DNC Tools and Resources

DNC Destination Management Plan

The DNC Destination Management Plan to guide industry on priorities strategies and required actions that will drive the growth of the visitor economy at a regional level. The plan provides the foundations on which future local plans can be built and updated to provide a common vision. This document is an adaptable plan that will be reviewed annually by DNC in consultation with Destination NSW and industry stakeholders.

The Value of Tourism

Tourism snapshot

The North Coast is the number one region for tourism in regional NSW. We believe for this success to be sustained that we need to have a shared vision and understanding of the Value of Tourism to ensure that we continue to evolve the perception of the region whilst improving the visitor experience and maximising the visitor economy.

Industry Events

2019 NSW Tourism Awards

Presented by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber and proudly supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards Ceremony and Gala is the largest and most prestigious event on the New South Wales tourism calendar. It provides the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the State’s tourism operators.

The NSW tourism industry’s Gala Event recognises excellence in tourism and brings together industry leaders to celebrate success! And what success the North Coast had!

Firstly, congratulations to all North Coast finalists for the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards! It’s no small effort to get this far so we applaud you all as stars of the region!

Special congratulations to all NORTH COAST category WINNERS.

We salute you and your amazing achievements and for representing the North Coast at such a high level.


Gold: Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay

Cultural Tourism

Gold: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Port Macqaurie

Specialised Tourism Services

Gold: Blue Ginger Picnics, Kingscliff

Luxury Accommodation

Gold: Elements of Byron, Byron Bay

Hosted Accommodation

Gold: Telegraph Retreat Cottages, Telegraph Point

Excellence in Accessible Tourism

Gold: Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga

Caravan and Holiday Parks

Gold: NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park

Silver: Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks

Bronze: Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks

Highly Commended: BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry

Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Gold: The Giingan Experience by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, Coffs Harbour

Bronze: Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, Coffs Harbour

Self Contained Accommodation

Gold: Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga

Bronze: Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel, Port Macquarie

New Tourism Business

Silver: Table Under a Tree, Rosebank

Tourist Attractions

Silver: Forestry Corporation of NSW – Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest, Coffs Harbour

Major Festivals and Events

Silver: Splendour in the Grass 2018, Byron Bay 

Festivals and Events

Bronze: Lismore Lantern Parade

Business Event Venues

Bronze: Elements of Byron, Byron Bay

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Silver: Bent on Food, Wingham

Destination Marketing

Bronze: Clarence Valley Council: My Clarence Valley Tourism

The North Coast has a very worthy winner of the Dean Gorddard Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to NSW in Janette Hyde, President of the Greater Port Macquarie Hastings Tourism Association.

The award recognises the extraordinary and professional achievement and contribution by an individual over many years to the NSW tourism industry and we are thrilled to see Janette’s hard work and passion recognised in this way.

Congratulations Janette. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.

See 2019 Winners Photos.

North Coast Tourism Symposium

The 2019 North Coast Tourism Symposium, co-hosted by Kempsey Shire Council, was held on August 1st at South West Rocks Country Club.

The presentations delivered by our expert speakers are available here.

2019 North Coast Regional Tourism Awards

More than 150 industry representatives gathered in stunning South West Rocks to see who would take home the coveted awards and to witness the induction of two businesses into the Hall of Fame.

View all 2019 Destination North Coast Regional Tourism Award winners here.

View images here.

North Coast Regional Visitor Stats

North Coast regional visitors statistics are now available.

Get Connected

Get Connected is Destination NSW’s website membership program. Simple and easy to use Get Connected membership is free and is open to all tourism operators within New South Wales.

With Get Connected, Destination NSW gives you the opportunity to showcase your tourism products on Destination NSW consumer websites FREE of charge and tap into over 1.8 million potential customers a month, both domestic and international – that’s 22 million people a year who are looking for tourism products.

Details of this and other online opportunities offered by Destination NSW can be found here.

Contacts and Associations

The industry network contact list has been produced to aid new and/or expanding tourism and events business operators. It serves as an introduction to the types of organisations in the marketplace that can help you.

DNSW Image Library

Media and industry operators can search and download images for free from Destination NSW’s image library. The collection is constantly being updated and includes great images of city and regional destinations, experiences and events.