12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Terrigal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Forster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Perth

2
nights
Terrigal

Terrigal ©
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Terrigal Beach, then ride a horse along Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, and then steep yourself in history at Kariong Hieroglyphs ('Gosford Glyphs'). Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

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Perth to Terrigal is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Terrigal: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Terrigal

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Ocean Beach, Kariong Hieroglyphs ('Gosford Glyphs')
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

2
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Tomaree Head and Redhead Beach. Visit Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve and Watt Street Wharf for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Newcastle Beach in Newcastle (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Zenith Beach, don't miss a visit to One Mile Beach, stroll through Fingal Bay Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Oakfield Ranch.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nelson Bay travel route builder site .

Getting from Terrigal to Nelson Bay by car takes about 2 hours. January in Nelson Bay sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Newcastle, One Mile Beach, Fingal Bay Beach, Oakfield Ranch
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

1
night
Forster

Forster ©
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. On the 22nd (Tue), kick back and relax at One Mile Beach, kick back and relax at Seal Rocks, and then putt your heart out at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Forster online trip builder .

Getting from Nelson Bay to Forster by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Forster are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf
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One Mile Beach ©
One Mile Beach

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
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 23rd (Wed): admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally tee off at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Forster to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Forster in January: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Port Macquarie Historic Court House ©

2
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Step out of the city life by going to The National Pass and Lincoln's Rock. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pulpit Rock Lookout and Logan Brae Orchard. Venture out of the city with trips to Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley), Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson) and Blackheath (Perry's Lookdown & Govetts Leap). The adventure continues: stroll through Grand Canyon track.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Blue Mountains National Park day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Port Macquarie to Blue Mountains National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Blue Mountains National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Dryridge Estate, Cathedral of Ferns Walk
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock
Logan Brae Orchard ©
Logan Brae Orchard

2
nights
Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planner.

Drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Manly
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

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