5 days in New South Wales Itinerary

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South West Rocks
— 1 day
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
— 3 nights


South West Rocks — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Trial Bay Gaol, then enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read South West Rocks road trip planning site.

Sydney to South West Rocks is an approximately 5-hour car ride. January in South West Rocks sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Nelson Bay — 1 night

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 2nd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Fly Point, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, and finally head outdoors with Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Nelson Bay journey builder tool.

Drive from South West Rocks to Nelson Bay in 3.5 hours. In January in Nelson Bay, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Sydney.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Sydney — 3 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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Balmoral Beach, Mosman will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nelson Bay to Sydney by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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New South Wales travel guide

Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
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.