South of Coffs and in between Scotts Head and Stuarts Point lies a wonderful area called Yarrahappini. Now locked up as a National Park it has some wonderful rainforest and expansive views over the hinterland. This is the road to Yarrahappini and it shows the southernmost extent of bananas, Any further south and they're not profitable. Not only that, they don't grow very well either!
The lush vegetation of the area always makes for a pleasant detour off the highway. It's a loop road and only adds a couple of kilometres to your journey but the scenery makes it worthwhile.
Time and tide.................
If you don't know what the time is or when the next tide will be high, all you need to do is go to the Jetty foreshores, and walk along until you come to this handy little gadget. Once you have figured it all out then you can make your decision to swim, fish, eat or have an afternoon siesta on the grass.
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Sit under the sails in fine weather.
Great place for a cup of coffee or tea from 7am in the morning, with or without breakfast. Snacks and full lunches, and then for a full menu upstairs in the evenings. Just recently they have made coffee and breakfast available upstairs on the glassed in deck or the restaurant. Recently the Tide and Pilot has been taken over by the Fisherman's co-op so there have been a few changes made but they serve the same fresh food and Lavazza coffee is still flowing.
Coffs Harbour Marina & Harbour
The harbour is the port for the fishing fleet and other commercial marine activity. The marina has many recreational and commercial boats, many catering for tourism with fishing and whale watching charters departing daily.
You know, when you are backpacking throughout Australia, you always hear of places you 'must go' and things you 'must do'. Id never heard of Coffs Harbour until I met a guy in Sydney that had been living there off and on for 5 years. To be blunt, I was completely blown away. It was, as it said it was, the 'most liveable place in the world'. Everything about it was just great. You can fish, scuba, surf, be a beach bum, shop, go to a rainforest 5 minutes away... I could go on, but this is a place that has to be seen.