North Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in North Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Ned's Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This beautiful beach on the northeast side of the island is a mecca for fish because fishing bans protect them here. Brightly colored...

Newcastle Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

In the former headquarters of the Great Northern Railway, right on Newcastle Harbour, this museum tells the story of the city's coal...

Nobby's Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

A Newcastle landmark, Nobby's Lighthouse (on Nobby's Headland) was the third to be built in New South Wales when it opened in 1854. It's...

Port Macquarie Historical Museum

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Housed in a two-story convict-built house dating from 1836, this eclectic museum displays period costumes, memorabilia from World Wars...

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

This interpretive center comprises 178 pristine acres of coastal rain forest on the southern side of Port Macquarie. There are more than...

St. Thomas Church

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This 1828 church, the country's fifth-oldest house of worship, was built by convicts using local cedar and stone blocks cemented together...

The Big Banana

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Just north of the city, impossible to miss, is the Big Banana—the symbol of Coffs Harbour. This monumental piece of kitsch has stood...

The Promised Land

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

If you have an hour to spare (and a set of wheels), cross the river at Bellingen and take an 18-km (11-mile) excursion on the Bellingen–Gleniffer...

Trial Bay Gaol

  • Beach–Sight

Trial Bay Gaol, a jail dating from the 1870s, occupies a dramatic position on the cliffs overlooking the seaside village of South West...

Watego's Beach

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Named for a farming family who grew bananas and vegetables in the hinterland (now a residential area) just behind the beach, Watego's...


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