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Mid North Coast
New South Wales
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McBrides Beach, Forster, New South Wales
Population 308,372 (30 June 2016)
State electorate(s)
  • Myall Lakes
  • Port Macquarie
  • Oxley
  • Coffs Harbour
Federal Division(s)
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The Mid North Coast is a country region in the north-east of the state of New South Wales, Australia. The region covers the mid northern coast of the state, beginning from Port Stephens 160 km (99 mi) north of Sydney, and extending as far north as Woolgoolga, 562 km (349 mi) north of Sydney, a distance of roughly 400 km (250 mi).

Heading northwards beyond Newcastle, the Mid North Coast region's main towns include the towns of Bulahdelah, Forster, Tuncurry, Wingham, Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, South West Rocks, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour. Of these Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour are the major commercial centres, all with large shopping centres, public facilities and attractions. Kempsey and Forster-Tuncurry are considered semi-major commercial centres. Smaller towns that are popular tourist spots are North Haven, South West Rocks, Urunga, Gloucester and Pacific Palms.

The region has a subtropical climate and is known for its waterways, beaches and hinterland of forests and farms. Major industries are farming, logging and tourism.

Demography and area

The following local government areas are contained within the region:

Population by Local Government Area
Mid North Coast rank Local Government Area Population 30 June 2016 10-year growth rate Population density (people/km2)
1 Mid Coast Council 91,958 8.7 9.1
2 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 79,905 14.2 21.7
3 Coffs Harbour City Council 74,641 12.0 63.6
4 Kempsey Shire Council 29,454 5.1 8.7
5 Nambucca Shire Council 19,521 6.7 13.1
6 Bellingen Shire Council 12,893 1.4 8.1
Mid North Coast 308,372 10.0 14.4

Coffs Coast

The Coffs Coast extends from the village of Broom's Head in the north and as far south as the small seaside town of Scotts Head. It includes the Sandon, Bellinger, Coffs and Nambucca River catchments/drainage basins. The Coffs Coast services a regional catchment of over 200,000 people, with about 68,000 living in the City of Coffs Harbour, 13,000 in the Bellingen Shire, and 19,000 in the Nambucca Shire.

The area has younger population, with the average age being 33 years of age.

The area is becoming known for Internet Start ups - with companies like Google, Altassian and Design Crowd recently opening up small offices in the area.

Public transport


Many bus services run throughout the region. Providers include Buslines, Busways, Eggins, Ryans and Sawtell Coaches.


There are several railway stations on the Mid North Coast serviced by three trains; the Grafton, the Casino and the Brisbane XPT trains. Each run north and south once a day. Heading north from Sydney Central, the first station on the mid north coast is Gloucester followed by Wingham and Taree. Further north are Kendall, Wauchope (for Port Macquarie), Kempsey, Macksville, Urunga, Sawtell and Coffs Harbour. There is no station for Forster-Tuncurry.

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