New South Wales North Coast Holidays
The North Coast is a very popular New South Wales holiday region, extending from the beaches at Woolgoolga in the north to Bulahdelah and the Myall Lakes National Park in the south and west to the New England Highway.
The North Coast offers an unsurpassed selection of beaches and holiday choices for anyone seeking a beach and ocean style vacation. This is also the region to hike World Heritage National Parks, taking in the rainforests and waterfalls.
The accommodation throughout the region caters for all budgets with farm stays, beach retreats, motels, country cabins, apartments, caravan parks and camp sites. This is popular area for backpackers and campervans are a popular option for cheap travel.
Watersports of every kind are available all year round. There is golf, surfing, diving with morays and giant turtles, whale and dolphin watching, every kind of fishing, canoeing, houseboats and farm stays, skydiving, abseiling, rock climbing, white water rafting, horse riding.... the list is endless.
Places of Interest - North Coast
Woolgoolga - a small quiet resort north of Coffs Harbour with fine beaches. The town is home to an Indian Sikh population.
Coffs Harbour - major holiday centre of New South Wales with its crescent shaped beaches and banana plantations on the surrounding hills. Bushwalk the World Heritage listed Dorrigo and New England National Parks and visit the arts and crafts communities at Bellingen. Coffs Harbour is the jumping off point for white water rafting in the Nymboida River with deep sea fishing charters and diving in the Solitary Islands marine reserve. Tours are available to nearby Aboriginal sites and to see the nesting muttonbirds on Muttonbird Island.
Nambucca Heads - a quiet resort town overlooking the Nambucca River with an excellent lookout of the coast from Pilot Lookout.
Kempsey - an inland town serving the surrounding community and home of the famous Akubra hat. It is better known for the surrounding beach areas at Crescent Head and running north through the Hat Head National Park to South West Rocks.
Port Macquarie - originally a convict settlement built on the Hastings River with both ocean and river frontages. A chance to visit koala parks, a koala hospital, several heritage buildings and a working replica of an 1880's timber town inland at Wauchope. An opportunity to see decent surf at the local beaches where watersports are the major activity.
Taree - services the farming communities of the rich Manning River valley. Crowdy Bay National Park sits along the northern coast. Make a visit to Ellenborough Falls, the highest waterfall in Australia as well as the hot Springs at Mt George. Travel inland to the rural community of Gloucester for some trout and perch fishing.
Barrington Tops National Park - 39,000 spectacular hectares of World Heritage listed forest wilderness situated on rugged Barrington Plateau rising to around 1600 metres. Home to Antartic beech, eucalypts and rainforest species. Plenty of lookouts, walking trails and picnic spots. Subject to snowing in winter and sudden weather changes at any time.
Tuncurry - Forster - twin towns at the entrance to Wallis Lake. Some excellent ocean beaches at Forster as well the quiet lake areas. Visit the first Amish community at Nabiac near Forster. Dolphin watching cruises operate from Forster and there is an Aboriginal art centre in the town.
Bulahdelah & Myall Lakes - a major centre for cruising, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and houseboat holidays on the large network of shallow lakes that provide a natural habitat for pelicans, sea eagles, koalas and kangaroos.