Coffs Harbour Off The Beaten Path

  • Looking south from one of the headlands
    Looking south from one of the headlands
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    Rocky path for Sherwood Creek
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    Cascade above a swimming hole
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    Sherwood Creek is more than 9 miles long

    by iandsmith Written Nov 27, 2013

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    There's a place called Sherwood Creek Forest Reserve. Locals know about it and head there for a dip in the crystal clear waters midst the cascading waters.
    Having said that, it's a fair drive from Coffs (about an hour) and you get there by going past Woolgoolga for a few kilometres and then taking the left hand turn on Sherwood Road heading to Glenreagh.
    Dirt road is involved here though it's usually in fairly good condition.
    Sherwood Creek Forest Reserve is situated right on the creek crossing. The only time I went there I trekked up the creek rather than down and found a delightful series of cascades.
    The track, so called, is difficult and not for the unfit or unsure of foot - you have been warned.
    However, it is a rewarding place to visit.

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    Up the creek with a paddle

    by iandsmith Written Oct 16, 2013
    The banksia was in full bloom
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    We'd wanted to do it for some time and finally the day arrived. I pumped up our inflatable canoe and we were off, up the shallow creek called Moonee.
    We hit bottom about three times but overcame all obstacles until we reached the bridge which meant we'd arrived at our embarkation point.
    So off we went with our cameras, expecting a narrow disused and overgrown trail. Imagine our surprise when we found ourselves on a well worn path and, later, a newly mown broad section through the scrubby heathland.
    It was ablaze with wildflowers, something we hadn't expected, but were only too happy to see.
    Eventually we reached the ocean half way along Moonee Beach, paddled around a bit and then retraced our steps. It took about 3 hours all up but was well worth the effort.

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    Dragonfly days

    by iandsmith Written Dec 17, 2012

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    Orange threadtail damselflies are small but pretty
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    I drifted into insect photography; spurred by a lady I met on a hike to Hartz Peak (see my Tasmania pages) which is where I met Raylea. I then was pushed over the edge by coming across colourful dragonflies while I did "the Lap" (around Australia) and I kept coming across them.
    Little did I know when I started that there were over 300 different types of dragonfly/damselfly and that they are called the "jewels of the sky" - with good reason. Seen in the right light at times they dazzle.
    The green eyes of the Tau Emerald literally look like emeralds when the sun is at the right angle; the reds of the fiery and/or rosy skimmers are brilliant on a sunny day while the blue of the ringtail damselfly is a beautiful thing; then the patterns on the wings of a Graphic Flutterer (where on earth did they get that name?) are something to behold. The intricate patterns on the perchers and darters have to be studied to be appreciated. All in all, it's an insect that you should get your camera out for. I hope, after viewing these images, that you agree.

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    Korora Bay

    by iandsmith Written Nov 19, 2012

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    Korora Bay is a little way north of Coffs, just past the Big Banana.
    It's more residential and, if you go down to the end of Korora Bay Road, you'll come to a small parking area with toilets and you can step onto the beach, though it's not a beach you'd want to swim in as the waters can be treacherous. You can head north and reach the next part of the bay which has a larger carpark and a longer beach.
    It's scenic enough though and a pleasant place to take a stroll. The last time I was there the onshore winds made it a tad unpleasant.

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    Aanuka Resort

    by iandsmith Written Nov 6, 2012

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    Aanuka is a pretty famous name among the resorts of Coffs Harbour, kicked off by the Fittler family who had previously ran another well known establishment in Coffs.
    Some of the resorts haven't lasted but this one has, set among rainforest not far from a beach. It has all the usual stuff you'd expect but, why does it rate a mention here you may well ask.
    Well, there are a couple of lovely boardwalks through the rainforest that not many locals are aware of but, fortunately for me, I had a local show me the way and these pictures are the result.
    You can go to the bar out the back, have a sip and then go and do your walk.

