East Coast Australia - Northern NSW

East Coast Australia is very popular with travellers.

The NSW coast between Sydney in south and the Queensland border in north is full of wonderful beaches known for good surf and golden sands.

But there are also some nice coastal towns and vineyards, the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Brisbane Water and Tomaree National Park, and some lovely beaches such as Fingal Bay, Stockton Bight and Bennetts Beach. In Coffs Harbour is the Big Banana, and in Port Macquarie is Australia's oldest koala hospital.
Avalon, One of the City's Northern Surf Beaches, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney northern beaches, east coast Australia. Poster by AllPosters
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Visiting Sydney and haven't got the time to take yourself to Northern Beaches?

There are tours you can take!


East Coast Australia - NSW Coast North of Sydney

North of Sydney are Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Sydney Northern Beaches that get crowded with Sydney families during the school holidays. Further north you pass the small coastal towns Gosford and Swansea before you come to Newcastle – home to the popular Aussie band Silverchair. Newcastle also has some lovely beaches, and if you stay over night, there are

* hotels and motels such as Best Western Blackbutt Inn, Best Western Travellers Motor Village, Cardiff Motor Inn, Carrington Place Hotel, Comfort Inn, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Esplanade, Ibis Hotel, Mayfield Motel, Newcastle Heights Motel, Novocastrian Hotel, Palm Valley Motel, Panorama Motor Inn, Quality Hotel Apollo, Noah's On The Beach, Sunnyside Tavern Hotel, The Executive Inn, Madison Motor Inn, Sebel Beach Hotel, The Sovereign Inn, and Travelodge Hotel.

* bed and breakfast such as Hamilton Heritage B&B, Maison De May B&B, Riverview Gardens B&B, Warners Bay B&B.

* villas and apartments such as Jesmond Villas, Adeena on King Apartments, Central Apartments, Chifley Apartments, Grand Mercure Apartments, Harbourside Apartments, Honeysuckle Apartments, Maquarie Serviced Apartments, and Quest Apartments.

If you stay in Gosford, there are Bermuda Motor Inn, Best Western Motor Inn, Caroline Bay Apartments, Claddagh House B&B, Quality Inn the Willows and Wombats Bed and Breakfast.

Deck Chairs on Sand at Stockton Sand Dunes, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Stockton Sand Dunes, Newcastle, east coast Australia. Poster by
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There are truly amazing places along the northern coast of New South Wales.

Between Newcastle and Port Maquarie is Seal Rocks - a great place to learn to surf.

And there are two day tours from Sydney that take you there.


East Coast Australia: NSW Hunter Coast and Hunter Valley Wineries

Inland from Newcastle are the famous Hunter Valley Wineries – Australia’s oldest wine district, where you can taste some top quality wines for free at the different vineyards’ cellar doors.

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You don’t have to buy any, but it can be hard to resist, and most of the Hunter Valley Wineries have outdoor picnic areas or small outdoor restaurants with views over the vineyards, where you can enjoy a bottle with a nice lunch. The cellar doors are open from 10am to 5pm and there are different tours that take you around in case you need a sober driver. Some of the places to stay are Bimbadeen Mountain Retreat and Cedars Mount View.

Detail of Chardonnay Grape on the Vine, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Hunter Valley wineries, east coast Australia. Poster by AllPosters
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Take a convinient Hunter Valley tour from Sydney!

Enjoy samlping wines and on a tour, you don't have to worry about driving or how to get there and back..


East Coast Australia - NSW North Coast Beaches
North of Newcastle is the Newcastle-peoples’ getaway Port Stephens. Port Stephens is a lovely sandy bay with Jimmy’s Beach, Bennett’s Beach, Fingal Bay and One Mile Beach. In the south is Anna Bay with the amazing Stockton Bight, a 35km-long barrier sand dune, Australia’s largest.

Places to stay in Port Stephens include Bay View House, BIG4 Karuah Jetty Accommodation, Colonial Ridge Retreat, Corlette Beach House, Salamander Beach Luxury Accommodation, Shells on the Shore Holiday Accommodation, Wanderers Retreat Port Stephens and the Retreat Port Stephens.

