17 days in New South Wales Itinerary

17 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New South Wales trip planner

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Gosford
— 2 nights
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Bulahdelah
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
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Yamba
— 2 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
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Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
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Bateau Bay
— 2 nights
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Gosford

— 2 nights
Gosford is a suburb located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 76 km north of the Sydney central business district. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Avoca Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Terrigal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, then browse the exhibits of Gosford Regional Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macmasters Beach, and finally stroll through Putty Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gosford road trip app.

Shellharbour to Gosford is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In December, daytime highs in Gosford are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Bulahdelah.

Things to do in Gosford

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Bulahdelah

— 1 night
Bulahdelah is a town and locality in the Hunter/Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia in the Mid-Coast Council local government area. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Grandis Picnic Area.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Bulahdelah trip planner.

Getting from Gosford to Bulahdelah by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Bulahdelah

Nature · Parks

Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 31st (Fri), kick back and relax at Park Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Scotts Head Beach, kick back and relax at Nambucca Heads Beach, then kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, and finally trek along Nyambagga Walking Trail. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, then kick back and relax at Diggers Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at National Cartoon Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Coffs Harbour driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bulahdelah to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pat Morton Lookout and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Broken Head Beach and Tallow Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville), Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Byron Wellbeing Health Retreats, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, explore and take pictures at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and stop by The Byron Bay Book Exchange.

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

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yamba.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Yamba

— 2 nights
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach, enjoy the sea views from Clarence River Lighthouse, look for gifts at My Fave Home Living, then enjoy the sand and surf at Main Beach Yamba, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Witzig Gallery, take a tour by water with Evans Head Fishing Charters, see the interesting displays at New Italy, then get outside with Angourie Blue Pool, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spooky Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yamba road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Yamba in 2 hours. January in Yamba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Macquarie

— 2 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Rick's Dive School, contemplate the waterfront views at Shelly Beach, then steep yourself in history at Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hastings River. Keep things going the next day: hike along Googik heritage Trail, do a tasting at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lighthouse Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yamba to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Traveling from Yamba in January, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Nelson Bay

— 2 nights
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, visit a coastal fixture at Point Stephens Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Port Stephens Shell Museum, then view the masterpieces at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zenith Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fingal Bay Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take a memorable tour with Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours.

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You can drive from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Nelson Bay, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bateau Bay.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bateau Bay

— 2 nights
Bateau Bay is a suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): play a few rounds at Swingers Supa Putt, then play a few rounds at Shelly Beach Golf Club, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toowoon Bay Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Crackneck Lookout Coast Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Breakers Golf Course Wamberal, take some stellar pictures from The Skillion, then cast your line with Terrigal Blue Water Fishing Charters, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bateau Bay journey maker.

Drive from Nelson Bay to Bateau Bay in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bateau Bay

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · 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.