12 days in New South Wales Itinerary

12 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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12 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blackheath
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Shoal Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Perth

3
nights
Sydney

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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey maker .

Perth to Sydney is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Sydney. When traveling from Perth in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lost Bear Gallery and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Appreciate the collections at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Falls Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Blackheath: Katoomba (Blue Mountains & The Three Sisters), Megalong Creek Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Hillbilly Cider (in Bilpin). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, take some stellar pictures from Hassan's Wall, and trek along The Giant Stairway.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Blackheath trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blackheath takes 2 hours. December in Blackheath sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Megalong Valley, Hillbilly Cider, Falls Gallery, Jenolan Caves
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

3
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
You'll get in some beach time at Jimmy's Beach and Fingal Bay Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Great Lakes Paddocks and Seal Rocks Lighthouse. When in Shoal Bay, make a side trip to see Grandis Picnic Area in Bulahdelah, approximately 56 minutes away.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shoal Bay tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Blackheath to Shoal Bay in 4 hours. December in Shoal Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Stockton Sand Dunes, Grandis Picnic Area, Great Lakes Paddocks, Seal Rocks Lighthouse
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

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