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.


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    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 cities.

    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.

    BY RAIL
    The Sydney to Brisbane CountryLink XPT operates 3 times daily Stopping at. 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 and Grafton,
    An additional 7.00am Monday, Wednesday, Friday service stops at Karuah, Port Macquarie, Crescent Head and Coffs Harbour

    Australian Rail Services website is a great place to find Australian travel services, prices and timetables.

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