With gorgeous beaches and coastal towns, tranquil rivers, beautiful lakes, amazing wildlife and undulating sand dunes, the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales is worth discovering and exploring. The region’s outstanding natural attractions offer amazing experiences- boating, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, 4x4 driving, sailing, fishing, sandsurfing, canoeing, bushwalking and camping among many others.

 

Below we give you 10 amazing reasons why the Mid North Coast is the ultimate family destination.

 

1. Bennetts Beach

 

Bennetts Beach

Beautiful Bennett's Beach, Hawks Nest

 

Stop off at one of many golden, sandy beaches along the Legendary Pacific Coast touring route. Bennetts Beach also known as Hawks Nest Beach is one of those spectacular and uncrowded beaches that you will surely love. It stretches north to Myall Lakes National Park and south to Yacaaba Head.

 

 

2.  Crystal Shower Falls

 

Crystal Shower Falls

Stunning Crystal Shower Falls 

 

Walk through lush rainforest to reach Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour.  Enjoy spectacular views from the rocky cavern behind this gorgeous waterfall. 

 

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3. Billabong Zoo

 

Billabong Zoo

Cute red panda at Billabong Zoo 

 

Get up-close and personal with Australian and exotic animals at the award-winning Billabong Zoo. It is New South Wales' premier regional wildlife park with a koala breeding centre. There are zoo talks and encounter with animals which include koalas, snow leopards, cheetahs, red pandas, meerkats, penguins and snakes.

 

4.  Stockton Sand Dunes

 

Stockton Sand Dunes

Four-wheel driving at Stockton Bight Sand Dunes

 

The Stockton Bight Sand Dunes at Worimi Conservation Lands is the longest beach in New South Wales.  Explore the magnificent sand dunes and enjoy 4-wheel driving. The dunes can reach as much as 40 metres above the sea level making it perfect for sand-boarding. Beach fishing is also excellent in the area.

 

 

5. Myall Lakes National Park

  

Myall Lakes National ParkBroughton Island, Myall Lakes National Park 

 

As one of NSW’s largest coastal lake systems, with 40 kilometres of stunning beaches and rolling sand dunes, the Myall Lakes National Park is one the most visited national parks in NSW. The beaches and lakes are perfect for relaxing water activities such as kayaking, sailing, surfing, canoeing, windsurfing, sunbathing, swimming, camping and water skiing.

 

6. Tomaree National Park

 

Tomaree National Park Remains of the WWII machine gun emplacement and Fort Tomaree with Yacaaba Head 

 

Tomaree National Park makes a great weekend getaway. It’s an excellent spot for whale watching and walking. Have a family barbecue as there are picnic facilities around Anna Bay and Fishermans Bay. Enjoy a swim or snorkel. Make sure to hike the Tomaree Head Summit walk which gives panoramic views over Port Stephens. 

 

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7. Dark Point Aboriginal Place

 

Dark Point Aboriginal Place

 Visitors walking at Dark Point Aboriginal Place 

 

Dark Point Aboriginal Place has a rich cultural history and has been a gathering place for the Worimi people for over 4,000 years. Take the Dark Point walking track to the headland and admire the panoramic views across the Broughton Island.

 

8. Jimmy’s Beach

 

Jimmy’s Beach

White sands and pristine waters at Jimmy's Beach 

 

Known as the “Paddle Boarders Paradise” because of its little to no waves, Jimmy’s Beach at Hawks Nest is also a perfect beach for families. Chill out by the beach and admire the peacefulness and the breathtaking views over the bay. This dog-friendly beach is also 4wd accessible.  

 

9. Port Stephens  

 

Port Stephens

Whale-watching cruise at Port Stephens 

 

Port Stephens is known as the “blue water paradise” with its beautiful and breathtaking marine surroundings. With over 19 miles of clean, white, sandy beaches, Port Stephens boasts vibrant tourism and fishing industries.

 

 

10. North Coast Regional Botanic Garden 

 

North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Lovely koi pond and a Japanese bridge at North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour

 

Renowned for its natural bushland as well as exotic species, the beautiful North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour is one of the major regional botanic gardens in New South Wales. Take a stroll at this hidden gem which is surrounded by beautiful waterways. There are five kilometres of well-made paths and boardwalks for visitors to explore this lovely botanic garden.