Coffs Harbour Beaches
With beautiful beaches and excellent surf, Coffs Harbour is a great destination for a beach holiday on the mid North Coast of NSW. You can explore the natural splendour on the Solitary Islands coastal walk, a lovely trail that links idyllic beaches and emerald rainforest along the stunning Coffs Coast.
From tranquil sheltered coves to challenging surf breaks, you’ll find beaches to suit families and adventure seekers. Relax on the soft sand and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for dolphins, turtles and humpback whales on their annual migration.
Many of the beaches have amenities such as showers and toilets. There are enticing cafes and restaurants near some beaches, such as Sawtell Beach, Jetty Beach and Woolgoolga Beach. Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are in parks and reserves adjacent to a number of beaches, including:
Park Beach is Coffs Harbour's main surf beach. Just south is Jetty Beach, named after the heritage-listed timber jetty that juts out into the harbour. This beach has gentle waves, and you can walk across the breakwater to Muttonbird Island for marvellous views from the Eastern Side lookout.
Diggers Beach is near the Big Banana, one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’. You’ll relish the beach fishing in Bongil Bongil National Park near Sawtell and in Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park near Nambucca Heads. In the north, new surfers will like the waves near Arrawarra Headland.
Want to learn how to surf? The uncrowded beaches are perfect for surfing lessons. Accredited surf schools such as Solitary Islands Surf School and Coffs Coast Surf Tours will have you standing on a surfboard in no time. The experience of standing and riding a wave for the first time is unforgettable.
In the calm bays and estuaries enjoy stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. You can hire SUPs and kayaks or take one of the guided tours. With the Aboriginal-guided Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours, you’ll learn how to paddle a SUP or kayak and gain insights into local indigenous cultural heritage.