North Coast

The North Coast of NSW stretches out north of Newcastle to the Queensland border, with beach towns dotted amongst the bushland spread along the Pacific Coast. Byron Bay is one of the region’s main draw cards, renowned for its surf beaches, lush hinterland, festivals and laid back, country-meets-alternative vibe. The North Coast has a lovely warm climate, making it a year-round holiday spot. December to April is prime beachgoing time, June to July brings whales to the coast, and September to November the Jacaranda trees come into flower with gorgeous violet blooms.

One of the best ways to explore the North Coast of NSW is to follow the Legendary Pacific Coast touring route. Drive from Sydney through the Central Coast, through Newcastle and on to Port Stephens. Then it’s on to Port Macquarie, South West Rocks and on to Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Yamba. The final stretch takes you through Ballina, Lismore and Byron Bay and on to Tweed heads. You can complete this journey comfortably in less than a week, or take your time and really take it all in.

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