Coffs Harbour

Nippers on the beach - Photo courtesy Tourism NSW

Coffs Harbour is famed for its Big Banana, its beaches, and its rainforest. The swimming is magnificent, and the fish are almost always jumping. There are also beautiful nature trails to explore and whale watching cruises to enjoy. Adventure seekers can get a rush from whitewater rafting on the Nymboida River, while the sophisticates amongst us can kick back and relax with a holiday cocktail or well-chilled glass of white at one of Coffs Harbour's resorts or open-air bistros.

The nearby World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National rewards visitors with spectacular mountain views and a rich pioneer experience. Ride the Plantation Train at the Big Banana - an enduring icon of Australian tourism. Snorkel or scuba dive in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Enjoy a whale-watching cruise.

Chill out on the waterfront. Visit the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park. Get up early to buy fresh seafood from the fish co-op. Tee off from one of the international standard golf courses. Be one of the first to experience the thrill of 'surf rafting' off the beach. Brush the dolphin's teeth or be kissed by a seal at the Pet Porpoise Pool. Most of all, rediscover your sense of fun.

A wealth of Coffs Harbour visitor information is available on the popular web site.

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View over the Harbour - Photo courtesy Tourism NSW
At the beach - Photo courtesy Tourism NSW
Fishing boats - Photo courtesy Tourism NSW

Underwater Recommendations

From Coffs Harbour South Solitary, South West Solitary and Split Solitary, all part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, can be easily reached. A high variety of marine life can be found around the islands. Here you'll find tropical species live amongst temperate ones.

At the islands you can find turtles, Blue Groupers, cuttle fish, cowries, black coral and table corals and anemone fish. Also the Grey Nurse Sharks do visit this area. These sharks and their important habitats are protected by the Park's comprehensive zoning plan.

Getting There

Coffs Harbour is midway between Sydney and Brisbane, approximately 552km north of Sydney. There is a regional airport and all major bus services drop off here.

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Coffs Harbour - Time to do it again!Coffs Harbour - Time to do it again!
Well, I take my annual pilgrimage to what is some of the best diving in Australia (not because of the diving JUST but because of the fantastic dive operator).
Bruce the sharkBruce the shark
Bruce the shark in the classic movie "Finding Nemo" declares I'm having fish tonight! ... I must admit that this was my main thought as I dived for the first time with sharks at Coffs Harbour recently.
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