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North Coast region

What to do in this region

Things to do

Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

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Cudgen Lake

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Warrell Creek, Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park. Photo: A Ingarfield

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Warrell Creek

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Front beach, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Debbie McGerty/OEH

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Front Beach

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Botanic walk trees, Willi Willi National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Botanic walk

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Bridle trail, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Debby McGerty

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Bridle trail

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The Corker trail, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

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Corker trail

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Diggers Beach, Coffs Coast Regional Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

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Diggers Beach

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Emerald Beach, Coffs Coast Regional Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

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Emerald Beach

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Riverside Park, Hunter Wetlands National Park. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government

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Riverside Park

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Rosewood loop, Border Ranges National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Rosewood loop

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Roto House, Macquarie Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

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Roto House

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Scenic trail. Photo: Susan Davies

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Scenic trail

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Waves. Photo:A Brown Copyright:NSW Government

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Wallabi Beach

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Wategos Beach in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Byron Bay. Photo: OEH/N.Webb

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Wategos Beach

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Walkway over Woolgoolga Lake. Photo: Rob Cleary

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Woolgoolga Lake

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Yondeo trail path, Wallarah National Park. Photo: Susan Davis.

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Yondeo trail

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Tiembula Creek, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: Barry Collier

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Tiembula wetland walk

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Yoga in  the rainforest, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: H Ellis

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Yoga in the rainforest

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Howes trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Howes trail

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Palm Valley, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

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Palm Valley

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Two people walking on the Wonga walk boardwalk. Photo: Rob Cleary

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Wonga walk

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Bongil Beach, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

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Bongil Beach

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Bonville Creek, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: A Turbill

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Bonville Creek

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Forestry Hut, Werakata National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Forestry Hut

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Innes Ruins, Lake Innes Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

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Innes Ruins

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Tallow Beach, Arakwal National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

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Tallow Beach

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Burwood trail, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

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Burwood trail

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Camping and accommodation

 

Find your true north

Answer the call of the East Coast trail for some of the best natural beauty in NSW. Pristine beaches, ancient Gondwana rainforest, towering waterfalls, and volcanic hinterland walks: choose your own adventure on NSW's North Coast.

Wreck Beach, Tomaree National Park. Photo: Tim Clark

Park:

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Cape Byron State Conservation Area is great for school excursions and is home to Cape Byron lighthouse, heritage accommodation, walking tracks, scenic lookouts and the Cape Café.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: David Young/OEH.
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Visitor centres

Nearby towns

Lismore

Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

www.visitnsw.com

Maitland

One of Maitland's premier stops, Maitland Gaol ceased service as a correctional facility in 1998, After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed in 1998. Now, the cell doors are open again and you can take a self-guided audio tour, a themed-guided tour or torchlight tour by night.

www.visitnsw.com

Newcastle

Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

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