10 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamba
— 1 night
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawks Nest
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newcastle
— 3 nights
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Byron Bay — 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then stop by The Byron Bay Book Exchange, and finally stroll through Lennox Head Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay online holiday planner.

Sydney to Byron Bay is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yamba.
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Yamba — 1 night

Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach, kick back and relax at Pippi Beach, then kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Yamba Remedial Massage.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yamba trip maker tool.

Drive from Byron Bay to Yamba in 2 hours. January in Yamba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.
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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 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Diggers Beach, pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, then trek along Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip planner.

Getting from Yamba to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Yamba in January, plan for little chillier days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hawks Nest.
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Hawks Nest — 2 nights

Hawks Nest is a suburb of the Mid-Coast Council local government area in the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales, Australia, located north of Port Stephens between the Tasman Sea and the Myall River. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Winda Woppa Reserve, then kick back and relax at Bennetts Beach, and then kick back and relax at Jimmy's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, then kick back and relax at Box Beach, and then kick back and relax at Zenith Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hawks Nest trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Hawks Nest in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hawks Nest can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.
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Newcastle — 3 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nobbys Beach and Newcastle Memorial Walk. Explore Newcastle's surroundings by going to Nelson Bay (Little Beach Reserve & Dolphin Swim Australia) and Caves Beach (in Swansea). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Merewether Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dixon Park Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head.

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Drive from Hawks Nest to Newcastle in 1.5 hours. In January in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.
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