Top Choice State Park in Byron Bay

Cape Byron State Conservation Park

Spectacular views reward those who climb up from the Captain Cook Lookout on the Cape Byron Walking Track. Ribboning around the headland, the track dips and (mostly) soars its way to the lighthouse. Along the way, l…
Top Choice National Park in Dorrigo

Dorrigo National Park

This 119-sq-km park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area and home to a huge diversity of vegetation and more than 120 species of bird. The Rainforest Centre, at the park entrance, has displays and…
Top Choice National Park in Red Rock

Yuraygir National Park

This is the state’s longest stretch of undeveloped coastline, covering a 65km stretch of pristine coastal ecosystems stretching north from Red Rock. The isolated beaches are outstanding and there are bushwalking pat…
Top Choice Island in Coffs Harbour

Muttonbird Island

The Gumbaynggirr people knew this island as Giidany Miirlarl, meaning Place of the Moon. It was joined to Coffs Harbour by the northern breakwater in 1935. The walk to the top (quite steep at the end) provides sweep…
Top Choice Gardens in Nimbin

Djanbung Gardens

Nimbin has been at the forefront of the organic gardening movement and this world-renowned permaculture education centre, created out of a degraded cow pasture, is home to food forests, vegetable gardens, a drought-…
Top Choice Beach in Byron Bay

Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach is a deserted sandy stretch that extends for 7km south from Cape Byron. This is the place to flee the crowds: much of the beach is backed by Arakwal National Park. The suburb of Suffolk Park sprawls alo…
Top Choice Gallery in Murwillumbah

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

This exceptional gallery overlooking the river is an architectural delight and home to some of Australia’s finest works. A new extension devoted to acclaimed Lismore-born painter Margaret Olley (1923–2011) features …
Top Choice Beach in Coffs Harbour

Jetty Beach

This sheltered beach, with its picturesque jetty, is protected by a breakwater, creating calm swimming conditions. It's a quick walk from nearby restaurants.
Top Choice Beach in Port Macquarie

Flynn's Beach

A patrolled beach nestled between two rocky headlands. Excellent for learner surfers.
Top Choice Beach in Port Macquarie

Town Beach

Particularly good for surfing; patrolled in summer.