14 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

14 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Coast of New South Wales trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Forster
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dorrigo
— 1 night
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
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Newcastle

— 2 nights
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay) and Nelson Bay (Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours, &more). There's more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk and stroll through Nobbys Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle trip builder site.

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Forster

— 1 night
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises, then soothe aching muscles at Forster Yoga Studio, and then get great views at Cape Hawke Lookout.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Forster road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Forster takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Forster are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Port Macquarie

— 3 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Koala Hospital, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, sample the tasty concoctions at Wicked Elf Beer, and hike along Coastal walk.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie online vacation planner.

Drive from Forster to Port Macquarie in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Forster in July: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Dorrigo.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Dorrigo

— 1 night
Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Dorrigo.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dorrigo driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Dorrigo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in July, expect nights in Dorrigo to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Dorrigo

Parks · Nature

Coffs Harbour

— 3 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Coffs Harbour is known for wildlife, parks, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip planner.

You can drive from Dorrigo to Coffs Harbour in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Byron Bay

— 3 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.
Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the natural beauty at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips