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.


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  1. The Wonders of the Hannah Cabinet

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Wednesday 06 February 2019 , Lismore

    The Hannah Cabinet is Geoff Hannah’s masterpiece and was made over a six year period using 34 different Australian and international timbers, four species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone with extensive marquetry inlays on 18 doo…

    21 Mar - 06 Feb
  2. Wauchope Lasiandra Festival

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Monday 26 March 2018 , Wauchope

    The first Lasiandra Festival was held in 1984 and it has continued annually since then, always taking place from the second Saturday in March to coincide with the floral spectacular of the lasiandra in bloom. The festival is run entirely by…

    21 Mar - 26 Mar
  3. Caricatures You Have Known

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 25 March 2018 , Coffs Harbour

    Coffs Harbour's Bunker Cartoon Gallery's exhibition Caricatures You Have Known is especially selected from the Bunker's own collection, where you can revisit some familiar faces and meet a few new ones.…

    21 Mar - 25 Mar
  4. Geoff Harvey: Dogged

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Lismore

    Geoff Harvey is a Sydney based artist who has been a practicing artist for over forty years. His practice moves across the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage and sculpture. He has exhibited widel…

    21 Mar - 01 Apr
  5. Spiegeltent Newcastle

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 , Newcastle

    Spiegeltent Newcastle is presented by Strut and Fret in association with Civic Theatre Newcastle. For three weeks Civic Park comes to life with the beloved Spiegeltent. This time the sell-out international show Blanc de Blanc is the head…

    21 Mar - 15 Apr
  6. Beguile: European Masters: 17th-20th Century

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Lismore

    Looking back at the greats of European art history one cannot help but be impressed by the mastery of the art, and captured by the artistic, social and political climate around which it was made. Lismore Regional Gallery is truly privileged…

    21 Mar - 06 May
  7. Arakoon bushcare group

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , South West Rocks

    The fragile coastal dune system of Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks and Kempsey, is under threat from invasive weeds such as bitou bush. Volunteer for two hours of weeding each week to help eradicate invasive weeds and restore n…

    21 Mar - 11 Jul