NSW Coast

Follow the Princes and Pacific Highways from Eden to Tweed Heads and discover the many delightful holiday towns and attractions that dot the magnificant coastline of eastern Australia.
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Page Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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When Captain James Cook first saw the eastern coastline of Australia he saw sheer ragged sandstone cliffs, blue bays of calm water fringed by beaches and lush bushland.

Today, the east coast is fully populated with each settlement linked by major highways (the Princess Highway runs south of Sydney to the Victorian border, and the Pacific Highway runs north of Sydney from the end of the F3 Freeway at Hexham to Tweed Heads on the Queensland border.

Along the NSW coast lay both major and minor towns including the cities of Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Ballina.

But it is the smaller towns in between these major centres that attract the local tourist who want to get away for a while. Little holiday villages are plentiful where the focus is on finding your own fun in nature's playground. With long summer days, excellent surf beaches, quiet rivers and shady trees the NSW coast is teeming with treasures.

Fishing, boating, sailing, scuba diving and swimming are all major activities on the east coast of Australia. The temperate waters are safe from stingers, there are no crocodiles and most beaches have surf patrols. Water temperatures range from 18 degrees Celsius in winter to 22 degrees in summer. Coastal National Parks are plentiful where there are excellent walking trails, camping areas and lookouts.

To the west of the coastal highway you'll find a great variety of landforms including rainforests and rugged wilderness containing gorges, limestone caves and waterfalls.

The NSW coast is abundant in possums, wallabies, cockatoos, parrots, rosellas and the not so nice critters such as funnel web spiders, tiger snakes, red-belly black snakes and red-back spiders although it is usually rare to spot any of these.

Go to top Treks

Stockton BeachStockton Beach
Stockton Beach is the 4WD and dune buggy playground capital of Australia. Just 2 hours north of Sydney via the freeway, this huge expanse of sand dune area is open for camping and frolicking. Some say the dunes are higher than in the Simpson Desert! A great experience.
Taree to Werrikimbe via Port MacquarieTaree to Werrikimbe via Port Macquarie
Explore Greater Port Macquarie including remote forest 4WD trails, waterfalls, beaches, mountains, rainforests, escarpment thrills and loads of idyllic remote camps.[Feature Story]
Watagan MountainsWatagan Mountains
Only 100km North of Sydney on the edge of the Great Divide, behind the Central Coast lies the rainforest gullies of the mountains. Accessible by 2WD unless raining, this area is quite popular with excellent campsites, walking trails and lookouts.

Go to top NSW Coast Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Grafton Airport at 29/12:30am EDT
Distance from Coffs Harbour 60.53km N
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Coffs Harbour Mo
Distance from Coffs Harbour 1.61km SE
Mean Max. °C26.926.825.924.021.419.318.719.822.023.624.926.3
Mean Min. °C19.419.518.
Mean Rain mm189.1222.4234.1179.0160.0123.073.878.461.098.3142.7144.6


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