8 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

8 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Coast of New South Wales trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newcastle
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay

— 1 night
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 21st (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track. Here are some ideas for day two: let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner.

Melbourne to Byron Bay is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Byron Bay are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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 23rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Big Banana Fun Park, take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and then kick back and relax at Park Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Mutton Bird Island Lookout.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Coastal walk, then stroll through Koala Hospital, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then experience rural life at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, and finally make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in May, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Newcastle

— 2 nights
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 27th (Thu): stroll around Blackbutt Reserve, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Scratchley, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomaree Head, and then enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in May, you will find days in Newcastle are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips