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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 two decades 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

The Coffs Harbour Regional City Action Plan (RCAP) has been finalised.


The RCAP aims to harness and build on Coffs Harbour’s growth as an entrepreneurial centre, strong employment base, diversified economy and coastal lifestyle hub.


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


Port Macquarie

The draft Port Macquarie Regional City Action Plan (RCAP) provides a framework to manage and shape the coastal city’s growth to make it one of the best places to live, work and play in Australia.


Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to have their say on the draft Port Macquarie RCAP that was on public exhibition for an extended period from 9 March 2021 until 30 April 2021. All feedback will be closely considered in the drafting of the final Port Macquarie RCAP that will be released later in the year. To find out more, visit our Regional City Action Plans webpage.


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