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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.


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An excellent all year climate makes Coffs Harbour tourism popular.Coffs Harbour is on the mid north coast of New South Wales and is a subtropical, cosmopolitan place to spend some time. Originally known for its beaches and bananas, Coffs Harbour has grown into a diverse seaside town.

The diverse heritage of the area attracts tourists to the area. Within the district, there are many beautiful places to visit. Places like Sawtell and Scotts Head along the coast, then Dorrigo is further west perched in the mountains. Dorrigo is a town of incredible beauty and the road is lined with Jacaranda trees for miles.


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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.

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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.

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There are lush subtropical rainforests and temperate waters just waiting for you to explore. For outdoor adventure go scuba diving, whale watching, four-wheel driving, bushwalking, surfing and all the other beach activities you can imagine. Even, watch the wildlife on local headlands.

Coffs Harbour is home to Australia 's first ‘big' attraction, The Big Banana, where you can find out all about bananas. It is perched incongruously on the side of the road as you head north up the coast. Visit the Pet Porpoise Pool and interact with these incredible creatures, visit Butterfly House and learn about their beauty, or take a helicopter ride high above the coast and mountains. If speed is the need, then race around the go-kart track or experience the exhilaration of stalking each other at paintball.

For relaxation visit the local markets, and arts and crafts galleries, play golf, enjoy a meal, explore the area by bicycle, take a stroll along the foreshore or go bushwalking through the rainforest.

The harbour is home to many fishing trawlers and yachting is a common pastime for the locals. The local marina is a source of many international and Australian travellers sailing their yachts from place to place. They bring colour and diversity to the area.

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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.

 

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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.

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The beautiful beaches and sweeping coastline of Coffs Harbour makes watersports a popular pastime with locals and tourists alike. Tackle to surf in an ocean kayak, take a kitesurfing lesson or learn to dive in the Solitary Islands – the choice is yours!
Just south of Coffs Harbour lies Bongil Bongil National Park, a diverse natural community comprised of golden beaches, peaceful estuaries and thriving rainforest. Hire a canoe to explore the winding creeks, or check with the ranger station for the list of current guided nature walks and aboriginal tours.

Nothing says “I’m in Australia” like a giant sculpture, and the Big Banana is one of the country’s most famous. Stop in for a photo by the giant fruit, then pop inside to learn about the region’s banana plantations and to sample the local produce.

Do you Segway? Strap on a helmet and go all-terrain on these strangely addictive vehicles. Your guided tour on this custom course will push the limits of your Segway skills!

Jump in these on-road and off-road buggies and follow the leader from Boambee Beach to the bushland, stopping at the sightseeing attractions along the way.

Camel rides? On a beach? It’s true! Soak in the golden sands and pounding surf of Boambee Beach from atop your very own camel! Experienced handlers will ensure you get the most out of your ride on these gentle creatures.

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