18 days in New South Wales Itinerary

18 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New South Wales vacation planner

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Forster
— 2 nights
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Armidale
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
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Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
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Gulgong
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 6 nights

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Forster

— 2 nights
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. On the 28th (Wed), get up close to creatures of the deep with Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises, relax in the rural setting at Colin Wren Oysters, then kick back and relax at Seal Rocks, and finally get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at Forster Yoga Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Boomerang Beach, and then stroll through Elizabeth Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Forster trip planner.

Sydney to Forster is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In April, daytime highs in Forster are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Armidale.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Armidale

— 1 night
Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum and then steep yourself in history at Saumarez Homestead. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Waterfall Way, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wollomombi Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Ebor Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Armidale trip planner.

You can drive from Forster to Armidale in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Armidale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Port Macquarie

— 3 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Bring the kids along to Koala Hospital and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam (in Wauchope). And it doesn't end there: trek along Coastal walk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lighthouse Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Getting from Armidale to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May in Port Macquarie, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 3 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. When in Coffs Harbour, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional de Dorrigo in Dorrigo, approximately Dorrigo away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Forest Sky Pier, kick back and relax at Park Beach, take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at National Cartoon Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip builder.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in May: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gulgong.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gulgong

— 1 night
Gulgong is a 19th-century gold rush town in the Central Tablelands and the wider Central West regions of the Australian state of New South Wales. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Henry Lawson Centre Gulgong, then get your game on at Gulgong Gold Experience, and then see the interesting displays at Gulgong Pioneers Museum.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gulgong journey builder site.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Gulgong by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In May, Gulgong is slightly colder than Coffs Harbour - with highs of 21°C and lows of 5°C. You'll set off for Sydney on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Gulgong

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Sydney

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi to Coogee Walk and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), Spooners Lookout (in Katoomba) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, visit The Rocks, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gulgong to Sydney takes 4 hours. Traveling from Gulgong in May, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.