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. "Love is in the Air" Cartoon Exhibition

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    February. Valentine's Day. Romance. Cartoons. Yes, the National Cartoon Gallery at The Bunker, Coffs Harbour knows a thing or two about love, or at least as it is depicted in cartoons. The exhibition is open 10am to 4pm every day from 8…

    18 Feb - 03 Mar
  2. Australian Ladies Classic - Bonville

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Sawtell

    Come and watch some of the best players in the world, at one of the most beautiful courses in the world! The field will include some of the best professionals and amateurs from Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA. Come and walk alongside…

    21 Feb - 24 Feb
  3. Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour

    Friday 22 February 2019 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…

    22 Feb - 19 Apr
  4. Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Event

    Friday 22 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Bellingen

    Celebrating Sgt Matthew Locke MG and those veterans past and present sees the Army Thunder Rugby League team play Bellingen Magpies in an annual match up. This event has built up over the past nine years and encompasses a 18 hole, three…

    22 Feb - 24 Feb
  5. Bollywood Beach Markets

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019 , Woolgoolga

    Vibrant markets at the Woolgoolga beach reserve held every first and fourth Saturday and only a 15 minute drive north of Coffs Harbour. Enjoy the architecture of two Sikh temples on your way to the beach. Dance to the beats of Bollywood…

    23 Feb - 22 Jun