7 stops on a road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour

7 stops on a road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour

A road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour is one of the most scenic routes in New South Wales. There are many stunning lookouts, beaches and rainforest areas along the way and that’s not to mention the many landmarks along the way.

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Surf at Boomerang Beach, Pacific Palms

Begin your road trip with a surfing adventure at Pacific Palms. The area is renowned for its excellent surfing waves. Boomerang Beach is popular with families, especially in the summer months. Boomerang Beach has crystal clear waters and white sand. It also plays host to major surfing competitions every year. Talk about a beach that has everything!

Visit the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse

The next stopover on your road trip of the mid north coast is the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse which has been standing since 1879. It’s also one of only five small lighthouses on the NSW coast. The panoramic views from the lighthouse are breathtaking. Tourists often spot whales and dolphins from the lighthouse at certain times of the year.

Complete the Newcastle Memorial Walk

This spectacular coastal walk has a personal connections for thousands of locals. It was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 while it also marks the beginning of the steel making industry in Newcastle. The 450 metre long cliff top walkway joins Strzelecki Lookout and Bar Beach. The views of the coast, city and valley are amazing.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Just 5km from Newcastle is Glenrock State Conservation Area which offers pristine beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls. This coastal rainforest area is home to bats, bandicoots and many ancient Aboriginal sites. There are plenty of walks and mountain bike trails and furthermore the park is home to gorgeous beaches that you can relax at.

See the world from Perpendicular Point, Laurieton

The majestic Perpendicular Point offers spectacular views of the surrounding coast. The lookout is located above 40 metre high cliffs and is surrounded by rugged headlands and forest. It’s also the highlight of Kattang Nature Reserve. It’s worth visiting in spring because the walking tracks nearby feature many wildflowers.

Visit Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park

This park is one of Port Macquarie’s most popular attractions. It features a range of Australian animals, such as kangaroos, echidnas, snakes and Birds of Prey. You’ll also get up close with animals from across the world, including lions, snow pandas and red pandas. The zoo has also gained worldwide recognition for its koala breeding program.

Detour for Bindarri National Park

Detour inland for about and hour to explore some of the highlights of Bindarri National Park. There are scenic spots for picknicking, walking and swimming. You’ll drive through old, lush forest which is full of wildlife and hidden natural treasures. In addition, many people like to pack their mountain bike so they can explore the area. But most of all, no matter where you choose to go in the National Park, you’re likely to find peaceful scenes that you’ll have all to yourself.


Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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