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Captivating Coffs Harbour

Nestled in a unique position in northern New South Wales, Coffs Harbour sits between the majestic Aussie east coast with its unrivalled beaches, and the lush valleys bordering the Great Dividing Range. Which means that for sun, sand and surf (and giant bananas), there is no better place in the country than Coffs Harbour.

Coffs, as the locals call it, is the kind of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. Discover a hidden treasure trove of natural splendour in the Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden, take a boat cruise from the harbour and come across the majestic lighthouse perched atop the rocky outcrop of South Solitary Island, or just chill out as you cruise along the Coffs Harbour coast – beer in hand – on the Spirit of Coffs Harbour.

COFFS HARBOUR’S TOP 10

10. Dorrigo National Park One of Australia’s most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests. Take the Wonga Walk down to the Crystal Shower Falls. 5. Butterfly House Maze Witness the intriguing metamorphosis of the humble butterfly at this unique exhibit, then flutter your way along to the tearoom for an afternoon cappuccino.
9. Diggers Beach Learn to surf or just relax by the waves on this popular beach. 4. Coffs Coast Camels For something a bit more adventurous than just lazing on the sand, jump on the back of a camel for a gleeful ride down Boambee Beach.
8. Coffs Harbour Regional Museum Be ready to take notes as you learn all about the history of Coffs. 3. Banana Coast Divers Whether you’re learning to scuba or exploring the underwater depths on your own, the Coffs’ coast is a fantastic place for a dive.
7. National Marine Science Centre’s Aquarium From vibrant clownfish to drifting sea urchins, this aquarium is as aesthetically pleasing as it is educational. 2. The Clog Barn For Coffs Harbour’s own Dutch village, come and watch bona fide wooden clogs being made by the pros.
6. Pet Porpoise Pool Swim with the dolphins, get kissed by a seal or just feed the little blue penguins at Australia’s most interactive marine park. 1. The Big Banana It’s been one of Australia’s most famous ‘big’ landmarks for 40 years. Cameras to the ready, people…

COFFS HARBOUR EVENTS

  • Kick back with a drink and watch the regatta at the annual Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race in early January.
  • To see some local talent in filmmaking, you’ll be reeling at the ShortSharp Film Festival in July.
  • Frock up and trot your way over to the racing club for the annual Coffs Cup Carnival in August.
  • For a relaxing day of wine and jazz, bebop your way to the Bellingen Jazz Festival each August.
  • Take plenty of spare coins to September’s Coffs Harbour International Busker’s Festival.

WHEN TO GO

  • Coffs enjoys a humid subtropical climate, which means it’s pretty warm all year round.
  • February and March tend to be the wettest months, but are still great times to visit.
  • The driest time in Coffs is between July and October, when the sun just keeps shining and the temperatures average a very pleasant 22ºC (72ºF).

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GETTING AROUND

  • There are three different bus companies running regular buses through Coffs Harbour.
  • Shuttle buses (and plenty of taxis) link the airport to the city.
  • The best way to see the sights in the wider region would have to be by car, so rent one and get exploring!

Attractions in Coffs Harbour

A small coastal city in New South Wales, Coffs Harbour is one of the premier and most desirable destinations to commune with Australia's remarkable biodiversity. From National Parks and reserves, to marine parks with colorful underwater ecosystems, Coffs Harbour has it all. While fauna and flora draw tens of thousands of tourists to the region every year, the most conspicuous monument in Coffs Harbour is the Big Banana. The first in Australia's now-famous collection of mammoth landmarks, Big Banana was built in 1964 to drum up publicity for a banana plantation. Other points of interest in the city of 70,000 include the Regional Botanic Garden, Mangrove Boardwalk and Emerald Beach. The inherent natural beauty of National Parks like Bongil Bongil, Juney Juluum, Yuraygir, Ulidarra, Bindarri and Nymboi-Binderay is the bread and butter of Coffs Harbour tourism however. Solitary Islands Marine Park and Hayden Dent Nature Reserve are also popular destinations in the area.

  • Big Banana
  • Regional Botanic Garden
  • The Promenade
  • Mangrove Boardwalk
  • Emerald Beach

Activities

  • Bongil Bongil National Park
  • Cascade National Park
  • Juney Juluum National Park
  • Ulidarra National Park
  • Yuraygir National Park

Restaurants and Nightlife

Restaurants
  • Cafe Bellissimo
  • Seafood Mama's
  • Foreshores Cafe
  • Scoffs
  • The Village Restaurant
Nightlife
  • Coffs Hotel
  • The Plantation Hotel
  • Seaview Tavern
  • Diggers Tavern
  • Moonee Beach Tavern

Climate

Coffs Harbour has a humid subtropical/oceanic climate, with mild winters and warm summers.

