60 days in New South Wales Itinerary

60 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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Katoomba
— 7 nights
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Dubbo
— 6 nights
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Broken Hill
— 5 nights
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Byron Bay
— 7 nights
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Coffs Harbour
— 6 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 6 nights
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Newcastle
— 7 nights
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Wollongong
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 9 nights

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Katoomba — 7 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Blue Mountains Biking Adventures and Jenolan Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Windyridge Garden (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Mayfield Garden (in Oberon). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, admire the natural beauty at Everglades House & Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Katoomba, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dubbo.
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Dubbo — 6 nights

Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Attractions like Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Old Dubbo Gaol make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubbo: Parkes (CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, Cooke Park, &more), Peak Hill Open Cut Experience (in Peak Hill) and Wellington (Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine & Cameron Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Dubbo Observatory, get into the urban bustle at Western Plains Cultural Centre, steep yourself in history at Dundullimal Homestead, and admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen Japanese Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubbo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Dubbo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Dubbo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Broken Hill.
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Broken Hill — 5 nights

Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Take a break from Broken Hill with a short trip to Mundi Mundi Lookout in Silverton, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the world behind art at Pro Hart Gallery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Broken Hill route planning website.

Getting from Dubbo to Broken Hill by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubbo in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Broken Hill. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape Byron Lighthouse and Belongil Beach. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Rocky Creek Dam (in Lismore), Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga (in Tweed Heads) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sundive Byron Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pippi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay day trip planning website.

Fly from Broken Hill to Byron Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Broken Hill in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Byron Bay, with highs around 27°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Coffs Harbour.
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Coffs Harbour — 6 nights

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Attractions like The Big Banana Fun Park and Yarriabini National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Coffs Harbour to go to Dorrigo and see Parque Nacional de Dorrigo, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, get great views at Forest Sky Pier, stroll around Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 6 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Family-friendly places like Koala Hospital and Tacking Point Lighthouse will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton), Pilot Beach (in Camden Head) and Amaroo Cruises (in Forster). Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Coastal walk, make a trip to Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, see the interesting displays at Roto House, and take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall Walk.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Newcastle.
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Newcastle — 7 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Family-friendly places like Newcastle Memorial Walk and Speers Point Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Oakvale Wildlife Park (in Williamtown), Zipline (in Wyong Creek) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomaree Head, get in on the family fun at Walka Miniature Railway, kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at Blackbutt Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Newcastle road trip planning website.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in June, you will find days in Newcastle are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wollongong.
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Wollongong — 6 nights

Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Family-friendly places like Minnamurra Falls and Nattai National Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Moona Moona Creek (in Huskisson), Blenheim Beach (in Vincentia) and Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard (in Darkes Forest). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Symbio Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at Science Space, take in the dramatic natural features at Kiama Blowhole, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wollongong tour planner.

Getting from Newcastle to Wollongong by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Newcastle in June, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Wollongong. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.
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Sydney — 9 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taronga Zoo.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Wollongong to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Wollongong in June, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 29:

New South Wales travel guide

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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.
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