Coffs Harbour Area

Highlights

Teeming with attractions

A diverse and wonderful destination, the Coffs Harbour region is great for relaxing on gorgeous beaches, surfing, walking in World Heritage rainforest, diving and sailing in a marine park, and kayaking on rivers. At the Butterfly House, let a flight of butterflies surround you.

  • 4WD vehicle on the beach, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo National Parks and Rob Cleary
  • Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Coffs Harbour Coast

About the Coffs Harbour Area

At the heart of this region is Coffs Harbour, a coastal city on the southern edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for whales, turtles and grey nurse sharks. You'll find plenty of things to do and see in the city, which is home to the Big Banana, one of Australia's iconic big things.

Amble along the Jetty Strip at the bottom of Harbour Drive and choose from a delicious range of restaurants and cafes. Just 25 minutes' drive north is Woolgoola, home of Curryfest, a food festival that celebrates the town's Sikh residents, and the Guru Nanak Sikh temple.

Enjoying the view of the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve marina. Photo by National Parks and Rob Cleary.

Getting to the mid North Coast is easy - drive on the Legendary Pacific Coast, take a train or fly. You'll find plenty of accommodation choices to suit a range of budgets including beachside resorts, waterfront holiday parks in Urunga and Macksville and camping at Nambucca Heads, one of Australia's most beautiful camping destinations. You can even stay on a farm by a river.

The town of Bellingen is 30 minutes’ drive south-west of Coffs Harbour and hosts a number of festivals, including the Bellingen Music Festival, a classical music event. You can also paddle along the enchanting Bellinger River and see intriguing wildlife with Bellingen Canoe Adventures.

Family relaxing in Bellingen on the North Coast.

A short drive from Bellingen is Dorrigo, home to the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and the Dorrigo National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Walk above the rainforest canopy to the Skywalk lookout for breathtaking views.

For a bird's-eye view of rainforest, beaches and the marine park, enjoy the thrill of a tandem skydiving with Coffs City Skydivers. At Sawtell, just 15 minutes' drive south of the city, Liquid Assets Adventure Tours and C-Change Adventures offer rafting or kayaking experiences.

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.

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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. VisitNSW.com 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. VisitNSW.com
  • 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. VisitNSW.com lists acco