7 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

7 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Coast of New South Wales route builder

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Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
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Newcastle

— 1 night
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll around King Edward Park, then kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with CoastXP, and finally kick back and relax at Merewether Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): do a tasting at Drayton Family Wines, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then do a tasting at Petersons Wines Broke Road, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Redhead Beach.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Newcastle trip planner.

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. December in Newcastle sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Port Macquarie

— 1 night
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with Rick's Dive School, then take an exotic tour of Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and finally explore the activities along Shelly Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Newcastle to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks

Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 29th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach, then delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Nambucca Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with Dive Quest.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour day trip planning site.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Byron Bay

— 2 nights
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.
On the 31st (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then meet some fierce fish with Sundive Byron Bay, then look for gifts at The Byron Bay Book Exchange, and finally kick back and relax at Tallow Beach. On the next day, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay itinerary planning app.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Byron Bay, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips