13 days in Whitsunday Island & New South Wales Itinerary

13 days in Whitsunday Island & New South Wales Itinerary

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13 days in Whitsunday Island & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Warrnambool
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8 h
1
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  7 h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
6
Eden
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  8 h
End: Warrnambool

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island planning website.

Warrnambool to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Karly Sunshine, then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then kick back and relax at Belongil Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Richmond River Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, then stroll through Wategos Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Whitsunday Island to Byron Bay in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, things will get a bit cooler in Byron Bay: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Richmond River Lighthouse
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Coastal walk, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie visit planner.

Drive from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 28th (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and then don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Blackbutt Reserve, stroll through Merewether Beach, and then stroll through Nobbys Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Newcastle using our trip planner.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelson Bay, Tomaree Head
Highlights from your plan
Merewether Beach ©
Merewether Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 30th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades, and then trek along The Giant Stairway.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Newcastle to Katoomba in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Eden.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Leura, Govetts Leap, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

3
nights
Eden

Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Potoroo Palace, then examine the collection at Killer Whale Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk, then stop by Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba, then kick back and relax at Blue Pool, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Camel Rock Brewery and Cafe.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Eden day trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Eden in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Katoomba in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Eden: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Eden

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Merimbula, Blue Pool, Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba, Camel Rock Brewery and Cafe
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Blue Pool ©
Blue Pool
Potoroo Palace ©
Potoroo Palace

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