Coffs Harbour Mini Guide
Coffs Harbour is a town on Coffs Coast, halfway between Sydney
on Australia’s eastern coast. It is a beachside town known for its friendliness – it’s a modern town with a small town feel. Average summer temperatures rarely exceed 80f and in winter they rarely drop below the mid sixties making it a perfect year round destination.
How to there?
If you are travelling from further afield you will probably find yourself in Sydney, from there you can catch a flight to Coffs Harbour Airport. Within Australia, you can travel by bus or coach from many cities, Greyhound and Busways are just two providers. In Coffs Harbour, there are plenty of buses or taxis for you to get around but hiring a car is a good option as there is so much to see.
What to see?
- Solitary Islands Marine Park covers a wide area of Coffs Coast and protects islands and reefs as well as the beaches. You can visit the National Marine Science Centre Aquarium or go bird watching on Mutton Bird Island. The best way to see all the marine species and turtles that live there is to go diving or snorkelling. You can also take a sea cruise and watch for humpback whales. For fantastic views over the town and beaches talk a walk up to Sealy Lookout at Bruxner Park. Explore the jetty and harbourside where there are lots of cafes and shops and even a butterfly house.
- See the Waterfall Way and rainforest as you drive to Dorrigo, a rural traditional town of old Australia. Drive back through Bellingen, a bohemian village with lots of charm as well as markets and arts and crafts. Visit the seaside town of Woolgoolga, it’s famous for its Sikh temple and Bollywood Beach Bazaar held twice a month.
- You can take a day out at Park Beach and sunbathe or go surfing, it’s a very popular area with locals and tourists alike. A wide range of water sports are available too, so you could never get bored. For families, a good place to go is the Big Banana where there is an ice rink, toboggans and waterslides.
Yes, Park Beach Plaza Shopping Mall is the largest shopping centre in the area. For unique boutiques and holiday souvenirs take a walk down the Promenade or head for the town centre.
If you love seafood, try the Bellinger River oysters and Coffs Harbour bugs. You will find the best mangoes and macadamia nuts there, go to the Thursday Growers Market to try them. One of the best places to eat is on Jetty Strip where there are 15 cafes and restaurants with al fresco dining and great views over the harbour.