There's a few choices around Coffs. Bonville is the most expensive (by far) while Coffs is a 27 hole affair and the most popular.
Sawtell is quite a good course also, a little cheaper than the other two.
The most relaxed is Safety Beach where I often play. It's the cheapest and not the best of courses but it is challenging. If you want to see wallabies then this is a must-see venue - theyre everywhere!
Surfing is one of the most popular activities in Coffs Harbour and it has a very active surf club and life saving facilities.
You would be advised to learn the how to's around the surf and always bathe between the flags on a patrolled beach.
Equipment: Of course you need swimming outfit, a towel, 30 plus bockout, shirt, hat, umbrella and you are just about ready. Knowing how to surf would be a handy skill to learn if you come from a country where the water doesn't wave (like some beaches in Italy). Learning how to recognise dumpers and rips might be handy.
If you go to a beach and discover that the flags are crossed....do not go in the water.
Coffs marina has limited berths but there's still quite a few yachts here. It's often used for people sailing between southern ports and the more warmer northern climates.
Equipment: When you're travelling across the bars in Australia, the law says you must wear a life jacket. It's surprising how many careless people have died ignoring this piece of advice.
Fishing out off Arrawarra beach is a fairly popular activity. Fortunately for me I know a local and have occasional access to his boat. Having said that there are charters out of Coffs Harbour itself (enquire at the marina) so there's always a chance of getting offshore and wetting a line.
If you are in the Arrawarra area it's fairly easy, if you're sociable, to find someone who's got a boat and is looking for someone to take out. The natives are friendly in this area.
In pic one you can see my friend John pulling his boat out of the water, pic two shows us out fishing and three shows what you might catch out there.
Equipment: For most charters everything is supplied so it's just a matter of bringing yourself. A word of warning though, always take some waterproof warm clothing, just in case.
Coffs Harbour pool is of Olympic Standard and schools for miles around all congregate for combined competitions here.
Something that I find really interesting are the mosaics that decorate the outside walls. Just amazing.
Equipment: They have all of the equipment that you would expect to find.
We have pretty strict regulations in Australia relative to the type and size of the fish that we may keep having caught them. The other morning and in the space of a minute I guess, this young man started reeling in his catch, agreed to allow me to photograph and with smooth movement brought his catch ashore, and immediately (seeing its size and type), flicked it back to grow a little more.
Equipment: He was fishing off the north wall of the Coffs Harbour Jetty area not far from where a few days before, a small aircraft lost part of its undercarriage on its approach to the airport. Landed that safely too, by the way.
I don't know how you would go about getting a casual game when you come to Coffs Harbour.......I will find out, however it is quite a good sport to watch if you prefer. I would prefer to play but it would be too fast for me now -- my adult offspring say Tai chi is definitely my sport now LOL.
The ice-skating rink is reasonably new to Coffs although when my family was young there was a roller skating rink here........... I now have the pleasure of watching the eldest three of my grand-daughters learn ice-skating helped by my daughter................ they just love it.
Equipment: All of the equipment is available there but if you are an observer, like me, I suggest a cardigan at least even in summer. It gets cold just watching.
Children's playgrounds here are not much different to those in Italy I discovered. Some of ours offer a little bit of protection from the sun now-a-days, in the form of sails.
Equipment: You either need a child to enjoy this or a childlike nature.................whatever, give it a go.
I don't go fishing myself but Coffs Harbour in the past may have been called a fishing village. Now that it is a city though, fishing is still something that happens a lot here. Many fish from the shore, either ocean or river, some go to sea and yet others choose to fish from the rocks or while diving. Many varieties of fish are caught here and there is quite a traffic in deep sea tuna (big business). There is a fishing club and a co-operative. I personally like the pelicans technique myself.............they wait until the fishing boats are returning and they settle alongside and wait patiently.
Equipment: Not being a fisherperson means that I am not up on what kind of equipment that you might bring with you when you come. I would think that it very much depends upon the type of fishing you hope to do and the kinds of fish you would like to catch. Having said all of that unhelpful stuff, I am sure that you would be able to get, buy or hire whatever you required while you are here.
One family member has a catamaran and just loves being on the water. There's a general interest in water sports in Coffs Harbour and of course there is the annual Sydney to Coffs race that runs near the Sydney to Hobart time.
Ice Skating is fairly new for Coffs Harbour, but roller skating had been popular in the past.
Equipment: Can be equipped at the rink.