There are also

* hotels and motels such as Corlette Palms Motor Inn, Karuah Motor Inn, Peninsula Nelson Bay Motel, Peppers Anchorage Hotel, Port Stephens Motor Lodge, Seabreeze Hotel, Sir Francis Drake Inn, Admiral Nelson Motor Inn, Motto Farm Motel and Newcastle Links Motel.

* resorts such as All Seasons Salamander Shores Resort, Cote d'Azur Resort, Landmark Resort, Mantra Aqua Resort, Marina Resort, Nelson Bay Breeze Resort, Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, Samurai Beach Resort, Shoal Bay Resort and Spa, and The Nelson Resort.

* bed and breakfasts such as Annes Waterfront Haven B&B, Botaba B&B, Larkwood of Lemon Tree B&B, Ocean Beach B&B, and Peaceful Palms B&B.

* villas and apartments such as Beaches Serviced Apartments, Leliani Haciendas Apartments, Oaks Lure Apartments, and Shoal Bay Beach Club Apartments.

* caravan parks such as Birubi Beach Holiday Park, Discovery Holiday Park, Fingal Bay Holiday Park, Halifax Holiday Park, Shoal Bay Holiday Park, and Soldiers Point Holiday Park.

Tacking Point at Sunrise, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Port Maquarie, east coast Australia. Poster by AllPosters. Click on
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East Coast Australia: Port Macquarie New South Wales and Koala Hospital

North of Port Stephens are Myall Lakes National Park and the small towns Bulahdelah, Forster-Tuncurry, Taree and Kew, before you get to Port Macquarie – a friendly town with lovely beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and a laid-back feel. North of the Port Macquarie's town centre is the Town Beach, and south from here are Oxleys Beach, Rocky Beach, Flynns Beach, Nobbys Beach, Shelly Beach, Miners Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Between Shelly Beach and Miners Beach is the Sea Acres Nature Reserve - a pocket of coastal rainforest. South of the city centre is the Koala Hospital – Australia’s oldest koala hospital. You can check the outdoor enclosures, but if you want to get really close to koalas, there is the Billabong Koala Park about 10km south of the town on the Pacific Highway.

If you stay over night, there are Port Maquarie Holiday Cabins, Azura Beach House B&B, and Sundowner Breakwall Caravana Park, as well as

* hotels and motels such as Aston Hill Motor Lodge, Beachpark Motel, Best Western Barracks Motor Inn, Country Comfort Hotel, East Port Motor Inn, El Paso Motor Inn, Excelsior Motor Inn, Hastings Valley Motel, Le George Motel, Mercure Centro Hotel, Mid Pacific Motel, Ocean Breeze Motel, Palm Court Motor Inn, Port Aloha Motel, Port O'Call Motel, Quality Inn Historic Well, Rydges Hotel, and The Koala Tree Motel.

* resorts such as Beach Blue Resort, Beachcomber Resort, Beaches Holiday Resort, Bermuda Breezes Resort, Flynns Beach Resort, Quality Resort Sails, Shelly Beach Resort, The Observatory Resort, Vacation Village Resort, Village Resort Port Maquarie, and Wyndham Vacation Resort.

* villas and apartments such as Beachside Holiday Apartments, Flynns on Surf Apartments, Ki-Ea Apartments, Maquarie Waters Botique Apartments, Mantra Quayside Apartments, Northpoint Apartments, Oxley Cove Holiday Apartments, Quay North Apartments, Sandcastle Apartments, South Pacific Apartments, The Beach House Apartments, and Waterview Apartments. 

Early Morning at Box Beach, Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia
Port Stephens, east coast Australia. Poster by AllPosters
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Take a day tour from Sydney!


East Coast Australia - Coffs Coast NSW and the Big Banana

The next larger town north is Coffs Harbour – mostly known for its Big Banana. Australians have always liked to make Big Things, so across the Australian countryside you’ll find Big Lobsters, Big Pineapples, Big Mangoes, Big Bulls, Big Crocodiles, Big Barramundis, you name it, there are hundreds, there is even the Big Wine Cask, the Big Captain Cook and the Big Joint – but what is special about the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour is that it was the first – it has been here since the 1880s! And the Big Banana is more than just any other Big Thing. Behind the Big Banana itself, there is banana viewing on a skywalk, waterslides, banana plantation tours and a souvenir shop.

