Coffs Harbour is one of the best destinations in NSW to travel with family and friends. This beachside city is full of attractions, from bushwalking and whale watching to the iconic Big Banana, stunning beaches, a marine sanctuary and many more. We travelled from Sydney and it was around 550 Kms. There are lot of scenic pitstops on the way so do keep time to explore these locations on your way to Coffs Harbour.
- Breakfast at Mooney Mooney beside the Hawkesbury River
- Norah Head lighthouse at Gosford
- Explore the coastal town of Forster
- Embrace nature at Myall Lakes National Park
We kind of spent the entire day travelling and enjoying the road trip. Once we reached Coffs Harbour we checked in to our resort – Breakfree Aanuka Beach Resort. This resort is just by the beach and the villas were cosy. We decided to take rest to start fresh in the morning.
DAY1 – Explore the Scenic Coffs Harbour City
Stop 1 : Diggers Beach
Coffs Harbour has some amazing beaches and Diggers beach is one of them. This is one of the surfing spots within Coffs Harbour. Close to this is also the Little Diggers beach which was just next to our resort. Other famous beaches to explore are Emerald Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Jetty Beach and Moonee beach.
Stop 2 : Sealy Lookout (Forest Sky Pier)
This is a 10 mins drive from Coffs Harbour through the banana plantations. The lookout offers a fascinating view of the entire city and the coastline. There is a covered picnic area with toilets and car parking. You will also get hot coffee. The lookout pier is 15m high and extends 21m. Sealy Lookout is also a NSW gold award-winning tourist attraction. Close to the lookout is Coffs TreeTops – a popular canopy adventure.
Stop 3 : Korora Lookout
Just close to Sealy lookout is the Korora lookout. You will need to park your car near Tree Tops and walk to this lookout. The Gumgali track leading to this lookout showcase the story of the Gumgali, the black goanna. This is a moderate grade walk and is 1.5km return trip, taking approximately 35 minutes total walking time.
Stop 4 : Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Your visit to Coffs Harbour is not complete if you have not visited Muttonbird. Surrounded by the pristine blue water this location has one of the best views in Coffs Harbour. It takes 10 mins (walk) to reach to the foot of the Island. To reach the top there is a steep climb which will take 10-15 mins. You can see the complete Marina from this location. Between May and November, you might see humpback whales on their annual migration.
Stop 5 : Coffs Harbour Jetty
Coffs Harbour Jetty is a great place to go for a stroll, sit and fish, photograph the sunrise, watch the swimmers, seabirds, canoe paddlers and cruising yachts come and go. This is also a great place to witness the sunset behind the mountains. Construction of the jetty started in 1890 and the original length was 1641 feet.
DAY2 – Activities and Attractions in Coffs Harbour
Stop 1 : The BIG Banana – Fun Park
The Big Banana is Australia’s original and most iconic Big Thing. Built-in 1964 this structure is 13m long, 5m tall and 2.4m wide. Waterslides, ice skating, mini-golf & laser tag are offered at this banana-themed amusement park. This is the biggest theme park between Sydney and Gold Coast.
Stop 2 : Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park offers close encounters with Dolphins and Seals and also an opportunity to swim with the dolphins. It shows you how important it is to preserve and protect marine life for the future.
Stop 3 : Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
The tranquil Coffs Harbour Butterfly House is an indoor tropical habitat for around 400 live Australian butterflies and offers visitors the opportunity to “Get Close to Nature” and perhaps have a butterfly land on them.
DAY3 – Drive to Dorrigo
If you like walking trails and enjoy bushwalks you have to visit Dorrigo. Dorrigo is a small town around 60 km from Coffs Harbour.
Stop 1 : Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area offers stunning scenery, multiple walking trails with beautiful waterfalls and picnic area. The Wonga walk is one of the popular ones which is around 6.6 km. The trail includes two secret waterfalls which are just magnificent.
Stop 2 : Dangar Falls
Just 10 mins drive from the park is Dangar waterfalls. Dangar Falls is a beautiful 30m high cascade waterfall on the Bielsdown River in Dorrigo. This is a much larger waterfall compared to the ones in the national park. Don’t forget to keep an extra pair of clothes to take a dip in the refreshing water.
Well, that was our Coffs Harbour trip. Hope this blog helps you build your travel itinerary. If you have any questions put it in the comment section of this blog. Also if you like videos, head to our youtube channel “Travel Advisor” to check our amazing Coffs Harbour journey.
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