Discover Coffs Coast

Bellinger RiverFrom the rainforest escarpments of Dorrigo to the golden beaches stretching south of Urunga, and to Red Rock and the stunning Solitary Islands in the north, the Coffs Coast region combines natural beauty with a temperate climate.

How you discover and enjoy this diverse region is entirely up to you. Take a tour along the coast for maritime scenery and seaside towns, head inland to explore the quiet country lanes, farm-fields and historic villages or stay put with your feet up for some pampering, rest and relaxation.

Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour sits in a unique position where the Great Dividing Range descends from the inland plateau to meet the Australian East Coast. Offshore are the Solitary Islands, where the warm tropical currents meet the temperate waters from the south. In-between the forested hills and sparkling blue waters lies the sub-tropical city of Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Harbour MarinaThere’s plenty to do here - bushwalking, four-wheel driving, scuba diving, surf rafting, whale watching, fishing, swimming, surfing and beach activities. Discover a world of bananas at The Big Banana, be kissed by seals at the Pet Porpoise Pool, learn about the lifecycle of the butterflies at the Butterfly House, take a helicopter joy flight or try go-karting. Browse local art galleries and hinterland markets, enjoy boutique shopping and cosmopolitan-style dining, take a stroll along a foreshore or coastal boardwalk or play a round of golf.

Exploring the Towns & Valleys
For a taste of country life, Orara Valley offers peaceful drives along country roads and back lanes to the rural communities of Upper Orara, Coramba, Lowanna, Ulong and Nana Glen. You can visit country pubs and traditional general stores, browse the arts and crafts studios, then relax at one of the quaint and comfortable farm stays or B&Bs.

Sawtell CafesThe seaside village of Sawtell makes a lovely stop, its colourful garden and huge shady Morton Bay fig trees dividing the main street. Under the shopfront awnings, either side of First Avenue, are some great cafés and restaurants. You can visit the renovated 1930's First Avenue Cinema, browse the local gallery, shop in boutique stores, watch the ocean from Bonville Headland, take a swim at Sawtell Beach or explore Bongil Bongil National Park.

When you see the dazzling white domes of a Sikh Temple, you know you’re in Woolgoolga, 25km north of Coffs Harbour. The Indian architecture and cuisine offered by the sizeable Sikh community adds interest to this small seaside town, which forms one of Australia’s unique multicultural communities. Woolgoolga Headland has some of the best coastal views in NSW, where beaches and headlands stretch north and south to the horizon. 

Waterways, farm fields and beaches surround Urunga where the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers join the sea. Take a walk on the boardwalk, enjoy the ocean and river watersports, or stop in at the Ocean View Hotel overlooking the rivers for a hearty pub meal.

View of Coffs Harbour & Marina from Muttonbird IslandIf you enjoy a scenic drive, then Waterfall Way has been voted among the top three scenic drives in Australia. Situated in Coffs Coast’s hinterland, it runs alongside the Bellinger River stretching from the Pacific Highway towards Armidale and the New England Highway. This stunning scenic drive takes in mountain vistas, lookouts, flowing waterfalls and National Parks.

In picturesque Bellingen, pubs, shops, general stores and gnarled, leafy trees line the main street, capturing a turn of the century village charm. The town is dotted with art galleries and studios, designer boutiques, cafés and award-winning restaurants.

Dorrigo sits high on the edge of the Great Diving Range escarpment, 1000m above the sea. On the east side of the town, the plateau drops away into Dorrigo National Park's World Heritage rainforests. In the town, the pub, bakery and country stores hark back to a more traditional era of rural Australia.

Parks and Reserves
Coffs Coast is graced with more than 20 national parks, state forests, nature reserves and a marine park. The World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park is the region’s gem, attracting visitors from all around the world. Perched on the edge of the Great Escarpment, just 2km east of Dorrigo off the Waterfall Way, the park offers spectacular lookouts, lush rainforest and world-class visitor facilities.
 
Coffs Coast Regional ParkPoint Lookout, in New England National Park, also makes an excellent day trip from Coffs Coast, especially on those hot summer days. At more than1500m above sea level, it’s often refreshingly cool and the magical Antarctic Beech rainforest offers a shady respite from the sun.

The beautiful Solitary Islands Marine Park protects islands, shores, reefs, beaches and estuaries along a 75km stretch of coast from Coffs Harbour northward to Sandon River. Here, a spectrum of marine species, whose common habitat is normally thousands of kilometres apart, exists side by side.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, accessed from Coffs Harbour International Marina, offers a good viewing point of the coast and a close-up glimpse of one of Australia’s most interesting migratory birds, the Wedge-tailed Shearwater (or Muttonbird). At the eastern end of the island is a viewing platform which provides an uninterrupted view of Solitary Islands Marine Park and a great spot for whale watching (May-October).

Accommodation
Look At Me Now HeadlandThe choice is yours when it comes to accommodation on Coffs Coast – from pampering four star resorts (many with kids clubs), comfortable hotels, motels and self-contained units, to secluded cottages, romantic B&Bs, caravan parks and backpackers.

Useful Information
Order your free copy of Jasons Northern New South Wales Accommodation Directory, or choose from Jasons full range of Australian maps and guides.
Coffs Coast - www.coffscoast.com.au 
Coffs Harbour Accommodation 
North Coast NSW Travel GuideNorthern New South Wales Accommodation Directory
North Coast NSW Accommodation 
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Thanks to Coffs Coast Marketing for supplying the editorial and photographs