There aren’t many locations that are truly set in the heart of it all, yet Coffs Harbour is one of those destinations. Coffs Harbour is a popular holiday spot, exactly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, on the Mid North Coast. The area boasts a unique landscape featuring mountains, lush rainforest and gorgeous beaches, ensuring there’s something to intrigue and excite each holidaymaker. The subtropical climate and excellent location within New South Wales brings many native Australians and out-of-country visitors to the Coffs Harbour region each year. Because of the eclectic mix of visitors, there are numerous rental options available, including upmarket apartments, home-like villas and comfortable houses.
Coffs Harbour is known for its variety of water sports, with offerings that suit both children and adults. Looking to swim or sunbathe? Check out the main beach in Coffs Harbour, Park Beach, or head over to the Jetty Foreshores, which offers quiet areas with shallow water that is suitable for small children. If you do not have your own surfing gear, there are many places to rent boards, wetsuits and everything you need to catch a wave; in fact, you can hire the services of an instructor, as well. Other rentals that are sure to make your day out in the water enjoyable include stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis and canoes.
The warm waters that surround Coffs Harbour are home to abundant marine life. Use this to your advantage, and take part in a snorkelling or diving expedition for a chance to see colourful fish, underwater formations, reefs, sharks, turtles and more. If you want to If you don’t want to get in the water, take a cruise to spot dolphins, or during migration season, join a whale watching cruise. Deep sea fishing excursions via companies such as Cougar Cat give fishermen the opportunity to nab a prize fish and bring home an unbelievable fishing story. However, if you just want to enjoy the waves and ocean scenery, sailing trips are also available in the Coffs Harbour waters.
Dining in Coffs Harbour is not just a way to nourish the body; instead, eating here is a way to taste some of the freshest local food. Head to one of the many restaurants in Coffs Harbour to sample the freshly caught seafood or to enjoy some of the luscious locally grown produce. For an experience on the other side of the table, take a cooking class to learn how to prepare gourmet meals from beautiful ingredients. Even if you feel like staying at your rental and cooking, you have the option to purchase your meal's components directly from the growers at the many farmers and growers markets throughout the week.
Coffs Harbour is surrounded by protected areas such as nature reserves and national parks, which means that during your stay you have the chance to witness the uninterrupted beauty that only this area has to offer. Spend the day exploring either Uldarra National Park or Bruxner Park Flora Reserve to see native flora and fauna and to even spot some of the local wildlife species. Sacred to the indigenous Gumbaynggirr people, the 50-mile stretch called Solitary Islands Marine Park is an unbeatable location to see estuaries, the coastline and more. Bring along your hiking boots, as many of the parks and reserves in the areas feature bushwalks.
There is no better way to travel than to immerse yourself in local culture, and this is easy to do in Coffs Harbour. One of the simplest ways to take it all in—the art galleries, public art and other cultural aspects of Coffs Harbour—is to spend the day exploring the Coffs Town Cultural Trail on foot or by car or bike. In addition, there are many events in the town's centre each week, such as plays, performances and festivals, which means there is never a bad time to go into town. For a look at the aboriginal side of the Coffs Harbour area, visit one of the many historic sites or go directly to the Yarrwarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which is just a short drive away.
The temperatures in Coffs Harbour rarely fall below 19 C, rendering this destination comfortable to visit throughout the year. Travel to Coffs Harbour is easily achieved by way of either Brisbane or Sydney, and once your flight has arrived, renting a vehicle is the most convenient way to get to town. But once you’re in Coffs Harbour, don’t forget to go for a walk or bike ride to uncover scenic details at a slower pace.