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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Yoga with Maz

    Tuesday 29 May 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…

    29 May - 27 Sep
  2. Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Sunday 03 June 2018 , Wingham

    The Manning Valley Historical Society annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. Clans from all over the country descend on the town of Wingham to enjoy a Scottish Concert. Then, visit the genealogy fair (tutorial and research), poet's b…

    29 May - 03 Jun
  3. Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , Byron Bay

    Looking for volunteer work with a view? If you’ve got a minimum of 3 hours a week to spare, come and be part of a friendly team at Cape Byron. Lead guided tours of the museum and lighthouse, sharing the area’s fascinating maritime history w…

    29 May - 11 Jul
  4. Casino Beef Week

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 , Casino

    The Casino Beef Week Festival is an energetic and vibrant show of united community. The festival runs for 11 days and has approximately 100 events. It is one of the region's most widely known and popular festivals with around 26,000 peo…

    29 May
  5. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Tuesday 29 May 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…

    29 May - 25 May
  6. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Toronto

    Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. 'Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth' presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives …

    29 May - 22 Jul
  7. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 29 May 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…

    29 May - 22 Jan
  8. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Wednesday 30 May 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 …

    30 May - 14 Oct