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.
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.
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.
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, C-Change Adventures offer rafting or kayaking experiences.