With the iconic Big Banana, stunning beaches, a marine sanctuary and more, Coffs Harbour is teeming with great attractions. The seaside city, at the heart of the beautiful Coffs Coast, is a fun destination for family holidays and memorable adventures, from bushwalking to whale watching.
You’ll discover spectacular views from the lofty Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout, a short drive from the city through hillside banana plantations. The wheelchair-accessible platform extends almost 22 metres over rainforest escarpment. In the emerald rainforest are walking trails of various length.
The vistas from Muttonbird Island are splendid, too. The harbour breakwater bridges the nature reserve where wedge-tailed shearwaters nest. In the local Gumbaynggir Aboriginal language, the sacred island is called Giidany Miirlarl after a Dreaming story about the moon being its guardian.
With breathtaking views of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the Eastern Side lookout on the island is a top vantage point for whale watching. You can explore the underwater world of the marine park with Jetty Dive, or take a boat tour to see humpback whales at play between May and November.
There are many more wonderful things to do and see. Marvel at colourful clownfish and venomous lionfish at the Solitary Islands Aquarium and walk among hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House . On the Gumgali walking track you’ll learn more Dreamtime stories.
The green hillsides around the city are the perfect backdrop for the Big Banana, one of Australia's iconic ‘big things’. The kids will love a tasty chocolate-coated banana and the amusement rides in the Big Banana Fun Park, including water slides, thrilling tobogganing and a giant indoor slide.
Relax on gorgeous beaches such as Jetty Beach, where there are picnic tables and barbecue facilities in the adjacent reserve. The bustling Harbourside Market is held in the reserve every Sunday. Check out the events calendar for more markets as well as festivals, exhibitions and professional sports.
You'll find plenty of accommodation options, many near a beach. Amble along the Jetty Strip at the bottom of Harbour Drive and choose from a delicious range of restaurants and cafes. Pop into the retail fish shop of the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative for the daily catch from the trawlers.