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Coffs Harbour Area

Coffs Harbour is famed for its Big Banana, its beaches, and its rainforest. The swimming is magnificent, and the fish are almost always jumping. There are also beautiful nature trails to explore and whale watching cruises to enjoy. Adventure seekers can get a rush from whitewater rafting on the Nymboida River, while the sophisticates amongst us can kick back and relax with a holiday cocktail or well-chilled glass of white at one of Coffs Harbour’s resorts or open-air bistros.

The nearby World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National rewards visitors with spectacular mountain views and a rich pioneer experience. Ride the Plantation Train at the Big Banana – an enduring icon of Australian tourism. Snorkel or scuba dive in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Enjoy a whale-watching cruise.

Chill out on the waterfront. Visit the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park. Get up early to buy fresh seafood from the fish co-op. Tee off from one of the international standard golf courses. Be one of the first to experience the thrill of “surf rafting” off the beach. Brush the dolphin’s teeth or be kissed by a seal at the Pet Porpoise Pool. Most of all, rediscover your sense of fun.

Relax at Coffs Harbour

Golden sand beaches sprawling for miles up and down the coast while banana plantations fill the hills around the area make for a landscape richly green and unusual. Coffs Harbour, where the mountains meet the sea, is a unique and exciting holiday getaway for the adventurous at heart.
Coffs Harbour, one of the largest regional cities in New South Wales, is best known for its riveting array of adventure sports. For adrenaline junkies there’s skydiving, go-cart racing, parasailing, jetskiing, and whitewater rafting on the Nymboida River. Four-wheel drive adventures and mountain biking are also popular pursuits.
What brings many to this special part of the world are the dolphins and whales. In Spring dolphins frolic with their calves near the shore’s edge. While in winter, you can take a cruise out to view humpback whales cruising up the coast on their migration to the warmer Queensland waters. Several humpbacks have calved in the shallow waters of Coffs Harbour. A number of excellent educational cruises are available.
Sea kayaking is another exhilarating way to get even closer to these majestic creatures and other marine wildlife such as manta rays, turtles and schooling fish found here. The waters also offer superb deep-sea fishing and magical scuba diving and snorkelling experiences.
For something less active, the area’s many beautiful beaches make for perfect holidaying territory with surfing, fishing and picnics and barbecues among people’s favourite pastimes.
The giant man-made banana at the northern end of town, pays homage to the region’s thriving banana industry. Visitors to the Big Banana discover the world of horticulture with the added fun of cable flyers, ice skating, downhill skiing, experimental laboratory and plantation walks.

Activites and Experiences at Coffs Harbour Area

  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Relaxation

Nearest Airport: Coffs Harbour

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