7 days in New South Wales Itinerary

7 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New South Wales trip itinerary planner

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Port Macquarie
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Coffs Harbour
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Byron Bay
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Nelson Bay
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Port Macquarie

— 1 night
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 21st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Port Macquarie Camel Safari's and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie visit planning site.

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sydney, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Coffs Harbour on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip planner.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, stroll through Belongil Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, and relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay day trip website.

You can fly from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, you will find days in Byron Bay are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). You will leave for Nelson Bay on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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Nelson Bay

— 1 night
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nelson Bay holiday planner.

You can fly from Byron Bay to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.