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. Hastings Moonlight Movies

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Saturday 28 April 2018 , Port Macquarie

    Hastings Moonlight Movies is a free family entertainment program sponsored by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and is held in public parks or reserves around the local area. Venues are in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Bonny Hills. It's an …

    27 Apr - 28 Apr
  2. Autumn Arts Extravaganza

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Nimbin

    The Autumn Arts Extravaganza is a major annual exhibition curated by the Nimbin Artist Gallery located within the School of Arts complex. The gallery is open daily and can be accessed from the main street next to the hall. During the exhib…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr
  3. Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Maclean

    From ballet to jazz, modern to tap and even song and dance, the Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod is full of competition and entertainment. An annual event in the lovely township of Maclean, if you or your kids are passionate dance performers…

    27 Apr - 05 May
  4. Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

    Friday 27 April 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…

    27 Apr - 11 Jul
  5. Mullum Farmers Market

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Friday 15 February 2019 , Mullumbimby

    Mullumbimby Farmers' Market, every Friday morning 7am to 11am, is where you'll see Mullum at its colourful best. The market has become the gathering spot for Mullumbimby's vibrant community, re-inventing the age old tradition of a communit…

    27 Apr - 15 Feb
  6. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Friday 27 April 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 …

    27 Apr - 14 Oct
  7. Heritage Festival Port Macquarie

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Port Macquarie

    Autumn is the perfect season to discover the region's rich history during the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Heritage Festival. As one of the oldest settlements in NSW, so much awaits you to discover or rediscover, including the region…

    27 Apr - 20 May