Must-do stops on the legendary NSW Pacific Coast

24 May 2013

Cape Byron Lighthouse on the NSW Pacific Coast

Travelling the New South Wales Pacific Coast is always a brilliant experience – with so many things to see and do, even if you have travelled this road before you are bound to find something new to discover.

If you are looking for a bit of travel inspiration before you pile into the car for your next road trip, check out some of our favourite stops on the legendary NSW Pacific Coast.

The Big Banana

There are many ‘big’ landmarks on the route between Sydney and Brisbane, but none are more famous than the Big Banana.

Located in Coffs Harbour, the Big Banana is among Australia’s most-photographed landmarks and has been a firm favourite on Pacific Coast family road trips for generation. This landmark is open daily from 9:00 until 16:30, with the exception of Christmas Day.

Australian Reptile Park

The kids might be die-hard animal lovers, or you might be keen to get your first close-up look at some of Australia’s most distinctive wildlife.

Either way, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more interactive and entertaining venue for visitors of all ages. Located near Gosford, Australian Reptile Park is home to Elvis, the largest crocodile in NSW, as well as giant Galapagos tortoise Hugo, who can sometimes be spotted taking walks around the park!

Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse

One of the icons of the NSW Pacific Coast is the distinctive lighthouse on the Cape Byron headland.

This is the most easterly point of mainland Australia and boasts plenty of spectacular scenery, including sweeping cliffs, a protected nature reserve and views of the stunning beach at Byron Bay. In the winter months, this is also a brilliant place to spot whales as they make their migration along the Pacific coast – keep an eye out from shore or book a tour to get out and see these gentle giants close up!

Barrington Tops National Park

If you find your travels take you to Gloucester, it is well worth paying a visit to Barrington Tops National Park, which showcases some of New South Wales’ finest natural scenery.

Here, you will be able to see how the land has been carved into fascinating shapes by ancient volcanic activity as it rises from sea level to heights of more than 1,500 metres.

Bushwalkers will particularly love the tracks and circuits spread throughout the park, from the World Heritage-listed sub-tropical rainforests in the lower valleys to the sub-alpine woodlands above.

Barrington Tops National Park is also home to more than 50 species of rare and threatened plant and animal life, which makes it a favourite destination for those who love to get back to nature.

How do I plan my trip?

If you are keen to experience the legendary Pacific Coast for yourself, let Visit NSW help you plan your journey!

One of the greatest tools we have to offer is our Legendary Pacific Coast App, which can be downloaded for free from iTunes. Here, you’ll find plenty of great features to help you make the most of your trip, including destination guides and convenient maps.

While you can take as much time as you like to explore the NSW Pacific Coast, we have also prepared a handy itinerary to help you get the best possible experience from your trip as you make your way north from Sydney to Tweed Heads. Of course, you can always travel from the north to the south too for an unforgettable NSW road trip.