Coffs Harbour is located on a beautiful section of coastline between Grafton and Nambucca Heads in NSW.
The warm pleasant climate, glorious stretches of sandy beaches and the backdrop of the forested mountains which descend down to the coast make Coffs Harbour an appealing destination for holidaymakers, day-trippers and retirees.
The city’s harbour is the base for regional fishing fleets, while banana plantations dot the inland foothills.
A vibrant shopping district awaits visitors, situated adjacent to the Pacific Highway and along Harbour Drive, while at the northern gateway to Coffs Harbour is Park Beach Plaza.
For more information, visit www.coffscoast.com.au
Grafton, located in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, is a destination that is nestled between Sydney and Brisbane.
Grafton is blessed with a lovely climate, stunning natural landscapes including spectacular rainforest reserves and expansive public parks, and vibrant flora and fauna, with the mighty Clarence River running through the town.
The historic city is known for its old-fashioned festivals, quaint little fishing spots, amazing outdoor adventure opportunities, laid-back regional lifestyle and welcoming country hospitality. A beautiful hidden gem tucked away in northern NSW, Grafton is a must visit for a relaxed day trip or a restful extended stay away.
For more information, visit www.myclarencevalley.com/grafton
Nestled on the banks of the Macleay River, Kempsey is the major service town of the Macleay Valley Coast in NSW. Kempsey is a blend of old-world charm and a thriving regional river town, and famous as the birthplace of country music legend Slim Dusty and Akubra Hats, Australia’s iconic hat brand.
Wander along the banks of the mighty Macleay River which runs through the heart of the townships or dine at one of the many quality local restaurants or cafés. Spend an afternoon seeking out your favourite vintage treasure in one of the antique and old wares stores. Make sure not to miss West Kempsey with independent retail outlets including clothing boutiques, homewares as well as many tasty cafés and eateries.
Discover our native plants in the Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park. The natural parkland setting provides the backdrop to experience local Aboriginal culture and learn about traditional foods. You can take an interactive guided tour to learn all about the trees, shrubs and plants the Aboriginal People used for food and medicine.
For more information, visit www.macleayvalleycoast.com.au/locations/kempsey/
There’s nothing secret about Nambucca, roughly halfway between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast.
Just a few minutes off the motorway, Nambucca is not exactly a hidden gem either, more like a forgotten gem overlooked by the holiday hordes in the rush to get to the more popular Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour or more glamorous Byron Bay.
A place with two hearts, there’s the town centre high on the hill, and the caravan park, pub and a couple of holiday units down on the waterfront, where the Nambucca River seeps into the sea. In between is a dense pocket of rainforest called Gordon Park, once laced with walking tracks, now home to a large colony of flying foxes.
Even the town’s shopping strip is charmingly laid back. Stores are practical – supermarket, bottle shop, butcher, chemist and other small town retailers stocking essentials with a refreshing lack of tourist tat and overpriced trinkets for sale.
Nambucca feels like a real town rather than a tourist town, despite being one of the prettiest spots on the coast.
For more information, visit www.nambuccavalley.com.au
Bellingen is nestled in the Bellingen Valley on the banks of the Bellinger River. This pretty town, which is a 30-minute drive southwest of Coffs Harbour, is home to farmers, creatives, young families and retirees.
Throughout the year Bellingen hosts a diverse range of festivals, events and market days. It’s a delightful place to relax and enjoy the stunning view and some fine local music while sampling this region’s produce in friendly restaurants and cafes around town, stretch your legs on a gentle nature walk or more challenging hike, or kayak along the river.
You are truly spoilt for choice for things to do in Bellingen. Visitors are captivated by the region’s natural beauty, the green rolling pastures and pockets of rainforest framed by the tree-clad Dorrigo escarpment. But it’s the wonderful combination of Bellingen’s turn-of-the-century main street village atmosphere, rich architectural heritage, rural charm, bohemian atmosphere and thriving cosmopolitan culture and cafe society that truly captures people’s hearts.
For more information, visit www.ilovebelloshire.com/bellingen