The North Coast of New South Wales is a country region stretching from Newcastle in the south until Tweed Heads just before the Queensland border in the north. It’s approximately 600km north of Sydney and is very popular due to its large size and numerous attractions.
The main towns that make up the North Coast are Newcastle, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Nelsons Bay. Within this area are several well known sub regions such as the Coffs Coast, incorporating Bellingen and Dorrigo, and the Tweed Shire and Tweed Valley.
Because of the vast area of land within the North Coast, holiday makers tend to customise their particular tastes and needs.
Surfing or spending time down at the beach is always popular as are adventure sports such as white- water rafting, sky diving and off road four-wheel-driving.
Why not chill out and take advantage of one of the many picnic areas and national parks throughout the region?
Pop in and “drop out” at Byron Bay browsing the streets and admiring a range of local arts and crafts stores located in this alternative town.
The Bellingen and Dorrigo Mountain Ranges have a wide variety of nature and bush walks featuring tours of the sub tropical rainforests. Bindarri National Park, Bongil Bongil National Park and Bruxner Park Flora Reserve are all within 30 mins drive of Coffs Harbour and are worth a look.
The world heritage listed Dorrigo National Park is an area of unparalleled natural beauty that takes your breath away. Located about an hours drive west of Coffs Harbour, it attracts visitors all year round as it’s one of the most accessible rainforests in Australia. Features of the park include rainforest canopy bushwalks, interactive exhibits and a café.
Why not rent a car and go for a drive through winding country roads and visit historic townships such as Lismore, Evans Head, Kyogle and Casino and sample some local cuisine or home wares?
Dining options on the North Coast are localised to the many towns that make up the region. Restaurants and cafés are located throughout offering a variety of contemporary Australian cuisines. Highlights include the Jetty Strip at Coffs Harbour, organic goodies at Byron Bay and seafood at Tweeds Heads.
Accommodation options are all throughout the North Coast area and range from budget to luxurious and everything in between. Camping sites are up and down the North Coast as are bed and breakfasts, homestays and serviced apartments.