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  • 1. Byron Bay Hinterland

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Inland from Byron Bay is some of the most picturesque country in Australia. Undulating green hills that once boasted a thriving dairy industry...Read More

  • 2. Dorrigo National Park

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    From Bellingen a meandering and spectacular road leads inland to Dorrigo and then travels back east eventually reaching the Pacific Highway...Read More

  • 3. Koala Hospital

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Operated by the Koala Preservation Society of New South Wales, the town's Koala Hospital is both a worthy cause and a popular attraction. The...Read More

  • 4. Merewether Baths

    Pool

    The largest ocean baths (swimming pools) in the Southern Hemisphere, Mereweather Baths are a Newcastle icon perfect for swimming and splashing...Read More

  • 5. 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 tropical...Read More

  • 6. 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 170...Read More

  • 7. The Big Banana

    Amusement Park/Water Park

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

  • 8. Trial Bay Gaol

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Cape Byron Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The most powerful beacon on the Australian coastline, Cape Byron Lighthouse dominates the southern end of the beach at Byron Bay and attracts...Read More

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  • 10. Cape Byron Walking Track

    Trail/Path

    This popular trail circumnavigates a 150-acre reserve, passes through grasslands and rain forest, and has sensational seas views as you circle...Read More

  • 11. Dolphin Marine Magic

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Near the port in Coffs Harbour, the Dolphin Marine Magic aquarium includes colorful reef fish, turtles, seals, penguins, baby crocodiles, and...Read More

  • 12. Fort Scratchley

    Building/Architectural Site

    This was one of several forts built on headlands along Australia's shore in the mid-to-late 19th century to defend the colony against a possible...Read More

  • 13. Main Beach

    Beach–Sight

    As the name suggests Main Beach is right in the heart of Byron Bay, across the road from the much-loved Beach Hotel (a popular pub that has...Read More

  • 14. Muttonbird Island

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The town has a lively and attractive harbor in the shelter of Muttonbird Island, and a stroll out to this nature reserve is delightful in the...Read More

  • 15. 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 mining...Read More

  • 16. 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 at...Read More

  • 17. Port Macquarie Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 18. Promised Land Retreat

    Hotel–Sight

    If you want to stay overnight in the area, the three chalets at the 100-acre Promised Land Retreat are lovely self-contained sanctuaries. ...Read More

  • 19. St. Thomas Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 20. 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...Read More

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