Road tripping the Mid North Coast

Road tripping the Mid North Coast

Flying may be quicker than driving, but when it comes to exploring New South Wales’ Mid North Coast, a journey behind the wheel is just as satisfying as the destination.

A road trip will not only give you the freedom to explore at your own pace but to see what you want, when you want and for as long as you please.

We have put together an itinerary of the best pit stops to take on a drive down the east coast. So sit back, relax and take the scenic route.

Cruising Coffs

Kickstart your on-road adventure in the seaside city of Coffs Harbour.

Sealy Point Lookout. Photo Source:

Woven between the mountains and the ocean, unlock the best of both worlds. Get a photo in front of the iconic Big Banana, have a dip in the world-class surf or get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Coffs Coast region from Sealy Point lookout. Visit the shell-covered foreshore at Charlesworth Bay Beach or simply browse the streets for boutique clothing and giftwares.

If you love a good drop, a stop at Raleigh Wines, just 15 minutes south of the city centre is an absolute must. If you need an excuse, it’s on your way anyway!

Photo Source: Raleigh Wines

If you’re looking for a bit of R&R before you head off, Boambee Bay Resort is the perfect base to explore the region and is just 10 minutes from the heart of Coffs Harbour.

Passing through Port

Less than two hours’ drive south of Coffs is Port Macquarie. Nestled between the Hastings River and the Pacific Ocean, life in the town is centred on nature.

Stretch your legs and explore the lush green hinterland on one of the dozens of local walks in Burrawan State Forest, with trails to suit every age and fitness level. The Diamond Head Loop Walk is also a local favourite for those who want to soak up the coastal scenery.

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Port Macquarie is a wine lover’s heaven. From fruity summer whites to deep plum inspired reds at Innes Lake Vineyard to Chardonnay with a splash of art at Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery, delicious drops, gourmet cheese platters and mazes at Bago Vineyards and the largest wine marker in the region, Cassegrain Wines, you could spend a whole day exploring cellar doors.

Photo Source: Bago Vineyards

Want to recharge your batteries? Stay on the banks of the Hastings River at the Classic Club Property, Vacation Village.

Explore Elizabeth Beach

Elizabeth Beach is the perfect setting to conclude your road trip; for long, easy days in this untouched paradise await.

Just an hour and a half from Port Macquarie, if you love water, you will love this quaint, untouched town. Soak up some sun, sand at surf at the peaceful beach or take a dip in Lake Wallis. Renowned for its rock and beach fishing, the stretch between Elizabeth and Shelley Beach is a favourite for local anglers.

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Take an easy drive to Seal Rocks Lighthouse or take a 20 minute drive to the vibrant coastal town of Forster. Discover Mother Nature’s best work in the Wallingat National Park, the ideal location for an easy walk, cycle, picnic or vantage point from the Whoota Whoota Lookout.

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Situated in the midst of a National Park, a stay at Pacific Palms Resort is just a short walk from the turquoise ocean at Elizabeth Beach.

Want to explore the best of the Central Coast on a self-drive holiday? Your Classic Holidays membership gives you access to a range of Club Resorts and holiday apartments on New South Wales’ East Coast.


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