The North Coast is home to some of Australia’s best beaches at Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Port Stephens/Nelson Bay. Sink your feet into golden sand, bask in the sun or splash out on a whale watching cruise. With its reputation as a beach region, it’s no surprise that the North Coast plays host to sporting events all year round. From the world-class Ironman Triathlon in May to surfing and fishing tournaments, make sure you stick around to watch the competition or even participate in the events yourself. Families can spend the October long weekend at the Old Bar Beach Festival, which promises live entertainment, air shows and fireworks. Foodies should visit Port Macquarie and Port Stephens’ food and wine festivals, held in October and November respectively.
The region has lots to offer during the rest of the year as well. Visit Australia’s very first ‘big’ thing at Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana to pick up some delicious treats or spend a few hours at the monthly Bellingen Markets. Make a trip to Port Macquarie’s Sea Acres National Park and Rainforest which is one of the largest rainforests in NSW. For something really unique, experience the Worimi Conservation Lands at Port Stephens, which features sand dunes that stretch 32 km. Here you can explore on foot, ride a quad bike or join a 4WD tour and sand board down thirty metre high dunes.
The Legendary Pacific Coast drive is the region’s major attraction and is one of the best ways to get from Sydney to Brisbane. An almost continuous line of surf beaches, national parks, a hinterland of rolling green hills and friendly villages make this a great drive. There are plenty of attractions, adventures and fun for the whole family along the way, with landmarks at Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron Bay. Make sure to book your North Coast accommodation to rest your eyes before heading along the road again.
No matter where in the North Coast you want to go, it’s easy to get there. Coffs Harbour has its own airport and is one of the largest and busiest in New South Wales. Port Macquarie Airport is conveniently located just 5km west of Port Macquarie’s CBD. Those wanting to experience Port Stephens will need to fly into Newcastle, and from there it’s just an easy 25 minutes by car.
Don’t hesitate – book your North Coast NSW accommodation now and experience all this amazing region has to offer.
Hotels in North Coast start at AU$64 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.