36 days in New South Wales Itinerary

36 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Katoomba
— 5 nights
2
Sydney
— 9 nights
3
Newcastle
— 4 nights
4
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
5
South West Rocks
— 4 nights
6
Coffs Harbour
— 4 nights
7
Byron Bay
— 5 nights

5
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Blue Mountains and The National Pass. Shop till you drop at Josophan's Fine Chocolate and Leura Mall. And it doesn't end there: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre, admire the sheer force of Katoomba Cascades, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Brisbane to Katoomba is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in September since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Logan Brae Orchard, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

9
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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Australian Centre for Photography. Visiting Bondi Beach and Mrs Macquarie's Chair will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and visit Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Katoomba in September since evenings lows in Sydney dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 17:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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.
Get in touch with nature at Tomaree Head and Nobbys Beach. Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Blackbutt Reserve will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Inner City Winemakers, see the interesting displays at Newcastle Museum, take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head, and see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Newcastle trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Newcastle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tomaree Head, Off-Road Tours, Inner City Winemakers
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kids will enjoy Koala Hospital and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Head to Nabiac Farmers Market and Whitewashed Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Macquarie: North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Seal Rocks (in Forster). There's much more to do: hike along Coastal walk, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, and meet the residents at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie online journey builder.

Getting from Newcastle to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Newcastle in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Brother Mountain, Seal Rocks, Whitewashed Gallery, Nabiac Farmers Market
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
South West Rocks

Get some historical perspective at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Kids will enjoy Yarriabini National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head) and Un4gettable4evermore (in Gladstone).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the South West Rocks trip planner.

Getting from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in September, you will find days in South West Rocks are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hat Head National Park, Scotts Head Beach, Un4gettable4evermore, Yarriabini National Park
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

4
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Head to Carobana Confectionary and Old Butter Factoryfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Bongil Bongil National Park and Korora Lookout. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, browse the different shops at Moonee Market, stroll through Park Beach, and explore the galleries of National Cartoon Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour route planner.

You can drive from South West Rocks to Coffs Harbour in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Old Butter Factory
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island ©
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

5
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tropical Fruit World. Do your shopping at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, view the masterpieces at Craig Parry Photography, and explore the striking landscape of Arakwal National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. October in Byron Bay sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tropical Fruit World, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World

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