Beaches & Nature
It’s no secret that the beaches are one of Coffs Harbour’s star attractions. Surfers, road-trippers and sun-seekers make their way to the coastal haven each summer in search of the perfect wave and sun-drenched days spent on the sand. Park Beach, Jetty Beach and Boambee Beach are the three beaches closest to Coffs’ CBD. If you’re willing to take a short drive north of town you will be treated to your pick of pristine, uncrowded beaches, including Mid Sapphire, Emerald, and Moonee, Diggers, Sandy Beach and more.
Coffs Harbour’s comically large banana plantation, The Big Banana, offers more than a photo opportunity and a chance to stretch your legs. It is also home to myriad banana-related recreational and cuisine delights: choose from a bewildering selection of edible and non-edible banana products in the souvenir shop, get your adrenalin-hit on the rides at the Big Banana Fun Park, and then cool off at the Water Park.
Thrill-seekers, both young and old, can spend a day tackling an array of challenges from up high in the trees at TreeTops Coffs Harbour. Think flying foxes, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, tightropes, suspended rafts, trapezes, twisted ladders and more.
Coffs Harbour is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty that includes mountain escarpments, rainforests and more than 90 kilometres of pristine beaches. There are a number of vantage points to take it all in and the best Coffs Harbour lookouts include the Sealy Lookout Forest Sky Pier, Griffiths Lookout, Muttonbird Island and Look At Me Know Headland.
Holiday-makers take to the water at every chance they can get during a stay in Coffs Harbour and it’s no surprise that kayaking, diving and whale watching top the list of must-do activities.
Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds and sights of nature as you kayak or canoe the rivers and creeks that flow through the Coffs Coast. There are plenty to choose from, including Bonville Creek in Bongil Bongil National Park, Boambee Bay Reserve, Coffs Creek and more if you’re willing to travel further inland.
As tens of thousands of humpback whales migrate along the NSW coast between May and November each year, Coffs Harbour transforms into a prime whale-watching destination. Mothers and calves can be spotted at play in the Solitary Island Marine Park’s sheltered waters and there are numerous vantage points along the coast and cruises that allow visitors the chance to observe these majestic mammals in their natural habitat.
Take your pick of Coffs Harbour markets: there is the Harbourside Market (held every Sunday 8am to 2pm) lined with stalls selling everything from fresh local produce, chutneys, homemade jams and pickles to gifts, homewares, ceramics, jewellery, toys, fashion and accessories. From the first Friday in October to the middle of April you can dine alfresco at the Twilight Food Market. For more edible delights check out the Coffs Coast Growers Markets in the City Square on Thursdays from 8am to 2:30pm.