The magical Mid North Coast

CUDDLY KOALA: First up on the drive along the Mid North Coast is Port Macquarie, a coastal town surrounded by rivers, surfing beaches, national parks and state forests. One highlight is the world's only koala hospital. You can also take in spectacular views of the coast and hinterland from atop the North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park.
The magical Mid North Coast

LEAVE YOUR MARK: Next, drive on to Coffs Harbour. On the way, you can visit Nambucca Heads, famous for its surf beaches, fresh oysters and colourful V-Wall (above), where visitors can inscribe their mark or name on the seawall. When you reach Coffs Harbour, be sure to go to Dolphin Marine Magic, which houses the endangered Australian Sea Lion. You can also visit Dorrigo National Park, a rainforest with stunning waterfalls.
The magical Mid North Coast

SUN FUN: Can't get enough of New South Wales? Drive on to Byron Bay, a town where visitors can immerse themselves in culture and food. From Australia's eastern-most town, you can watch the sun rise at the Cape Byron Lighthouse (above). If you're feeling peckish, try the local produce at the farmers' markets, where you can get fresh coffee, macadamia nuts and olives. The town has spa, yoga and meditation options as well, for those looking to unwind and relax. More adventurous visitors can go scuba-diving.


    Jun 18, 2014

    The magical Mid North Coast

    Driving farther into New South Wales after visiting Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, there are lots more to see, feel and enjoy. The rest of the Pacific coastline has plenty to offer, including cute koalas, dolphins and, of course, more gorgeous beaches.

    Over four days, you can explore the Mid North Coast, a 400km stretch from Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour. There, beautiful beaches, lakes and bays are surrounded by pockets of ancient rainforests in national parks.

    Besides taking in the natural sights and sounds, there are towns and markets to visit and soak in the local culture.

    Jalelah Abu Baker checks out some highlights of this stunning region with so much to offer visitors, no matter whether you are young, old or anywhere in between.