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Top things to do in Coffs Harbour

By Rebecca Beaton on Sep 30, 2020 9:01:19 AM

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Top Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Think Coffs Harbour and certain big, yellow fruit comes to mind! And while the Big Banana remains a popular drawcard to the Coffs coast, we’ll showcase the top things to do on your next trip to beautiful Coffs Harbour.

Key Local Attractions

Coffs Harbour has always been a popular NSW tourist destination and as such has no shortage of attractions for locals and tourists alike. Head to the Big Banana Fun Park for a pic and a choc coated frozen banana. Get up close and personal with the wildlife at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park or Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. Or head up the mountain to Sealy Lookout’s Forest Sky Pier to get a bird’s eye view of the coast and visit the challenging Treetops Adventure Park while there.  

Walks with a View

If you like to stay active, Coffs Harbour has a plethora of walking tracks that allow you to exercise surrounded by million-dollar views. The Solitary Islands Coastal Walk is a 60 kilometre stretch from Sawtell to Red Rock linking beaches, headlands, rainforest and beachside villages. Walk it or bike it, do a little or do a lot! Whatever you choose, make sure a hike over Muttonbird Island is on your list of must do’s. The 360-degree ocean views make the steep climb absolutely worth the effort. You may even see a whale or two swim by during whale season! If you prefer a flatter walk, then stroll around the Marina and Jetty instead and take in the dazzling water views. Our tip: bring your appetite and enjoy our delicious, fresh seafood while here at the fishing coop or more upmarket Latitude 30 restaurant.

Swimming & Surfing Spots

Love the saltwater? We doubt you’ll find a city that can match Coffs Harbour’s sheer number of stunning beaches and creeks. Diggers Beach and Moonee Creek are two local swimming spots that have received worldwide praise as some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, but you’ll soon discover every swimming spot here is as beautiful as the next! For extra peace of mind, Park Beach is patrolled all year long and is known for its surf break called Macauley’s headland. For the safer swimmers or families, you may prefer the inner harbour Jetty Beach with calmer swimming conditions.   

Local Shopping

For those who love to shop til’ they drop, you’ll be impressed with the level of shopping Coffs Harbour can provide. Park Beach Plaza is the largest shopping centre between Newcastle and the Gold Coast and visitors to both here and Coffs Central in town will find a large range of big-name stores and speciality stores to shop from. There are also a host of small boutiques in First Avenue Sawtell and in the Bellingen main street that offer a shopper’s delight, not to mention some wonderful cafes too.

Eat Streets

There are a great variety of delicious cafes and restaurants to choose from in Coffs Harbour, with the main ‘Eat Streets’ being, The Jetty Strip on Harbour Drive featuring Mexican, Indian, pubs, bars and more; First Avenue Sawtell with popular restaurants, cinema and pub or the Coffs Central CBD area which plays host to several Asian cafes, modern cuisine and coffee shops. If you’d like to venture a little further north to Woolgoolga, Market Street offers a great variety of restaurants and bars.

Whether you’re visiting Coffs Harbour as a retiree, for the weekend or with the whole family, there’s no shortage of things to do and see!

Rebecca Beaton

Written by Rebecca Beaton