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 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.

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. Surf's Up Exhibition

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Sunday 03 February 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    Just in time for the holidays and summer is the Surf’s Up Exhibition at the National Cartoon Gallery. Featuring a great collection of surfing-related cartoons, original artworks on loan from local artists, with children’s activities…

    18 Dec - 03 Feb
  2. Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour

    Friday 21 December 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…

    21 Dec - 19 Apr
  3. Harbourside Market

    Sunday 23 December 2018 to Sunday 07 February 2027 , Coffs Harbour

    An authentic outdoor market held every Sunday set alongside the Jetty Foreshore and historic jetty in Coffs Harbour. There is a huge range of unique art and craft, fresh local produce, tasty gourmet food and delicious beverages. Their…

    23 Dec - 07 Feb
  4. Valla Expressions

    Saturday 05 January 2019 to Sunday 13 January 2019 ,

    Take a piece of Valla Beach home with you from Valla Expressions: nine local artists, five different art forms and one Beautiful Place. After your visit to the art exhibition, Spend the morning at Valla Beach. Take a stroll along the…

    05 Jan - 13 Jan
  5. Screenwave International Film Festival

    Thursday 10 January 2019 to Friday 25 January 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is the premier film and screen culture festival of Northern New South Wales, hosted in the beautiful Coffs Coast - where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. This two week film…

    10 Jan - 25 Jan
  6. Camp Creative Bellingen

    Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 18 January 2019 , Bellingen

    A week long creative summer school for families and individuals. It's an immersive and super fun week of learning and experimenting. It's all about imagination, innovation and enjoyment! Creativity is for everyone. Find new creative…

    14 Jan - 18 Jan