A string of perfect beaches, the country’s most famous banana, a marine park you’ve probably never heard of (hello, Solitary Islands), ancient rainforest waiting to be explored – welcome to the Coffs Coast. But wait, there’s more: the region is the state’s first certified eco destination, meaning sustainability is taken very seriously here. All of which guarantees that the coast’s natural stars will be yours to enjoy for decades to come.
Near the city’s heritage-listed jetty, a marina breakwater bridges the nature reserve of Muttonbird Island with magnificent views of the Solitary Islands. Boating, fishing and diving tours depart from the Jetty Marina Area. Relax on Jetty Beach or stroll along the strip and explore the restaurants and cafes.
A short drive north from Coffs Harbour is Sealy Lookout, offering stunning coastal views as well as rainforest walking trails and picnic areas. Magnificent national parks and nature reserves fan out across the region. Kayaking tours are available, including a guided tour into the indigenous cultural heritage.
Bellingen & Dorrigo
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.
The Coffs Coast region is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the NSW North Coast. The drive from Sydney to Coffs Harbour takes 5hr 30min. Direct flights operate from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour airport, and seasonally from Canberra. You can also catch the train from Sydney and the journey takes around nine hours.
Accommodation options suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, beachside resorts and hinterland retreats. There are waterfront holiday parks dotted all around the Coffs Coast. You can even stay on a farm by a river.
Coffs Harbour Airport is 4km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal, or riding-sharing Uber, to make the short trip into the city. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
QantasLink, Virgin and Rex operate direct flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Link Airways operate direct flights between Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Virgin operate direct flights between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour. Link Airways operate direct flights from Canberra seasonally.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.