15 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

15 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Coast of New South Wales trip planner
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Byron Bay
— 4 nights
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Dorrigo
— 1 night
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South West Rocks
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
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Newcastle
— 4 nights
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Byron Bay — 4 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Byron Walking Track and Sundive Byron Bay. Cape Byron Lighthouse and Lone Goat Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Byron Wellbeing Health Retreats, enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and stroll through Belongil Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay day trip app.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Byron Bay is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in May, expect Byron Bay to be colder, temps between 27°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dorrigo.
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Dorrigo — 1 night

Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Dorrigo.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dorrigo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Dorrigo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Dorrigo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to South West Rocks.
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South West Rocks — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Horseshoe Bay Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our South West Rocks trip planner.

Getting from Dorrigo to South West Rocks by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 4 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tacking Point Lighthouse and Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze. Step out of the city life by going to Coastal walk and North Brother Mountain. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, learn about winemaking at Innes Lake Vineyards, savor the flavors at Wicked Elf Beer, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie journey planning website.

Getting from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from South West Rocks in May, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newcastle.
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Newcastle — 4 nights

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 Newcastle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Zenith Beach (in Shoal Bay) and Best Tour Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours (in Toronto). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with CoastXP.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Newcastle itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in May: highs in Newcastle hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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