Coffs Harbour is located in New South Wales Australia between Sydney and Brisbane.
Coffs Harbour tourism is well developed with many activities including surfing, whale watching and visits to icons such as the Big Banana. Inland from Coffs Harbour is a rich agricultural area and the World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park. Offshore are the solitary islands for hiking and diving.
Coffs Harbour and its subtropical weather has been described by the CSIRO and by the UN as the most liveable in Australia. In 2002, Coffs Harbour actually won "The Most Liveable City in the World" award and the reason for its climate is the proximity of the great dividing range to the coast - giving a stunning mountain backdrop to the many kilometres of unspoilt beaches.
And because of this the region experiences two distinct seasons with a wet season from January to April and a normally dry winter. During summer, from December to March, easterly winds prevent extreme heat with average maximum temperatures ranging from 19C in winter to 27C in Summer. The average minimum temperatures range from 7C in winter to 19C in summer. read more about the weather in Coffs Harbour.
When most Australians think Coffs Harbour, the local contingent of our national obsession with oversized attractions springs to mind – the Big Banana. There is much more to this part of the northern New South Wales coast however, than overly large pieces of fruit. When you visit Coffs Harbour, you had better be ready to explore the area and enjoy an active vacation out in the sub tropical sunshine.
Start your day with a Coffs Harbour sea kayaking tour enjoying a laid back paddle from Charlesworth Bay to Diggers Beach. The morning tours start at 8am when you meet for a healthy and delicious beach breakfast. Out on the sea kayaks you will most often be greeted by some of the plentiful marine life that includes turtles, fish, manta rays and dolphins. In the right season you may even be lucky enough to spot some migrating whales further out to sea. This tour is appropriate for all experience levels and is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
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For a dolphin experience up close and personal, head to Dolphin Marine Magic after your kayak tour. This multi award winning attraction provides an educational and interactive encounter with marine life that includes dolphins, seals, penguins and fish. Children over six through to adults can book a dolphin encounter where you get to tickle and play with a dolphin swimming and interacting with them – a truly magical experience.
he Bongil Bongil National Park deserves to be visited, if only for its marvellously melodic name. The park is only 10 kilometres from town and features pristine beaches and mangrove estuaries and littoral rainforest. There are various ways to discover the park and explore its many bushwalking trails. After a busy morning, you are going to pack a picnic and strap it onto the back of your bike to explore the Hogbin Drive Cycleway. There are several locations around town where you can hire cycles. The cycleway begins at the Coffs Harbour Jetty and ends in Sawtell.
Local accommodation is diverse - from cozy bed and breakfasts on the coast or in the rainforest, to beachfront resorts that cater to all your needs. Maybe a beach house is more your style or there are the self-contained apartments, youth hostels, motels, hotels or a cabin in an oceanside camping ground.
Coffs Harbour caters to everyone's styles and needs - whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Coffs Harbour gives the traveller choices.
Relax on one of the many Coffs Harbour beaches. For the more active Coffs Harbour has a number of adventures including white water rafting on the Nymboida river or perhaps sea kayaking where you might well be up close to whales and dolphins. Bellingen and Nambucca are the big regional centers close by.
Spend the afternoon rafting gently down the Nymboida River as one of Australia’s most fascinating mammals, the platypus, floats alongside.
One of the Coffs Harbour tours is to Dorrigo which provides the perfect base for touring the surrounding rainforest and national park. Sign up for the Dorrigo Freefall, a fast, downhill mountain bike ride down a sealed trail – follow your guide as you speed down Waterfall Way. Venture out onto the Dorrigo Skywalk, with its platform towering 70m above the rainforest below. Try out the local charm with a farm stay, and fishing enthusiasts can tour the trout hatchery then try their luck catching them in the region’s well stocked ponds and rivers.