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The North Coast 

From the bustling coastal towns of Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie to the scenic towns of Lismore and Byron Bay, the North Coast offers quality education with an idyllic lifestyle.   

The region has exceptional study and research opportunities in globally important industries including forestry and marine science, due to its pristine coastal and agricultural environment. Other key industries are tourism, agribusiness, manufacturing, and tech.  

Friends enjoying a walk on the Coffs Harbour Jetty, Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Jetty, Coffs Harbour. Image courtesy of Destination NSW. 

A snapshot of the North Coast

Major education providers

Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW and SAE Institute. 


Lismore: 43,667 Coffs Harbour: 77,648 

A booming tourist destination

Popular spots such as Byron Bay attract over 1.5 million visitors each year. 

Friends enjoying afternoon drinks at The Beach House Restaurant and Bar, Port Macquarie.

The Beach House, Port Macquarie. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

NSW information and support

Study NSW is a dedicated team within the New South Wales Government responsible for supporting and enhancing the experience of international students across the state.