59 days in New South Wales Itinerary

59 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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59 days in New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
plane:  7​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Merimbula
— 6 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Jervis Bay
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Blackheath
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Shoal Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Port Macquarie
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Byron Bay
— 9 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

11
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Gannon House Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Coogee Beach and Clovelly. Venture out of the city with trips to Bouddi National Park (in Killcare) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Spend the 20th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney planner .

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sydney when traveling from Manila in January, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bouddi National Park, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
nights
Merimbula

Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Killer Whale Museum and Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bega Valley Regional Gallery and Ben Boyd Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merimbula: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Narooma), Bermagui (Blue Pool & Camel Rock) and Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba (in Tilba Tilba). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Short Point Recreation Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, get great views at Disaster Bay Lookout, and don't miss a visit to Green Cape Lighthouse.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Merimbula trip planning app .

Fly from Sydney to Merimbula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In January, Merimbula is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Merimbula

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Eden, Bega, Bermagui, Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba, Gallery Bodalla
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Camel Rock ©
Camel Rock
Green Cape Lighthouse ©
Green Cape Lighthouse

9
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Cupitt's. Get outdoors at Seven Mile Beach National Park and Feeding Wild Rainbow Lorrikeets. Venture out of the city with trips to Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong), Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market (in Nowra) and Mittagong (Lake Alexandra Reserve & Artemis Wines). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Booderee National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Moona Moona Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hyams Beach, see the interesting displays at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, and stop by Bendooley Estate Book Barn.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay vacation planning app .

Getting from Merimbula to Jervis Bay by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowral, Mittagong, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Cupitts Winery, Bendooley Estate Book Barn
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Moona Moona Creek ©
Moona Moona Creek

9
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
For shopping fun, head to Lost Bear Gallery or Katoomba Antique Centre. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Gallery One88 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Blackheath side-trips: Katoomba (Blue Mountains & The Three Sisters), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Bilpin (Bilpin Cider Company & Hillbilly Cider). On the 15th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, learn about winemaking at Dryridge Estate, look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, and look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blackheath road trip planner.

Drive from Jervis Bay to Blackheath in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Valley, Bilpin, Lithgow
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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 ©
Get outdoors at Tomaree Head and Fingal Bay Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jimmy's Beach and Bennetts Beach. Take a break from Shoal Bay with a short trip to Seal Rocks Lighthouse in Seal Rocks, about 1h 05 min away.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shoal Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Blackheath to Shoal Bay in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Fingal Bay Beach, Stockton Sand Dunes, Singing Bridge, Seal Rocks Lighthouse
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

9
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.
Visit Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Tacking Point Lighthouse for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Saltwater National Park and Scotts Head Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Macquarie: South West Rocks (Horsehoe Bay Beach, Maritime Museum South West Rocks, & more), Pilot Beach (in Camden Head) and The Slim Dusty Centre (in Kempsey). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, see the interesting displays at Roto House, and view the masterpieces at Manning Regional Art Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planner .

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Traveling from Shoal Bay in February, you will find days in Port Macquarie are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Wingham, Wauchope, The Slim Dusty Centre, Whitewashed Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 20 — Mar 1:
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Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach

9
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Watersports Guru and Tropical Fruit World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Big Prawn (in Ballina), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Yamba (Pippi Beach, Main Beach Yamba, & more). On the 8th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and get great views at Pat Morton Lookout.

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You can drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Kingscliff, Lennox Head, Broken Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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