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. Eltham Valley Pantry Private Dining Experience

    Thursday 23 August 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…

    23 Aug - 03 Aug
  2. Yoga with Maz

    Thursday 23 August 2018 to Thursday 27 September 2018 , Nimbin

    Join Maz for Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa is the Sanskrit word for "flow", and vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical pos…

    23 Aug - 27 Sep
  3. Hollow Coves Byron Bay

    Thursday 23 August 2018 , Byron Bay

    Coming off the back of their first-ever North American tour and a run of European dates supporting UK singer-songwriter Tom Walker, Hollow Coves have also just released their new single ‘Ran Away’. A series of UK festivals and recording tim…

    23 Aug
  4. Love Sea Food

    Thursday 23 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Nelson Bay

    If you love food this one's for you. Head to glorious Port Stephens, two and a half hours north of Sydney in August for a month-long celebration of the fresh and delicious Port Stephens food and the fisherman and farmers who catch and harve…

    23 Aug - 31 Aug
  5. Lismore Produce Markets

    Thursday 23 August 2018 to Thursday 14 February 2019 , Lismore

    The Lismore Produce Market is held in the heart of Lismore's central business district with around 30 stalls selling 100 per cent locally grown seasonal goods. Stalls include produce, seedlings, handmade cosmetics, cleaning products, can…

    23 Aug - 14 Feb
  6. Grafton Farmers Market

    Thursday 23 August 2018 to Thursday 27 July 2028 , Grafton

    Discover the flavoursome taste of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs just harvested, much of it grown organically, chemical free and local, purchased directly from the grower. Enjoy the wonderful assortment of condiments in the wa…

    23 Aug - 27 Jul
  7. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Thursday 23 August 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 …

    23 Aug - 14 Oct
  8. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Thursday 23 August 2018 to Saturday 25 May 2019 , Port Macquarie

    Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail celebrates one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and the outstanding work of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - the first facility in the world solely dedicated to care and conserve the koala. Estab…

    23 Aug - 25 May