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    Walking Moonee Headland to Sapphire

    by iandsmith Written Sep 6, 2012

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    Start of the walk over Moonee Creek
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    Sapphire Beach is on the southern side of Moonee Headland and some locals take the time to go out there, walk to the other end and have some repast at the cafe at Sapphire by the park which is a neat spot if you have kids in tow.
    The walk is a bit of a slog because the sand is soft but, if you get a lovely day like Lorraine and I had, you'll love every minute of it.

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    Deep Creek

    by iandsmith Written Jun 26, 2012

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    Deep Creek comes in from the south of Valla and then exits to the sea. If you're into photography I might suggest this is a good place to spend some time.
    Also, it's surrounded by Valla Beach Reserve which is excellent because, unlike Coffs Harbour, it will preserve the natural frontage to the beach.
    There's a bridge across the creek and that takes you to the northern end of a beach that, if you're feeling frisky and want a long walk, you can go to Nambucca Heads. It's a few kilometres but definitely doable in a day.
    Me, I spent so much time taking pictures around the lagoon I never did get that far.

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    Valla Beach

    by iandsmith Written Jun 26, 2012

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    Looking south from one of the headlands
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    This is a lovely little spot, just north of Nambucca Heads and south of Urunga. There aren't a great deal of facilities here though they include a pub, a cafe, toilets here and there and some picnic spots. That, of course, is why I like it; not so many tourists.
    It has a beach line broken by a couple of small headlands and a creek exit (more about that in the next tip). For surfers it's not all that special though fishermen thoroughly enjoy the variety available here at times.

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    DANGAR FALLS ON THE WATERFALL WAY

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2010

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    Dangar Falls

    This is another pretty fall that you should visit if you drive the Waterfall Way.

    Dangar Falls are located about 2kms from the town of Dorrigo. It is not high, but rather pretty, plunging 30metres over a basalt wall. There hadn't been much rain when I was there, but I have seen a photo of them after rain, and they look spectacular!

    There is an overlook near the car park providing a gorgeous view of the falls and a trail that leads to its base.

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    EBOR WATERFALLS & MORE!

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2010

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    Eboor falls

    If you do not wish to do the whole journey to Armidale, you can easily go to Ebor, and stay the night, there is a Motel there. The town is only small, about 100 people!
    The Ebor Falls are close by. This is where the Guy Fawkes River plunges over the dark basalt rock which was created by the now extinct Ebor Volcano more than 18 million years ago.

    We viewed them from both viewing platforms. It's only a short easy walk that connects the platforms, or you can drive between them. T
    The falls are double tiered and, although they aren’t particularly high, after rain in the catchment area, they are impressive. Not much water going over on our last visit, but still a very pretty Waterfall.

    On the way to Ebor Falls is Cathedral Rock National Park where there are great 360 degree views.

    Point Lookout is 1562 metres above sea level and offers views of the escarpment across the New England National Park and Bellinger Valley, with wheelchair access to the viewing platform. On clear days, you can enjoy ocean views.

    The Eagle’s Nest track leads from Point Lookout past Weeping Rock to Banksia Point. Weeping Rock is a moss-covered cliff face that drips with water, which freezes to icicles in winter.

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    THE WATERFALL WAY

    by balhannah Updated Mar 8, 2010

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    Pretty Ebor falls

    The 191 kilometre Waterfall Way scenic drive begins in Coffs Harbour and finishes in Armidale. This spectacular drive has been voted the third most scenic in Australia
    Once you have done it, you will understand why, as this road encompasses several national parks, waterfalls and gorgeous little villages. Dorrigo National Park is on the northern side of the Waterfall Way, Bellinger River National Park lies to the south.

    I will drive carefully as the road is narrow with numerous sharp corners and steep descents, and in some places only one lane.

    So, how about coming for a VT drive with me?....Just hop in the passenger seat, put the seatbelt on, get the camera out, and off we will go!

