13 days in New South Wales Itinerary

13 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New South Wales planner
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
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Newcastle
— 2 nights
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Tamworth
— 4 nights
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Brunswick Heads
— 3 nights
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Yamba
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie — 2 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach and then take an exotic tour of Port Macquarie Camel Safari's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, and then kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip maker tool.

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Newcastle.
Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Newcastle — 2 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 27th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Hanging Tree Wines, do a tasting at Iron Gate Estate, and then learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines Broke Road. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Redhead Beach, grab your bike and head to Fernleigh Track, and then see majestic marine mammals with CoastXP.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Newcastle travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamworth.
Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Beaches
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Tamworth — 4 nights

Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Tamworth Mountain Bike Park and Tamworth Golf Club. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum and Weswal Gallery. Take a break from Tamworth with a short trip to Eye of the Needle Walk in Murrurundi, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Tamworth Regional Gallery, let the kids burn off some steam at Tamworth Regional Playground, and contemplate the long history of The Tamworth Waler Memorial.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamworth trip planner.

Drive from Newcastle to Tamworth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Tamworth, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Brunswick Heads.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Brunswick Heads — 3 nights

Brunswick Heads is a town on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia in Byron Shire. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): play a few rounds at Ocean Shores Country Club, browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tyagarah Nature Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with Blue Bay Divers.

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You can drive from Tamworth to Brunswick Heads in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tamworth in January, you will find days in Brunswick Heads are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yamba.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Yamba — 1 night

Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pippi Beach, see the interesting displays at Yamba Museum, and then tee off at Yamba Golf and Country Club.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yamba itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brunswick Heads to Yamba takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yamba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).
Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Golf
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

New South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Gardens
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.