Nestled on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour is a picturesque city and a commercial hub for the surrounding towns and villages. It boasts an alluring subtropical climate and magnificent stretches of beach for surfing, kayaking and fishing.
Coffs Harbour was established as a timber production center in the early 1900s, with a historic jetty still visible today where timber was once shipped from the hinterland. It’s economy then shifted to bananas and the area was nicknamed the “Banana Coast”. Today Coffs Harbour is renowned for its “Big Banana” - a giant fruit sculpture created in honor of the local banana-growing industry. It incorporates a theme park that includes toboggan rides and water attractions, as well as a banana plantation where you can discover how this fruit is produced.
Relax on the sands of Jetty Beach while soaking up the views of Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve where wedge-tailed shearwater birds breed. Also offshore is the Solitary Islands Marine Park that attracts scuba divers to discover its diverse ecosystem of both tropical and temperate species. Surfers should head to nearby Diggers Beach that nestles between the dramatic promontories of Diggers and Macauleys Headlands.
Be sure to visit the World Heritage Area of Dorrigo National Park that lies just inland from Coffs Harbour to go hiking through its lush rainforests and discover the waterfalls. Also nearby are the Gibraltar Range and Washpool National Parks that are connected by a three-day heritage walk through magnificent eucalypt forests, rainforests and granite tors.