Is it location, price, weather, things to do or time together? Less than 3 hours from Sydney but a world away, you will find the answer – The amazing Great Lakes on the NSW North Coast where it’s all about YOU!
With 145 kilometres of coastline, a mosaic of clear waterways based around the Wallis, Smiths and Myall lakes and a hinterland ribboned by streams and rivers, the Great Lakes is water wonderland. The Great Lakes has all you will need to create the ultimate family holiday and memories that will last a lifetime.
Wollumbin Mount Warning is the backdrop for rambling bushwalks, country drives, art galleries and leisurely
lunches at award winning cafes and restaurants. The Tweed Coast offers a choice of quiet seaside towns
and sophisticated resorts. Safe, patrolled swimming beaches are lined by vibrant retail precincts offering
boutique shopping, sun-drenched cafes and award winning restaurants that serve produce grown in the rich
fertile soils our region is famous for.
Soak up the sun at Australia’s most easterly point. See turtles, dolphins and whales all while you stroll through
one of our National Parks. Byron also has world class beaches for surfing, diving, kayaking or taking a lazy stroll.
There are farmer’s markets all over the Shire every week. Byron, Mullumbimby, New Brighton, Bangalow, all have
organic and fresh local produce plus local gossip.
You will be spoilt for choice with shops and community markets offering anything from local wearable artworks,
edgy street wear, local fashion designs, hand crafted jewellery, local surfboards, health products and eclectic
Away from the coast, the hinterland is punctuated with the villages of Alstonville, Newrybar, Tintenbar and
Wardell. Ballina Coast and Hinterland boasts a relaxed and laid back lifestyle where long walks on bountiful
beaches such as Lennox Head, sampling regional produce and fresh seafood in award winning cafés, and lazy
days swimming, reading and basking in the sun are hard to resist. Come spend some time with us and
you’ll soon discover why visitors, sea changers and tree changers flock to this abundant destination.
At the centre of the northern rivers, the Richmond Valley has a diverse and rich landscape
from magnificent beaches to the agricultural hinterland.
The Richmond River winds its way through the lower-river towns and villages where
you’ll be in awe of the beauty and abundant history of the early settlement of the region.
On the coast and surrounded by nature is Evans Head, a surfers secret with all the attractions
of beach life as well as being home to the iconic F111 bomber at the Aircraft Museum.
The Richmond Valley has the lot, beach, river and bush; you’re sure to be amazed.
Swim in the ocean pool at Yamba’s Main Beach or swim in the green and blue freshwater pools at Angourie
with rockpools full of marine life. We have great fishing beaches and calm rivers for canoeing and kayaking.
Lace up your boots and get set for adventure. Explore winding walking trails, scale dramatic mountain ranges and admire spectacular views, stretching toward the sparkling coastline. Shake off the pressures of daily life and head to the beach with a good book, or dive into the crystal clear waters of this coastal paradise.
Make your next holiday unforgettable by adding a NSW National Park visit to your itinerary. Immerse yourself in a wonderland of natural beauty where you can wander through ancient rainforests and stroll along golden beaches. Discover the fascinating history behind the convict-built Trial Bay Gaol during a visit to Arakoon National Park. Join a ranger guided tour and uncover the astonishing stories of this site and the people who worked here. Enjoy sweeping panoramas on a walk in Crowdy Bay National Park. Or take in a spot of bird watching at Yuraygir National Park. If you’re lucky, you might spot an endangered coastal emu.
For the perfect place to rest your head, look to NSW National Parks for a coastal campsite, a luxurious beach cabin, or even a lighthouse cottage.
The region has an enviable position where mountain escarpments from the Great Dividing range reach down to
meet the sea creating some of the most stunning natural environments you will ever come across. Nowhere
else in Australia do the Sub Alpine, Sub Tropical and Sub Marine environments all present themselves
like this in the one place. We invite you to come and experience it for yourself, it’s… where memories are made.
Relive the simplicity of holidays gone by – where kids are kids – building sandcastles
on family friendly beaches, swimming in clean and uncrowded waterways and having
the freedom and space to run, to laugh and to explore. Create new family memories
when you experience all the Nambucca Valley has to offer such as surfing, fishing,
kayaking, waterskiing, bushwalking, mountain biking and so much more. Rediscover
the Nambucca, you’ll love it!
From magnificent bushwalks through towering eucalypts and dense old growth rainforest, to snorkelling
in shallow bays teaming with marine life, there are few places in the world that offer the diversity of natural
experiences as the Macleay Valley Coast.
When it comes to things to see and do, you are in expert hands. The region has a huge variety of activities,
attractions and tours for the whole family. A nature lover’s paradise, the 17 beaches, river systems,
rolling green hinterland, National Parks and coastal rainforests are just a few reasons to visit.
Take a stroll or drive through one of our 9 National Parks and Reserves. Some of the most popular outdoor camping
and picnic areas in NSW State Forests are located within the Manning Valley. Be amazed by
Ellenborough Falls, one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere.
Explore the beautiful Manning Valley along one of our six local drives from the beaches to the bush.
Takes a short detour from the golden sands of the Pacific coast to Gloucester via the Bucketts Way, one of
the state’s oldest tourist drives. Gloucester is basecamp for Barrington Tops, a World Heritage experience
with high altitude ancient rainforests, towering tree fern groves, snow gum meadows and exhilarating
mountain views. We’re famous for outdoor adventures, try white water canoeing or kayaking on pristine
rivers that provide habitat for the secretive platypus, or ride the riverside horse trails with a true bushman.
In town you’ll experience country hospitality and shopping on a relaxed main street with an extraordinary
Visiting A North Coast State Forest?
Don’t forget to Instagram your State forest
experience #visitnswforests – the best shots win a free Frisbee!