55 days in New South Wales Itinerary

55 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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55 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Wollongong
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Katoomba
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Mudgee
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dubbo
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Newcastle
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  29​h
End: Manchester

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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Wollongong.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wollongong: Werrong Beach (in Royal National Park), Minnamurra Falls (in Jamberoo) and Kiama (Kiama Blowhole & Starfish Education Centre). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Jamberoo Action Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Symbio Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, and stroll through Collingwood Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wollongong holiday planner .

You can take a train from Sydney to Wollongong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, Wollongong is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jamberoo, Kiama, Albion Park Rail, Jervis Bay, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Jamberoo Action Park ©
Jamberoo Action Park
Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls

7
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hassan's Wall (in Lithgow), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The National Pass.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba online route planner .

Traveling by car from Wollongong to Katoomba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mudgee.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Megalong Valley, Wentworth Falls, Hassan's Wall
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

5
nights
Mudgee

White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Explore Mudgee's surroundings by going to De Beaurepaire Wines (in Rylstone), Orange (Sassy Wines & Word of Mouth) and Lue Pottery (in Lue). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, contemplate the long history of Gulgong Gold Experience, take in the exciting artwork at David Mahony Art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Drip Gorge.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mudgee trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Mudgee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Mudgee sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dubbo.

Things to do in Mudgee

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Orange, David Mahony Art Gallery, Gulgong Gold Experience, Broombee Organic Wines - Cellar Door, De Beaurepaire Wines
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery
De Beaurepaire Wines ©
De Beaurepaire Wines

5
nights
Dubbo

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: Parkes (CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, War Memorial, & more), Warrumbungle National Park (in Coonabarabran) and 'Banjo Paterson ... more than a Poet' Exhibition (in Yeoval). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, see the interesting displays at McFeeters Motor Museum, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dubbo trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mudgee to Dubbo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Parkes, Orange, McFeeters Motor Museum, 'Banjo Paterson ... more than a Poet' Exhibition, Warrumbungle National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope ©
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
Warrumbungle National Park ©
Warrumbungle National Park

6
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba), Lucy's Run Wines (in Lovedale) and Pokolbin (Waverley Estate, Harkham Wines, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach Reserve, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire all the interesting features of One Mile Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Newcastle trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Dubbo to Newcastle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubbo in February, you will find days in Newcastle are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Nelson Bay, Fingal Bay, Speers Point Park, Ernest Hill Wines
Highlights from your plan
Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Macquarie side-trips: Pilot Beach (in Camden Head), North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Rainbow beach reserve (in North Haven). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, make a trip to Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, and stroll through Horsehoe Bay Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker 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. While traveling from Newcastle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Forster, South West Rocks, North Brother Mountain, Tuncurry Rock Pool, Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam
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 Theblackhole (in Bellingen), Parque Nacional de Dorrigo (in Dorrigo) and Nambucca Heads Beach (in Nambucca Heads). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, step off the mainland to explore Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, stroll through Scotts Head Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in February, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Urunga, Scotts Head Beach, Yarriabini National Park, Theblackhole, Parque Nacional de Dorrigo
Highlights from your plan
Park Beach ©
Park Beach
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Yamba (Turners Beach & Pippi Beach). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip website .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in February: highs in Byron Bay hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Watersports Guru, Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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