North Coast

Highlights

North Coast beaches

From great surfing beaches to World Heritage rainforest to playful dolphins, the North Coast of NSW is the perfect place for fun and adventure. Go kayaking with dolphins and whales, or simply relax on a beautiful beach and savour freshly caught seafood.

  • Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay
  • Port Stephens

About the North Coast

Discover uncrowded beaches, tranquil rivers and lakes, World Heritage rainforest and dramatic volcanic hinterland on the North Coast of NSW. Snorkel and dive coral reefs in crystal-clear waters or watch playful dolphins and majestic whales while kayaking or on a boat cruise.

Drive the Legendary Pacific Coast, a magnificent touring route through 48 national parks and 12 state forests as well as towns, villages and excellent surfing beaches. On your trip, stop in Newcastle, NSW's second-largest city, and stretch your legs on the Bathers Way coastal walk.

Port Stephens Scenic

With many beautiful attractions and fascinating tours, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see, such as the resident dolphins in Port Stephens. Port Macquarie is another great destination, with its food festivals such as Tastings on Hastings, Koala Hospital and exciting outdoor adventures.

Coffs Harbour is another adventure paradise and home of the Big Banana, one of Australia’s iconic big things. Go snorkelling in the Solitary Islands Marine Park with Jetty Dive Centre. Nearby is the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park, where Skywalk takes you above rainforest canopy.

Scenic North Coast countryside

Along the North Coast you'll find plenty of accommodation options to suit your budget. Check out the events calendar when planning your trip through the gorgeous countryside. Taste delicious fresh seafood on offer, including Hastings River oysters and prawns in Yamba and Ballina, home of the Big Prawn. In Byron Bay enjoy the thrilling adventure of kayaking near whales and dolphins with Go Sea Kayaks and Cape Byron Kayaks.

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Local areas

  • Byron Bay Area Lush hinterland, sparkling beaches, popular beach culture, great shopping and lively events calendar.
  • Clarence Coast Grafton is on the banks of Clarence River with endless outdoor adventures and great surfing beaches.
  • Coffs Harbour Area Adventure sports, world-class golf courses, art galleries, cafes and plenty of exciting events.
  • Forster & Taree Area With superb beaches, the Manning River and Great Lakes, this region is dominated by water sports.
  • Kempsey Area This historic river town is close to national parks and majestic beaches such as Crescent Head.
  • Lake Macquarie Area Linking the lake, beaches and mountains are more than 90 villages, with great surfing and heritage towns
  • Lismore Area Famous for its World Heritage-listed rainforests and national parks, alternative lifestyle and festivals
  • Newcastle Area A vibrant cosmopolitan city perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches.
  • Port Macquarie Area The Hastings River flows into the Port Macquarie sea, national parks'region,surf beaches,coastline.
  • Port Stephens Area Golden beaches, a beautiful bay and plenty to do; surfing,kayaking, bushwalking, and dolphin-watch cruises.
  • The Tweed Area Enjoy a beautiful coastline and sub tropical climate, stunning resorts and great dining in style.