12 days in New South Wales & Gold Coast Itinerary

12 days in New South Wales & Gold Coast Itinerary

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Sydney
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Nelson Bay
— Few hours
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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— Few hours
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Dorrigo
— 2 nights
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Ebor
— 1 day
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Armidale
— 2 nights
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights

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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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. On the 4th (Sat), make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nelson Bay travel route planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Nelson Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tomaree Head
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie
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 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Bottlebutt.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Nelson Bay, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Bottlebutt
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Raleigh

Raleigh ©
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nyambagga Walking Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk.

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Getting from Port Macquarie to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Raleigh: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Dorrigo.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, Nyambagga Walking Trail
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Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk ©
Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk

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Dorrigo

Dorrigo ©
Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dorrigo itinerary planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Dorrigo in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ebor.

Things to do in Dorrigo

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Dangar Falls ©
Dangar Falls
Bellinger River National Park ©
Bellinger River National Park
Junuy Juluum National Park ©
Junuy Juluum National Park

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Ebor

Ebor ©
Ebor is a village on Waterfall Way on the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Ebor Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cathedral Rock National Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Point Lookout.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ebor trip planner.

You can drive from Dorrigo to Ebor in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Armidale.

Things to do in Ebor

Nature · Parks
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Ebor Falls ©
Ebor Falls
Cathedral Rock National Park ©
Cathedral Rock National Park
Point Lookout ©
Point Lookout

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Armidale

Armidale ©
Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Armidale journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ebor to Armidale takes an hour. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Armidale

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve
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Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum ©
Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum
Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve ©
Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway as well as Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Boambee Creek Reserve, then step off the mainland to explore South Solitary Island, and then stroll through Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip planning website.

You can drive from Armidale to Coffs Harbour in 2.5 hours. In July in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Boambee Creek Reserve
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island ©
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island
South Solitary Island ©
South Solitary Island

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online itinerary maker.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Wildlife
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Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

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Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. You've now added Artesian Baths to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Australian Opal Centre, look for gifts at Lost Sea Opals, then don't miss a visit to Stanley the Emu, then tee off at Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd, and finally take an in-depth tour of Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lightning Ridge road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Lightning Ridge takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd
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Artesian Baths ©
Artesian Baths
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle

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