Mid North Coast
There are some great beaches along the coast, as well as some attractive farming communities inland.
A short drive south from Port Macquarie are several small coastal resorts. For good beaches and surf visit Bonnie Hills or Lake Cathie.
Heading north from Port Macquarie you can visit the beautiful landscape surrounding the South West Rocks. Along the coastline and the bay near South West Rocks you should visit Trial Bay Gaol, which is packed with interesting history.
From Port Macquarie you can follow the coastal route which runs past the Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve to Point Plomer, although this route is for 4WD only. However, if you want a seriously relaxed lifestyle then definitely visit Point Plomer. It also offers great surf, so be sure to take your board with you.
There is a small campsite at Point Plomer, although you should take you own supplies as the only other thing there is great surf and excellent fishing. (Not too much of a down side). You can also access this road by a vehicle ferry which leaves from Port Macquarie.
West of Port Macquarie on the Oxley Highway is the historic timber town of Wauchope, situated along the Hastings River. The countryside surrounding Wauchope is really beautiful, made up of forest ranges and pretty streams. Cameron Street is the centre of Wauchope's country town and offers plenty of shopping and a taste of original Wauchope. You can also visit Timbertown, which is a wonderful re-creation of an old village. From Wauchope you can visit the fabulous Cobrabald, Slippery Rock and the Wilson Rainforest Reserve, where you will find some good swimming spots.
Further along the Pacific Highway you will pass through Kempsey, a large farming town. There is an interesting museum and cultural centre if you want to stop along the way. East from this is the small coastal town of Crescent Head. Crescent Head is known by surfers as the surf long-boarding capital of Australia, and so obviously has a good surfing beach. There are several coastal parks offering accommodation, although there are also a number of places in the town itself.
Further north along the coast is Hat Head, which offers a small selection of accommodation and a beautiful quiet beach. The area is surrounded by the Hat Head National Park which makes a fabulous backdrop to the little coastal resort. Hat Head is also home to the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, the tallest in NSW. Further north again is South West Rocks. The main attraction here is fishing and other various water sports, although the Trial Bay Gaol is also a very interesting place to visit. Buses run between these two places 3 times a day, and are both worth visiting.
Nambucca Heads is a pretty coastal town off of the Pacific Highway. Further inland are two places of major interest, Bellingen and Dorrigo. North from Coffs Harbour are two small, but pretty places. Woolgoolga has a good surf beach and a large Indian population. Red Rock is a quiet place right on the coast with beautiful views.
From here the Yuraygir National Park takes you to Grafton and the Far North Coast of NSW. There are some excellent walking trails along the coast and some pretty little beaches, as well as several campsites along the way