Mid North Coast

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Mid North Coast
New South Wales
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Population308,372 (30 June 2016) [1]
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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 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 400 km (250 mi).

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Seal Rocks, New South Wales Suburb of Mid-Coast Council, New South Wales, Australia

Seal Rocks is a small coastal settlement in the Mid-Coast Council local government area, in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, 275 kilometres (171 mi) north-north-east of Sydney. It is famous for its many premier surfing beaches, and also for being the home of Seal Rocks lighthouse, officially known as Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. At the 2006 census, the area had a population of 131 persons.

Sydney City in New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

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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, Armidale, 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.

Forster, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308 km north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. Forster is known for its stunning waters & Manning Valley beauty.

Tuncurry, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Tuncurry is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north north east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin town of Forster, which is the larger of the two towns.

Kempsey, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Kempsey is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia and is the council seat for Kempsey Shire. It is located 15 kilometres inland from the coast of the Pacific Ocean, on the Macleay Valley Way near where the Pacific Highway and the North Coast railway line cross the Macleay River. It is roughly 345 kilometres north of Sydney.

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:

Local government areas of New South Wales Wikimedia list article

The local government areas (LGA) of New South Wales in Australia describes the institutions and processes by which areas, cities, towns, municipalities, regions, shires, and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

Population by Local Government Area
Mid North Coast rankLocal Government AreaPopulation 30 June 2016 [2] 10 year growth ratePopulation density (people/km2)
1 Mid Coast Council 91,9588.79.1
2 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 79,90514.221.7
3 Coffs Harbour City Council 74,64112.063.6
4 Kempsey Shire Council 29,4545.18.7
5 Nambucca Shire Council 19,5216.713.1
6 Bellingen Shire Council 12,8931.48.1
Mid North Coast308,37210.014.4

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.

Scotts Head, New South Wales Suburb of Nambucca Shire, New South Wales, Australia

Scotts Head is a coastal village of the Nambucca Shire local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) from the Pacific Highway and 480 kilometres (300 mi) from Sydney, it stretches southwards from just south of the mouth of the Nambucca River to the town of Scotts Head in the south.

City of Coffs Harbour Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The City of Coffs Harbour is a local government area in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is 1,175 square kilometres (454 sq mi), expanded in 2004 to take in parts of the former Pristine Waters local government area.

Bellingen Shire Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

Bellingen Shire is a local government area in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Pacific Highway, Waterfall Way and the North Coast railway line.

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

Bus

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.

Rail

There are several railway stations on the Coffs 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.

New South Wales XPT

The New South Wales XPT is the main long-distance passenger train operated by NSW TrainLink on regional railway services in New South Wales, Australia from Sydney to Dubbo, Grafton and Casino as well as interstate destinations, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The XPT is based on the British Rail designed High Speed Train and entered service in April 1982.

Rail is the fastest and cheapest way to get to either Sydney, Newcastle, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

See also

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