Coffs Harbour

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.

People walking along the Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout, Coffs Harbour

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.

Sunrise at the heritage pier, Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour

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.

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. Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims

    Sunday 07 April 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    The Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are a fun, charity fundraising event offering participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and the more competitive with a 600 metre swim around the iconic jetty structure, 2,000…

    07 Apr
  2. Japanese Festival of Children's Day

    Sunday 05 May 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    Celebrated on the first Sunday in May, Coffs Harbour hosts the annual Japanese Festival of Children's Day in the Japanese Gardens within the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. With more than 100 Koinobori (Koi Kites) flying in the…

    05 May
  3. Million Paws Walk - Coffs Harbour

    Sunday 19 May 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    The Million Paws Walk is guaranteed to be another great day for Coffs Coast animal lovers. Whether you want to show your support for the RSPCA, help your doggy companion make some new pals, or need an excuse to walk for a cause, you are…

    19 May