Northern NSW, in particular the Northern Rivers region, represents everything that’s great about holidays.
Long stretches of glittering coastline. Sparkling beaches. Flowing rivers. A laidback vibe.
Want to know more? This handy guide will show you why this prized patch is so easy to fall in love with.
Northern NSW is blessed with a huge collection of brilliant beaches that suit surfing, swimming, fishing, or a scenic stroll. These locations are home to some of many highlights:
Ocean pools are dotted along the east coast, including this one in Yamba. It's situated at the southern end of Yamba Main Beach and adds to the rich appeal of this stretch of coastline.
Relax in style and immerse yourself in a wide variety of magnificent scenery. Choose from the following:
Clarence River cruise: Keep watch for dolphins on this scenic cruise that is accessible from Yamba or Iluka.
Tweed River cruise: Marvel at the sight of towering Wollumbin (Mt Warning), among other impressive scenery, when boarding this cruise from Tweed Heads.
Wildlife, walks, and wonderful views abound in Northern NSW's national parks. This quartet demands serious attention:
This marks the spot of the most eastern point of mainland Australia, just minutes from the centre of Byron Bay. While here, take a historical lighthouse guided tour or simply soak up breathtaking coastal views. Those with more time and energy should tackle the Cape Byron walking track, a 3.7km loop that showcases outstanding, variable scenery.
Just 12km north of Ballina is Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Point, which provides outstanding ocean views and the chance to glimpse marine life. From here, you can also watch surfers and hang gliders in action. A coastal walking path extends all the way from Ballina to Lennox Head for more glittering outlooks.
The region has many family-friendly attractions, and among them are these beauties:
The options are endless! But that’s no real help to you, so we’ve narrowed it down to the following attractions:
Explore the Scottish-influenced town of Maclean, 15km inland from Yamba. It bills itself as Australia’s Scottish Town and backs it up with tartan-painted power poles, Gaelic street signs, and a large Scottish cairn, among other attractions.
Nimbin is another distinct town, known as Australia's alternative lifestyle capital. It's found 65km west of Byron Bay.
After you’ve snapped at beaches, national parks, and other sensational scenery, try these attractions:
Two locations stand out for their eye-catching architecture, best admired on self-guided heritage walks. Glorious Grafton has a rich assortment of striking Victorian and Edwardian buildings, many of which are National Trust listed. Meanwhile, Casino reveals a high concentration of federation and art deco-style structures.
To quench a thirst, head straight for Stone & Wood in Byron Bay and sip on its tasty microbrews. Tours of this iconic brewery are available but should be booked in advanced.