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Your Guide to a NSW Far North Coast Road Trip

A NSW Far North Coast Road Trip is one of the most popular and scenic drives in Australia. It is a great way to explore the beautiful coastline, lush rainforests, vibrant cities, and stunning national parks on offer in the east coast part of the state.

Starting your road trip from Yamba, there are plenty of iconic landmarks to visit and activities to experience along the way. You can take a day or two to explore Yamba's unique attractions, such as its beaches and nature reserves. Then, you can drive up the coast towards Evans Head, Woodburn, and Terrace Reserve for more unforgettable views of the ocean and nature.

Keep reading to find out the best places to visit in the far north region of NSW, and where you can stay during your road trip.

Yamba

Your first stop is Yamba, a lovely beach town in northern New South Wales. Take some time to explore the beautiful beaches, like Main Beach and Pippi Beach. You can also take a boat ride along the Clarence River, go deep-sea fishing, or take a dip in one of the area's freshwater swimming holes. Don't forget to enjoy some delicious seafood at the local restaurants and cafes.

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Evans Head

Drive: 54min

Evans Head is a small coastal town located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. It’s a great place to visit for a beach holiday or to explore the local forests and beaches.

Head to the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome and take a look at vintage aircraft, including a replica of a WWI Bristol fighter. The aerodrome also doubles as an art gallery where you can admire amazing works by local artists. Or visit one of the many beaches in the area, like North Creek Beach or Main Beach. For some peace and quiet, check out the Evans Head River Estuary or wander down the Beachfront Walk.

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Woodburn and Coraki

Drive: 11min

Heading further up the mid north coast towards Woodburn, take some time to explore this small town and its riverfront. Here you can visit the local pub for a meal or check out the historic buildings in town. Visit nearby Coraki too, with a few pretty parks and landmarks to enjoy. Be sure to stop by Coraki RSL and War Memorial Park for some beautiful views over the Richmond River.

Wardell

Drive: 19min

Continuing north, you’ll reach the tiny village of Wardell. This is a great place to explore nature and see some beautiful scenery. Make your way down to the Wardell Weir, where you can view some stunning waterfalls and spot wildlife like platypus in the stream.

Wardell Sports and Recreation Club is also a great spot for a bit of relaxation, with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as stand-up paddle boarding.

Ballina

Drive: 20min

Another must-visit destination along the north coast of NSW is Ballina. This bustling coastal town is home to stunning beaches, pristine waterways and plenty of entertaining activities. Take a stroll along the Ballina Coastal Walk, spot some dolphins on the Richmond River Cruise or explore the many markets in town.

If you’re feeling adventurous, hop aboard one of the sea kayaks and paddle around the Ballina Lighthouse area. Or simply relax on the nearby Missingham Beach and soak up the sun. There are plenty of great dining options here too, so make sure to sample some of the local seafood cuisines at one of the many waterfront restaurants.

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Byron Bay

Drive: 32 minutes

The second to last stop on this NSW North Coast Road Trip is the popular holiday destination of Byron Bay. A half-hour north of Ballina you’ll find the easternmost point of Australia, the vibrant beach town of Byron Bay.
well known for its music festivals and popular beach, you'll find a whole host of activities to enjoy, from shopping and dining in the town centre to exploring its beautiful beaches and lighthouses.

Those looking for a taste of something special can take a tour around Cape Byron Marine Park, which offers up incredible views of the ocean along with plenty of wildlife. There’s also a smoky cape walking track to explore around the coastal city.

Of course, no trip to Byron Bay is complete without a visit to the iconic lighthouse – the easternmost point of Australia is an experience that cannot be missed! You might even be able to catch a peak of the lighthouse beach from the Byron Bay Holiday Park.

Terrace Reserve

Drive: 18min

Completing your journey around the north coast of New South Wales, spend some time travelling up to Terrace Reserve Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads. This secluded spot is stretched on the riverfront of Simpsons Creek, providing a beautiful retreat to relax and explore nature.

Here you’ll find some beautiful beach or inland walking trails where you can admire magnificent views over the surrounding landscape. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some native wildlife like kangaroos or wallabies near the NSW national parks and amazing beaches.

With plenty of stunning beaches, rivers and forests to explore, a road trip along the New South Wales north coast is always an unforgettable experience! So grab your map and start planning your NSW North Coast adventure today.

Brunswick Heads has a small Aussie beach town vibe. Our Terrace Reserve Holiday Park is in the heart of Brunswick Heads. Very relaxed. Very laid back.Wasn’t aware of gold mining angle?

It’s a riverfront park not far from a surf beach.

Beach walks, fishing on the Brunswick River, exploring the cool markets and unique shops of Brunswick Heads

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What are the famous self-drive routes in NSW?

The most popular self-drive routes in NSW include the legendary Pacific Coast route from Sydney to Brisbane, across the central coast and north coast. This route takes you from Sydney to Nelson Bay, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, then up past Evans Head and Ballina.

What are some of the must-see places on a north coast road trip?

Some of the most popular tourist destinations for a north coast road trip include the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome and North Creek Beach, Woodburn and Coraki, Wardell and Ballina. While travelling the north coast, be sure to also check out Terrace Reserve Holiday Park in Brunswick for a laid-back beach town with stunning views over the surrounding landscape.

Where is the stop between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay?

The stop between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay is Evans Head. This small coastal town offers plenty of beaches, rivers and forests to explore, as well as a number of art galleries and markets.