Lower North Coast

The Lower North Coast starts at Newcastle and heads north to Port Macquarie in the Australian state of New South Wales.

The original inhabitants of the New South Wales area were Aboriginal tribes who arrived in Australia approximately forty to sixty thousand years ago.

The European discovery of New South Wales was made by Captain James Cook during his voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770. In the journal covering his survey of the eastern coast of the Australian continent, Cook first named the east coast of Australia "New Wales", which he later corrected in his journal to "New South Wales".

Port MacquarieAlthough a relatively small section, it is very beautiful with glorious beaches and plenty of activities to choose from, both on the land and in the water. Newcastle is an industrial town at the south of the Lower North Coast.

Hunter ValleyJust a short drive north and you arrive at the fabulous Port Stephens. The port's area is actually larger than the Sydney Harbour and is a very interesting and diverse place to visit, with its coastal towns and bushland walks. About an hours drive inland from Port Stephens, and you will come to the fabulous wine growing region of the Hunter Valley.

Forster HarbourFurther north along the coast is Wallis Lake, bordered by Forster and Tuncurry. Both places are within walking distance of each other and along with good beaches, also offer some great fishing spots. Forster is larger than Tuncurry and has several pleasant beaches, as well as conveniently situated accommodation.

Tuncurry BeachTuncurry also offers several motels and a couple of campsites where you can stay. Public transport runs fairly frequently to both places. CountryLink operates trains from Sydney to Broadmeadow with connecting coaches, several times daily. BUSWAYS offers a direct service to Sydney and Greyhound also operates a daily service.

Taree War MemorialNorth from this area is the farming land of the Manning Valley. Taree is a large farming town within this area. It is situated alongside the Manning River, which is backed by an attractive park. Within the park are some beautiful flower beds, as well as a large War Memorial.

There are also a number of shops and restaurants along the main street in Taree. Due to the fact that it is close to the highway, makes it a great place to stop on your journey north or south along the coast.

The pretty timber town of Wingham is just north of Taree. Wingham Brush is a beautiful rainforest which is worth visiting. There are also a number of small coastal resorts.

Lower North Coast, NSW Accommodation

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