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North Coast region

Overview

Home to some of the best beaches in Australia, North Coast NSW national parks boast spectacular walking tracks, top spots for whale watching, snorkelling and fishing - and World Heritage Gondwana rainforests.

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The NSW North Coast is a place of exceptional beauty, stretching from Newcastle and Hunter region – including Hunter Valley – to Australia’s most easterly point in Byron Bay. 

Discover the coastal lake systems of Myall Lakes National Park, near Newcastle - ideal for fishing, swimming, kayaking and boating. Walk along the unpopulated coastlines and rainforest wetlands of Hat Head and Arakoon national parks, claiming their secluded beaches as your own for a refreshing swim and picnic. Further north, near Coffs Harbour, you'll find the World Heritage Gondwana-era rainforests of Dorrigo National Park - the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on Earth.

Our North Coast national parks are also a hot spot for whale watching. Catch a glimpse of migrating whales from national park headlands and lookouts, or go on a whale watching tour in Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour or Port Stephens. From beach to bush environments, North Coast NSW has many exciting activities to offer.

Activities in this region (421)

Discover Victoria Park Nature Reserve

Bangalow palm, Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Artist: NSW Government.

Victoria Park Nature Reserve

Victoria Park Nature Reserve, in the Northern Rivers, provides a short rainforest boardwalk, wildlife, accessible picnicking facilities and unique Aboriginal heritage; ideal for school excursions.

Camp by the beach

Delicate campground, Goolawah National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Delicate campground

Delicate campground, in Goolawah Regional Park near Crescent Head, offers beach camping and caravan camping and welcomes those camping with dogs. It’s the ideal Kempsey region camping spot.

Explore the North Coast by 4WD

Hastings Forest Way touring route, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Hastings Forest Way touring route

See Gondwana rainforest, go camping, birdwatching and enjoy amazing scenery on a scenic drive through Hastings Forest Way touring route near Port Macquarie and Wauchope.

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Pebbles on Yuraygir Coastal walk, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary