6 days in Newcastle & Canberra Itinerary

6 days in Newcastle & Canberra Itinerary

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Newcastle
— 2 nights
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Canberra
— 3 nights

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Norah Head Lighthouse and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Maitland Gaol and The Entrance Heritage Walk for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Maitland Regional Art Gallery, get great views at Shepherds Hill Fort, go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf, and enjoy the sea views from Nobbys Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Newcastle journey planner.

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Newcastle, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Newcastle

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

The Entrance Heritage Walk, Inner City Winemakers, Norah Head Lighthouse, Maitland Gaol, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
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Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse
Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol
Inner City Winemakers ©
Inner City Winemakers

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and Canberra Glassworksfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Canberra: Bungendore (Village Antiques & Paul Kowalski Photography Gallery). There's still lots to do: get curious at Questacon, view the masterpieces at PhotoAccess, browse the exhibits of Strathnairn Arts, and look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra online route planner.

You can fly from Newcastle to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newcastle in October: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 25°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Bungendore
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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