- Classic Aussie surf culture, World Heritage listed national parks, hinterland villages, great food and fine wine
- From the Central Coast north of Sydney to the Queensland border
Why go there
An intriguing blend of old and new, the North Coast is where the world’s largest expanse of subtropical rainforest meets mountains forged from ancient volcanoes.
A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale-watching, frolicking dolphins and flocks of seabirds. Inspiring surroundings attract creative personalities – artists, writers and musicians. Colourful local festivals brim with arts and crafts, kites, crystals and local produce.
Take a horseback tour or dine on the waterfront on fresh seafood and locally grown fruit accompanied by crisp white wine. Rich volcanic soils produce macadamia nuts, exotic fruits, aromatic coffee, tea, pure milk and excellent wine.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia cover more than 50 national parks and wilderness areas, from Mt Warning (where the sun first hits the Australian mainland each day) to wildlife-rich Barrington Tops.
On the North Coast, waterfalls sparkle in the sun – Ellenborough Falls is Australia’s longest single-drop waterfall.
- Tackling by 4WD the vast sand dunes of Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle.
- Tasting fine wines and fabulous food in the Hunter Valley.
- Scuba diving in the diverse marine world of Solitary Islands Marine Park, off the coast at Coffs Harbour.
- Hiking through forests, thousands of years old, in World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park.
- Enjoying the alternative vibe, local produce, drumming and dancing sessions at The Channon markets on the scenic road to Lismore.
- Visiting historic Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks.