7 days in Greater Newcastle & Maitland Itinerary

7 days in Greater Newcastle & Maitland Itinerary

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7 days in Greater Newcastle & Maitland Itinerary

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

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), let the kids burn off some steam at Blackbutt Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Miss Porter's House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, stroll around Speers Point Park, then contemplate the long history of World War One Memorial, then explore the galleries of Timeless Textiles, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

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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, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Newcastle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Off-Road Tours, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Speers Point Park
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Off-Road Tours
Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park

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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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, kick back and relax at Bagnalls Beach Reserve, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally kick back and relax at One Mile Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fingal Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nelson Bay attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Nelson Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nelson Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to East Maitland.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

One Mile Beach, Tomaree Head, Bagnalls Beach Reserve, Fingal Bay Beach
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

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East Maitland

East Maitland ©
On the 29th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Maitland Gaol, then stop by Miss Lily's Lollies, then revel in the low prices at Mortels Sheepskin Factory, and finally pause for some photo ops at Big Kookaburra.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the East Maitland trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to East Maitland takes an hour. October in East Maitland sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in East Maitland

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Kookaburra, Miss Lily's Lollies, Mortels Sheepskin Factory, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery ©
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol
Mortels Sheepskin Factory ©
Mortels Sheepskin Factory

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Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australian Reptile Park. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, do a tasting at Scarborough Wine Co, and then get to know the resident critters at Australian Reptile Park. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Peterson House, look for gifts at Come What May, then do a tasting at Waverley Estate, and finally do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pokolbin day trip website .

Getting from East Maitland to Pokolbin by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Australian Reptile Park, Ernest Hill Wines
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Australian Reptile Park ©
Australian Reptile Park
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines

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