The Far North Coast is the most biologically diverse region in NSW, with stunning beaches, World Heritage areas, unique villages and dynamic rural hinterlands. The region’s natural wealth is also the base of resource industries, growing exports and tourism, which contribute significantly to the State economy.
The Far North Coast heads north to the New South Wales and Queensland border from Grafton. Following the Clarence River, the road from Grafton passes by several small fishing towns at the mouth of the river, including the pretty fishing town of Yamba. The next river is the Richmond River, with the popular sailing and fishing town of Ballina.
Between Ballina and Byron Bay you can either continue along the Pacific Highway, or drive turn off along the scenic coastal route. You will pass several small coastal area, including the coastal town of Lennox Head.
Byron Bay, is a rather unique and colourful town, with pretty beaches and great surf. Continuing along the coast you will come across the fishing town of Brunswick Heads, it is a pleasant place to stop en route. It also has a market behind the Ampol service station on the 1st Saturday of the month.
If you are looking for an alternative drive to the Pacific Highway then turn off towards Wooyung, a small coastal town. You can travel along a scenic coastal road all the way to Tweed Heads and the Queensland border. This small section is also known as the Tweed Coast and has several coastal resorts which aren’t currently over developed. Cabarita Beach is worth visiting if you enjoy surfing as there is a good surf beach as well as some decent accommodation. You can also catch a bus right upto Tweed Heads from here.