gan Gan Lookout & Little Beach Reserve). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, visit a coastal fixture at Norah Head Lighthouse, take in the waterfront activity at Watt Street Wharf, and enjoy the sand and surf at One Mile Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle travel planner .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Newcastle are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Nelson Bay, Speers Point Park, Bagnalls Beach Reserve, One Mile Beach
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Macquarie: Forster (Seal Rocks & Wallis Lake), North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Trial Bay Gaol, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, stroll through Elizabeth Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and try for a hole-in-one at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Macquarie planner .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Newcastle in November, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Forster, Tuncurry, North Brother Mountain, Crystalline Pottery
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Coffs Harbour: Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head), Theblackhole (in Bellingen) and Parque Nacional de Dorrigo (in Dorrigo). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, get great views at Mutton Bird Island Lookout, kick back and relax at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Urunga, Scotts Head Beach, Theblackhole, Parque Nacional de Dorrigo, Nambucca Heads Beach
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
Highlights from your plan
Park Beach ©
Park Beach
The Boardwalk ©
The Boardwalk
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

7
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 find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Lennox Head Boardwalk (in Lennox Head), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Ballina (Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach, head outdoors with Watersports Guru, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Broken Head, Yamba, Ballina, Fishing Charters & Tours, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

4
nights
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubbo: Mudgee (SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, Distillery Tours, & more) and Parkes (CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, War Memorial, & more). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, explore the activities along Maquarie River, and steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubbo trip builder tool .

Getting from Byron Bay to Dubbo by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in December, you will find days in Dubbo are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hay.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mudgee, Parkes
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery
Distillery Tours

3
nights
Hay

Hay ©
Hay is a town in the western Riverina region of south western New South Wales, Australia. You've now added The Long Paddock to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Hay Sunset Viewing Area, see the interesting displays at Shear Outback, take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Lodge Historic House and Heritage Rose Garden, and explore and take pictures at The Long Paddock - Cobb Highway Touring Route.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hay tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Dubbo to Hay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Hay

Museums Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Shear Outback ©
Shear Outback
Hay Gaol Museum ©
Hay Gaol Museum
Dunera Museum ©
Dunera Museum

7
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take a peaceful walk through Perry's Lookdown, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Hay to Katoomba with the Route module. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Megalong Valley, Jenolan Caves, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

10
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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