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SEA MAGIC BEACHSIDE LUXURY

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Townhouse in Coffs Harbour

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Excellent 4.7/5 (38 reviews)
  • 12 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
From $260 p/n
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Ambers Beach House - Sawtell

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

House in Sawtell

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (14 reviews)
  • 4 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
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From $537 p/n
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Wallis Lakehouse, Pacific Palms

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

House in Pacific Palms

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (98 reviews)
  • 20 guests
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 11 beds
  • 4 bathrooms
From $205 p/n
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Serenity Beach House

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

House in Crescent Head

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Excellent 4.7/5 (26 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $272 p/n
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Cellitos on Smiths, pool, pets, views, families

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

House in Smiths Lake

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (46 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $363 p/n
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Bluey's Beach Shack - located at Blueys Beach

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

House in Boomerang Beach

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Wonderful 4.8/5 (22 reviews)
  • 8 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 12 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $950 p/n
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IDHLAMOYA Blueys Beach, Australia

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

House in Boomerang Beach

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Exceptional 5.0/5 (27 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
From $270 p/n
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Shorebreak - Fabulous Beachfront Location

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

House in Bonny Hills

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Exceptional 5.0/5 (31 reviews)
  • 12 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 9 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $493 p/n
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Luxury on Kalang - beach and lake

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 1 review

House in Lake Cathie

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  • 12 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 beds
  • 4 bathrooms
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From $278 p/n
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No1coffs - modern pet friendly house & studio

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

House in Coffs Harbour

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Wonderful 4.8/5 (24 reviews)
  • 12 guests
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
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From $688 p/n
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Calypso on the Beach

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

House in Lake Cathie

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (26 reviews)
  • 12 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 9 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
From $463 p/n
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Bellawater - Beautiful Resort Style Home

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

House in Bonny Hills

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Exceptional 5.0/5 (23 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $290 p/n
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Cate's Ocean View apartment with PRIVATE POOL

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Apartment in Sapphire Beach

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (12 reviews)
  • 7 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $204 p/n
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The Surfing Seal, Seal Rocks, NSW

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Cottage in Seal Rocks

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Very Good 4.2/5 (26 reviews)
  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $180 p/n
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Sawtell Seaside Villas A

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

House in Sawtell

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (12 reviews)
  • 4 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $110 p/n
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Heritage House - Red Rock

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

House in Red Rock

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  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $593 p/n
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Turtles Crossing Forster

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

House in Green Point

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (25 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
From $261 p/n
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Monkey Villa Pacific Palms Holiday House

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

House in Smiths Lake

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Wonderful 4.8/5 (23 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
Back porch under cover for those family BBQs
While watching the football
From $371 p/n
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Alamanda Lodge Flynns Beach

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

House in Port Macquarie

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Exceptional 5.0/5 (23 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 9 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $127 p/n
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Flynn Beach Ocean Getaway

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Apartment in Port Macquarie

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Wonderful 4.8/5 (12 reviews)
  • 5 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $158 p/n
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Lilypad Lodge in Stewarts River

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

House in Stewarts River

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  • 8 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $553 p/n
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"South Solitary" at Coffs Harbour

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

House in Sapphire Beach

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  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
Lounge
From $139 p/n
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POTTERS WAREHOUSE STUDIO

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

House in Bellingen

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  • 7 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $94 p/n
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Blue Haven @ Red Rock,

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

House in Red Rock

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Excellent 4.4/5 (27 reviews)
  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $282 p/n
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Top 40 House at Boomerang Beach

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

House in Boomerang Beach

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (15 reviews)
  • 8 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $271 p/n
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On The Edge - Waterfront & Kayaks

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

House in Smiths Lake

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Wonderful 4.8/5 (13 reviews)
  • 11 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $990 p/n
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Beachfront Escapes ~ Beach Mansion

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

House in Coffs Harbour

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  • 14 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 beds
  • 5 bathrooms
From $195 p/n
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The Pool House Sawtell

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

House in Sawtell

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Excellent 4.5/5 (28 reviews)
  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathroom
Front garden
From $84 p/n
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Susie's Beach House - light and airy cottage

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Cottage in South West Rocks

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Excellent 4.6/5 (25 reviews)
  • 7 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $190 p/n
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The Teahouse at Tea Gardens

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

House in Tea Gardens

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Excellent 4.7/5 (11 reviews)
  • 7 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $250 p/n
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Topi Gums Bush Retreat

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

House in Bungwahl

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (33 reviews)
  • 6 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
From $445 p/n
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Jarrabrin - located at Sapphire Beach

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

House in Sapphire Beach

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (15 reviews)
  • 10 guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $130 p/n
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Mullaway On The Beach

