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.

About The Author

Loreena Walsh is the owner of Little Aussie Travellers, a website and blog inspiring families to get out and explore everything Australia has to offer. Loreena explores Australia with her husband  Matt, children Jackson, Amahli and Byron and the family Kelpie. For inspiration on making the most of your family holidays, you can get the latest updates on the website, as well as joining Little Aussie Travellers on facebook or twitter.

  1. Bela

    August 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm,

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

  2. twinmum2

    May 31, 2014 at 8:27 am,

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

  3. May 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm,

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

  4. catgrrl3

    May 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm,

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    looks like a fantastic place for a holiday

  5. Pielow

    May 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm,

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    Nice places suggested here – thanks for sharing!

  6. Happymum-2

    May 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm,

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    some beautiful places listed here, thanks

  7. April 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm,

    MoM Rewards: cheezel has a diamond MoM rewards level cheezel said:

    so looking to exploring this area

  8. shazzbot

    March 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm,

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    Love the beach, what a beautifau relaxing area.

  9. jenny9761

    March 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm,

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    The area around there is very beautiful.

  10. mummy liana

    March 01, 2014 at 5:34 pm,

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    thanks for sharing was a great read

  11. yyon4699

    January 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm,

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    Another fun place to consider. Australia is such a blessed country!! Thanks for the share.

    1. ginoula5

      August 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm,

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      So true, we have all the beauty right in our own back yard :)

  12. ljsalomon

    January 09, 2014 at 2:17 pm,

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    Sounds great – thanks for sharing

  13. vikram77

    January 07, 2014 at 1:39 am,

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    Thanks for sharing this great article. Soulds like a great place for a family holiday

  14. January 06, 2014 at 1:23 pm,

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    this looks like a very fun place :)

  15. December 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm,

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    we’ve been to coffs harbour and loved it so the other ideas sound like they could be great destinations

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