Getting to North Coast
Explore North Coast national parks
Wherever you go on the North Coast, a national park will be close by. Discover World Heritage rainforests, visit an historic lighthouse or explore the amazing world beneath the waves at Solitary Island Marine Park, off the North Coast at Coffs Harbour.
Getting to the North Coast
When the sparkling beaches, laid-back lifestyle and lushness of the NSW North Coast hinterland beckons, it's good to know that getting here has never been easier. The long stretch of stunning coastline from Sydney to Tweed Heads is well serviced by Countrylink trains, air, coach and tours. If you're keen to self-drive, follow the Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route along the coast from Sydney to Brisbane. Byron Bay, for instance, is a nine hour drive from Sydney and about two hours' drive from Brisbane.
The major domestic airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, Rex Airlines and Virgin Australia) fly to major destinations on the North Coast. These include Newcastle, Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore and Ballina. Take advantage of fly/drive packages to get out and explore the diverse regions.
Other popular destinations include Port Stephens, just a few hours' drive north of Sydney and easily accessible by daily coach from Sydney Central Station. The nearest airport is in Newcastle, 25 minutes away.
Port Macquarie is five hours' drive from Sydney or you can fly with Virgin Australia and Qantas have 2-3 flights daily.
Coffs Harbour on the Coffs Coast is about a 6.5-hour drive from Sydney. Virgin Australia and Qantas have several flights a day to Coffs while CountryLink has three trains a day from Sydney.
Travel to Byron Bay via Ballina Airport with Jetstar, Virgin Australia or Regional Express. Regular CountryLink rail services also operate to Byron.
Tweed Heads is the most northern town in NSW, easy to get to using combined rail/coach services which can be booked through CountryLink. Located between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, it's about two hours' drive from Brisbane and minutes from Gold Coast Airport.
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4.2km (return) - 1.5 hour (each way) - Medium difficulty
The Patonga to Pearl Beach walking track follows the Great North Walk through the beautiful red gums of Brisbane Water National Park. ...
Warrah lookout offers spectacular views across Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, making this a great spot to visit all year round. Put your eyes to the test and see if you can make out the finer de...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/brisbane-water-national-park/warrah-lookout/lookout
Come and be captivated by the uncrowded beaches and pristine headlands of Goolawah National Park, near Kempsey on the NSW North Coast. Roaming through these coastal surroundings, you can't help feelin...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/goolawah-national-park
Tyagarah Nature Reserve protects a lovely strip of coastline, which runs for 7km between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. The coastal heath provides a gorgeous backdrop to the reserve's unspoilt beach. ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/tyagarah-nature-reserve
2km (one way) - 0.5 hour - Easy difficulty
Boggy Creek walk is an easy, short walk that allows you to meander through the rainforest at your leisure between Minyon falls and Rummery Park camp...