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Tweed Heads Murwillumbah Brunswick Heads Byron Bay Lismore The Entrance Newcastle Nelson Bay Hawks Nest Forster Taree Port Macquarie Kempsey South West Rocks Nambucca Heads Coffs Harbour Grafton Yamba Maitland Branxton Gosford Ballina North Coast region map


The New South Wales North Coast encompasses the beautiful coastline from the Hawkesbury River just north of Sydney and extending over 700 kilometres in length to the northern border town of Tweed Heads which is the gateway to Queensland's world-famous Gold Coast.

Between the Hawkesbury River and city of Newcastle is the Central Coast, incorporating a number of towns and cities which either front the ocean or one of the vast neighbouring lakes such as Lake Macquarie or Tuggerah Lake.

Newcastle, the state's second largest city, is situated around 150 kilometres north of Sydney at the mouth of the Hunter River. The city features a beautiful harbour surrounded by beaches and is the gateway to the mountains, pastoral land and vineyards of the scenic Hunter Valley.

What makes this region special is the extensive subtropical rainforests and rugged mountains which are situated inland from the many water front cities, resort towns and fishing villages which line the coast. These rainforests feature vast wilderness areas, stunning mountain ranges, sparkling rivers and spectacular waterfalls.

Follow the Pacific Highway and the many detours along the coast and into the surrounding mountains to fully experience all that this region has to offer.

North Coast destinations:

Ballina Ballina
Coastal resort town surrounded by water
Branxton Branxton
Rural town close to Hunter Valley vineyards
Brunswick Heads Brunswick Heads
Beach and fishing village
Byron Bay Byron Bay
Famous trendy holiday destination at Australia's most easterly tip
Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour
Where mountains and rainforests meet golden beaches
Forster Forster
Holiday resort town with beaches and lakes
Gosford Gosford
Major centre on Central Coast fronting Brisbane Water
Grafton Grafton
Large town on Clarence River in the heart of a rich agricultural zone
Hawks Nest Hawks Nest
Small fishing and resort town on Port Stephens
Kempsey Kempsey
Historic rural centre on Macleay River
Lismore Lismore
Regional city and entertainment hub
Maitland Maitland
Historic river port in the Hunter Valley
Murwillumbah Murwillumbah
Rich agricultural town surrounded by mountains
Nambucca Heads Nambucca Heads
Attractive fishing and holiday town with golden beaches
Nelson Bay Nelson Bay
Waterfront playground on Port Stephens
Newcastle Newcastle
Second largest city in NSW, rich in history with river port and scenic beaches
Port Macquarie Port Macquarie
Popular coastal holiday destination on Hastings River
South West Rocks South West Rocks
Scenic seaside town on north-facing bay
Taree Taree
Riverfront town and commercial hub of the agricultural Manning Valley
The Entrance The Entrance
Surrounded by lakes and beaches on the Central Coast
Tweed Heads Tweed Heads
Popular holiday destination at southern end of Gold Coast
Yamba Yamba
Fishing and resort town at mouth of Clarence River

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