North Coast Institute


North Coast

TAFE NSW North Coast is located on the north coast of NSW, which starts approximately two hours drive north of Sydney and extends to the NSW/Queensland border, a distance of over 700kms. TAFE NSW North Coast has about 40,000 students (both local and international) studying at 17 different locations.

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Biggest city/town

Port Macquarie (population: 44,300) and Coffs Harbour (population: 26,400)

What's it like to live there?

The north coast of NSW includes modern, regional cities and towns, bustling resort complexes and peaceful seaside villages set amongst glorious tropical rainforests, beaches and scenic rural settings.

Port Macquarie has been named Australia's Most Liveable City, with an average daily temperature of 23 degrees. Further north, Coffs Harbour is a popular tourist destination with its pristine beaches and world famous Big Banana theme park. The north coast's temperate to sub-tropical climate means residents can enjoy a laid back, coastal lifestyle with popular leisure activities such as surfing, water-skiing and even dolphin and whale-watching.

Faculty areas

  • Business and Accounting
  • Building and Construction
  • Community Services and Health
  • Creative Arts
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Information Technology
  • Primary Industries
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Student testimonial

"I did some travelling in Australia before and I really like the North Coast region. The climate up here is very good. The teachers are approachable, helpful and knowledgeable. They are very passionate about what they are doing. The facilities are good – the canteen, library and the student learning centre are some of the facilities I use a lot. Staff at the international student office were very helpful and friendly. I am currently working part-time locally."
Jouke Nuijten from Netherlands - Community Services

Locations and transport links

Locations Address Train Bus Parking
Ballina 154-164 Burnet Street, Ballina NSW 2478 **
Casino 144 Barker Street, Casino NSW 2470
Coffs Harbour  High & Glenreagh Streets, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Coffs Harbour Education (CHEC) Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Grafton Clarence Street, Grafton NSW 2460
Great Lakes  Northern Parkway (Manning Street), Tuncurry NSW 2428
Kempsey 58 Sea Street, West Kempsey NSW 2440
Kingscliff* Cudgen Road, Kingscliff NSW 2487
Lismore Conway Street, Lismore NSW 2480
Maclean Wombah Street, Maclean NSW 2463
Murwillumbah  Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Port Macquarie  Widderson Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Taree Montgomery Crescent, Taree NSW 2430
Trenayr  Trenayr Road, Junction Hill NSW 2460
Wauchope  Young Street, Wauchope NSW 2446
Wollongbar  Bruxner Highway & Sneaths Road, Wollongbar NSW 2477

*TAFE NSW English Language Centre. Find out more about English courses.
**NSW Train Link rail services are available to North Coast NSW cities from Sydney and Brisbane

North Coast

Course search

TAFE NSW North Coast 
See courses offered at:


International Office
Cudgen Road
Kingscliff NSW 2487 Australia
Tel: +61 2 6674 7320
Fax: +61 2 6674 7399

North Coast Institute English Language Centres
Cudgen Road
Kingscliff NSW 2487 Australia
Tel: +61 2 6674 7320


North Coast

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