Coffs Harbour, NSW: Destination Guide

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Experience the tranquility of the beautiful beachside city, Coffs Harbour, a vibrant town with a multitude of hidden gems.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Coffs Harbour or find and book accommodation in Coffs Harbour today.

About Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is a friendly town surrounded by miles of beautiful coastline and serene national parkland, making it perfect for outdoor-oriented holidaymakers.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is jam-packed with fun and educational things to do. Beacon Hill Lookout provides headland views across the harbour and surrounding islands. The town is surrounded by national parks making it a paradise for nature lovers. Visit the Crystal Shower Falls at Dorrigo National Park for the unique opportunity to go behind the waterfall, or head to the nearby Solitary Island Marine Park, which shelters over 90 species of coral  and 280 species of fish. Finally, take a stroll down the old timber jetty at Coffs Harbour Marina and watch the fishing boats, yachts and canoes which dot the harbour.

Attractions in Coffs Harbour

Pet Porpoise Pool

The kids will love the Pet Porpoise Pool which provides a unique way to get up close and personal with marine life. Touch the dolphins as they swim in the pool or line up for a wet smooch from a sealion.

Big Banana

Coffs Harbour continues Australia’s long tradition of ‘big’ attractions and is home to the Big Banana which stands in celebration of the area’s thriving banana industry.

Clogg Barn

Coffs Harbour is also home to the unique Clog Barn which offers clog-making demonstrations, a swimming pool shaped like a clog and a handmade miniature Dutch village which must be seen to be believed.

Getting to Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is located on the north coast of New South Wales. The coastal city is roughly 540km north of Sydney and 240km south of Byron Bay.

By car

Driving from Sydney to Coffs Harbour will take about six hours via the Pacific Highway, while the drive from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour requires about four and a half hours.

By air

Direct flights operate from Sydney to Coffs Harbour, taking about an hour.

When to visit Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is characterised by a subtropical humid climate and experiences heavy rainfall throughout most of the year with February and March being the wettest months. July to September is the driest period in Coffs Harbour however is much cooler. Given the coastal beauty of Coffs Harbour many people tend to visit in summer when it is guaranteed to be warmer and take their chances with the rain.

Where to stay in Coffs Harbour

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