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New South Wales North Coast
The Australian coastline north of Sydney has been a source of popular holiday destinations for many years and Breakfree and Mantra are playing their part by providing great holiday lodgings in locations such as the lovely Byron Bay, the ever popular Coffs Harbour and the fast emerging Kingscliff.
Access to the New South Wales north coast is usually via the Coolangatta airport on Queensland's nearby Gold Coast. The independent holiday maker will find a rental car offers the best way to manage airport transfers and to see all the highlights this region has to offer.
At the northern end is the Tweed Coast, a 35 km-long chain of pristine beaches with grassy headlands and quiet villages stretching from the mouth of the Tweed River at Fingal, to Wooyung in the south. Mount Warning, the first place in Australia to be touched by the morning sun, overlooks the the lush river flatlands and sugar cane farms of the Tweed Valley.
Some of the best beaches and resorts in the world are to be found in the Tweed region which offers both excellent surf and quiet coves and estuary waters for the little people. Viewing the whale migrations as they pass up the coast has become a popular seasonal event.
Also popular with visitors to the region are the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre , Melaleuca Station for its tea-tree plantation and historic train ride, Tropical Fruitworld for exotic fruits and Pioneer Plantation for a ride to the top of Banana Mountain.
Holiday makers have access to the rainforests and lookouts in the World Heritage listed National Parks of the hinterland, the jacarandas and Victorian homes in Grafton, the market stalls at Nimbin and a cleansing ale at the classic Billinudgel pub. Water sports are always available for every taste including fresh water, estuary and sports fishing plus boating, cruising and sailing.
Kingscliff has become a popular holiday destination on the Tweed coast and is well known for the numerous beachfront cafés and restaurants. South Kingscliff boasts a patrolled beach in summer, good boat ramps, offshore reefs, and an estuary providing sheltered swimming and fishing.
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Cabarita Beach has one of the best surf beaches in the area. Cudgen has it’s lake, a sanctuary for flora and fauna as well as all forms of aquatic sports. Pottsville is a long established holiday spot boasting the Bicentennial Leisure Gardens.
Further south along the coastline lies Byron Bay, long known to the surfing fraternity for Wategos Beach on Cape Byron. This premier resort town has excellent surf beaches and sheltered coves, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and a growing reputation as a holiday destination.
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Numerous holiday activities are available throughout the year. Whale spotting from the Cape Byron Lighthouse takes place during the annual migrations in June-July and Sept-Nov. Dolphins call this area home all the area all year round. The Ocean Shores Golf Course enjoys a reputation as one of the state's best.
Several hours drive south of Byron Bay lies Coffs Harbour, the major holiday centre of the region with its crescent shaped beaches and banana plantations on the surrounding hills. Visitors with a love of the outdoors can bushwalk the World Heritage listed Dorrigo and New England National Parks.
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Lovers of the arts and crafts will appreciate a trip to the communities at Bellingen which is also the jumping off point for white water rafting in the Nymboida River. Deep sea fishing charters are plentiful as are opportunities for diving in the Solitary Islands marine reserve. Tours are available to Aboriginal sites. A unique opportunity exists to to tour the nesting muttonbirds on Muttonbird Island.
New South Wales Holidays - the website of the official NSW tourism authority
Northern New South Wales Holiday Attractions