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Coffs Harbour Area

  • Beach at Coffs Harbour
  • Fishing in Coffs Harbour


Coffs Harbour

The beautiful beachside city of Coffs Harbour is a 6.5-hour drive north of Sydney. As the heart of the Coffs Coast, Coffs Harbour is well-known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, its spectacular coastline, and its many attractions and events.

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The Coffs Harbour Area

The Coffs Harbour Area is perfect for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or just a tranquil solo journey. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area. Nearby Dorrigo is a nature lover’s sanctuary and well worth the visit, take in absolutely breathtaking views of Dorrigo National Park at the Skywalk. Go fishing in quiet Macksville, a perfect place to take a break from a long journey or an overnight stop.

Nambucca Heads is one of Australia’s most beautiful camping destinations. It’s pristine weather and relaxed atmosphere rejuvenates all who make their way through the area.

Sawtell is a great low-key holiday destination in the Coffs Harbour area. Tourists and locals alike enjoy relaxing by Boambee creek and the more adventurous find it a perfect spot for kayaking. Cycling is also a popular activity as there are many scenic routes between Sawtell and the greater Coffs Harbour area.

Make sure you find the time to visit Woolgoolga and it’s famous architectural landmark - the Guru Nanak Sikh temple. It was built by the town’s Sikh residents whose ancestors travelled to Australia during federation.

For somewhere on the more tranquil side, Urunga is one of the state’s hidden gems. It features a consistently excellent climate year-round and it’s relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a getaway.

Replete with natural beauty, Bellingen promises a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Bellingen is home to Australia’s largest regional markets which attract visitors from all around NSW.

The Coffs Harbour area is home to a plethora of great restaurants. Coffs Harbour’s signature Jetty Strip of restaurants at the bottom end of Harbour Drive is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike. It’s one of the most popular ‘eat streets’ in the entire Coffs Harbour area due to its laid back atmosphere and proximity to the beach and harbour. With more than 20 cafes and restaurants all in the one convenient location, you are bound to find something you enjoy.

The Coffs Harbour area features a wealth of accommodation options. Whether you’re after self contained options, a cabin with a view or a luxury resort, you’re bound to find something to fit your accommodation needs.


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  • Dorrigo National Park, Coffs Harbour

    National Parks

    Explore Dorrigo National Park following one of the many walking tracks. Enjoy superb views from the Skywalk lookout, or pack a picnic and enjoy a tranquil lunch in the Glade picnic area or by Never Never Creek. Yuraygir National Park is home to striking cliffs, rocky headlands, isolated beaches and quiet lakes.

  • Whale Watching in Coffs Harbour

    Whale Watching

    Coffs Harbour is a well-known location for whale watching. Enjoy sightings of the ocean's largest mammals between May and November from one of Coffs Harbour's coastal headlands such as the Woolgoolga Headlands, or watch them migrate to warmer waters on board a whale watching cruise.

  • Adventure in Coffs Harbour


    The Coffs Harbour region is a great place to seek adventure on your holiday. Choose from bushwalking, kayaking, cycling and more. Go scuba diving in the largest marine reserve in NSW, the Solitary Islands Marine Park, enjoy surf-rafting, or experience a tandem skydive landing on the beach.

Fly into Coffs Harbour Airport

Coffs Harbour Airport is located 4 km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal to make the short journey north. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Direct flights operate daily to and from Sydney, and weekly to and from Melbourne, with three operators - QantasLinkTigerair and Virgin Australia  - servicing the region.

Local areas

  • Bellingen Bellingen in NSW is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe.
  • Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour is home to the iconic Big Banana and many great beaches.
  • Dorrigo Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. lists things to do i
  • Macksville Macksville is a relaxed fishing and oyster-farming town centre of a rich rural district.
  • Nambucca Heads Nambucca Heads is a coastal holiday town set on a headland at the mouth of the Nambucca River.
  • Sawtell Sawtell is a beautiful town framed by beaches and a national park.
  • Urunga Urunga is a tranquil holiday resort and one of the State's secret treasures.
  • Woolgoolga Woolgoolga features a coastal setting surrounded by banana farms and forested hills. lists acco

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