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Why visit Coffs Harbour
With lush forests, majestic mountain ranges, and pristine beaches, Coffs Harbour is a natural wonderland. An eco-friendly city determined to protect its wild and marine life; this destination is revered by nature-lovers all over the world.
Best time to visit Coffs Harbour
The best time to visit Coffs Harbour is over Australia's spring/summer period (September to February). Temperatures start to heat up after winter, with the wettest period coming in from February to March. Keep in mind that summer holidays is peak travel time to Coffs Harbour so going in spring may save you from crowds and increased rates.
Getting around Coffs Harbour
The best way of getting around Coffs Harbour without a car is by bus. There are regular daily bus services operating throughout the region with bus tours available to take you to nearby attractions.
What to do in Coffs Harbour
Humpback whales retreat to Coffs Harbour during the months of May to November and have thrilled tourists for generations. A tranquil and relaxing getaway, Coffs Harbour offers more than the famous Big Banana (although it's definitely worth a visit!). Visit the resort capital of NSW to swim under waterfalls, kayak through the creeks, and watch for turtles from Muttonbird Island. Check out a 100-kilometer view from Forest Sky Pier and visit the butterflies at the Butterfly House, where you'll be surrounded by more than four hundred colourful insects.
Free things to do in Coffs Harbour
Whale watching There are many vantage points in Coffs Harbour from which to watch whales. This is a great way for those who get seasick, or those on a budget, to see whales from land without the hassle and expense of getting on a boat. Whale watching season is from May to November. The best vantage points are Look at Me Now Headland (where you might also see a kangaroo or two!), the Woolgoolga and Arrawarra Headland as well as the Southern Breakwall and Bonville Headland in Sawtell. Pack a picnic to make the most of it. Go for a dip Being a coastal town, there are many beaches to visit when you come to Coffs Harbour. Jetty Beach is popular among locals and tourists alike. This beach is family friendly and offers a strip of restaurants along the back streets of the beach. There's no shortage of beaches to choose from, just make sure to bring your sunscreen.
Fun things to do in Coffs Harbour
The Big Banana The Big Banana is an icon in Coffs Harbour and well worth the visit for a quintessential instagram snap. Of course it's more than just a big banana. There's an adjoining fun park which is great for little and big kids, as well as an adjoining cafe. Stop in for a chocolate coated banana. Look at cartoons in an old WWII bunker This unique cartoon gallery is partially located in a genuine underground bunker from World War II. There's a large selection of Australian cartoons, leaning to the political and current events. You can also attend movie nights, workshops, live performances, and more. This gallery will pleasantly surprise you.
Eat & drink Coffs Harbour
For a more casual dining feel by the water, head to Old John's for your morning brekky and coffee. Located on the jetty strip, this cafe is quintessential Coffs Harbour. Or for a more hearty lunch, visit White Salt for some wallet friendly fish and chips. Maintaining the waterside feel, almost every table at Surf Club Restaurant & Bar scores a view of the ocean. If you visit this charming restaurant over whale watching season you may even get to see some whales alongside your meal!
Where to stay in Coffs Harbour
With an abundance of excursions just outside Coffs, you'll need a reliable and comfortable home base. Accor's Coffs Harbour accommodation are designed to keep you feeling comfortable and rested, even after a busy day on your feet. Whether a luxurious beach resort or a budget-friendly hotel, Coffs Harbour hotels will provide everything you need for a relaxing, nurturing retreat.