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.

Kitesurfing at Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, with Nobbys Lighthouse in the distance

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. Oktoberfest at Murrays Brewery

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Nelson Bay

    Oktoberfest has become a very popular event and beer style to produce in other parts of the world, including at Murray’s Brewery at Bobs Farm, Port Stephens. Murray’s Oktoberfest festival starts on Saturday 29 September on the long weekend…

    16 Oct - 28 Oct
  2. Slim Dusty Festival

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Kempsey

    Fun and Friendly Country Music Festival for all ages in October with camping on site - choose powered and unpowered sites. Their great bus tour this year will be to Slim Dusty's childhood homestead and The Pub with No Beer with morning tea …

    16 Oct - 21 Oct
  3. ArtExpress

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 to Sunday 04 November 2018 , Port Macquarie

    ArtExpress is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work developed by NSW Visual Arts students for the Higher School Certificate. The exhibitions are a high quality teaching and learning resource representing best practice in visua…

    16 Oct - 04 Nov
  4. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 to Tuesday 22 January 2019 , Lismore

    The Lismore Organic Market is a weekly market committed to providing local organic produce, reducing the carbon footprint. Stallholders have travelled an average of 20 kilometres rather than at least 1000 kilometres you would expect from mo…

    16 Oct - 22 Jan
  5. 30th Rotary Cartoon Awards Exhibition

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Coffs Harbour

    The Rotary Cartoon Awards are back at the Bunker! Now in its 30th year, showcasing works from Australian, international, and school-age cartoonists. Always fiercely competitive, with hundreds of entries in six categories, and this year wi…

    16 Oct - 21 Oct
  6. Eltham Valley Pantry Private Dining Experience

    Wednesday 17 October 2018 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 pastri…

    17 Oct - 03 Aug
  7. Circus Rio Forster

    Wednesday 17 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Forster

    Be amazed as the incredible performers of Circus Rio take the whole family on a journey around the world, beginning at the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro! You'll be left speechless by FMX Motorbikes as they somersault over the stage - …

    17 Oct - 21 Oct