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Coffs Harbour Area


Coffs Harbour

Almost half way between Brisbane and Sydney lies the beautiful beachside city of Coffs Harbour. 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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Coffs Harbour Events

No matter when you visit Coffs Harbour, the area will never fail to enterain. Coffs Harbour plays host to a wide range of events throughout the year. From sporting events, such as the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Race, to food festivals, including the Woolgoolga Curry Festival, there is always something for the entire family to enjoy.

Coffs Coast's annual gay and lesbian festival, CoastOut is held at the end of October. Awarded 'Community Event of the Year' 2012, the festival celebrates the region's diversity with events such as cocktail parties, beach parties, a party in the park, and barefoot bowls.

Visitors to Coffs Harbour will understand the importance of retaining the environmental integrity of the city and its surrounds. Our Living Coast, the Sustainable Living Festival is an annual event held each November, which encourages learning and change for sustainable living within the community.

Comedy goers will love the Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival held each September. The week long festival includes over 120 shows in 15 different venues. Featuring artists from across the globe, including a strong Australian contingent, the festival offers something for the whole family!

Coffs Harbour, on the North Coast, is packed with family-friendly attractions including beaches, water sports, adventure sports, restaurants and cafes. The city also has a wide choice of accommodation, from motels to glossy resorts and small, exclusive boutique retreats.

The steep hillsides around the town are the perfect backdrop to a major North Coast attraction - the Big Banana, one of the oldest, and most visited, "big things" in Australia. But there's more to this attraction than just bananas. The kids will love the Wild Toboggan Ride, the Banana Splitz ice-skating rink, a huge inflatable waterslide, lakes, shops and quirky souvenirs. They'll also enjoy Dolphin Marine Magic which has daily seal and dolphin shows, the Butterfly House and a visit to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. 

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