60 days in New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

60 days in New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

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60 days in New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Wollongong
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lake Conjola
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Mollymook
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Merimbula
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Bathurst
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Mudgee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Dubbo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
12
Tanilba Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
Nelson Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Auckland

5
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney journey maker website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Sydney are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Wollongong.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Go for a jaunt from Wollongong to Stanwell Park to see Lawrence Hargrave about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, take in nature's colorful creations at Wollongong Botanic Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple, and explore the engaging exhibits at Science Space.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wollongong day trip planning website .

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, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Wollongong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lake Conjola.

Things to do in Wollongong

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lawrence Hargrave
Highlights from your plan
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Wollongong Botanic Garden ©
Wollongong Botanic Garden

6
nights
Lake Conjola

Lake Conjola ©
Lake Conjola is known for fun & games and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Conjola National Park, kick back and relax at Manyana Beach, get great views at Pointer Gap Lookout, and get your game on at Lake Conjola Bowling & Recreation Club.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lake Conjola online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Wollongong to Lake Conjola takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lake Conjola can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Mollymook on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Lake Conjola

Fun & Games Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pointer Gap Lookout, Manyana Beach
Highlights from your plan
Conjola National Park ©
Conjola National Park
Pointer Gap Lookout ©
Pointer Gap Lookout
Manyana Beach ©
Manyana Beach

3
nights
Mollymook

Mollymook ©
Mollymook is located on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia approximately three hours' drive south of Sydney within the City of Shoalhaven local government area. Venture out of the city with trips to Clyde River Berry Farm (in Mogood) and Batemans Bay (Batemans Bay Mini Golf, Batemans Bay Indoor Karting, & more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Feeding Wild Rainbow Lorrikeets, stroll through Mollymook Beach, don't miss a visit to Warden Head Light, and take in the awesome beauty at Pigeon House Mountain.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mollymook trip builder app .

Mollymook is just a short distance from Lake Conjola. In January, daily temperatures in Mollymook can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Mollymook

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Batemans Bay, Ulladulla, Feeding Wild Rainbow Lorrikeets, Pigeon House Mountain, Clyde River Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Birdland Animal Park ©
Birdland Animal Park
Mollymook Beach ©
Mollymook Beach
Batemans Bay Mini Golf ©
Batemans Bay Mini Golf

2
nights
Merimbula

Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, then examine the collection at Killer Whale Museum, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Magic Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Short Point Recreation Reserve, and then take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Merimbula trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Mollymook to Merimbula takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mollymook in January: highs in Merimbula hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Merimbula

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Eden, Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killer Whale Museum ©
Killer Whale Museum
The Merimbula Boardwalk ©
The Merimbula Boardwalk

7
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Merimbula to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Merimbula, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canberra, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Pierces Creek Forest
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, nightlife, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, trek along The Giant Stairway, get great views at The Three Sisters, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip site .

Drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Katoomba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bathurst.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Leura, Govetts Leap, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Bathurst

Bathurst ©
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): walk around Machattie Park. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Coopers Antiques, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Parish of St Michael & St John.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bathurst online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Katoomba to Bathurst by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Bathurst, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mudgee.

Things to do in Bathurst

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Cowra Japanese Garden, Jenolan Caves, Coopers Antiques, Rowlee Wines
Highlights from your plan
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit ©
Cowra Japanese Garden ©
Cowra Japanese Garden

2
nights
Mudgee

White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Burrundulla Wines, learn about winemaking at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, do a tasting at Lowe Wines, then sample the fine beverages at Baker Williams Distillery, then relax in the rural setting at Mudgee Honey Haven, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Drip Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mudgee online day trip planner .

Drive from Bathurst to Mudgee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubbo.

Things to do in Mudgee

Tours Wineries Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery
Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines

2
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Old Dubbo Gaol, and then make a trip to Alladins Cave Bottle House. On the next day, Head underground at Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine, then make a trip to Western Plains Cultural Centre, and then admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen Japanese Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubbo trip planner .

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. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine
Highlights from your plan
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Western Plains Cultural Centre ©
Western Plains Cultural Centre

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Take a break from Newcastle with a short trip to Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Newcastle Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at Blackbutt Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Newcastle trip planner.

You can fly from Dubbo to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Dubbo in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Newcastle: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tanilba Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hunter Valley Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Hunter Valley Gardens ©
Hunter Valley Gardens

5
nights
Tanilba Bay

Tanilba Bay ©
Tanilba Bay is known for wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tilligerry National Park, experience rural life at Medowie Macadamias, and tee off at Pacific Dunes Golf Club.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tanilba Bay road trip planning site .

Drive from Newcastle to Tanilba Bay in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Nelson Bay on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Tanilba Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Medowie, Bobs Farm, Port Stephens, Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters ©
Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters
Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay ©
Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay
Tilligerry National Park ©
Tilligerry National Park

5
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Nelson Bay is known for wildlife, historic sites, trails, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagnalls Beach Reserve, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelson Bay trip app .

Getting from Tanilba Bay to Nelson Bay by car takes about an hour. February in Nelson Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Off-Road Tours, Fingal Bay Beach, Bagnalls Beach Reserve, One Mile Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach

4
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.
Port Macquarie is known for wildlife, trails, historic sites, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, stroll through Coastal walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Mrs York's Garden, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie itinerary planner.

Getting from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nelson Bay in February: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
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.
Coffs Harbour is known for wildlife, nature, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Park Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach, and pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip maker website .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 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 somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Two Tails Wines, Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Park Beach ©
Park Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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