50 days in New South Wales Itinerary

50 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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50 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Newcastle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Dubbo
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Broken Hill
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Wollongong
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Katoomba
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Sydney

8
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, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and listen to music at Sydney Opera House.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle: Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba), Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay) and Pokolbin (Waverley Estate, Harkham Wines, & more). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, visit a coastal fixture at Norah Head Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Shepherds Hill Fort, and stroll through Nobbys Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle online visit planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Norah Head Lighthouse, Wyrrabalong National Park, Speers Point Park, Ernest Hill Wines
Highlights from your plan
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

5
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.
Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton), South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Manning Valley Historical Museum (in Wingham). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, admire the natural beauty at Mrs York's Garden, get interesting insight from Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Wallis Lake.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie holiday builder app .

You can drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle in May, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Manning Valley Historical Museum, North Brother Mountain, Vasnas Designs, Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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 Coffs Harbour's surroundings by going to Yarriabini National Park (in Stuarts Point), Theblackhole (in Bellingen) and Dorrigo (Parque Nacional de Dorrigo & New England National Park). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, and pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip maker app .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dorrigo, Urunga, Yarriabini National Park, Theblackhole
Highlights from your plan
New England National Park ©
New England National Park
The Boardwalk ©
The Boardwalk
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

5
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 Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Lennox Head Boardwalk (in Lennox Head). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Whian Whian State Conservation Area, experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay travel route builder site .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Watersports Guru, Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubbo: Warrumbungle National Park (in Coonabarabran), Mudgee (SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery & Distillery Tours) and Parkes (CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, War Memorial, & more). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Dubbo Gaol, and explore the activities along Maquarie River.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubbo trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Dubbo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Byron Bay in June, with highs in Dubbo at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Broken Hill: Silverton (Day Dream Mine & Mundi Mundi Lookout) and Kinchega National Park (in Menindee). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, steep yourself in history at Broken Hill Trades Hall, take in the architecture and design of School of the Air, and don't miss a visit to Broken Hill Miner's Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Broken Hill online attractions planner .

You can fly from Dubbo to Broken Hill in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubbo in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Broken Hill. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Silverton, Kinchega National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery

5
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Wollongong: Mittagong (The Grape Escape & Bou-saada Vineyard and Wines), Minnamurra Falls (in Jamberoo) and Banjo's Run Winery and Vineyard (in Exeter). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Nattai National Park, admire the natural beauty at Wollongong Botanic Garden, look for gifts at Starfish Education Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wollongong travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Broken Hill to Wollongong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Broken Hill in June since evenings lows in Wollongong dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiama, Mittagong, Banjo's Run Winery and Vineyard, Minnamurra Falls, Nattai National Park
Highlights from your plan
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Nattai National Park ©
Nattai National Park
Symbio Wildlife Park ©
Symbio Wildlife Park

8
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Canyon track, and get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba vacation maker website .

Getting from Wollongong to Katoomba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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