8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip itinerary planner

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Forster
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
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South West Rocks
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
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Nelson Bay
— 1 night
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Forster

— 1 night
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tuncurry Rock Pool, then identify plant and animal life at Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises, and finally get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Forster online tour planner.

Tuggerah to Forster is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Forster can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Forster

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
When in Coffs Harbour, make a side trip to see V-Wall in Nambucca Heads, approximately Nambucca Heads away. There's much more to do: make a trip to The Big Banana Fun Park, take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, step off the mainland to explore Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour itinerary website.

Getting from Forster to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 3 hours. In September in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

South West Rocks

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Trial Bay Gaol, then enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our South West Rocks attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to South West Rocks takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in South West Rocks, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Port Macquarie

— 2 nights
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 10th (Thu): hike along Coastal walk, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Mrs York's Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then examine the collection at Roto House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from South West Rocks in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Nelson Bay

— 1 night
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Fly Point.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nelson Bay trip website.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in September: highs in Nelson Bay hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.