A Great Place to Live

The Mid North Coast of NSW

The Mid North Coast extends along 532 kilometres of NSW’s spectacular coastline, and over 29,000 square kilometres. It features World Heritage areas, rainforests, gorges with wild scenic rivers, an abundance of lakes and estuaries, pristine beaches and offshore islands – undoubtedly ‘a region of opportunity’. Highly valued as a place to live and a popular holiday destination, it continues to attract people seeking a lifestyle change or place to retire.

By 2031, the Mid North Coast population is expected to grow more than 28% to around 424,400. The purpose of the Regional Strategy is to ensure that the Mid North Coast can continue to prosper over the next 25 years while protecting areas of high environmental, cultural and resource value.

The Mid North Coast is a region that is widely regarded as having one of the most liveable climates in Australia. Beyond fantastic weather, the region offers a distinctive mix of cosmopolitan living, beach culture, carefree village lifestyle and an unmistakable rural vibe.

The vibrant regional cities of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour are surrounded by beaches. Once you arrive you will enjoy accommodation, restaurants, shopping, culture and beaches, all within a ten-minute stroll with little or no traffic congestion. As well as the relaxed coastal lifestyle; you can enjoy the great outdoors, the beautiful hinterland and endless waterways, but also the finer things in life like good food and coffee, a treasure trove of shopping and some great cosmopolitan bars.

The economies of Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie are growing by the day and rapidly becoming key regional centres and are amongst Australia’s most recognised visitor destinations

The NSW Government’s 25-year strategy for sustainable development of the Mid North Coast ensures:

  • a supply of new residential land can be provided in the right locations to respond to population increases and assisting with housing affordability. The Strategy caters for 59,600 new homes by 2031 for a forecast population increase of 94,000
  • a surplus of well-planned employment land is available to support an additional 48,500 jobs for new and existing residents
  • ‘green breaks’ are in place between urban areas, protecting areas of high scenic value along with rainforests, wetlands, estuaries and significant farmland
  • increased opportunities for medium-density housing in key centres to match the ageing of the Region’s population
  • new growth is linked to infrastructure provision, incorporating new regional infrastructure identified in the State Infrastructure Strategy.
  • The Strategy maps growth areas that are available for future urban development. These areas aim to reinforce the Region’s settlement hierarchy while supporting scenic green breaks between coastal communities and protecting important assets and resources.