Nambucca Heads is a quiet coastal town scattered over a snaking headland interlaced with estuaries. The best place to view it from is Captain Cook Lookout. It has one of the coast’s prettiest foreshores with boardwalks so walkers can enjoy it.
Nambucca Heads. Photo: Alena.Rose via IG
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Nambucca Heads rock art. Photo: Picachudefe via IG
South West Rocks is a picturesque seaside town. The headland is protected by Arakoon National Park, where you’ll find kangaroos, kookaburras and campers. Campervans are permitted to camp here, too, and it’s in a great location right on Front Beach. Little Bay Beach in the National Park is sheltered from the surf by a rocky barricade and is perfect for swimming. It's also the starting point for some good walks. By the camp ground is Trial Bay Gaol, built in 1877 to house convicts. Smoky Cape Lighthouse is perched on the cape and has tours.
Arakoon National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk
Hat Head National Park on a stretch of stunning coastline is a place of exceptional beauty. There are two campgrounds, Hungry Gate is nestled behind the dunes and popular with kangaroos. At Smoky Head campground you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves.
Hat Head National Parl. Photo: Michelle Sallows
Hat Head National Park. Photo: JudithLurelle via IG
Myall Lakes National Parks is an extravagantly pretty mosaic of lakes, rivers, rainforests and secluded coastlines. It’s rich in birdlife and the changing hues of sunset and sunrise are reflected in the still water surfaces. The beauty is best enjoyed from a kayak, boat, or walking trail. The waters are perfect for swimming and during May to November you can watch migrating humpback whales.
There are many great places to cast a fishing line for bream, whiting, Australian salmon, flathead and mullet.
Myall Lakes. Photo: Simonegga via IG
Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: vshard via IG
Pacific Palms: Encompasses the towns of Elizabeth Beach, Boomerang Beach, Bluey’s Beach, Smith’s Lake, Coomba, Seal Rocks, and Tiona, plus the Booti Booti and Wallingat National Parks and the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park. This place has everything – scenic lookouts, secluded coves, pristine beaches, tall cabbage palms, good surfing, cafes, galleries and rainforest walks.
Myall Coast: Encompasses the towns of Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Broughton Island, Seal Rocks, and Myall Lakes with their cafes, galleries and public art. Seal Rocks is secluded with golden sandy beaches and rocky shorelines speckled with rockpools. Broughton Island, a place of white sandy beaches, volcanic peaks, scrub, penguins, turtles and seabirds, has some of the best diving and snorkelling in the state.
The Hinterland: On the west side of the Lakes, the Hinterland encompasses the towns of Nabiac, Coolongolook, Wootto, Buledelah, and Stroud. Here you’ll meander through fertile valleys, taste local produce, potter through antique shops, cafes, boutique wineries, eco-retreats and country markets.
Myall Lakes National Park. Dees Corner Campground.
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Gold Coast to Sydney: an overview
Part 1: Brisbane - Gold Coast
Part 2: Gold Coast - Byron Bay | 200 km
Part 3: Byron Bay - Dorrigo National Park | 373 km
Part 4: Dorrigo National Park - Myall Lakes | 362 km
Part 5: Myall Lakes - Hunter Valley | 208 km
Part 6: Hunter Valley - Sydney | 165 km or 388 km
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