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North Coast

The North Coast of New South Wales is a large region on the coast of New South Wales including Newcastle, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Stephens. Other centres include Hawkes Nest and Nelsons Bay.


The North coast region is a popular holiday destination offering a selection of large coastal cities and smaller seaside towns.

The North Coast of NSW is a collection of beachside towns, villages and cities offering something for everyone from a relaxing family camping holiday to 5 star hotels and resorts with every luxury imaginable, all within naturally serene environments and pristine beaches.

The corporate centre of the North Coast is Newcastle, New South Wales' second largest city with a population of around 300,000. Newcastle offers a great city break with all the amenities of a city including great bars, clubs and theatres within a relaxed portside setting with great promenade, viewing platforms to see the city and beyond and friendly locals.

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Other great areas include Nelsons Bay and Byron Bay to the far north, offering white sandy beaches and activities from doing absolutely nothing to adrenalin fired watersports.

Other areas including the more relaxed Coffs Harbour and the famous 'Big Banana', and Port Stephens, where you can go four wheel driving along 32 km of sandy beach, go snorkelling, and ride down the huge sand dunes.

Byron Bay is a beachside town in the far north coast of New South Wales. Popular with surfers, Byron is also a major tourist destination especially for young backpackers and international tourists, with Byron offering an alternative, almost hippie lifestyle.

Accommodation in Byron ranges from 5 star resorts to budget backpacker accommodation and everything in between. The location is popular for ‘schoolies week’, and a number of large music events are held here each year including Splendour in the Grass and the Blues Festival. The destination is also popular for Yoga retreats and the weekly farmers markets.

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Hotels and serviced apartments in Byron are usually boutique and no larger international hotels are available in Byron. One hotel world blue recommends is the Lord Byron Resort.

Coffs Harbour is located on the North Coast of New South Wales, near the border with Queensland. Coffs Harbour is a small city of around 80,000 residents, which offers unspoilt beaches and a famous, large banana, called ‘The Big Banana’.

Coffs Harbour was once only a stopover for drivers from Sydney’s to Brisbane – but has since become a holiday destination in itself, offering affordable accommodation in a quiet beachside setting with all amenities available. Coffs Harbour’s climate is a humid subtropical climate, offering warm weather almost all year round.

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Kids will love the Tobogganing available at the Big Banana as well - as well as the largest inflatable water slide in Australia and array of other activities.

Hawks Nest Tea Gardens, two separate towns connected by a bridge, offers a very natural setting, with 95% of its area uninhabited. Jimmys Beach is a popular resort area, with activities such as snorkelling, diving, dolphin and whale watching popular with tourists. The village atmosphere coupled with the backdrop of national parks and white beaches provide for an ideal family getaway.

Four Wheel-Driving is also popular along the designated beaches. Golf enthusiasts may also enjoy the Hawks Nest Gold Club. Accommodation in Hawks Nest is heavily booked in the summer months and it is advisable to book well in advance.

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Hawks Nest is only a short drive from Nelsons Bay and Salamander Bay, also popular holiday destinations within a 20 minute drive of eachother.

Nelsons Bay, located on the North Coast of New South Wales, is a small seaside town that provides an idyllic setting for a relaxing holiday escape. Offering a promenade of bars and restaurants along the foreshore, Nelsons Bay also provides a selection of boutique shopping and activities.

Nelsons Bay is the main town for Port Stephens, and approximately 3 hours drive north of Sydney. A selection of 4.5 star apartments and hotels are available as well as budget accommodation, of which most book heavily during the summer months. 

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Getting to Nelsons Bay involves a drive from either Sydney or Newcastle airports, being 3 hours from Sydney and 1 hour from Newcastle airport. Newcastle is also Nelsons Bay closest rail link. 

Newcastle is a thriving coastal city approximately 3 hours drive north of Sydney. Newcastle is the second most populated area in New South Wales after Sydney, and home of around 300,000 people. Newcastle is accessible by train, road, bus, and the Newcastle Airport.

Many come for business to the area, as well as to enjoy the beaches and nightlife. The city is centred around Hunter Street – which offers an array of bars and restaurants, and is only a short walk from the promenade. Hotels and apartments can be found around this area – and many fill quickly especially for weekends, as Sydneysiders come to Newcastle for a beachside escape.

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Newcastle offers a large range of hotels and apartments to choose from, including beachside resorts and city hotels. One good value option is the Travelodge Newcastle, offering 4 star value hotel rooms from A$100 per room per night.

Port Macquarie, with a population of around 50,000, is known for its relaxing seaside feel and array of family friendly activities. Port Macquarie is also conveniently located in-between Newcastle and Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales North Coast. Primarily oriented towards a more relaxing holiday than a cosmopolitan city might offer, Port Macquarie offer a large range of 4.5 star hotels to choose from – many with sweeping views over the Hastings River.

Activities at Port Macquarie include Camel Safaris, Kayak Tours and touring the nearby wineries. For the kids you can have fun at Hydro Golf and Putt Putt, or take a ride with Hastings Valley helicopters to see Port Macquarie from the air!

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Why not experience the Camden Haven annual show held every February, or come visit the Koala Hospital, open every Easter Saturday annually with activities and a great rural fair.

Port Stephens, located just north of Newcastle, is a relaxing seaside village with an array of 5 star resorts and some budget hotels to choose from. Very popular during the summer months, this small seaside village offers a wide range of accommodation options for travellers – many offering resort style rooms. Accommodation during weekends is at a premium.

Nelsons Bay and Salamander Bay are the most popular villages in Port Stephens where most hotels can be found. Activities include dolphin watching, fishing and recreational boating. Many come to explore the amazing beaches and go four-wheel driving throughout the vast sand dunes stretching 32km at Stockton Bight Sand Dunes.

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Another great way to see Port Stephens is to catch a boat to Tea Gardens, and explore the shops and restaurants in this quaint seaside village.

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