About Us

Destination North Coast (DNC) is one of seven Destination Networks formed as a result of the review by Destination NSW into the effectiveness and structure of regional tourism industry organisations. The Destination Networks are responsible for delivering on the NSW Government’s objectives as outlined in the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030.

The DNC zone stretches from the Queensland border in the north to Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest in the south and encompasses 14 local government areas being; MidCoast, Port Macquarie Hastings, Kempsey, Macksville/Nambucca, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, the Tweed and Lord Howe Island.

“Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitors Survey to year end March 2019, shows the North Coast continuing to deliver strong growth in domestic visitation.

For the year ending March 2019, the North Coast remains the 3rd most popular tourist destination in the country, behind Sydney and Melbourne in regard to total visitor numbers. This result strongly reflects the popularity of the region and the growth in regional tourism.

Nearly 6 million overnight visitors came to the North Coast, up more than 8% from the previous year delivering a contribution of about $3.5 billion dollars to our region.”

Our Board

DNC is led by a board of 5 skills-based Directors. They are:

John ONeill

John O’Neill

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Harry Barry

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Meredith Wray

Dr Meredith Wray

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julie stewart

Julie Stewart

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Margaret Shannon

Margaret Shannon

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The Team

Michael Thurston

Michael Thurston

General Manager
0409 982 913

Jacquie Burnside

Industry Engagement Manager
0409 883 450

Heath Batterham

Business Events Executive
0432 630 120

Kerry Bryant

Business Events Executive
0414 464 550

Donna McIntyre

Project and Administration Coordinator
0499 702 510

Our Partner

Destination North Coast is proudly supported by Destination NSW.