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.

Parasailing at Nobby's Head beach, Newcastle

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. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Tuesday 26 June 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…

    26 Jun - 25 May
  2. Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , Byron Bay

    Looking for volunteer work with a view? If you’ve got a minimum of 3 hours a week to spare, come and be part of a friendly team at Cape Byron. Lead guided tours of the museum and lighthouse, sharing the area’s fascinating maritime history w…

    26 Jun - 11 Jul
  3. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Toronto

    Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. 'Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth' presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives …

    26 Jun - 22 Jul
  4. Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Port Macquarie

    Primavera at 25: MCA Collection celebrates twenty-five years of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s Primavera exhibition. Taking this significant milestone as a departure point, Primavera at 25 brings together works by 19 artists an…

    26 Jun - 19 Aug