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North Coast

Hang glide and spot humpback whales in the new-age beach paradise of Byron Bay. See the Big Prawn in the bustling holiday town of Ballina and scuba dive off the Coffs Coast. In the Tweed Valley, you can fish the Tweed River and see the southern hemisphere's biggest eroded volcanic crater. On the rain forest-lined North Coast, classic Aussie surf culture mingles with World Heritage-listed national parks, hinterland villages and great food and wine.

South Coast

Walk pearly white beaches and see dolphins frolic in sparkling water in Jervis Bay. Meet grey kangaroos and cruise the pristine Clyde River in Batemans Bay. Try award-winning cheeses at Bega and watch whales in Eden on the Sapphire Coast, near the Victorian border. The South Coast has 30 national parks, marine parks and reserves, as well as gorgeous beaches and rich Aboriginal history for you to explore.

Lord Howe Island

Trek to the top of Mount Gower and bushwalk through native forests and over white sand beaches. Snorkel and dive in protected, temperate waters on the world's southernmost coral reef. You'll find more than 50 sites abundant with fish, colorful coral and green turtles. On World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, bicycles are the best way to get around, and there's no mobile phone reception. Even better, this beautiful island is less than a two-hour flight from Sydney.

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FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure
Published on January 18, 2011

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