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The North Coast of NSW is one of the State’s most desirable places to live, work and play.


With a biologically diverse environment, a subtropical climate and panoramic landscapes, the North Coast attracts more than 12 million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia.


The North Coast Regional Plan 2036 is our blueprint for the next 15 years to deliver the region’s exciting future.


The region will harness the opportunities provided by its spectacular environment, growing cities and vibrant communities. Connectivity and prosperity will be delivered by significant infrastructure investment, led by the Pacific Highway upgrade.


What’s happening now?

Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Lismore

The Regional City Action Plans (RCAPs) for Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Lismore have been finalised.


The RCAPs will maximise opportunities for jobs, investment and infrastructure for these growing regional cities while also ensuring future housing needs are met to cater for a variety of lifestyle choices and needs.


Specifically, the Coffs Harbour RCAP aims to harness and build on the city’s growth as an entrepreneurial centre, strong employment rates, diversified economy and coastal amenities.


The Port Macquarie RCAP will create more green spaces for koalas to thrive. It will also improve public spaces including a vibrant waterfront, increase the supply of affordable housing, attract investment, encourage tourism and create more jobs.


The Lismore RCAP will deliver a vibrant, innovative city with a lively Wilsons River waterfront and green corridors to provide habitat for many species, in addition to a number of initiatives to help koalas thrive.


To find out more and read the final RCAPs for Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Lismore, visit our Regional City Action Plans webpage.



The Draft RCAP for Tweed is close to completion and will be placed on public exhibition before the end of 2021 for the community to have their say.


North Coast regional plan

North Coast Regional Plan 2036

The North Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the North Coast.

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Delivering the plan

Delivering the plan

The North Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year strategy to guide land use planning decisions for the North Coast region.

Coastal walking track at Perpendicular Point in the Kattang Nature Reserve, Camden Head, NSW. Photo by: Destination NSW

Regional City Action Plans

Regional City Action Plans

Regional City Action Plans (RCAPs) will provide a framework to manage and shape the growth of the North Coast’s four major cities.

Family cycling in Port Macquarie.

Resources and maps

Resources and maps

Key resources and maps providing background information on the North Coast Region.

Cudgen farmland, NSW. Photo by: Ryan Fowler / Destination Tweed