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10 Must-Visit Destinations on the Mid North Coast, NSW

The Mid North Coast of New South Wales is a region blessed with stunning coastal scenery, charming towns, and a plethora of outdoor activities. From pristine beaches to lush rainforests, this stretch of coastline offers something for every traveller. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or simply seeking relaxation, the Mid North Coast has it all.

Here are ten places you won't want to miss when exploring this picturesque region:

Port Macquarie

Sea Acres Rainforest Walk

Port Macquarie is vibrant coastal town, known for its beautiful beaches, scenic coastal walks, and historic landmarks. Visit the iconic Tacking Point Lighthouse for panoramic views of the coastline, and don't miss the Koala Hospital, where you can learn about conservation efforts for these beloved Australian marsupials. One of my favourite places is Sea Acres Rainforest Walk.

Dorrigo national park

Coffs Harbour

Famous for its Big Banana landmark, Coffs Harbour offers a mix of natural beauty and family-friendly attractions. Explore the Solitary Islands Marine Park, go whale watching (in season), or enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities like skydiving and jet-skiing. The Hinterland is definitely worth visiting with spectacular views and bush walks.

seal rocks

Seal Rocks

For a tranquil retreat away from the crowds, head to Seal Rocks. This secluded coastal village is renowned for its pristine beaches, excellent surfing spots, and the iconic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline.

Forster Tuncurry


Nestled between the lakes and the sea, Forster-Tuncurry is a water lover's paradise. Having lived in the area for a number of years I can attest that this is a spectacular area to visit. Spend your days swimming, boating, or fishing on Wallis Lake, or head to the nearby beaches for sunbathing and surfing. Don't forget to sample the fresh seafood at one of the local eateries.

Bellingen NSW


Step back in time in the charming town of Bellingen, known for its bohemian atmosphere and thriving arts scene. Explore the eclectic shops and galleries, dine at organic cafes, and wander along the tree-lined streets dotted with historic buildings.

Dorrigo national park

Dorrigo National Park

Nature enthusiasts won't want to miss Dorrigo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest sanctuary. Take a stroll along the elevated Skywalk for panoramic views of the canopy, hike to Crystal Shower Falls, or spot native wildlife along the walking trails. Dorrigo National Park is my all time favourite. It's truly worth a visit and the ride up and down the winding road is interesting.

South West Rocks 

History buffs will be fascinated by South West Rocks, home to the historic Trial Bay Gaol. I recorded the resident kangaroos (above) on my visit to this historical part of NSW. Explore the ruins of this 19th-century prison and learn about its convict past before relaxing on the pristine beaches or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Trial Bay.

Korogoro Creek

Hat Head National Park

Escape the crowds and discover the natural beauty of Hat Head National Park. Hike through coastal heathland to secluded beaches, go birdwatching in the mangroves, or paddle along the tranquil waters of Korogoro Creek.

Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads

Known for its stunning river estuary and laid-back vibe, Nambucca Heads is a hidden gem on the Mid North Coast. Enjoy fishing and boating on the Nambucca River, explore the nearby rainforest trails, or simply relax on the riverfront promenade.

crowdy head

Crowdy Bay National Park

 Remote and rugged, Crowdy Bay National Park is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the coastal walking tracks, swim at Crowdy Head Beach, or enjoy a picnic overlooking the sweeping ocean views.

Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, the Mid North Coast of NSW has something to offer every traveller. With its stunning natural beauty, charming towns, and abundance of outdoor activities, it's the perfect destination for your next getaway.


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