About Coffs Harbour
The largest of NSW coastal towns, Coffs Harbour is still free of high-rises keeping its natural beauty. National Parks, Reserves and Marine Parks surround the city as well as the Big Banana, a concrete banana in homage to the areas plantations. Close to Sydney, yet far enough North to be semi-tropical, Coffs Harbour has perfect weather.
Coffs Harbour: Beach Breaks with a Side of Culture
Coffs Harbour sets the scene for relaxing waterfront getaways. This holiday destination on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales has a series of beaches for both swimmers and surfers. Off the coast, snorkelling and diving opportunities abound.
Inland, lush national parks welcome visitors to their rainforest walking trails. In the town of Coffs Harbour itself, visitors can discover an extensive art trail, introducing them to outdoor art displays and galleries. A significant area for Aboriginal heritage, travellers can also learn all about Indigenous culture on holiday.
Coffs Harbour offers a variety of self-contained rentals, from luxury villas to family beach houses.
Coffs Harbour Surf & Swim Beaches
Coffs Harbour is a popular beach destination for families and surfers alike. There are several calm beaches that are safe for young children, including Jetty Beach. The protected strip of sand borders a leafy reserve, intertwined with walking and cycling tracks.
Make use of the playground equipment and BBQ facilities, or sunbathe on the golden sand as the kids play in the shallow water. A short walk from the beach is the town’s marina, which comes alive for Sunday markets.
Surfers might prefer Parks Beach, with its rougher waves. Stretches of the beach are patrolled throughout the year. This beach is not recommended for those looking for a leisurely swim.
Activities out at Sea
Snorkelling and diving tours depart Coffs Harbour daily, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with colourful marine life. Venture out to sea to discover tropical fish, coral reefs and even larger creatures, like sea turtles.
During migration season, travellers will also be able to spot whales swimming by in the coastal waters. Hop aboard a whale watching cruise for a better look. Throughout the year, you will be able to sign up for a dolphin watching expedition, as these marine mammals have made the waters around Coffs Harbour their permanent residence.
Boating is a favourite local pastime. Hire a sailboat or fishing charter and set off to discover the coastal waters on your own.
Coffs Harbour Parks & Reserves
The town of Coffs Harbour is just a short drive from several national parks, giving travellers endless opportunities to stretch their legs as they discover the hinterland.
Ulidarra National Park offers a series of walking and 4WD tracks. This also a great spot for birdwatchers, so don’t forget your binoculars. For panoramic views of Coffs Harbour and the shoreline, head to Bruxner Park Flora Reserve’s Forest Sky Pier. Trek up to the lookout along bushwalking trails that meander through native rainforest vegetation.
Just off the coast is the Solitary Islands Marine Park, one of the largest protected marine areas in the state. Here, you can go diving, stroll along deserted beaches or even have a picnic on one of the headlands overlooking the ocean. Island tours depart Coffs Harbour.
Coffs Harbour’s Arts Scene
Get a break from the action and spent some time discovering Coffs Harbour’s artistic side. Get acquainted with the scene by venturing along the Coffs Coast Arts & Culture Town Trail. There are 3 sections to this trail, one of which runs through the town centre.
As you walk or bike along the trail, you will be able to discover over 12 public outdoor art displays and stop at several of the most prominent galleries in the area. Soak up some of Coffs Harbour’s main sights as you go, including the marina and harbour.
Find out more about Aboriginal art and culture at the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. You will be able to view Indigenous works of art or event learn to make your own in a class. The Centre runs tours of the area’s sights significant to Aboriginal heritage, as well.
Another way to immerse yourself in Coffs Harbour culture is to join in on the action. From exhibitions by the region’s artists to open air chamber music festivals, there is always something artsy going on in Coffs Harbour.
Getting to Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour is set almost halfway between Brisbane and Sydney. Drive from Brisbane in just over 4 hours and drive from Sydney in under 6 hours. Coffs Harbour also has a train and bus station. Daily service to Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and many other cities makes public transport convenient for Coffs Harbour holidays.