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.

Kitesurfing at Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, with Nobbys Lighthouse in the distance

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.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, Coffs Harbour

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Living Universe Coffs Harbour

    Thursday 09 August 2018 to Tuesday 14 August 2018 , Coffs Harbour

    This August, science soars into deep space in Living Universe, an Australian feature documentary tackling the momentous question: are people alone? Narrated by everyone’s favourite scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Australian astrophysicis…

    09 Aug - 14 Aug
  2. Living Universe Newcastle

    Thursday 09 August 2018 to Tuesday 14 August 2018 , Newcastle

    This August, science soars into deep space in Living Universe, an Australian feature documentary tackling the momentous question: are people alone? Narrated by everyone’s favourite scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Australian astrophysicis…

    09 Aug - 14 Aug
  3. Living Universe Lismore

    Thursday 09 August 2018 to Tuesday 14 August 2018 , Lismore

    This August, science soars into deep space in Living Universe, an Australian feature documentary tackling the momentous question: are people alone? Narrated by everyone’s favourite scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Australian astrophysicis…

    09 Aug - 14 Aug
  4. Paint pARTy Prince Hotel Merewether

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Wednesday 19 June 2019 , Newcastle

    Paint, sip and relax with Paint Your Town at The Prince Hotel, Merewether. You'll find them there every third Wednesday of the month. You don't have to be good at art to take this fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint …

    15 Aug - 19 Jun
  5. Yamba Farmers Market

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Wednesday 26 July 2028 , Yamba

    At the Yamba Farmers Market you can buy a scrumptious range of fresh seasonal produce and handcrafted delights, free-range eggs, honey, chillies and chilli products, rosella jam and organic veggies, gluten-free sweets, pecans, jams, relishe…

    15 Aug - 26 Jul
  6. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Saturday 25 May 2019 , Port Macquarie

    Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail celebrates one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and the outstanding work of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - the first facility in the world solely dedicated to care and conserve the koala. Estab…

    15 Aug - 25 May
  7. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as a collection of …

    15 Aug - 14 Oct
  8. The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Lismore

    The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial prize. Now in its sixth year the prize started as The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, a painting and drawing prize open to artists Australia wide whose artwork depicted a person from the Nor…

    15 Aug - 23 Sep