Overview

One of the most biologically diverse regions of NSW, the North Coast is home to much of the state’s rare and threatened plants and animals – and features the tallest lighthouse in NSW, the Smoky Cape Lighthouse. 


North Coast region map

Featured threatened species

Common name
Australian fritillary

Scientific name
Argynnis hyperbius inconstans

Status in NSW
Endangered

The Australian fritillary is restricted to south-east Queensland and north-east NSW in open swampy coastal areas where the larval food plant Arrowhead violet (Viola betonicifolia) occurs.

Learn how you can help find the Australian fritillary.


Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 2.0 ÂșC by 2070. There are slightly greater increases in summer, autumn and spring. All models show there are no declines in mean temperatures across the North Coast.


THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Lady Denman

The Lady Denman is part of a museum in Huskisson, an old boat building area, dedicated to maritime heritage. Photo: T.Boxsell

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Budderoo National Park

Budderoo National Park, on the south coast of NSW, is known for its gorgeous waterfalls and lookouts. Photo: A.Richards

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Kiama Post Office

The Italianate post office building, completed in 1878, was designed by then-colonial architect James Barnet. Photo: T.Boxsell

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Mount Kembla Ring track

The Mount Kembla Ring track offers significant Aboriginal sites, local heritage and stunning scenic rainforest. Photo: J.Spencer

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Depot Beach campground

Depot Beach campground in Murramarang National Park is right by the beach and perfect for spotting kangaroos at dusk. Photo: J.Yurasek

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Hill 60 Illowra Battery

The Hill was tunnelled and fitted with guns during World War II to protect Port Kembla. Photo: R.Nicolai

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