Inland, majestic rivers wind through leafy scenery, carving ancient tracks through the magical landscape of the North Coast. Near the coastline, pristine beaches lay lazily in a show of golden sands and shimmering waters. Here, there is something for everyone, including serious waves for keen surfers, beautiful beach walks, and a handful of national parks and nature reserves for those looking to get out and about in Australia’s natural beauty.

For the more adventurous traveller, the undulating sand dunes of Stockton Beach are the perfect place to indulge in a bouncy 4WD experience, and the Solitary Islands Marine Park is ideal for snorkelers who want to explore the rich underwater world. Other encounters include hiking through ancient forests in national parks like the Dorrigo and the Yuraygir, where native wildlife roams free and vibrant plant species create a stunning backdrop, and watching humpback whales carve their way through the waves just off the coast.