If you want to escape the hustle and grind of big city living, try swapping skyscrapers for sea views and concrete jungle for rainforest in the peaceful surrounds of Northern NSW.
Encompassing a broad area from Grafton all the way up to Tweed Heads and the Queensland border, the Northern Rivers region offers endless stretches of beautiful beachfront and a diverse and captivating hinterland begging to be explored. Here are just some of the reasons we think it’s worth a visit.
The northern coastline of New South Wales is dotted with laid-back seaside towns. The most famous is Byron Bay, an Australian icon that draws travellers from around the globe. If you haven’t visited yet, you’re missing out. It has no less than seven beaches, so you’re sure to find your perfect spot. Further north, Kingscliff also serves up picturesque stretches of sand, where you can play or laze all day.
From Yamba and Lennox Heads to Broken Head and Byron Bay, there are awesome surf breaks all along the Northern NSW coast. You’ll find spots suitable for everyone from beginners to Pros, so whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a complete novice, there’s a wave calling your name, and a surf school ready to get you out there.
The hinterland towns of New South Wales are home to alternative communities of artists and makers, which makes exploring the weekend markets a must. Along with great food and a friendly, welcoming vibe, you’ll find an endless array of homemade crafts, clothing and art as well as fresh, organic produce. Be sure to take a bag as you’re unlikely to come away empty handed. To share the love, market locations change from week to week so check out the calendar before you set off.
Pristine national parks
You can’t visit Northern NSW without seeing Mount Warning, the ever-present backdrop to the region. View from afar or head to World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park to climb it if you dare. Be warned – it’s steep! Alternatively, discover some of the region’s waterfalls, including Killen Falls, Minyon Falls and Protester Falls to name a few. Take a picnic and a towel to dry off after a dip in the waterholes.