North Coast NSW

  • State
  • Region Size
    39623.03 (Sq Kms)
  • Population
  • Largest Regional City
    Coffs Harbour
  • No. of Jobs
  • Median Weekly Household Mortgage
  • Median Weekly Household Rent
  • Region is known for
    Pristine coastline & easy connections
Data Source: Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data

North Coast NSW

The NSW North Coast is home to authentic rural communities and some of Australia’s most stunning beaches. The region’s distinctive landscape underpins its economy, with agribusiness, manufacturing, and tech among the key industries offering plentiful employment and business opportunities. And, with its kilometres of pristine coastline and easy connections to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne by air, rail or bus, tourism is also a significant source of employment with over 13 million people visiting the stunning North Coast each year.


People are the heart of all communities. Get a picture of North Coast NSW by understanding the people who live there.

  • 632,117
    Estimated resident population (no.)
  • 47
    Median age - persons (years)
  • 361,665
    Working age population (aged 15-64 years) (no.)
  • 38,269
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (no.)
  • 78,693
    Persons born overseas (no.)
North Coast NSW Adelaide Hills Population Statistics

From small locally owned businesses to larger operations, industries in North Coast NSW form an important part of the community.

  • 56,150
    Total number of businesses

A move to more means creating a better life for yourself. Gain insight into the job market in North Coast NSW to assist in your decision-making.

  • 436,395
    Number of jobs (no.)
  • 636
    Median weekly personal income ($)
  • 56,150
    Total number of businesses

Discover the household make-up of those already living in North Coast NSW to help you decide if this is the right region for you.

  • 266,114
    Total households (no.)
  • 2.4
    Average household size (no. of persons)
  • 798
    Median equivalised total household income (weekly) ($)
  • 1,647
    Median monthly household mortgage payment ($)
  • 350
    Median weekly household rental payment ($)

Have confidence that North Coast NSW has the services you need to support your lifestyle. This is a vital step in your decision to move to more.

  • 34
    Number of Hospitals
  • 9
    Number of Airports
  • 4
    Number of Universities
Moving to North Coast NSW



Lismore is home to the North Coast’s largest public hospital, and there is also a private hospital that is well-serviced by a strong contingent of allied health professionals. Educational services are equally well provided for with a large number of quality private and public schools, pre-schools, and a TAFE college. Lismore also proudly hosts Southern Cross University, one of Australia’s leading regional universities. As well as offering plentiful employment opportunities, these world-class health and educational services offer you and your family peace of mind that your health and educational needs are well met.

Living in North Coast NSW


Connected living

The North Coast boasts the culture and convenience of a major regional centre, and all of the lifestyle advantages of an extraordinarily beautiful natural environment. Leave work in Lismore and head home for an evening walk at the spectacular beaches of Ballina, Lennox Head or Byron Bay. Take a day trip to the bustling Gold Coast region just over an hour’s drive away, or to Brisbane, a little more than a two-hour drive away. You can jump on a plane at Lismore Regional Airport, only five minutes from the CBD, and be in Sydney in just over an hour. The North Coast boasts unrivalled connection – although with its vibrant coastal lifestyle, chances are you’ll never want to leave.

Best Towns to Live in North Coast NSW



The North Coast has some of the best markets in Australia. With vegetable, fruit and nut growers, cattle farmers, milk producers and poultry farmers along with a thriving avocado industry, there is an abundance of fresh local products to indulge in. As well as fresh produce, you’ll be spoilt for choice with jewellery, clothing, accessories, home decor, artwork, toys, and other locally crafted artisanal goods.

Towns of North Coast NSW

From the vibrant beach culture of Byron Bay and the laid-back vibe of Port Macquarie, to Coffs Harbour with its a mix of coastal charm and outdoor adventure, discover pristine beaches, lush hinterland, and a strong sense of community in the North Coast.

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