Northern NSW Road Trip
You don't need to drive far in northern NSW to come across something beautiful, interesting or fun.
If you were setting out from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, there's a great loop you can do that takes in both the beauty of the coastline and the majesty of the national parks in the region.
The Natural Beauty Of Northern NSW
Leg 1 - Head South To Yamba
The first leg of your journey would be straight down to the Clarence Valley for a stay at BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba.
On your way south you could take a detour off the highway and have a bite to eat at Byron Bay, Australia's most easterly point.
Depending on the time of year you might be able to wander up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and spot some whales making their annual pilgrimage along the east coast.
After lunch you would jump back in the car and continue your journey south via 'The Hinterland Way', before getting back on the Pacific Highway at Ballina and heading for BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba.
BIG4 Saltwater is the ideal base to explore any or all of the 3 picturesque towns of Yamba, Maclean & Iluka which sit on the banks of the Clarence River.
You might also find time to check out the famed surf break at Angourie and take a dip in the Angourie Blue Pool, a freshwater swimming hole that sits alongside the beach.
Leg 2 - Inland To Nightcap National Park
After a day or two (or three or four) spent relaxing at BIG4 Saltwater, the next leg of your journey would take you north & inland to Lismore.
From Lismore you then take your pick from any number of scenic drives that can include historic towns, stunning waterfalls and rejuvenating bushwalks.
If you love the outdoors you could easily spend a few day exploring this region and in particular the world-heritage listed rainforests of Nightcap National Park
Or you could simply pick one of the scenic loops and spend the day exploring at a leisurely pace before making your way a little further north to BIG4 Tweed Billabong.
Leg 3 - Climb Mount Warning
If you still have some energy left in the legs, then you'll want to devote a day to taking the Mount Warning climb.
This trek takes you to a summit that's around 1125m above sea level where you can gaze across 'Australi's Green Cauldron' and be the first in the country to see the sunrise (although you'll need to start early for that).
The walk to the top can be easily done by families, depending on the age of the very youngest.
You can head to the link below to learn more about the climb to the top of Mount Warning.
You can end your road trip with a few nights spent at BIG4 Tweed Billabong which, amongst many great facilities, has an amazing waterpark that takes it's inspiration from the Mount Warning caldera.
This is really just scratching the surface when it comes to things to do & see in Northern NSW. There are also waterways & beaches to explore, fish to catch and good food to eat.
But hopefully this gives you some idea of what you can see if you're happy to jump in the car and take a drive around the region.
Great Deals Available
Outside of school holiday periods there are always great deals available at both BIG4 Saltwater & BIG4 Tweed Billabong. You can head to the links below to see what deals are on offer right now.