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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published July 11th 2020
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The North Coast of New South Wales is home to everything that is great about holidays. Long stretches of sparkling coastline, surfing and snorkelling beaches, hidden natural gems, laidback vibes, amazing climate, and spectacular attractions.

There is so much to do, experience and explore; from nature to history, adventure to family-friendly attractions, nature to museums, and much more.

Attractions and Highlights include:

Beach Attractions:

The North Coast is blessed with a massive collection of fantastic beaches from surfing, swimming, snorkelling, fishing to a scenic stroll.

Beach highlights include:

Byron Bay- Belongil, Tallow, and Wategoes Beach

Ballina- Main and Shelly Beach

Yamba- Pipi and Angourie Beach

Lennox Head's Boulder Beach

Hastings Point- Cabarita and Pottsville Beach

Tweed Heads- Numerous beaches that cover the coastline either side of New South Wales and the Queensland border.

River Cruises:

If you just want to relax and immerse yourself with spectacular scenery without burning too much energy, a river cruise is a must.

Clarence River Cruise gives you opportunities to spot our dolphins and is accessible from Yamba or Iluka, and Tweed River Cruise marvels the sights of the towering Mount Warning, as well as impressive surrounding scenery.

National Parks:

Nature lovers will certainly be impressed with the nature gems, wildlife, breathtaking views, and plentiful nature walks at North Coast's National Parks.

Top National Parks Include Sea Acres, Broadwater, Bundjalung, Lamingtion (accessible from Tweed Heads via Broadbeach, Gold Coast), Yuraygir, Booti Booti, Barrington Tops, Yengo National Parks, and much more.

Click here for full list of North Coast National Parks.

Scenic Coastal Walks:

If you are feeling energetic or just want to explore the coast by foot, walks such as Cape Byron Walking Track, The Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, Little Bay to Smokey Cape, Yuraygir Coastal Walk, and Rawson Falls Walk are among some of the best coastal walks on the North Coast.


Whether you are pharologist (person who studies or enthused by lighthouses), a historian, or simply enjoys these towering (or not so towering) light structures, you will not be disappointed with the number of Lighthouses that call home on the North Coast.

Iconic and top lighthouses include Cape Bryon Lighthouse, Smokey Cape Lighthouse, Port Stephens Lighthouse, Tacking Point Lighthouse, and Sugarloaf Point.

Lookouts and Scenic Views:

There an array of Lookouts that will take your breath away! These include Port Morton Lookout at Lennox Point, Flat Rock Lookout, Charles Hamey Lookout, Cape Bryon Lighthouse Lookout, Iluka Bluff Lookout, Dorrigo Skywalk Lookout, North Brother Mountain Lookout, Forest Sky Pier Lookout, Thunderbolts Lookout, and much more.

Museums & Galleries:

The options are endless when it comes to Museums and Galleries across the North Coast. There is maritime, historic, Indigenous culture, to top-notch art galleries. This includes Yamba Museum, Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery, Ballina Navel & Maritime Museum, Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, Port Macquarie Surf Museum, and much more.

Family-friendly Experiences:

There are many family-friendly attractions including Macadamia Castle, Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, Amaze 'n' Place, Riccardos Tomatoes & Strawberry Farm, Butterfly House, Bago Maze, The Big Banana, Dolphin Marine Magic, and much more.

Photo Stop Attractions:

The North Coast is loaded with many picture-perfect shots; however, if you are after photo stop attractions The Big Prawn, The Big Banana, Killen Falls, Yamba Lighthouse, are some attractions you want to take snaps of.


Markets are a great place to immerse in local culture, support small artisan businesses and to experience the local regions produce, art and craft, and more.

Brunswick Heads Market, Byron Bay Farmers' Market, Kingscliff Markets, Lennox Head Community Market, Missingham Farmers' Market, Ballina, North Coast Village Market, Plateau Market at Alstonville, Pottsville Beach Markets, and Tweed Heads Markets are worth checking out.

With so many things to do, see, experience, explore and discover a road trip to the North Coast not just offers a wonderland of attractions to suit all ages, interests and budgets. It also passes some of the best coastal and inland scenery as well as many quaint and quirky towns.

Be sure to add the North Coast to your bucket list or itinerary!

Places to Eat:
There are many places to eat on the North Coast ranging from cute cafes, quaint restaurants, waterfront eateries, eateries with a view to family-friendly cafes and restaurants.

Click here for the website.

Places to Stay:

Accommodations range from quaint B&B stays, cabins, modern self-contained apartments, luxury resorts, hostels & hotels, holiday parks, camping, pet-friendly stays, and more.

Click here for the website.
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Why? Explore the North Coast of New South Wales
When: All year round
Where: North Coast, NSW
Cost: Free- Fees might apply for some National Park entries or attractions
Your Comment
Great article with lots of information. Beautiful photos too. I'm booking a North Coast holiday for Christmas and this has given me ideas, thanks Gypsy Rose. :)
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|835) 132 days ago
I am glad you found it helpful. It is a magical trip. Thank you, Maria-MPG Narratives :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|701) 132 days ago
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