Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers
The northern rivers region and the far north coast of New South Wales is one of Australia's most scenic regions. Many Australians have made this part of the coastline the destination for their family holidays and have returned here year after year to go fishing in the ocean, rivers and streams, surf and sunbake on the beautiful beaches and also to enjoy the ambience of the trendy coastal towns with their resorts, restaurants and shopping facilities. The hinterland is magnificent with the Great Dividing Range following the coast and superb ranforests and Australian eucalypt forests providing natural habitat for many of the country's unique wildlife species. There is so much to see and do in the region and so many places where the scenery is just so good, it is easy to understand why tourists return to this region almost every year if they can.
Many of these towns in the region are icons on the Australian tourist scene. Port Macquarie is the southern most of them and it has five major surfing beaches together with a navigable river system and a large fishing fleet. The town has a number of quality resorts to cater for the tourist influx. A short drive to the north will bring you to Coffs harbour. This is a great place for a golfing holiday or a great stopover if you are passing along the coast by boat. The harbour is the only all weather harbour on the coast between Brisbane and Sydney and also caters for some marine trading vessels. In the north of Coffs Harbour are several excellent beaches a number of beautiful bays and each has its own beachfront resort.
Byron Bay is the most popular town on the north coast of New South Wales. It is an icon among the surfing fraternity and the beach here is always a blaze of colour with tourists and locals all gathering to soak up the sunshine or ride the waves. Yamba, Lennox Head and Ballina lie to the south and like its southern rivals, Byron Bay has one of the most picturesque hinterland regions of any Australian town. The lighthouse on the headland marks the most easterly point on the east coast of the Australian mainland and a visit is essential to any tourist visiting the area. Whales and sharks can often be sen swimming below and the headland is a mecca for hang glider enthusiasts.
In the far north of the region and now a part of the Gold Coast are the towns of Kingscliff and Tweed Heads. Both of these towns have sensational beaches and have truly wonderful resort accommodation that is ideal for a long stay or a short break away. They are easily reached from the Gold Coasts airport and flights come here from all over Australia. It would be hard to find two more appealing beachside holiday destinations anywhere in the world. If you are still trying to find the time to holiday here, this is a travel guide for the northern rivers region of New South Wales so make it your next holiday destination.