Breakwall in Port Macquarie.

North Coast

New South Wales

The North Coast has some of the best beaches in Australia at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, the Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour area, Port Stephens & Newcastle.

This beautiful coastline has a lush hinterland of rivers and tropical rainforests well worth exploring. If you're the adventurous type who wants to get away from it all, you can pitch your tent in countless locations throughout NSW National Parks & go bushwalking, swimming, surfing, canoeing and fishing. NSW has a plethora of caravanning and camping locations to choose from.

Port Stephens has golden beaches and crystal clear waters populated with friendly dolphins. The Nymboida River offers rainforest camping by the river and great kayaking, bushwalking, fishing and a refreshing waterhole for a swim.  Byron Bay, is the most easterly point of Australia & is well known for its pristine beaches, great surfing spots in the summer, various arts festivals, events and markets.

Ballina serves as a tourism gateway and has access to several beaches, such as Shelley's Beach. You can visit historical sites such as the Ballina Manor and the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum. Ballina's most famous landmark is the 'Big Prawn', you'll know it when you see it.

The Richmond River and  its estuaries abound with marine wildlife and provide for recreational fishing and water sports.  The river rises in the Great Dividing Range and is joined by 12 tributaries, including the Wilsons River, before reaching its mouth at the Coral Sea of the South Pacific Ocean near between Ballina.

Only 4 hours’ drive north of Sydney is Port Macquarie, a beautiful coastal town at the mouth of the Hastings River, known for its beaches, wildlife and penal colony past. Port Macquarie is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Hastings River, and surrounded by lush hinterland.

The major airport for the region, servicing Byron Bay and Lismore, is in Ballina. The airport has links to Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney.


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Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes was born and raised in Macksville. In November 2014 he was struck on the neck by a cricket ball in a Sheffield Shield match dying several days later.


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