8 days in Greater Newcastle, South West Rocks & Yamba Itinerary

8 days in Greater Newcastle, South West Rocks & Yamba Itinerary

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Nelson Bay
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South West Rocks
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Yamba
— 3 nights
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Nelson Bay

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 31st (Sat): stroll through Fingal Bay Beach, identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zenith Beach. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach Reserve, make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally get a dose of the wild on Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nelson Bay holiday planner.

Newcastle to Nelson Bay is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October in Nelson Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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South West Rocks

On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum South West Rocks, then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, then visit a coastal fixture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read South West Rocks planner.

Getting from Nelson Bay to South West Rocks by car takes about 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in South West Rocks are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yamba.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Yamba

Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. You'll get in some beach time at Pippi Beach and Spooky Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Turners Beach and Bundjalung National Park. Take a break from Yamba with a short trip to Yuraygir Walking Experiences in Minnie Water, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba, get outside with Angourie Blue Pool, look for gifts at My Fave Home Living, and take some stellar pictures from Maclean Lookout.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yamba trip planner.

You can drive from South West Rocks to Yamba in 3 hours. Traveling from South West Rocks in November, expect nights in Yamba to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greater Newcastle travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens · Scenic Walking Areas
Encompassing the suburbs of Newcastle, as well as a number of other, smaller cities, Greater Newcastle expands from the oceanside to a lush interior. Hilly, forested, and welcoming, the area offers a more relaxed experience than the hustle and bustle that can often dominate Australia’s urban centers.