22 days in New South Wales Itinerary

22 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New South Wales route planner
Make it your trip
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Sydney
— 8 nights
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
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Newcastle
— 7 nights
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Sydney — 8 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Sophie Tea Art in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planner.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Sydney is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Phnom Penh to Sydney. In December, Sydney is a bit cooler than Phnom Penh - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 6 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for sightseeing, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, get great views at The Three Sisters, and stroll through Wentworth Falls Lookout.

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Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.
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Newcastle — 7 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Explore Newcastle's surroundings by going to Pokolbin (Tyrrell's Wines, Scarborough Wine Co, &more), Nelson Bay (Nelson Bay & Gan Gan Lookout) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at CoastXP, walk around King Edward Park, awaken your taste buds at Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours, and do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines.

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You can drive from Katoomba to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. January in Newcastle sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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New South Wales travel guide

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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.
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