16 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

16 days in North Coast of New South Wales Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dorrigo
— 1 night
Drive
4
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Forster
— 1 night
Drive
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Newcastle
— 4 nights
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Byron Bay — 3 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.
Byron Bay is known for adventure, historic sites, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip builder app.

Sydney to Byron Bay is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Coffs Harbour.
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Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Coffs Harbour — 3 nights

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Go for a jaunt from Coffs Harbour to Nambucca Heads to see V-Wall about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park, stroll around Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, get great views at Forest Sky Pier, and take in the waterfront at Urunga Boardwalk.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour trip builder site.

Fly from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Dorrigo.
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Dorrigo — 1 night

Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Dorrigo.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dorrigo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Dorrigo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Dorrigo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.
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Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:

Port Macquarie — 3 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Step out of Port Macquarie to go to Laurieton and see North Brother Mountain, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Coastal walk, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax in the rural setting at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Koala Hospital.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Dorrigo to Port Macquarie in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Dorrigo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Forster.
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Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

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 8th (Tue): get great views at Cape Hawke Lookout, then relax and rejuvenate at Forster Yoga Studio, and then see majestic marine mammals with Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Forster trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Forster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in February, you will find days in Forster are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.
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Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

Newcastle — 4 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay) and Nelson Bay (Dolphin Swim Australia, Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, &more). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, gain interesting insight with Fort Scratchley, and let little ones run wild at Blackbutt Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Newcastle day trip tool.

You can drive from Forster to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Newcastle sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive back home.
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Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12: