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Newcastle - Port Macquarie
Mid-North Coast

Great DrivesA journey with great variety - from Newcastle’s museums, galleries and historic buildings to superb beaches, national parks and wildlife. There’s something for everyone in the Mid-North Coast region!

Head north on the Pacific Highway and, if you have time, take a detour to the Gosford area to explore the waterways and beaches of the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie. The Entrance, is only one of the many cosmopolitan coastal towns in the area worth a visit. Otherwise, continue on the F3 Freeway to Newcastle.

In Newcastle, the state’s second city, there’s everything from interesting museums to beautiful beaches: the best way to see it all is on board the ‘Famous Tram’. Beyond here, the Port Stephens area, around the town of Nelson Bay, is a holiday paradise! There are beaches, dolphin watching cruises, a koala habitat, Tomaree National Park, snorkelling and fishing to enjoy.

Across Port Stephens, Myall Lakes National Park features a seductive blend of ocean beaches, bushland and lakes, where you can walk, canoe, fish and swim in glorious natural surroundings. The park can be accessed from both Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest in the south, or from Bulahdelah. From the latter, take the scenic Lakes Way to Forster-Tuncurry, heart of the Great Lakes region, passing waterways and Booti Booti National Park en route. Further north, Taree offers fishing and boating on the Manning River, and a side trip to Crowdy Head for great views of the coastline.

Once in Port Macquarie, you’ll be spoiled for choice! There are fine beaches, Hastings River cruises, camel safaris and a winery, and kids will love the fun at Fantasy Glades and Peppermint Park. Don’t miss a visit to Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, and either the Koala Hospital or the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park to meet some of Port Macquarie’s most appealing residents.

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