Coffs Harbour is located 543km north of Sydney on a spectacular part of the New South Wales central coast. The stunning rocky headlands teamed with remarkable beaches and glorious views favour this city as a superb holiday destination.
Many well-travelled and well-read Aussies associate Coffs Harbour with its iconic Big Banana. That’s because it’s been around for years and many of us have been there or know someone who has. So if you enjoy posing in front of big Aussie icons get on down to the Big Banana on Pacific Hwy at the northern end of town. Plenty of banana products are available for purchase and the fun park offers plenty to do.
Legends Surf Museum is also north of town, about 8km along Pacific Hwy, on Gaudrons Rd. The fabulous collection of surfing memorabilia and surf boards showcased by surfing legend Scott Dillion is of great interest. Surfers will definitely appreciate the collection and Scott’s stories and so will others in awe of the surf scene. Enjoy posing in the clever displays and hang ten with Scott.
The Clog Barn
on Pacific Hwy in town offers a unique Dutch experience. Learn and watch how clogs are made from scratch, devour Dutch cuisine in Big Oma’s Coffee House, walk through the miniature Dutch village and spoil yourself in the souvenir shop selling all things Dutch! The Clog Barn also operates a caravan park located adjacent to the barn.
The Pet Porpoise Pool
on Orlando St is open daily from 9am-5pm.
The dolphin and seal presentations are held at 10am and 1pm each day and are very entertaining. You can even get a fishy kiss from these gorgeous creatures if you arrive early enough before the show. Swimming with and interacting with the marine life is also available if advanced bookings are made.
The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens will appeal to the garden lovers. These magnificent gardens display an array of native and exotic plants of vibrant colour and appeal. The gardens are located on Coffs St in town, entry is free and opening hours are 9am to 5pm daily.
The Coffs Harbour Racecourse is always a good day out. The well set out course offers plenty of shade in the grandstand, beautifully well maintained lawns and a good atmosphere. Races are scheduled regularly, check with TAB for details. The track is situated on Howard St south of town.
Coffs Harbour International Marina on Marina Drive offers cafes, restaurants, fresh seafood and other shopping opportunities. A tour booking office is located here, organising whale watching, diving, fishing and surfing charters in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Tours depart from the marina.
Muttonbird Island is a scenic backdrop to the Marina and hosts a Muttonbird rookery between the months of August and April when mating and hatching occur. The burrows are evident in the ground beside the boardwalk. The chicks remain in them throughout the day while the adult birds are busy foraging for food. Although the walk is quite steep to the top of the island, the panoramic views of Coffs Harbour are entirely worth it.
Coffs Harbour’s coastline and beaches are undoubtedly the main attraction. Blessed with kilometres of coastline alongside the city and beyond, there are many swimming and surfing beaches to choose from.
Charlesworth Bay in northern Coffs is a quiet secluded beach accessible via Bay Drive, near the Novotel Resort and National Science Aquarium. This beach has a well maintained green grassy park with barbeque and picnic facilities. Note dog exercise is permitted on the beach.
Diggers Beach via Diggers Beach Rd is a picturesque surf beach flanked by Diggers Head to the north and Macauley Head to the south. Picnic facilities are provided on the foreshore for your convenience.
Macauleys Headland is a beautiful swimming beach at the end of Ocean Parade. Walk up the headland and enjoy the spectacular views back towards Diggers Head and across to Park Beach and Muttonbird Island.
on Surf Club Rd is a long stretch of beach suitable for swimming in the lifeguard patrolled area in front of the surf club. The surf club bar and restaurant are open daily for breakfast and lunch and serve delicious meals.
Jetty Beach on Jordan Esplanade near the Marina is a stunning beach with calm clear waters, views across to Muttonbird Island and a historic jetty. There is a shady foreshore reserve with all facilities and eateries nearby at the marina.
Corambirra Point at the far end of Jordan Esplanade is a popular surf beach with magnificent rugged coastal scenery and pumping waves. The headland lookout walk offers views across to Muttonbird Island, the Marina and Jetty Beach.
South Coff Island is a short drive around to the left of Corambirra Point. The arching rock groyne is a popular fishing spot with views across to Muttonbird Island and back towards the Marina and Jetty Beach.
Coffs Harbour’s scenery, beaches and attractions are impressive and plentiful. The town centre also boasts fabulous shopping at The Promenade and many cafes, bars and restaurants to please your taste buds.
One establishment worth noting for the budget conscious traveller deserving a meal out is The Plantation Hotel on Pacific Hwy in town. They offer 2 meals for the price of 1 for lunch and dinner every day of the week. The meals are fabulous and the price is just as good.
Accommodating caravan parks are also plentiful in and around Coffs Harbour, but not necessarily for pet owners. Harbour City Holiday Park
, however, located next door to the Showground on Pacific Hwy allows pets in the showground camping section. Not only do they allow pets
, it is only a short walking distance to The Plantation Hotel and town.
Coffs Harbour is set to impress. It really is an amazing tourist destination with a lot going on and much to see and do. Coffs has something to appeal to all coastal holiday makers and it won’t disappoint.
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