8 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

8 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
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Newcastle
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, stroll through Koala Hospital, and then see the interesting displays at Roto House. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Coastal walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
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Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 7th (Tue), fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and then appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway and then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails
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Byron Bay

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have unforgettable encounters with Sundive Byron Bay, then experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Newcastle.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Adventure
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Newcastle

— 2 nights
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Swim Australia and then make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nobbys Beach and then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Newcastle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Newcastle sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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