North Coast Adventure
In the beautiful North Coast are many unforgettable outdoor adventures. Enjoy swimming with wild dolphins, diving with sea turtles, surfing that perfect wave, whitewater kayaking or sand-boarding on giant dunes, to name just a few. You’ll discover UNESCO World Heritage rainforest on walking trails.
Other great experiences include camping, fishing, whale watching and adrenalin-pumping skydiving, hang-gliding or paragliding. You can even go scuba diving with fearsome-looking yet harmless grey nurse sharks in Fish Rock Cave, one of the best cave dives in the world just off South West Rocks.
From spectacular drives on the Legendary Pacific Coast to 4WD touring in magnificent hinterland wilderness or hot-air ballooning as dawn breaks or bushwalking to a sublime lookout, getting to your destination is a lot of the fun. How about captaining your own houseboat on a tranquil waterway?
The best World Heritage rainforest walking trails on the NSW North Coast include:
- Wonga walk in Dorrigo National Park
- Iluka Rainforest track in the Iluka Nature Reserve
- Border loop walk in Border Rangers National Park
- Protestors Falls track in Nightcap National Park
- Lyrebird track in Wollumbin National Park
Four-wheel-drive beach experiences include Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands, near Port Stephens. Here, you’ll be in awe of the towering Stockton sand dunes - up to 40 metres high. Sand Dune Adventures combines Aboriginal cultural heritage with quad-bike riding on the dunes.
Some of the world's best surf beaches are along the marvellous coast, including iconic National Surfing Reserves in Newcastle, Crescent Head, Lennox Head and Angourie, south of Yamba. Or simply relax on the soft sand or take surfing lessons at gorgeous beaches stretched along the coast.
Marine parks offer wonderful water adventures, too. Go swimming with wild dolphins with Dolphin Swim Australia in Port Stephens. See turtles, rays and other marine life diving in Solitary Islands Marine Park with Jetty Dive or in Cape Byron Marine Park with Sundive Byron Bay or Blue Bay Divers.
For aerial thrill-seekers, popular skydiving spots are Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay, near the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park. The remnants of the ancient Tweed Volcano form the Wollumbin peak, a sacred Aboriginal site also known as Mount Warning.
One of Australia's best whitewater rafting and kayaking rivers is the upper Nymboida River in the Clarence Valley hinterland. For calmer waters, there are estuaries and lakes along the coastline where dolphins frolic and fish bite, such as the Clarence River, the Great Lakes and Lake Macquarie.