48 days in New South Wales Itinerary

48 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Newcastle
— 5 nights
2
Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
3
Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
4
Byron Bay
— 7 nights
5
Dubbo
— 4 nights
6
Hay
— 3 nights
7
Katoomba
— 7 nights
8
Sydney
— 10 nights

5
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle side-trips: Pokolbin (Leogate Estate Wines, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more), Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba) and Nelson Bay (Gan Gan Lookout & Little Beach Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, enjoy the sea views from Norah Head Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Watt Street Wharf, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Newcastle trip builder website.

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In November in Newcastle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Nelson Bay, Bagnalls Beach Reserve, Norah Head Lighthouse, Fingal Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Forster (Seal Rocks & Wallis Lake), South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Trial Bay Gaol, &more) and North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, experience rural life at Colin Wren Oysters, walk around Mrs York's Garden, and putt your heart out at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Newcastle in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Forster, Tuncurry, Crystalline Pottery, Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coffs Harbour: Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head), Theblackhole (in Bellingen) and Parque Nacional de Dorrigo (in Dorrigo). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, enjoy the sand and surf at Nambucca Heads Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Big Banana Fun Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip planner.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in November, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Urunga, Scotts Head Beach, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Theblackhole, Nambucca Heads Beach
Highlights from your plan
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
The Boardwalk ©
The Boardwalk
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

7
nights
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.
Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Lennox Head Boardwalk (in Lennox Head), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail (in Ballina). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, add some adventure to your tour with Watersports Guru, and head outdoors with Hastings Point Headland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in December: highs in Byron Bay hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Hastings Point Headland, Lennox Head Boardwalk, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Food Tours

4
nights
Dubbo

Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubbo: Mudgee (SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, Distillery Tours, &more) and Parkes (CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, War Memorial, &more). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maquarie River.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dubbo itinerary app.

Getting from Byron Bay to Dubbo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Byron Bay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dubbo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hay.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Mudgee, Parkes
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery

3
nights
Hay

Hay ©
Hay is a town in the western Riverina region of south western New South Wales, Australia. You've now added The Long Paddock to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Hay Sunset Viewing Area, hike along Bidgee Riverside Trail, admire all the interesting features of The Long Paddock - Cobb Highway Touring Route, and examine the collection at Shear Outback.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hay tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dubbo to Hay takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Hay

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Long Paddock ©
The Long Paddock
Hay Gaol Museum ©
Hay Gaol Museum
Shear Outback ©
Shear Outback

7
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, trek along The National Pass, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Hay to Katoomba in 7 hours. In December in Katoomba, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Valley, Leura, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

10
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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