14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
East Maitland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through The Rocks, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taronga Zoo, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kids will enjoy Speers Point Park and Bennetts Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay) and Cellito Beach (in Smiths Lake). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Myall Lakes National Park, make a splash at Merewether Baths, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Newcastle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to East Maitland.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Off-Road Tours, Speers Point Park, Bennetts Beach, Cellito Beach
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Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

2
nights
East Maitland

East Maitland ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Big UGG Boots, revel in the low prices at Mortels Sheepskin Factory, then contemplate the long history of Maitland Gaol, and finally find something for the whole family at Walka Miniature Railway. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Miss Lily's Lollies, browse for treasures at Morpeth Antique Centre, then browse the exhibits of Maitland Regional Art Gallery, and finally stroll around Maitland Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read East Maitland trip tool .

East Maitland is very close to Newcastle. December in East Maitland sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pokolbin.

Things to do in East Maitland

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Thornton, Maitland, Morpeth, Walka Miniature Railway
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery ©
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol
Maitland Park ©
Maitland Park

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hunter Valley Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hunter Valley Zoo, then do a tasting at Harkham Wines, and finally do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): do a tasting at Leogate Estate Wines, learn about winemaking at Waverley Estate, then learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from East Maitland to Pokolbin takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nulkaba
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Hunter Valley Zoo ©
Hunter Valley Zoo
Waverley Estate ©
Waverley Estate

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