Coffs Harbour Australia

"A perfect Holiday Destination"

Coffs Harbour Australia is 540km north of Sydney and 440km south of Brisbane. It's a coastal city rather than town and is often sited as one of the best places to live in Australia.

This is because of its temperate all year climate due to the shelter it gets from the mountains. It has some lovely coastline and beaches as well as a couple of National parks near by, making it a good holiday destination.

It's almost split into two parts with the town and amenities in one area and then the man made harbour and jetty area in another.

This is the place for you if you fancy walking in National parks, surfing or fishing along the fine beaches or even a spot of mountain biking or white water rafting. There's also a few islands just off the coast that are fantastic for marine life so its a good spot if you are into diving.

It's also a good stop off if you are doing the East Coast australia Road Trip.

If however you are looking for a quiet coastal town, this probably isn't the place. It is more like a city and is big and sprawling with an industrial estate! For me the natural beauty of Coffs is still there but only just...

Getting Here

You can fly to Coffs Harbour Australia on Virgin Blue, Qantas or Regional Rex from a variety of major cities e.g Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Given its position between Brisbane and Sydney, Coffs is a popular stop off for those driving by car, doing the East Coast australia Road Trip

Hiring a car to see a bit of the area is recommended even if you decide to fly straight to Coffs Harbour Australia. Given its size and the fact that its divided between the two areas, it's easier to get around with a car.

When to come

Whilst Coffs Harbour Australia does have a temperate climate, it's still best to come in season. You can enjoy the beaches and al fresco dining much more. Best time is between late October and the end of March.

If you intend to come outside of this time, it probably won't be warm enough to swim or sunbathe and the nights still feel cold. It is however still enjoyable for its National Parks.

What to see and do in and around Coffs Harbour Australia

  • Take the 5km walk from the centre of town to Muttonbird Island. It is also a cycle track and you can hire bikes at Coffs Jetty. Once on the island, visit the Nature Reserve (best at sunset when you can see the birds returning to their nests.) There are also impressive views overlooking Coffs Harbour Australia from here.
  • Take a stroll round the Botanical Gardens. A nice walk with part of it in the rainforest
  • You have to visit the Big Banana It's some random Australian culture whereby they build huge statues of fruit on the main highway. Australians stop to have their photo taken by them. It's pretty huge in Queensland. Coffs has the big banana due it being one of their major incomes -banana plantations. It's a couple of km out of Coffs Harbour Australia heading north on the Pacific Highway and there's a free display about the banana industry. You can take the plantation tour too if you like!
  • Relax on Coffs beaches or learn to surf. There are some lovely white sandy beaches, most notably Bombee, Jetty and Diggers Beach. Learn to surf is best on Diggers Beach (run by East Coast Surf school)

    If you are willing to head a bit out of town, there's a set of beautiful beaches about 9km north starting with Sapphire beach, or try Monnee Beach reserve a bit further on.

  • If you'd like an aboriginal australia experience then head to Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre (phone in advance for a guided walk on 02 6649 2669) There's an interesting medicine nursery here where you can buy plants. Over an hour's drive out of town. Or go with Coffs Harbour Australia Mountain Trails 4WD Tours on their Aboriginal BushTucker Dreamtime Tour.
  • Bindarri National Park or Bongil Bongil National Park for some great walks. Visit the information centre for details on all the walks. You can also go kayaking in the Bongil Bongil National Park.

  • For some extreme sports, you can go white waterrafting with Wild Water Adventures or do a skydive with Coffs City skydives (you mad fools!!)
  • How about an overnight horse riding trek with Bushland Trails
  • Dive at the Solitary Islands Marine Reserve just off the coast of Coffs where the marine life is fabulous. Jetty Dive Centre at the Harbour will get you there whether you are a beginner or qualified diver.
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    Where to stay

    There's lots of accommodation around in Coffs Harbour Australia so I'd book late and grab a bargain - unless you're traveling in December or January when its prudent to book. Here are my picks:-

  • Bonville Lodge B&B $200
  • Lilypond Apartments from $150
  • Aqua luna beach resorts from £150
  • Budget:

  • Big 4 Emerald Beach Holiday Parkfrom $80

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