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Cabin in Mullaway

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Excellent 4.7/5 (15 reviews)
  • 5 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $120 p/n
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MAYFAIR - COMFORT, STYLE & AIR CON

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

House in Tuncurry

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (13 reviews)
  • 8 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $105 p/n
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Tuckeroo beach house getaway

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

House in Minnie Water

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  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $158 p/n
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Fantasea @ Thirty Three

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Cottage in Woolgoolga

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (21 reviews)
  • 7 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 9 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $163 p/n
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Avalon your holiday house

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

House in Smiths Lake

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Excellent 4.7/5 (30 reviews)
  • 6 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $155 p/n
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Simplicity by the Sea

House in Sawtell

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  • 5 guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
From $140 p/n
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BHavan 2brm Apartment 5mins from CBD

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Apartment in Port Macquarie

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (19 reviews)
  • 4 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 beds
  • 1 bathroom
From $74 p/n
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Unwind & Relax @ Forster

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Apartment in Forster

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Wonderful 4.9/5 (105 reviews)
  • 4 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 beds
  • 1 bathroom

About North Coast

The North Coast, NSW: Where the Sea Meets the Forest

The North Coast of New South Wales is a haven for nature lovers, a retreat for families and a hotspot for action seekers. As you partake in your activities of choice, you will likely have sweeping oceanscapes on one side and lush stretches of forest on the other.

The North Coast runs from Sydney’s North to the Queensland border, offering its share of surfing hubs, national parks and coastal hikes. To take a break from outdoor action, check out Newcastle, with its emerging cafe and gallery scene.

Holiday rental options on the North Coast abound, from beachfront apartments to spacious, secluded family homes.

Beaches and Surfing on the North Coast

The North Coast is synonymous with great surfing, no matter your skill level. Experienced surfers flock to Lennox Head, which is a top Australian surf spot for pros. If you would like to learn to surf in calmer waters, sign up for a class on the shores of Newcastle, Coffs Harbour or Ballina.

The North Coast also offers family-friendly beaches. Byron Bay’s Main Beach is well-known for its white sand. This beach is patrolled throughout the summer. If you would like to spend the day away from other humans, head to the secluded stretches of sand in the Pacific Palms area. These quieter beaches are lined by lush forests, adding to the impression of isolation.

North Coast Nature Reserves and National Parks

Visit Dorrigo National Park, a World Heritage Site, to wander along boardwalks amidst age-old rainforests. Bring your binoculars to best observe the forest’s vibrant birdlife. Alternately, explore the largest stretch of undeveloped land in New South Wales when you hike through Yuraygir National Park. This coastal park showcases both forest and oceanfront scenery.

Illuka Nature Reserve is another option for rainforest strolls and birdwatching. Over 140 types of birds call the reserve home. This park also encompasses coastal and hinterland trails. By the waterfront, you will find a seashore with a rock pool. Here, children can participate in a guided tour to learn all about the species who live in the crevices.

Coastal Walks and Hikes

The North Coast is a haven for hikers, with almost endless paths lining the shore.

The most ambitious hikers can undertake the Yuraygir Coastal Park, which links Angourie and Red Rocks. Walk along 65 km of clifftops, untouched beaches and pristine coastal lakes. Hike at the edge of verdant forests and keep your eyes peeled for native species.

Similarly, the Tweed area has 37 km of untouched coastline, criss-crossed by a series of paths leading to some of the region’s best coastal views.

For shorter treks, you can try the Cape Byron Walking Track, a hike with the ocean on one side and the rainforest on the other. This walk is under 4km long and is a popular spot for whale watching.

Then, there is the Bathers Way, starring Newcastle’s beaches. The path leads to Nobbys Headland Lighthouse. Information panels along the way explain the region’s Aboriginal history and heritage.

Arts and Culture on the North Coast

Newcastle is an up-and-coming hub for the arts, with its fashionable galleries and trendy cafes. The city has a number of museums, showcasing Aboriginal art and pieces created by local talents. Newcastle is no stranger to gourmet meals, with its series of award-winning restaurants.

Meanwhile, the Lismore area is known for its artisanal markets, offering the region’s finest fresh produce and homemade crafts. Pick up just-harvested fruits and vegetables and freshly baked treats every Thursday at the Lismore Produce Market.

To meet the region’s artists, schedule in some time at the Channon Craft Market, the oldest of its kind in Australia. This market is held on the second Sunday of the month, and features plenty of art-related activities for children of all ages, as well as carnival rides.

Getting around the North Coast

It is extremely easy to get around the North Coast. A train connects the main towns between Sydney and Tweed Heads. In addition, several regional airports offer convenient connections to Australia’s major cities. If you are arriving by car from Sydney, you can take the Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route to drive past some of the North Coast’s most beautiful scenery. 

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