If you stay over night, there are Coffs Harbour Beach Houses and Park Beach Cabins, as well as

* hotels and motels such as Aquajet Motel, Arosa Motel, Safari Motel, Bananatown Motel, Bells Motel, Bentleigh Motor Inn, Best Western Parkside Motor Inn, Best Western Zebra Motel, Chelsea Motor Inn, Coachmens Inn, Comfort Inn Big Windmill, Comfort Inn Park Beach, Country Comfort Hotel, Creekside Inn, Formule 1 Hotel, Hawaiian Sands Motor Inn, Matador Motor Inn, Ocean Parade Motel, Ocean Paradise Motel, Quality Inn City Centre, Royal Palms Motor Inn, Sanctuary Resort Motor Inn, Surf Beach Motor Inn, Toreador Motel, and Town Lodge Motor Inn.

* resorts such as Aqua Villa Resort, Aqualuna Beach Resort, Pelican Beach Resort, BreakFree Anuka Beach Resort, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Opal Cove Resort, Paradise Palms Resort, Park Beach Resort, and Wyndham Vacation Resort.

* bed and breakfasts such as Coastwatch B&B and Santa Fe Luxury B&B.

* villas and apartments such as Allambie Botique Apartments, Ambience at Diggers Beach Apartments, Beachpark Holiday Apartments, Beach Haven Apartments, Dolphin Sands Holiday Villas, Dunes Apartments, Holiday Apartments Coffs Harbour, Lilypond Apartments, Nautilus Beachfront Villas, Ocean Spray Holiday Apartments, Opal Cove Estate Apartments, Pacific Marina Apartments, Pacific Towers Apartments, Sandcastles Holiday Apartments, Sheridans on Prince Holiday Units, Smugglers on the Beach Apartments, Sunseeker Holiday Units, The Observatory Holiday Apartments, The Tahitian Holiday Apartments, Torrington Holiday Apartments, Tradewinds Apartments, and Tropic Oasis Holiday Villas.

* caravan parks such as Banana Coast Caravan Park, Emerald Beach Holiday Park, Harbour City Holiday Park, Park Beach Holiday Park, and The Clog Barn Caravans.

Marina, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Coffs Harbour, east coast Australia. Poster by AllPosters.
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East Coast Australia - Byron Bay and Byron Bay Markets

North from Coffs Harbour, after a few small towns and Yuragir and Bundjalung National Park is Byron Bay – the former sleepy township that has turned into one of the most visited places in New South Wales, probably the second one after Sydney.

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You can see the influence of its hippie past - modern Byron Bay still enjoys the alternative lifestyle with yoga classes and alternative therapies. Byron is also known for its beaches, surf and the famous Byron Bay Markets.
Exterior of Byron Bay Lighthouse at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific
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Here are some organised tours you can take to Byron Bay:




East Coast Australia - Byron Bay Restaurants and Byron Bay Beaches

Byron Bay's town centre is packed with surf and diving shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs, hotels and backpacker hostels. East of the town centre is the beautiful Cape Byron with its famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, surrounded by deep blue waters frequented by dolphins.

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Where to Stay? Byron Bay Accomodation

Byron Bay surfing
Byron Bay surfing, east coast Australia. By Roberta_W.B via Flickr.com

East Coast Australia - Byron Bay Beaches
North of the town centre are Belongil Beach, Main Beach and Clarks Beach, and on Cape Byron are the best surf beaches The Pass, Watergo’s and Little Watergo’s.

Further out of town along the east coast are Tallow Beach and Seven Mile Beach. You can learn to surf, kite-board, abseil, cave and mountain-bike with different companies.

Late Afternoon Sunlight on Byron Bay, with Mount Warning National Park Beyond
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Here is an east coast Australia map of NSW coast, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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