20 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

20 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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Newcastle
— 3 nights
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Forster
— 2 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
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South West Rocks
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
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Yamba
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay
— 4 nights
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Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Newcastle Museum and Timeless Textiles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Tomaree Head and Nobbys Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle: Hawks Nest (Jimmy's Beach, Bennetts Beach, &more), Caves Beach (in Swansea) and Nelson Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, examine the collection at Miss Porter's House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Merewether Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Newcastle trip itinerary app.

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Newcastle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Forster.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Forster

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 15th (Thu), stroll through Seal Rocks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Forster Main Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at One Mile Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Cundletown and Lower Manning Historical Society Inc., and then take an in-depth tour of Manning Valley Historical Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Forster visit website.

You can drive from Newcastle to Forster in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Forster can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Tacking Point Lighthouse and The Slim Dusty Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Koala Hospital and Rainbow beach reserve. There's much more to do: hike along Coastal walk, learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, see the interesting displays at Timbertown Wauchope, and get interesting insight from Port Macquarie Camel Safari's.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip website.

Traveling by car from Forster to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Forster in October, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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South West Rocks

On the 21st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum South West Rocks, enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsehoe Bay Beach.

Make your South West Rocks itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, you will find days in South West Rocks are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk. When in Coffs Harbour, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional de Dorrigo in Dorrigo, approximately Dorrigo away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Bongil Bongil National Park. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and kick back and relax at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour route planner.

Getting from South West Rocks to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Yamba

Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. On the 25th (Sun), stop by My Fave Home Living, enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach, then kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with Yamba Kayak, take an in-depth tour of Maclean District Historical Society Incorporated, then learn about all things military at Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Witzig Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yamba trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Yamba in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Yamba when traveling from Coffs Harbour in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Cape Byron Lighthouse and Craig Parry Photography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Cape Byron Walking Track and Wategos Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Ballina (Lighthouse Beach & Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum) and Chris Cunningham Park (in Tweed Heads). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with Sundive Byron Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Lone Goat Gallery, get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay day trip app.

You can drive from Yamba to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips