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

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 ºC 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.



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