When we think of a holiday to New South Wales, we often think of the sights and sounds of Sydney, however, there is plenty more on offer in this fantastic region. The north coast of New South Wales is overflowing with activities for the whole family and with numerous golden beaches and a relaxed pace of life, it's suitable for all ages.
Keep reading for our top tips for a holiday in regional New South Wales.
With an amazing reputation, it's not hard to see what all the fuss is about when you first visit Byron Bay. It's a destination with outstanding natural beauty set against volcanic hills. It's also a great spot for those who like to be active on their holidays with plenty of surfing, kayaking, fishing, sailing and swimming available.
A chic seaside town with great beaches, you can also visit the nearby Brunswick Heads, Lennox Head and Ballina.
Top Tips: A must-do on any holiday to Byron Bay includes whale watching, relaxing at the beach, shopping at the markets and paying a visit to Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse. If you're into festivals, be sure to visit in April for the Byron Bay Bluesfest. This is Australia's premier blues and roots festival complete with six stages and more than 200 performances.
Alternatively, the Splendour in the Grass festival usually kicks off in July and offers a fantastic combination of music, art, food and craft markets.
Just two hours drive from Byron Bay lies the region of Northern Rivers, boasting stunning rainforests and plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.
The Northern Rivers reveals some of its best natural attractions along the loops and trails of the legendary Pacific Coast touring drive - take a day trip to explore Tweed Heads and inland Lismore. Stop for a picnic lunch and if you're into water sports, head out on the Tweed River. With 37 km's of coastline, it's the perfect spot for paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and surfing.
Top Tips: A holiday in Northern Rivers isn't complete without surfing at a variety of the beautiful beaches on offer, checking out the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, admiring the local talent at the Nimbin Artists Gallery and witnessing the view from the Point Danger Lookout.