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16 Breathtaking Coastal Views Between Sydney And Byron Bay

Up your Instagram game with images of these stunning coast lines.

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1. Saltwater National Park, Taree

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If you are close to Saltwater National Park, you should try and get up early to capture the stunning sunrise over the rocky beach. This surfing spot is a local favourite, so you may be able to take some shots of the great Australian lifestyle... or even catch a wave or two yourself.

2. Tomaree Head, Nelson Bay

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Tomaree Mountain offers an amazing little hike that will reward you with a breathtaking view from the summit. And at the right of time of the year, whales, dolphins, and seals can be spotted from here.

3. Murphy's Gap, Nelson Bay

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Hidden in the cliff face of Tomaree Mountain, you can find the alcove of Murphy’s Gap. How beautiful is the vibrant turquoise water crashing against the rough amber-coloured rocks?

4. One Mile Beach, Port Stephens

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One Mile Beach is a gorgeous place to spend a sunny day. It is a spacious beach for families with kids, as well as newbie surfers.

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5. Point Stephens Lighthouse, Fingal Island

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Point Stephens Lighthouse can only be accessed via boat at the moment. Once you make it over, you can admire the lighthouse, rising into the blue sky, and providing some stunning photo options.

6. Windmill Hill Lookout, Port Macquarie

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Unlike the pristine beaches closer to the centre of Port Macquarie, this beach boasts both rugged nature and beauty. It's one of the first stops on the Port Macquarie coastal walk. Depending on your fitness, this walk can take up to four hours, but will reward you multiple times with lookouts that will sweep you off your feet.

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9. Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie

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This tidal lagoon is protected from waves, so it's great for families with children. Although, any traveller will enjoy taking a refreshing splash in the water.

10. Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

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Tacking Point Lighthouse is the 13th oldest in Australia... hope you're not superstitious! If you visit during sunrise, the nearby beach gives a spectacular contrast of rough black rock against the fine white sand, as well as the lush green land meeting the vast blue ocean.

11. Crescent Head Lookout, Crescent Head

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An hour north of Port Macquarie, the steep cliffs of Crescent Head Lookout will leave you speechless, while giving an amazing view over the deep blue. Just be careful when wandering around and taking in all this beauty.

12. Little Beach Reserve, Nelson Bay

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Little Beach in Nelson Bay is a beautiful place to catch a radiant sunset, with wild pelicans. These fellas are attracted to the local fishermen's catch, so you can see them up close and personal. They're usually waddling along the beach or swimming gracefully along the shoreline.

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13. Trial Bay, South West Rocks

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Trial Bay is a stunning little peninsula that also has a big camping ground. It's one of the few places on Australia's east coast where you can enjoy the sunset over the ocean due to its magical west-facing bay. The old jail nearby offers a very interesting snippet of Australian history that's worth checking out, plus you’re likely to see a few kangaroos coming and going, so have your camera ready!

14. Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South West Rocks

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Smoky Cape Lighthouse is a fantastic spot to see the sunrise, as well as for whale watching. You can also have an outdoor BBQ at the nearby Captain Cook's lookout. It's even possible to stay overnight at the lighthouse keepers’ cottage.

16. Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

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The famous Byron Bay is a popular place to go for a bohemian experience. The Cape Byron Lighthouse is not only one of the most popular on the east coast, it's also the most easterly point of the mainland. So it's definitely worth checking out.