Northern NSW

With one of the most famous coastlines in the world, discover Northern New South Wales, with colourful and eclectic towns, friendly locals, surf breaks and a laid-back vibe. From Tweed Heads to Yamba, the North Coast is not to be missed. 

Must Do's

Relax on white sands and savour delicious food at restaurants and markets around Byron Bay. Explore World Heritage rainforest and art galleries around Lismore. Skipper a houseboat or dip a paddle on the stunning Tweed River.

Taste delicious local produce in quality restaurants and cafes, such as Elements and The Farm in Byron, a wonderful paddock to plate experience. Kids will also love exploring Tropical Fruit World, in the Tweed Valley, where they can taste chocolate pudding fruit and a chewing gum tree.

On the banks of the beautiful Wilsons River, Lismore enjoys a thriving arts community with wonderful galleries and markets. Visit the Lismore Regional Gallery for a fine collection of artworks. Enjoy a cool drink and a country meal by the colourful jacarandas of historic Eltham Hotel, afterwards.

While in the Lismore Area, stop in at beautiful Casino and treat your tastebuds to mouth-watering Casino beef at the town’s restaurants and bistros. Kyogle, a rainforest gateway, is on the banks of the beautiful Richmond River and is a great base for exploring. Discover breathtaking rainforest wilderness in the World Heritage-listed Border Ranges National Park.

Visit the beautiful green valley that is home to Nimbin, where you can see the works of local artists, from paintings and fashion to ceramics and jewellery, at the Nimbin Artists Gallery. Visit the Candle Factory or taste fresh seasonal produce at the weekly Nimbin Farmers Market.

Cruise or kayak among the beautiful estuaries, gorgeous beaches and World Heritage wilderness of the Tweed Valley. Stop at coastal Kingscliff or relax on Cabarita Beach, renowned for its surf events and beachside hotel. Visit Mount Warning in idyllic Wollumbin National Park, where the remnants of an ancient volcano rise dramatically from the forest.

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There's adventures to be had...

Escape to the North Coast of NSW for adventure, from spectacular coastal drives on the Legendary Pacific Coast to adrenalin-pumped activities including surfing, diving, hang-gliding and skydiving. For a gentler adventure, enjoy enchanting walks in World Heritage rainforest.

You'll discover some of the world's best surf beaches along the marvellous coast. Marine parks offer wonderful water adventures too. Go swimming with wild dolphins with Dolphin Swim Australia in Port Stephens. See turtles, rays and other marine life diving in Solitary Islands Marine Park with Jetty Dive or in Cape Byron Marine Park with Sundive Byron Bay or Blue Bay Divers.

For aerial thrill-seekers, popular skydiving spots are Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay, which is also great destination for hang-gliding. And Byron Bay Microlights offers tandem flights over the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin-Mount Warning National Park.

Capture the first glimpse of sun to hit Australia from the top of Mount Warning. A 2 hour hike is one for the active & fit. The hike is steep and long, but well and truly worth the views! 

Hang Gliding Byron Bay
Hang Gliding Byron Bay

Beaches

Enjoy the delights of beautiful beaches along the NSW North Coast. You'll find plenty of things to do, from swimming and surfing to kayaking and snorkelling. Or simply roll out your towel and relax. Beach fishing is popular too, with bait-and-tackle shops offering tips on where the fish are biting.

World-class surf beaches dot the magnificent coast, which is easily accessible along the Legendary Pacific Coast driving route. There are accredited surf schools and surf camps, such as Surfaris in Crescent Head. The annual Surfest in January and February is Australia’s biggest surfing festival.

In stunning protected coastal wilderness are gorgeous, secluded beaches. For golden sands and sapphire waters, visit Pelican Beach is in Wyrrabalong National Park near Lake Macquarie. You’ll find many places to unwind and cast a line on pretty Tallow Beach, in Arakwal National Park in Byron Bay.

Remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water.

Byron Beach
Byron Bay

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Did you know?
Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia.