From ancient rainforest and a pristine marine park, to the Big Banana Fun Park and gorgeous beaches, Coffs Coast is a wonderland of attractions. Head out and enjoy fun adventures such as kayaking, surfing and mountain biking, or go bushwalking and discover spectacular lookouts.
The town of Coffs Harbour is at the edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for dolphins, turtles, tropical fish and migrating whales. The Solitary Islands coastal walk has spectacular vantage points for whale watching between May and November, with headlands offering superb views.
Near the city’s heritage-listed jetty, a marina breakwater bridges the nature reserve of Muttonbird Island with magnificent views of the Solitary Islands. Boating, fishing and diving tours depart from the Jetty Marina Area. Relax on Jetty Beach or stroll along the strip and explore the restaurants and cafes.
A short drive north from Coffs Harbour is Sealy Lookout, offering stunning coastal views as well as rainforest walking trails and picnic areas. Magnificent national parks and nature reserves fan out across the region. Kayaking tours are available, including a guided tour into the indigenous cultural heritage.
Bellingen and Dorrigo
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.
Curryfest is one of the hottest food events that attracts thousands of visitors to Woolgoolga, a seaside town just north of Coffs Harbour. Check out the regional events calendar for bustling markets, festivals and exhibitions in surrounding villages like Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Sawtell and Urunga.
Getting there and where to stay
The Coffs Coast region is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the NSW North Coast. The drive from Sydney to Coffs Harbour takes 5hr 30min. Direct flights operate from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour airport. You can also catch the train from Sydney and the journey takes around nine hours.
Accommodation options suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, beachside resorts and hinterland retreats. There are waterfront holiday parks dotted all around the Coffs Coast. You can even stay on a farm by a river.