My Favourite . . .Coffs Coast Beaches Australian Traveller magazine reader, freelance writer and Coffs Harbour resident Susan Stephenson is spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches.
On the NSW north coast halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, the Pacific Ocean is tamed and accessible to all at Coffs Harbour’s Jetty Beach. Punctuated by the Marina in the North and a boat ramp in the south, the beach lures tourists and local families. From sculpting works of genius in the sand to paddling on its shoreline, or from throwing in a fishing line to trying out a Hobie Cat, opportunities for maximising fun at the Jetty are limited only by your sense of adventure.
In the summer holiday season, March’s Amusement Park provides night-time colour, but even in winter the Coffs Coast temperate climate encourages full use of Jetty Beach.
Amenities: There’s a park with children’s playground, BBQs, picnic tables and toilet/shower block directly behind the beach.
Proximity: The famous “Jetty Strip” of eateries is a short walk to the west. Fresh and cooked seafood can be found at the Fisherman’s Co-op, five minutes away in the Marina.
Parking: Off-road available near the Jetty.
Safety: The beach is protected by the Marina’s breakwater, ideal for small children or those who want to swim without big surf.
Sawtell Main Beach
Only a wet thong’s throw from the heart of the Sawtell shopping area, Sawtell Main Beach has it all. Site of many a wonderful childhood holiday, the beach draws old and young not only because of its location, but also the availability of quality restaurants and lodgings.
Amenities: There’s a toilet block and outdoor shower in the Surf Life Saving Club.
Proximity: For those who don’t want to leave the sand, the Sawtell SLSC runs a great cafe right on the beach. There are trendy restaurants, pubs, cafes and Howie’s Fisho a short stroll away under huge fig trees in the main drag. There’s a boat ramp and Sawtell’s Ocean Pool is only five minutes to the south. Sawtell has its own cinema showing recent movies and the occasional film festival.
Parking: Free parking is available in nearby streets and car parks.
Safety: Sawtell Main Beach is patrolled during some months of the year. Groups of locals enjoy regular surf swims out beyond the breakers.