Coffs Harbour is nice. There's a really good restaurant/cafe right on the beach/jetty with beautiful views of the ocean called Ocean Front Bar Brassiere. Turn right off the Pacific Highway and follow the main road, Harbour Drive until you get to the water.
. about 8 years ago
There are some really nice beaches all the way up the coast. Port Stephens is the nicest beach near Newcastle. You should arrive in Port Macquarie in time for lunch. If you are not in a hurry, spend a couple of days driving up, escpecially if you like surfing. When you get to Byron you should check out the Arts Factory, this cool backpacker hostel is one of the last true Byron Bay icon's, there is a great bar called Buddha Bar which has cool live music and brews its own beer - a very funky hangout! about 8 years ago