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Planning a trip to Australia and looking for an Australia holiday itinerary? Consider this your guide to one week in Sydney and the surrounding area. This itinerary is a copy of our 1 week in Sydney that we took when I won two free return flights to Sydney. Despite the fact that I was weirdly embarrassed to tell people I was going on holiday to Australia for a week, it turned out to be one of the best New South Wales trips I’ve had.
I was completely prepared to feel knackered from jet lag the whole week and maybe it’s because I was so prepared to feel awful that I actually felt fine (apart from the first day) and had a thoroughly enjoyable week in a country that I’ve been in love with since I was little.
I managed to hold back on my tendency to fit too much into a short space of time and I think we got our week itinerary in New South Wales just right. We saw a lot, but didn’t feel too rushed. We even had time for an afternoon nap in our camper van in the Blue Mountains!
With this one week itinerary for New South Wales, I’m by no means suggesting that you fork out the cost of a plane ticket to Australia just for a week too. If you can afford to then yes, go! But if, like most of us, you can’t justify the cost just for one week, then use this example itinerary for New South Wales as just one part of your holiday to Australia.
This New South Wales itinerary takes you on a short circuit of some of New South Wales’ highlights. It starts and ends in Sydney but you could take it north from the Hunter Valley region, or do it in reverse and go south after the Blue Mountains.
A one-week itinerary for New South Wales, Australia
The state of New South Wales is distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney is the state’s capital with its gorgeous coastline, buzzing bars and magnificent architecture.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Sydney was all there is to see in New South Wales, but drive a couple of hours west and you’re in the Blue Mountains, a couple of hours north and you’ve made it to Hunter Valley; the state’s golden wine region. New South Wales vacations can have it all!
Check out the map below for our Sydney 1 week itinerary and read on if you’re looking for things to do in New South Wales.
Resources that’ll help with your road trip in New South Wales
- Camper van & RV rental
- Booking.com for your hotels
- RentalCars.com for your ride in New South Wales if you’re not camping
- Skyscanner: Get your cheap flights to Sydney
Useful guides for planning your Sydney and Eastern Australia road trip
Wondering what to do in New South Wales? These guides have even more information for your Australia trip.
Things to do in Sydney, Australia
This Sydney one week itinerary kicks off in the unofficial capital of Australia. It’s likely that this city will be in your Australia plans for the chance to glimpse the amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. However, there’s so much more to the city and one of the best ways (in my view) to see this beautiful city is to do the coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi beach. Whilst you could easily spend a week in Sydney alone, plan for a couple of days here at the beginning of your week in New South Wales, before heading off to other parts of the state.
Make sure you factor in getting a brunch (or two) with some avocado of course and a few flat whites!
Posts from Sydney
Check out these posts for more ideas for your Sydney itinerary.
Where to stay in Sydney
The Blue Mountains near Sydney
The Blue Mountains are only about an hour and a half away from the centre of Sydney. There are some companies that offer a trip to the Blue Mountains as a day trip but I’d recommend making your visit a bit longer. Sure, they’re no match for the scale of the Alps or the Rocky Mountains but they’re impressive nonetheless.
In the Blue Mountains, you’ll likely end up on the main scenic road. This road passes through the middle of the area and ensures you’ll see the big sites (including the Three Sisters). Remember to pull up and get out of your car too as there’s so much to see on foot!
Posts from the Blue Mountains:
Where to stay in the Blue Mountains
At this point in our trip, we were camping in our Jucy Campervan. We found a couple of free places to camp marked on the map above.
However, if you’d prefer a hotel take a look at these affordable places to stay in the Blue Mountains and some options for every budget below.
The Hunter Valley
Carry on north out of the Blue Mountains and you’ll come across the Hunter Valley region. This region is full of vineyards producing some of the best wine in New South Wales. You can explore as part of a tour or, as we did, hire bicycles and cycle from vineyard to vineyard.
The great thing about Hunter Valley is that it’s not just about the wine here. You’ll also find some great beer and there are a tonne of delis, chocolate shops and cheese factories that’ll have you salivating. If you’re a foodie make sure you stop off in the Hunter Valley!
Posts from Hunter Valley
Where to stay in the Hunter Valley
We camped at a great RV park in the Hunter Valley which is listed on the map above. However, for a more luxurious experience, you should take a look at these hotels in Hunter Vally.
Want to extend your trip in New South Wales?
There’s so much to do in New South Wales so before you head off north, or go down south, why not explore the state a little more?
The links below are full of information about some more of New South Wales’ hottest destinations to add to your NSW itinerary: