Coffs Coast

The beautiful Coffs Coast is wonderfully diverse, from ancient rainforest to a pristine marine park, from the iconic Big Banana to lovely beaches. Enjoy fun adventures such as bushwalking, kayaking, surfing and mountain biking, and discover spectacular lookouts. There are marvellous festivals, too.

Coffs Harbour is at the heart of the region, about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the NSW North Coast. The vibrant city is at the southern edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for dolphins, turtles, tropical fish and migrating whales, especially humpback mothers and their calves.

Sunrise at the heritage pier on Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour

Whale watching is popular between May and November, with rugged headlands dotted along the coastline offering superb views. Near the city’s heritage-listed jetty a marina breakwater bridges Muttonbird Island, another vantage point. Boating, fishing and diving tours depart from the marina.

Stroll along the Jetty Strip and choose from a delicious range of restaurants and cafes. Pop into the nearby Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative fish shop and browse the daily catch. Adjacent to the calm waters of Jetty Beach is a pretty foreshore park with picnic tables and barbecue facilities.

Accommodation options suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, beachside resorts and hinterland retreats. There are waterfront holiday parks in Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Urunga, Macksville and Nambucca Heads. You can even stay on a farm by a river.

A couple enjoy a fun day out at The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, Australia

Check out the regional events calendar for bustling markets, enticing festivals, fascinating exhibitions and an exciting range of professional and participatory sports. Curryfest is one of the hottest food events that attracts thousands of visitors to Woolgoolga, a seaside town just north of Coffs Harbour.

In hinterland Bellingen, on the Waterfall Way scenic driving route, are heritage streetscapes and a number of festivals, including the Bellingen Fine Music Festival. A short drive away is Dorrigo and the Dorrigo National Park, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests.

Magnificent national parks and nature reserves fan out across the region. In the sparkling Bellinger and Nambucca estuaries you can spot dolphins and birds of prey. Kayaking tours are available, including an Aboriginal-guided tour that’ll give you insights into the indigenous cultural heritage.

Coffs Harbour Airport

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 to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are four operators servicing the region - QantasLinkTigerairVirgin Australia and Fly Corporate

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. 30th Rotary Cartoon Awards Exhibition

    Saturday 01 September 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Coffs Harbour

    The Rotary Cartoon Awards are back at the Bunker! Now in its 30th year, showcasing works from Australian, international, and school-age cartoonists. Always fiercely competitive, with hundreds of entries in six categories, and this year wi…

    01 Sep - 21 Oct
  2. Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Sunday 02 December 2018 , Coffs Harbour

    Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle: The Three-Ring Circus. Behind the Lines 2017 is a travelling exhibition, coming to the Bunker Cartoon Gallery from 26 October to 2 December, and pr…

    26 Oct - 02 Dec
  3. Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Friday 19 April 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    The Twilight Food Market is open every Friday (weather permitting) during NSW daylight saving months from October to April. A family friendly food only market, diverse in multicultural cuisine and lots of choices for the kids. Dog friendly…

    26 Oct - 19 Apr
  4. Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Dorrigo

    The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is rated highly on the festival circuit for folk and bluegrass followers and the program includes some of the best home-grown talent in both folk and bluegrass genres. It is a three day event so peop…

    26 Oct - 28 Oct
  5. Coffs Coast Festival of Cycling

    Sunday 28 October 2018 , Coffs Harbour

    The C.ex McDonald's Cycle Challenge is conducted in Coffs Harbour and provides riders of all abilities and ages the opportunity to cycle in picturesque surroundings. Regularly attracting over 800 riders, the Cycle Challenge is now being ext…

    28 Oct