Coffs Harbour, on the northern coast of New South Wales, Australia, is considered one of the top holiday destinations in the country by locals and tourists alike. Located where the Great Dividing Range meets the Coral Sea, visitors can enjoy the fantastic beaches and marine parks as well as trekking through the rainforest and walking along the Creek-side Boardwalk through mangrove forests and the Botanical Gardens. Whether you are looking for an adrenalin rush or a relaxing holiday at the beach, Coffs Harbour is for you.
New South Wales is famous for its water sports and Coffs Harbour has them all. Surfing, kayaking, white-water rafting, snorkelling, diving and Jet skiing to name a few, and there are catamaran tours for whale watching.
Other outdoor adventures include wildlife encounters from camel rides on the beach, to horseback riding though national parks on the Valery Trails. There is swimming with dolphins and sharks as well as the famous Muttonbird Island where visitors walk through the breeding grounds of thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters in a nature reserve sacred to the Aboriginal people.
From skydiving and helicopter scenic flights to Segway tours through the city there is never a dull moment in Coffs Harbour. Visitors can find a local car hire and drive through the forests and along the coastal highways stopping whenever they want.
The Big Banana is famous all over Australia and families come from everywhere to have their photo taken near this 40 year-old landmark. There’s lots of banana-themed merchandise as well as food. The attraction includes much more with rides including a Wild Toboggan Ride as well as an inflatable waterslide and an ice-skating rink, shops and lakes and real snow in an indoor snow slope.
One truly amazing attraction is the Butterfly House. It is an indoor rainforest with thousands of butterflies. It also has a maze that is a challenge to navigate and a café.
For those who are looking for a casual, relaxing holiday, Coffs Harbour has more than nine golf courses and a Thai cuisine cooking class.
There is much more to Coffs Harbour than tourist attractions. They support an annual Sustainable Living Festival, the Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival, the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Race and, the fantastic food festival, the Woolgoolga Curry Festival.
The best way to see and experience it all is to find a local car hire and choose your own itinerary. You will have the freedom to visit areas nearby at your own pace including Sealy Lookout in Bruxner Park as well as the forest sky pier or Dorrigo Skywalk. You can take drives along the Pacific Highway that runs between Sydney and Brisbane. Waterfall Way is considered one of the top scenic drives in Australia and the best in New South Wales. You can take a scenic 30 minute drive to the northeast of the city centre and visit some local artisans including a pottery shop and a fantastic bakery. There are also wineries and a tram carriage dining room.
Coffs Harbour is a modern city with a small town atmosphere. It is a great place for people looking for family fun as well as for people who want to participate in serious water sports. There are surfing schools that make it a point to combine the two.