Coffs Harbour is located on the north coast of New South Wales about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. There the Great Dividing Range, Australia’s largest mountain range, meets the coast. Coffs Harbour is therefore located in a unique position between the wooded hills and national parks to the west and a great variety of world-class beaches, including deserted beaches belonging to the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
Coffs Harbour is not only the centre of Australia’s banana industry, it also a modern, friendly city with excellent shopping facilities and a great range of leisure activities. The “hinterland”, as the locals call it, is pure nature: wooded hills with cascading waterfalls between steeply rising rock walls. Directly in front of the entrance of the harbor is Muttonbird Island, home to thousands of petrels.
Coffs Harbour is a thriving regional centre yet is has retained its small town charm and relaxed lifestyle. It’s sub-tropical climate and location on the coast makes Coffs Harbour a great base for exploring all the wonders the region has to offer.
What to do in Coffs Harbour:
- spend your day lounging, swimming and surfing at Digger’s Beach surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and fantastic waves
- enjoy the spectacular views of the Sealy Lookout
- go to the Botanical Gardens or to the Solitary Islands Aquarium
- make a boat trip to South Solitary Island with its historic lighthouse
- enjoy great regional food and music at the Twilight Food market every Friday afternoon. Bring a picnic blanket!
- take a tour through the rainforest in Dorrigo-National-Park
- get up close and friendly with dolphins and seals
at the Dolphin Marine Magic.
- for the sweet tooth, a visit (or two) to the Carobana Chocolate Factory is recommended