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 to north coast of the state, beginning at Seal Rocks, 275 km (171 mi) north of Sydney, and extending as far north as Woolgoolga, 562 km (349 mi) north of Sydney, a distance of roughly 320 km (200 mi).
From south to north, the region's main towns include the twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry, Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, South West Rocks, 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 and Pacific Palms.
The region has a subtropical climate and is known for its beaches. Major industries are farming, logging and tourism.
Demography and area
The following local government areas are contained within the region:
|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|
Three bus services run throughout the region; Sawtell Coaches, Busways, and Ryans Bus Service. Sawtell Coaches run various services throughout Coffs Harbour city and to the suburbs of Boambee and Sawtell. Busways run services throughout Coffs Harbour city down south as far as Scotts Head and west into Bellingen. Ryans Bus services run throughout Coffs Harbour City and run North to Woolgoolga on a regular basis. Busways also operate services in the Port Macquarie region.
There are several railway stations on the Mid North Coast serviced by 3 trains; the Grafton, the Casino and the Brisbane XPT trains. Each run north and south once a day. Stations include Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Urunga, Nambucca Heads, Macksville. Further south are Kempsey, Wauchope (for Port Macquarie), Kendall and Taree. There is no station for Forster-Tuncurry.
Rail is the fastest and cheapest way to get to either Sydney, Newcastle, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
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- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017.