To many Australians, the beach is much more than a holiday destination – more than a cultural obsession – the beach is a religion. And in this coastal creed, the promised land must surely be seaside paradise in the Northern Rivers. With over 300 kilometres of rugged headlands, peaceful sheltered coves and sweeping open beaches against a backdrop of spectacular rainforest and mountains.
What’s your idea of paradise?... the serene solitude of the dawn fisherman, standing before the thundering foam at Iluka, Evans Head, Seven Mile Beach, or Kingscliff as a vermilion sun emerges over a vast Pacific horizon?... or the ecstatic communion of surfer and sea, as body and soul become fluid, and you dance with the dolphins among the perfect peaks of Angourie, Lennox, Tallows or Fingal?
Maybe its anointing yourself with sun-block and basking on the pandanus-fringed sands of Chinamans, Flat Rock, Kings or Cabarita – until the perspiration beads and your gleaming skins tingles for the thrilling caress of a cool crystal sea… or the simple pleasures of body surfing, flying a kite, pedaling a paddle-boat, or falling off a sailboard – cavorting with the kids on the sheltered waters of idyllic Yamba, the Broadwater, Shaws Bay or Brunswick Heads. You can boogie board at Bogangar, walk the plank at Wategoes, sail a skiff on Lake Ainsworth, soar high on a hang glider above Byron Bay or Lennox, or plunge into the blue pools of Angourie. Explore the underwater delights of Julian Rocks or the marine reserves off Wooli… or the hidden wonders of the Northern Rivers’ coastal Nature Reserves.
The Northern Rivers map reads like an honour roll of Australian beach culture and for every legendary name there are a dozen coastal hideaways just waiting to be discovered.
For detailed information, maps and brochures on the Northern Rivers’ amazing beach holidays contact your local Visitor Information Centre.