Bridge over the Macleay River at Kempsey. Sunset at South West Rocks.
View over Coffs Harbour.
Overlooking Nambucca Heads.
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THE NORTH COAST - Sydney's Northern Playground
North of Newcastle the Pacific Highway mainly runs along the coast to just south of Grafton,
passing through numerous towns and cities in a fascinating and scenic area known as the North Coast.
Endowed with numerous national parks, lakes, waterfalls, golden beaches and quaint seaside villages
there are major commercial centres every so often where you can stock up on provisions and equipment as
you explore the many attractions of the region.
From this network of small towns along the highway and coast, roads lead west to the spectacular hinterland in the
rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range which provides the western horizon. Occasionally you will need to drive east to
explore the coastline and national parks like the Myall Lakes and Yuraygir National Park. Lighthouses are dotted along the
coastline and cruises and hire boats are sometimes available, as is Scuba gear hire for the more adventurous.
The area is noted for the variety of water activities including boating, fishing, surfing, water
skiing and diving. The Solitary Islands Marine Park at Coffs Harbour is the first declared marine park
in New South Wales and offers spectacular and interesting dives.
There are excellent and challenging golf courses, walking and horse riding trails and many man-made
attractions to explore.
The North Coast enjoys a sub-tropical climate with warm to hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters.
Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year.
There are many motels, hotels and caravan parks to choose from catering for every budget. Use the
Accommodation Search below to find your options.
Discover golden sandy beaches, rainforests, fascinating attractions and scenic national parks.
MAJOR PLACES OF INTEREST:
The Big Banana: Coffs Harbour. One of many of Australia's 'Big Things'.
The Waterfall Way
Spectacular 170km drive between Urunga and Armidale over the Great Dividing Range.
Solitary Islands Marine Reserve: Coffs Harbour
The first marine park established in NSW, stretches over 75 km from Muttonbird Island in the south to
the Sandon River and Plover Island in the north.
The marine park incorporates estuaries and foreshores and extends offshore to the 3 nautical mile state waters boundary.
It covers an area of around 72 200 hectares.
Dorrigo National Park: Dorrigo
The Dorrigo National Park is a World Heritage listed rainforest area near Coffs Harbour in the
northern coastal area of the state. Rainforest walks, thunderous waterfalls and prolific plant and
wildlife are features of the park.
Myall Lakes Forster-Tuncurry
Located in the Holiday Coast region this large area east of the highway between Raymond Terrace
and Taree is made up of many lakes offering water sports of all types.
Dorrigo Historical Museum: Dorrigo
Kempsey Cultural Centre & Museum Kempsey
Headland Historical Museum Nambucca Heads
Model Train Museum Pelican St. Nambucca Heads
Timbertown Saw Milling Village: Wauchope
Hastings Historical Museum Port Macquarie
Mid-North Coast Maritime Museum Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie Observatory Port Macquarie
Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve Port Macquarie
Manning Regional Art Gallery: Taree
The Urunga Museum: Urunga Displays
documents,photographs and memorabilia of the town in an historic building in Morgo St.
ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES:
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Information is available from the Visitor Centres in the district.
GETTING THERE BY ROAD
The North Coast mainly lies along the Pacific Highway (1) between Newcastle in the south and Grafton in the north.
There are several roads joining it from the New England Highway in the west including the scenic Waterfall Way some 170km. between Armidale and Urunga.
Daily bus and rail services operate along the highway and the main North-South railway with stops in major towns and
There are airports at Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Newcastle. COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT
The Coffs Harbour Regional Airport is one of the largest and busiest regional airports in New South Wales,
handling regional, domestic and international aircraft with some nine flights a day from Sydney, Brisbane and
Melbourne with QantasLink, Virgin Australia and Brindabella Airlines.
The Sydney to Brisbane CountryLink XPT operates 3 times daily
Taree, Kendall, Wauchope, Kempsey, Eungai, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Urunga, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour and Grafton
Stops Between Grafton and Brisbane are Casino, Kyogle and Brisbane Roma Street Station. The full fare Sydney to Brisbane is around
$95,00 (April 2012) See timetable and fares
BY COACH Greyhound Australia operate 3 coaches daily between Sydney and Brisbane (7.00am, 7.00pm and 11.00pm from Sydney) stopping at
Raymond Terrace, Beresfield, Karuah, Tea Gardens, Buladelah, Coolongolook, Nabiac, Forster, Taree, Kew,
Port Macquarie, Crescent Head, Kempsey, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Urunga, Boambee, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga
An additional 7.00am Monday, Wednesday, Friday service stops at Karuah, Port Macquarie, Crescent Head and Coffs Harbour