Boasting some of Australia’s best beaches, gorgeous rainforest hinterland, and bush walking and camping that’s really just as good as you’ll experience anywhere else in the country, the NSW Mid North Coast is one spectacular family holiday destination.

Easily accessible, nestled mid-way between Brisbane and Sydney arriving by road, train or air are all options for this glorious stretch of the East Coast. With everything from small towns to bigger regional centres to choose from, whether it’s action or seclusion, it’s all available at a range of price points.

Forster: The twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry offer families the option to get away in a total sea side haven to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating and beaches, kayaking, surfing, cruises, bike riding. There are also fun parks like The Big Buzz and a treetop adventure park too!

Port Macquarie Region: This stunning region of the country also includes the gorgeous beach side towns of Lake Cathie and Laurieton within its region. Lake Cathie is well renowned for its family friendly swimming, and Laurieton markets on the third Sunday of every month offer great local food and crafts. Head inland to the towns of Kendall and Wauchope to explore boutique shopping, amazing hinterland walks complete with waterfalls and rainforest beauty. Don’t forget to visit Timbertown in Wauchope too., or perhaps spend some time up on horseback with Bellrowan Horse riding tours.

Within Port Macquarie itself there’s non-stop activities, with a range of spectacular beaches, fishing, surfing, swimming, cruises and whale watching, scrumptious café’s, mini golf, water slides, visit Billabong Zoo, take in a movie, ride a camel, tours, great café’s and shows at the Glasshouse.

Coffs Harbour Region: Just a little further up the coast toward Brisbane, Coffs Harbour is a paradise all of its own. With great beaches for kids, swimming and surfing everyone in the family can hit the waves. There’s the Big Banana where you can go ice skating, toboggan riding and enjoy the water slides, or perhaps the amazing hinterland and Bellingen markets take your fancy? Cruises, boating, fishing, whale watching and the list goes on.

So if you’re looking for adventure, fun parks, bush walks, surfing, swimming, fishing, or any other great activities to get out with the kids during your next holiday, the Mid North Coast is definitely one region that has not only spectacular scenery, but a range of activities to suit all family age groups. As a big bonus, all the towns along the coast are within easy driving distance of each other, so you can explore and enjoy a range of great places, or, you can limit yourself to just one, the choice is yours. You’ll have a range of accommodation options from bush camping to 5 star resorts, so it’s really worth considering for your next family holiday.

  • Sounds beautiful with lots of things to see and do. The picture looks glorious too


  • This is interesting! Thank you for sharing this!


  • i have a friend who lives in port macquarie and sent me some pics of these newish koala statues. they said that there are 12 koalas around the place lol


  • these places sound really good! i need a little holiday


  • Mid North Coast is the best spot for a weekend away and just relax. Book a resort and chill with the kids. Or a caravan park offers more things to do for the kids and they all can make new friends and get outdoors. Fishing is pretty good on the Mid North Coast.


  • There are so many lovely beaches along the Mid North Coast. Definitely a great and family friendly holiday location.


  • The mid north coast sounds like a perfect family holiday destination.


  • Stopped at the big banana for lunch the other time and was quite surprised at the quality of the food!


  • looks like a fantastic place for a holiday


  • Nice places suggested here – thanks for sharing!


  • some beautiful places listed here, thanks


  • so looking to exploring this area


  • Love the beach, what a beautifau relaxing area.


  • The area around there is very beautiful.


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


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