I’m pleased to announce another guest post on this blog, this time by Alexandra Campey, an adventurer and travel blogger who is here today to give us some great tips about the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Check her out on Instagram @alexcampey
I am Alex, a Twenty-Something adventurer always looking for an adrenaline rush and a glass of wine! I’m a coastal girl, a vegetarian, a student, and I’ve got a serious case of wanderlust. My last couple of years have been spent exploring South America and Australia.
From the Second Biggest City in NSW to the picturesque town of Forster – The Mid North Coast has lots to offer. Growing up in this gorgeous part of Australia has made me privy to some of the best beaches, most gorgeous walks and the most delicious places to eat!
Starting in New Castle, you can Head to Frankie’s Place for great quality food. I enjoyed the Vegetarian Breakfast, as it was massive and couldn’t finish it. This little place is great to sit out in the front and watch the world go by. Painted bright blue and located in the middle of Darby Street -the main st of Newcastle, this little cafe is hard to miss.
Other adventures in Newcastle include: Stockton Beach, Merewether Surfhouse and Hamilton St Café hopping. Venture just outside of Newcastle and find yourself in the glorious Hunter Valley Wine Region, sipping on some of the region’s most iconic Semillon, or head North to Port Stephens and relax in any one of the more up market resorts.
Forster-Tuncurry are glorious twin towns, great to visit anytime of the year. Make sure you Head to Spice Monkey for some delicious Asian Fusion, but pre warning it can be a little pricey. There are plenty of Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options – I demolished the Red Lentil Dahl, which was perfect!
Wanting to walk off all that food? Venture to the iconic One Mile Beach, and climb the massive sand dune to gaze at the waves crashing ashore or trek around the luscious Booti Booti National Park. This is home for me so treat this place with love, and if you’re lucky you might get to swim with a few cheeky dolphins!
Dig into the best bruschetta ever! Gobblegutz is a cute, locally run Café just out of Diamond Beach. in Hallidays Point, and has hands down, the best food in the area. This little place is home to an abundance of secluded beaches – Take your pick between Black Head, Halidays Point, and Diamond Beach.
If you’re in the mood for a bit of exercise walk the length of 9 Mile Beach, or zoom around in a 4WD. Or if it’s a casual Sunday you’re after, head to the Black Head Bowling Club and enjoy a spot of afternoon bowls.
South West Rocks
South West Rocks are home to beautiful cliff side lookouts, sandy feet, caves and camping. This is definitely a family holiday location, but is also perfect for backpackers and couples looking to camp. Venture out to the famous Trial Bay Gaol, or head up to the Smoky Cape Lighthouse for some gorgeous views. If you fall in love – which you’re bound to do – stay at the Lighthouse Cottage. A trip to the coast is never complete without some salty fish and chips. South West Rocks Seafood has you covered with good, old-fashioned fish & chips. The Snapper is a local favourite!
Urban Espresso Lounge is the place for simple café food. I dug into the Vego Burger for lunch, which was okay, but I definitely regretted not having brunch! Taste of North India is a great little restaurant with quick service for dinner, and the Vegetable Dahl was amazing, I had one of the best naans ever!
You cannot visit Coffs Harbour without having a frozen chocolate banana at The Big Banana, an absolute must. Grab your food to go, and head towards the Dorrigo National Park – Take the Blackbutt walking track and see some of the local flora and fauna.
The Mid North Coast is one of the most visited parts of New South Wales, but head to these local favourites, soak up some sun and enjoy. You will experience some of the best white sandy beaches, beautiful national parks and yummiest food in the world!
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