There's a new buzz around Port Macquarie, led by artists, boutique businesses and inventive farmers.
If you're looking to get a glimpse of the chilled-out Byron vibe of yesteryear, all you need to do is get off the tourist trail.
There's plenty to see and do in this region without having to cross the border into Queensland.
These mini-breaks, or micro-cations, will help all of us become less harmful travellers. No house-sitters required
Koalas in the treetops, camels on the sand dunes and amazing seafood - Port Stephens offers the unique and unforgettable.
Created tens of thousands of years ago, the otherworldly dunes are far more than a desert playground.
Forget dreadlocked hippies; the once snoozy surfside town of Byron Bay has been repopulated largely by creative entrepreneurs, haute-bohemians and the odd celebrity.
With a bounty of natural assets, some furry superstars and a friendly, relaxed vibe, there's no better place to recharge your COVID-weary soul than this charming, waterfront town.