North Coast

Discover the natural beauty, incredible wildlife and rich heritage of the North Coast of NSW, Australia. Relax on uncrowded beaches, go kayaking with dolphins and whales, explore the striking volcanic hinterland, walk in UNESCO World Heritage rainforest, and savour freshly caught seafood.

Newcastle is NSW’s second-largest city. Enjoy a vibrant cultural scene and Merewether Beach, one of several iconic National Surfing Reserves on the North Coast. The heritage is intriguing, too. Fort Scratchley is Australia’s only coastal fortification to fire upon a World War II enemy naval vessel.

Coastal aerial view of Nobbys Lighthouse at Nobbys Head, Newcastle

You’ll find wonderful things to do and see all along the coast, such as the sea caves at Caves Beach or Port Stephens’ dolphins. In Greater Port Macquarie is the Koala Hospital and Timbertown, a heritage theme park. There are national parks to explore and pretty beachside reserves for family picnics.

Whale watching is popular between May and November. Vantage points are dotted along the beautifully rugged coastline, or get up close on a boat cruise. The commonest encounters are humpbacks, the stars of the annual migration because they leap out of the water and roll in the air.

The Coffs Coast 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 the Skywalk takes you above rainforest canopy.

A humpback whale breaching near Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

There are many more outdoor adventures, from bushwalking to kayaking on wild rivers in the Clarence Valley, diving with grey nurse sharks off South West Rocks, surfing world-famous point breaks and skydiving. In Byron Bay enjoy the thrill of kayaking near whales, dolphins and turtles.

Accommodation options suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning in beachside holiday parks and national parks to beach houses, hotels, luxury resorts and hinterland retreats. When planning your holiday, check out the eclectic events calendar for festivals, markets and shows.

Getting to the North Coast is easy by road, rail or air. The Legendary Pacific Drive is a magnificent touring route between Sydney and Tweed Heads, winding past national parks and state forests as well as towns, villages and stunning beaches. Below you’ll find an interactive map for the drive.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Eltham Valley Pantry Private Dining Experience

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Saturday 03 August 2019 , Lismore

    Enjoy an intimate breakfast or lunch at a private table set in a pecan plantation in the picturesque Eltham Valley. This stunning property offers local produce and a French-style breakfast of freshly baked croissants, petite Danish…

    24 Apr - 03 Aug
  2. NRF Harvest Food Festival

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Byron Bay

    Northern Rivers Food (NRF) is an independent, not-for-profit food industry association in the Northern Rivers region, with members from gate to plate. Their NRF Harvest Food Festival has been developed by food producers in the region who…

    24 Apr - 05 May
  3. Bonny Hills Artists Easter Exhibition

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , North Haven

    Twelve Bonny Hills artists have grouped together to run an annual Easter exhibition at Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Lifesavings Club. All of these artists have met through their art and are members of the Hastings Valley Fine Arts Society…

    24 Apr - 28 Apr
  4. Nimbin Farmers Market

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019 , Nimbin

    The Nimbin Farmers' Market is held each Wednesday afternoon from 3pm. A great opportunity to buy fresh produce with very limited food miles, including bread, meat, vegetables, tofu, cheeses, and other seasonal fruit and veges. All produce…

    24 Apr - 25 Sep
  5. Yamba Ukes Jam Session

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 , Yamba

    Yamba Ukes have a fortnightly Jam Session at Latitude 20 Cafe. They play the ukulele, laugh, learn and sign their hearts out. Playing music in a group is wonderful therapy for everyone. All levels of experience are welcome from beginners…

    24 Apr
  6. Yamba Farmers and Producers Market

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Wednesday 01 September 2021 , Yamba

    A few years ago the seaside village of Yamba in Northern NSW was voted by the Australian Traveller Magazine 'the Best Town In Australia'. Not a whole lot has changed except with the introduction of the Yamba Farmers and Producers Market…

    24 Apr - 01 Sep
  7. Bird's Eye View Cartoon Art Exhibition

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    Where would the world be without women? In celebration of International Women’s Day the National Cartoon Gallery at The Bunker, Coffs Harbour is showcasing a special selection of cartoons, from a Bird’s Eye View: women cartoonists and…

    24 Apr - 28 Apr