60 days in New South Wales Itinerary

60 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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Coffs Harbour
— 5 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
3
Nelson Bay
— 5 nights
4
Pokolbin
— 6 nights
5
Sydney
— 10 nights
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
7
Bathurst
— 3 nights
8
Mudgee
— 4 nights
9
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
10
Broken Hill
— 4 nights
11
Byron Bay
— 6 nights

5
nights
Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional de Dorrigo and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dangar Falls and Coffs Harbour Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Coffs Harbour side-trips: Yarriabini National Park (in Stuarts Point) and V-Wall (in Nambucca Heads). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour travel planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Coffs Harbour, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are little chillier (66°F), and nights are colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dorrigo, Yarriabini National Park, V-Wall, The Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dangar Falls ©
Dangar Falls
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ellenborough Falls and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Get a sense of the local culture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Get out of town with these interesting Port Macquarie side-trips: North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Not A Cafe (in Wingham). Spend the 12th (Sun) in the animal kingdom at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, explore the activities along Hastings River, and don't miss a visit to Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie day trip site.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Wauchope, North Brother Mountain, Not A Cafe, Ellenborough Falls
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
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Ellenborough Falls ©
Ellenborough Falls
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie ©

5
nights
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. We've included these beaches for you: Elizabeth Beach and Bagnalls Beach Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tomaree Head and Stockton Sand Dunes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelson Bay: Grandis Picnic Area (in Bulahdelah) and Fighter World (in Williamtown). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, and take in the waterfront activity at D'Albora Marinas.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nelson Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nelson Bay, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fingal Bay, Corlette, Williamtown, Off-Road Tours, Tomaree Head
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stockton Sand Dunes ©
Stockton Sand Dunes

6
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Get outdoors at Wyrrabalong National Park and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ernest Hill Wines and Hungerford Hill Wines. Change things up with a short trip to Maitland Gaol in East Maitland (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Cockfighter's Ghost and view the masterpieces at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pokolbin trip planner.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Pokolbin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. July in Pokolbin sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Nulkaba, Wyrrabalong National Park, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Gaol
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 24:
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Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines
Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol

10
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Palm Beach and Manly Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mrs Macquarie's Chair will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral), Wollongong (Nan Tien Temple & Wollongong Head Lighthouse) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saddleback Mountain Lookout, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Pokolbin to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Wollongong, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Palm Beach, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Saddleback Mountain Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 24 — Aug 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

6
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Visiting Wentworth Falls and Kanangra-Boyd National Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Giant Stairway and Grand Canyon track. Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, hike along Charles Darwin walk, and don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba trip builder.

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bathurst.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Megalong Valley, Wentworth Falls, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 9:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Bathurst

Bathurst ©
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit and Lake Wallace. Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bathurst side-trips: Cowra Japanese Garden (in Cowra) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's more to do: examine the collection at National Motor Racing Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bathurst holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Bathurst takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Katoomba in August; daily highs in Bathurst reach 60°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mudgee.

Things to do in Bathurst

Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Cowra Japanese Garden, Lake Wallace, Jenolan Caves, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:
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Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit ©
Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit
Wine Tours & Tastings
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum ©
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

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nights
Mudgee

White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Distillery Tours and SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery. Visiting Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine and The Drip Gorge will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mudgee: Dubbo (Shoyoen Japanese Garden & Old Dubbo Gaol). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gulgong Pioneers Museum, learn about winemaking at Lowe Wines, try for a hole-in-one at Mudgee Honey Haven, and take in the exciting artwork at Arts and Crafts Mudgee.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mudgee online trip planner.

Drive from Bathurst to Mudgee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in August, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Mudgee

Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Dubbo, Broombee Organic Wines - Cellar Door, Gulgong Pioneers Museum, Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:
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Distillery Tours
Gulgong Pioneers Museum ©
Gulgong Pioneers Museum
Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines

3
nights
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chambers of The Black Hand and Artesian Baths. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Amigos Castle and The Bottle House Mining Museum. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at John Murray Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Kangaroo Hill Complex, get a new perspective on nature at Australian Opal Centre, and contemplate the long history of Lightning Ridge.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lightning Ridge trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Mudgee to Lightning Ridge in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Artesian Baths ©
Artesian Baths
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery

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Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Day Dream Mine and Pro Hart Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from Broken Hill with a short trip to Mundi Mundi Lookout in Silverton, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Silverton Gaol Museum, browse the exhibits of Aboriginal Art & Craft Gallery, take in the architecture and design of School of the Air, and make a trip to Broken Hill Miner's Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Broken Hill trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lightning Ridge to Broken Hill takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Silverton
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
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Day Dream Mine ©
Day Dream Mine
Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery
Silverton Gaol Museum ©
Silverton Gaol Museum

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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 Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Mount Warning. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Belongil Beach and Wategos Beach. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, sample the tasty concoctions at Stone & Wood Brewery, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay day trip planning website.

You can fly from Broken Hill to Byron Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broken Hill in August, you will find days in Byron Bay are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are slightly colder (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Kingscliff, Mount Warning, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Pippi Beach
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 29:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

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