10 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

10 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Forster
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Nobbys Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Merewether Beach and Box Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Nelson Bay (Little Beach Reserve & Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours) and Shoal Bay (Zenith Beach & Tomaree Head). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk and make a trip to Strzelecki Scenic Lookout.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Newcastle tour itinerary website.

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Newcastle, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Forster.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Forster — 1 night

Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Forster Main Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with Amaroo Cruises.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Forster trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Forster takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Forster, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Port Macquarie — 2 nights

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 24th (Sat): hike along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shelly Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at North Haven Beach, take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Forster to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Forster in September, you will find days in Port Macquarie are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Coffs Harbour — 2 nights

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 26th (Mon): appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park, then stroll through Diggers Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then kick back and relax at Emerald Beach.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour road trip site.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Byron Bay.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Wed), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Belongil Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Torakina Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Pass Beach, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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