    We are heading south along the Pacific Highway from Coffs Harbour until we reach Urunga, here, we turn right and continue through the lush Bellingen Valley to the small village of Bellingen. In a delightful location beside the Bellinger River, this town has quite a few art & craft shops, so we stop here for a walk and a look at the interesting shops. Lucky we are not here in extremely wet weather, as the road gets flooded and unpassable then!

    Leaving the pretty valley behind, the road is climbing up the Great Dividing Range, now we are getting into the waterfalls area, with the Newell and Sherrard Falls being the 1st. They are accessible from the small town of Thora. It's so pretty now, tall gum trees, Cycads and heaps of tall Tree ferns on either side of the road.

    Just before the town of Dorrigo, I take the turn into Dome Road which gives access to Dorrigo National Park. He we stop and do the Skywalk, a timber boardwalk built above the rainforest canopy, with spectacular views across the Dorrigo National Park all the way to the coastline, well worth the detour.
    Another stop is at the pretty Dangar Waterfalls.

    Now we are crossing the New England World Heritage National Park reaching the village of Ebor and the Great Escarpment, where there are rugged rocky cliffs, steep valleys, spectacular waterfalls and World Heritage rainforests stretching for over 100 kilometres.

    A little past Ebor, is Point Lookout. Stopping here, we head to the viewing platforms, great distance views and of the near vertical cliffs.

    Cathedral Rock National park and Wollomombi follow Point Lookout.
    The Wollomombi Falls are one of the highest in Australia. , spectacular when there has been rain, as its a long single fall plunging into the Wollomombi Gorge, sometimes shrouded in mist, unfortunately, no water, so no photo!
    The old gold mining town of Hillgrove and the Baker Creek Falls are the last places we stopped before entering the city of Armidale.

    What a drive this has been, now we need to stay, and have a look at Armidale!

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    Side trip

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    Some of the falls at Yarrum Creek
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    There are a few loops roads around Dorrigo and they take you past some picturesque rural scenery to say the least. Rolling fertile hills (pic 3) with cows grazing (pics 4&5) contentedly make for pleasant viewing at the worst of times and here is no exception.
    These are some shots I took on a short loop road, only about 8kms or so.

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    Russell Crowe Country

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2009

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    Glenreagh (yes, It was this green!)
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    A nice round trip if you have a hire car or are on tour, is to go to Grafton via Karangi, Coramba, Nana Glen & Glenreagh. This is a pretty route, the towns being only small, but the scenery is quite nice. Evidently, Nana Glen has become quite famous, because of Russell Crowe having a farmlet there. There are LOTS & LOTS OF KANGAROO'S to be seen, under the shade of the trees if travelling later in the day. Early morning, and just outside of Grafton, we saw heaps of them beside a persons house, which was on acreage. From Grafton, return to Coffs Harbour via the Pacific Highway.
    We had a very nice Bakery lunch from the Glenreagh Bakery.

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    Woolgoolga "WOOPI"

    by balhannah Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    Guru Nanak Sikh Temple
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    If you want to visit another beach, then take a short 25km drive north to Woolgoolga. Woolgoolga has a lot of Indian people, so if you are after some Indian food, this is the place. A lot of the people are "Sikh's", so there is a lovely Sikh Temple here. You are allowed to have a look inside (I haven't) The other one, that used to be beautiful, has fallen into disrepair. There are lots of nice caravan parks in the area, and other types of accommodation. The beach is not over run with people.
    If You are here at Easter, then you will be able to enjoy the Woolgoolga Curry fest, a celebration of the Indian life, with food, music and dance.
    www.curryfest.com.au

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    Hosting The Duyfken.

    by unravelau Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    The Duyfken
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    Coffs Harbour is always happy to welcome visitors from elsewhere and while all are treated with great respect and open arms, The Duyfken, in port for a few days was given a right royal welcome last week. (Oct 2006).

    You might wonder why a replica of an old seafaring ship deserved such a fuss, but when you read the story it will all become clear. The link below will take you to the official replica building site and the link on my Coffs Harbour introduction page will fill in some more of the history.

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