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Coffs Harbour is located on a beautiful section of coastline between Grafton and Nambucca Heads.

The warm pleasant climate, glorious stretches of sandy beaches and the backdrop of the forested mountains which descend down to the coast make Coffs Harbour an appealing destination for holidaymakers, daytrippers and retirees.

The city's harbour is the base for regional fishing fleets, while banana plantations dot the inland foothills.

A vibrant shopping district awaits visitors, situated adjacent to the Pacific Highway and along Harbour Drive, while at the northern gateway to Coffs Harbour is Park Beach Plaza.


Big Banana
One of Australia's most famous icons, the Big Banana offers fun rides, educational tours and shows, recreational facilities and a selection of food and gifts
Dolphin Marine Magic
A marine park that provides people with an educational, enjoyable and hands-on experience with marine animals including seals, dolphins and penguins
The Clog Barn
Experience the colour and charm of Holland as you take a delightful stroll around the model Dutch Village, enjoy a selection of cakes and coffee at Big Oma's Coffee House and watch clog making demonstrations

Shopping & markets:

Park Beach Plaza
Open 7 days a week, this shopping centre has a quality mix of local and national retailers and a food court seating over 300 people

Parks, gardens & trails:

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Covering Muttonbird Island which is linked to northern point of the Coffs Harbour Marina via a man-made rock wall, the island is home to wedge-tailed shearwaters, commonly known as muttonbirds, offering panoramic views of the harbour
Bindarri National Park
West of Coffs Harbour at the headwaters of the Urumbilum River are spectacular waterfalls in a remote and rugged setting with pockets of old-growth forest scattered across the plateau
Ulidarra National Park
Located just north-west of Coffs Harbour, this park consists of old-growth coastal eucalypt forest with scenic views

Regional touring guides:

Coffs Coast
Visitor information for destinations on the coast between Red Rock and Scotts Head

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Coffs Harbour: A Paradise of Natural Wonders and Vibrant Cultures

Brief Overview of Coffs Harbour

Nestled along Australia's beautiful North Coast of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour is a coastal city that serves as a paradise for travellers. Renowned for its incredible beaches, rich cultural scene, and an array of activities for all ages, Coffs Harbour offers an unforgettable Australian travel experience.

The Unique Appeal of Coffs Harbour

With a setting where the mountains meet the sea, Coffs Harbour is a delightful fusion of natural beauty, thrilling adventure, and warm, welcoming culture. The city's charm lies in its diverse offerings - from exploring World Heritage rainforests and marine reserves to indulging in fresh local produce or experiencing the vibrant arts and festival scene.

Geography and Climate

The Geographic Location of Coffs Harbour

Situated almost midway between Sydney and Brisbane, Coffs Harbour boasts a stunning setting along the Pacific Ocean. The city is uniquely surrounded by National Parks and the Solitary Islands Marine Park, creating a haven of outstanding natural beauty.

Climate and Weather Patterns

Blessed with a warm, subtropical climate, Coffs Harbour provides an excellent weather year-round. Warm summers and mild winters offer ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoor attractions and adventure activities that the city has to offer.

Natural Attractions and Wildlife

Beaches and Marine Reserves

Coffs Harbour is home to a series of beautiful, clean beaches that cater to various activities like surfing, fishing, and diving. The Solitary Islands Marine Park houses a spectacular array of marine life, offering memorable snorkelling and scuba diving experiences.

National Parks and Wildlife Encounters

Surrounding Coffs Harbour are the lush landscapes of Dorrigo National Park, a part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Visitors can also get up close and personal with local wildlife at the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

Cultural Scene

Museums and Arts Scene

Coffs Harbour's vibrant cultural scene can be explored through its array of museums and art galleries. The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and Gallery offer fascinating insights into the region's history and local art, while the iconic Big Banana Fun Park represents a slice of Australia's "Big Thing" culture.

Local Events and Festivals

Coffs Harbour hosts a lively calendar of events and festivals. From the Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival to the Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival, the city is always buzzing with cultural activities and celebrations.

Culinary Experiences

Fresh Local Produce

With its coastal location, Coffs Harbour offers a bounty of fresh seafood. The city's agricultural surroundings also provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and local products, making it a destination for food lovers.

Dining and Cafes

Coffs Harbour boasts a variety of dining options that range from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants. The city's multicultural influences can be tasted in its diverse food offerings.

Activities and Adventure

Water Sports and Outdoor Recreation

Coffs Harbour is an ideal spot for adventure seekers. The city offers water sports such as surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. For those who prefer land-based adventure, there are activities like hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching.

Family-Friendly Attractions

With a host of attractions like the Big Banana Fun Park, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, and numerous playgrounds and parks, Coffs Harbour is a city filled with fun experiences for the whole family.


Recap of Coffs Harbour's Charm

Coffs Harbour is a captivating city, brimming with natural beauty, cultural richness, and a spirit of adventure. From its stunning coastline to its thriving culinary scene, and from its dense rainforests to its vibrant arts and festivals, Coffs Harbour creates an enriching travel experience in the heart of New South Wales.

Final Thoughts on Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour stands as a testament to Australia's rich biodiversity and warm, welcoming culture. As a destination that blends leisure and adventure, relaxation and excitement, nature and culture, Coffs Harbour holds a promise of unforgettable memories for every traveller. As you explore what the city has to offer, you will surely find yourself drawn to its charm, making you want to return time and again.

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