Photo: NSW East Coast Beach at Foster - Tuncurry
Here is a great getaway from Sydney on the east coast if you want long pristine beaches that seem to stretch forever, crystal clear streams in lush pastures and towering forests blanketing mountain ranges.
Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the east coast of Australia has made the North Coast of NSW a popular tourism stop-off point for visitors. The area boasts a number of excellent restaurants and eateries with great food and fine wines to enjoy.
The North Coast region also has claims to the best weather in Australia. Here, you&rsquoll find plenty of things to do, glorious beaches to laze the day away, tranquil lakes and wonderful coastal national parks to explore. See the Coffs Harbour Weather.
On the route to the North Coast, worthwhile visiting is The Hunter Wetlands Centre, a haven for Wildlife, located some 10mins outside of Newcastle.
All along the NSW Coast, there are good opportunities for whale watching. Starting in the middle of May along the coast, especially areas like Tomaree, Fishermans Bay and Stockton Beach.
There are also plenty of historical museums, art and craft galleries, eateries and markets, offering all sorts of locally made goods, from cheeses, wines and chocolates to art and handicrafts.
For those so inclined, there is water-skiing, horseriding, even hire a boat for your own cruising and fishing. There is excellent bushwalking in the national parks and along the coast, or even learn how to surf and dive.
More about Coffs Coast Activities.
Notable events and festivals include the Festival of Whales, marking the commencement of the annual migration of whales.
Tastes of the Bay Food & Wine Festival normally takes place in early November and in summertime there is the Summertime Rough Riding Rodeo, early in January.
Karuah is gateway to the delights of the east coast and the beautiful mountain regions. Stop off at the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, twin fishing villages on opposite sides of the Myall River.
Coffs Harbour NSW on the Coffs Coast is known for banana plantations, beaches, national parks and luxury resorts.
The Lakes Way on the Mid North Coast NSW are an ecotourism paradise, you can hire a houseboat or cruiser to explore the waters of beautiful Myall Lakes National Park.
Bushwalking and mountain climbing, swimming, water skiing, trail bike riding and bird watching are some of the activities here. There are over 40 kms of beaches, backed by giant dunes with a backdrop of natural rainforests - a great place to visit.
Kayaking on the Wallis, Smith and Myall lakes make for a memorable experience.
Two other national parks here are Tomaree National Park, with stunning vistas from the lookout, with excellent bushwalking and swimming, as well as snorkelling, surfing and fishing. Booti Booti National Park also has wonderful views of the area and great fishing and swimming. See more on The Great Lakes NSW.
Wide rivers, charming lakes, river cascades, green hinterlands and sparkling mountain streams mark the Manning Valley, while Taree has grown into a bustling regional centre with plenty of accommodation choice and eclectic places to eat, from fine dining restaurants to fast food outlets. See Taree and the Manning Valley.
Port Macquarie on the Mid Central North Coast is a favourite getaway for Sydneysiders. See more on Kempsey and Port Macquarie NSW.
For an affordable escape, consider a working Australian holiday. See Work in Australia.
There is a large variety of vacation stays available on the North Coast in the form of everything from hostels and backpackers to farmstays, Bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, self contained units, hotels, motels and some very nice resorts. View NSW Hotels.
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Photo: North Coast Beaches Photo Don Fuchs - Tourism NSW