|NSW Mid North Coast|
|Where is it?|
|The region covers the mid to north coast of NSW, beginning at Seal Rocks, 275 km north of Sydney, and extending as far north as Woolgoolga, 562 km north of Sydney.|
|How do I get there?|
|The Mid North Coast of New South Wales is easily accessed by road along the Pacific Highway. Air and rail services are also available to selected towns within the region.|
|What are the region's main towns?|
|From south to north, the region's main towns include the twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry, Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, South West Rocks, Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour. |
Of these Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour could be considered the commercial centres, all with large shopping centres, public facilities and attractions. Smaller towns that are popular tourist spots are North Haven, Lake Cathie, Crescent Head and Urunga.
These towns have most of the accommodation available in the region. For a full list of accommodation in the Mid North region click here.
|What's there to do?|
|The Coffs/Mid North region contains coastal and hinterland national parks, 17 state forests, 5 lake systems, 11 major rivers and more than 300 km of beaches. The climate is mild, with average temperatures ranging from 7 to 18 degrees Celsius in the winter and 18 to 25 in the summer.|
At the southern edge of the region are Forster and Tuncurry, twin towns situated on different sides of Wallis Lake. Each is within walkable distance of the other, across the distinctive hump-backed bridge connecting the two. Forster is the primary commercial centre of the two, and its beaches are the more heavily attended. It is also in Forster that the bulk of the dolphin watching, whale watching and scuba diving cruises depart. Walk on either side of the breakwall acting as a funnel between the sea and the lake and you'll often find dolphins on the hunt for food. This area is justly famous for its oysters, and seafood lovers will be in heaven at the fishing co-op at Tuncurry. Popular spots south of Forster are Boomerang, Bluey's and Elizabeth beaches, and Pacific Palms. Families will love the small beach near the end of the breakwall on the Tuncurry side - it is netted for your safety, and the only waves are the small surges of water from the wash of boats on their way in and out of the channel between lake and sea.
Further north is Port Macquarie, situated at the mouth of the Hastings River, blessed with possibly the most favourable climate in the state. Again the beaches are plentiful - try Rocky Beach, Flynns Beach and Lighthouse Beach. For the watersports enthusists there is jet boating, parasailing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and beach and estuary fishing. In the mood for something different - how about a camel ride along the beach? A few vineyards have started popping up around the town, so take your winetasting buds along. Four km south of the town is the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, where you can take a guided tour along a 1.3 km long raised boardwalk. The area around Port is also a popular haven for koalas, which you can see at the Billabong Koala and Aussie Wildlife Park, Kingfisher Park or the koala hospital and study centre on Lord Street.
Located inland along the Macleay River, Kempsey is a quiet town, home to one of Australia's great icons, the Akubra hat factory. Tours of the facility can be taken, where you can follow the process from pelt to peak. Other features of the town are heritage walks, arts and crafts, historic buildings and Aboriginal cultural experiences.
Moving back to the coast, north of Kempsey and at the mouth of the Macleay River, is South West Rocks. A stark reminder of its convict past can be seen at Trial Bay Gaol - a building with a beautiful outlook, in deep contrast to its grim past. Again there is a wealth of water to explore - visitors to Smoky Cape will enjoy the views and the beach, though in some parts of the track there a 4WD drive vehicle may be necessary.
The last major town along this section of the coast, and the largest, is Coffs Harbour. Coffs is renowned as the banana capital of NSW, and generations of visitors have made the pilgrimage to one of Australia's premier BIG THINGS, the temple of bananas, the Big Banana. If you've had your fill of bananas, try a cruise to the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a visit to the Pet Porpoise Pool, escape into the hinterland or try one of Coffs Harbour's numerous beaches - Park Beach, Emerald Beach, Boambee Beach, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach and Moonee Beach. There is a large range of accommodation in Coffs Harbour, ranging from intimate B&Bs to spectacular resorts.