Top Family Touring Itineraries: Northern NSW

By: Emma Ryan, Photography by: Camper Trailer Australia

Take a scenic drive from Sydney to Coffs Harbour via the hinterland of Dorrigo and the mighty Nymboida River.

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The North Coast has so much to offer within a day’s drive of Sydney. Coffs Harbour is where the mountains meet the sea and a wonderful campsite is never far away, whether by a river or the deep blue.

From beach driving to stunning rainforest pockets within World Heritage-listed national parks, this part of the world has the lot. The kids will love the safe swimming in the clear waterways while mum and dad can surf, explore on a SUP or kayak up one of the many creeks.


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Day 1: Sydney to Coffs Harbour

  • Plenty of waterfront camping areas to choose from
  • Surfing beaches, safe creeks and plenty of patrolled beaches to get wet at
  • Make sure you bring your swimmers, fishing rod and/or a surfboard

Day 2: Explore Coffs Harbour

  • Check out the Big Banana
  • Visit the Pet Porpoise Pool
  • Swim at one of the many pristine beaches
  • Go jetty jumping off the jetty
  • Walk over Muttonbird Island

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Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Nymboida

  • Escape to the hinterland
  • Stop for lunch at Ulong at the Old Post Office Cafe
  • Explore waterfalls and stunning rainforest
  • Riverside camping at Platypus Flats in Nymboida

Day 4: Nymboida to Dorrigo

  • Head to the Norm Jolly memorial grove
  • Walk amongst 800-year-old Tallowwood trees in World Heritage-listed areas
  • Stop at Dangar Falls for lunch and a (brave) swim
  • Spend time at the Dorrigo Rainforest centre


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  • Traditional ice-creams at Coffs Marina
  • Attitude Burgers on the jetty strip
  • Dorrigo Rainforest Centre for coffee and cake


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  • Having fun at the Big Banana
  • Jetty jumping or fishing in the harbour off Coffs Jetty
  • Riding the rapids on the Nymboida River or spotting platypus


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  • Darlington Park is 110 acres of park-like grounds with plenty of shade and only a short walk to the beach
  • Platypus Flats for absolute riverside camping on the mighty Nymboida River

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