  • Summer (December to February) 17-26°C
  • Fall (March to May) 11-26°C
  • Winter (June to September) 7-21°C
  • Spring (October to November) 13-25°C

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1 Surf Beach Motel Coffs Harbour

3 stars
4.0 / 5 12 reviews

25 Ocean Parade Map

With a lovely outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi, Surf Beach Motel is 2 minutes' walk from Coffs Harbour Beach. Guests can enjoy air-conditioned accommodation with a flat-screen TV and each room... More

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My friend and I stayed here and the accomodation was great! The staff were so accomodating and friendly and made our stopover very easy :)
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2 BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort Coffs Harbour

4 stars
3.6 / 5 53 reviews

11 Firman Drive Map

Set in a picturesque idyllic setting, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort Coffs Harbour makes for an ideal haven of relaxation and recreation while in Coffs Harbour. This beachfront tropical style resort... More

great location
Great option for business travellers and families alike. very very good buffet breakfast.
7 Aug 2015
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3 Sanctuary Resort Motor Inn

4 stars
3.5 / 5 11 reviews

250 Pacific Highway Map

Holidaymakers looking for cosy spaces located within convenient access to Coffs Harbour attractions find suitable base at Sanctuary Resort Motor Inn. Guests at this contemporary hotel can take... More

Value all round
Travelling as a family with two older youths. Spacious clean family room close to highway and all local shops, restaurants etc. Rooms are upstairs and downstairs. Old style stairs - steep and...
28 Jul 2015
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4 Dolphin Sands Holiday Cabins

3 stars
2.5 / 5 2 reviews

16 Prince Street Map

Offering self-contained spaces within easy access to the beach, Dolphin Sands Holiday Cabins makes for an ideal base for holidaymakers visiting the coastal city Coffs Harbour. Aside from hitting... More

Holidaying on central coast
Accommodation is in need of upgrade. Very tired. Bathroom - paint peeling, mould on bottom of shower door. Plants growing in gutters on roofs. Would not recommend this place.
25 Aug 2015
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5 Royal Palms Motor Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 20 reviews

87 Park Beach Road Map

Royal Palms Motor Inn is a family-run accommodation that offers holidaymakers convenient access to Coffs Harbour's attractions and sites. Vacationers can enjoy various outdoor and water activities... More

Overnight in Transit
Well located and everything you would want for a stopover on the Sydney to Brisbane drive. Easy walk to Bowls Club and local shops. Would stay again.
21 Aug 2015
From US$61

6 Ambience At Diggers Beach

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

9 Richmond Drive Map

While in a beach getaway or recreational trip in Coffs Harbour, travellers find convenient base at the self-serviced accommodations of Ambience At Diggers Beach. Guests of this modern property can... More

From US$78

7 Smugglers On The Beach

4 stars
4.0 / 5 7 reviews

36 Sandy Beach Road Map

Nestled amongst tropical gardens and offering luxurious accommodation, the Smugglers On The Beach Coffs Harbour Hotel is a perfect place to relax in serenity. GeneralBusiness travellers will... More

Good value family spot
Clean and neat self contained complex. Rooms quite spacious and well appointed. Staff were very helpful and courteous and can't speak more highly about them. Pool and BBQ area is great spot to hang...
20 Jan 2015
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8 Bentleigh Motor Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 16 reviews

94-96 Grafton Street Map

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Bentleigh Motor Inn Coffs Harbour welcomes discerning travellers to a value-for-money motel set close to the airport and local attractions in this scenic New South Wales coastal city. While in... More

Awesome trip
Great motel, Awesome location close to shops and restaurant
14 Apr 2015
From US$65

9 Aquajet Motel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews

49 Park Beach Road Map

Aquajet Motel welcomes travellers to comfortable spaces located close to several dining and shopping venues in the lively Coffs Harbour. This contemporary motel places guests near the specialty... More

Value, Friendly, Location
Value for money, lovely staff, close to everything. Comfortable and well looked after
16 Jul 2015
From US$114

10 Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort

4 stars
3.6 / 5 7 reviews

Pacific Hwy and Bay Drive Map

Rate includes Breakfast

With a beachfront location, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour is framed by ocean, mountains, natural forest and banana plantations. General The hotel offers conference centre featuring... More

Very Average Room and Bathroom
Very Average rooms, and bathroom. The shower was horrible and the shower panel door was broken as it was very old and felt like 2 star hotel. Not worth the money.
6 Apr 2015
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