Coffs Harbour Travel Guide

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    Looking south from one of the headlands
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    Looking to Coffs Harbour
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Coffs Harbour Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great climate, nature, food, activities & people 

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     Don't know of any 

  • In a nutshell
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     Most wonderful place for a holiday and lovely to live here.. 

Coffs Harbour Things to Do

  • BONVILLE HEADLAND - SAWTELL

    Sawtell is located approx. 11kms from Coffs Harbour. It is worth the short drive as this area is quite pretty. I really enjoy it here, especially the coastline.We went to the Bonville Headland, which is the start or finish of the Solitary Islands Coastal walk. This is a 60km coastal walk to our next destination of Red Rock.It can be made as short...

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  • "FISH WATCHING"

    Make your way to the Coffs Harbour Marina & Jetty, and walk along the boardwalks over the sea. The water is very clear, and here you will see lots of different fish. If you have some bread crumbs, then, you will have a lot more fish to admire.Entertaining for children and Adults, and its FREE!Update Nov 2013.... Came loaded with bread to feed the...

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  • Korora Lookout

    This is a half hour return walk, The entry point is just a couple of hundred metres short of the ever popular Sealy Lookout and offer expansive views over the north coastline that aren't visible from Sealy.They've recently installed a comfortable seat and benches up there so you can relax for a while.

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Coffs Harbour Restaurants

  • My favourite steak sandwich + chips

    As often happens this little shop changed management and is not a favourite of mine any more unfortunately.I get steak sandwiches and hamburgers now from a fish and chip shop in the laneway off Orlando street and they are something to write home about. Next door but a playing field from the porpoise pool.They are always full of customers but their...

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  • Food by the sea

    It's one thing to have a location for your restaurant, it's entirely another to have a menu and service to match. This place has both. I really can't recall what I have eaten here except for one of the fish dishes. Whatever I've ever eaten has been very good and the staff are service oriented, something you don't necessarily get at other seaside...

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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...

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Coffs Harbour Nightlife

  • Clubbing is big in Coffs

    Coffs Harbour's ex Services Club is usually the all in one destination for weekend night fun. Take last Friday for instance (6th Oct 2006). I met up withTiabunna (aka George) and his wife Pauline at the Club for a chat and a meal. Little did we know [this is what happens when you (meaning me) doesn't keep abreast of things] but Leo Sayer was also...

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  • Coffs Ex Services Club

    Throughout NSW, you will find licensed clubs run by community groups, such as the Ex-Services Clubs and Bowling Clubs. If you are a traveller, they are an excellent choice for good inexpensive meals, a pleasant drink, and a chance to meet locals. For those interested, they also have gaming rooms with poker machines. You do need to be a bona-fide...

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  • MATURE CLUBBING

    our dear friend Carole VT member unravelau brought us here for an evening out, it is a lovely club and the facilities are excellentwe had supper in the Bunkers Bistro where huge portions are really inexpensive and very good, then we had the choice of putting our holiday spending money into the gaming machines or `pokies` as they are called in...

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Coffs Harbour Transportation

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    You can wheel right up to the jetty and onto it.

    by unravelau Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Coffs Harbour would be among a number of cities in Australia that can boast about their record for having venues accessible and creating new opportunities all of the time. Just recently I noticed an add promoting sailing for people with disability and I thought 'good on ya Coffs'. We have come a long way from the one picture theatre that we used to have here that was only able to be accessed if a friend lifted a person and their wheelchair in.

    Most of the popular venues in Coffs Harbour are totally accessible.

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Coffs Harbour Shopping

  • The Jetty Shopping Centre

    The shopping complex is one of the three major shopping areas in Coffs Harbour. The Jetty Village has a number of service shops i.e. laundry, chemist, internet access, craft, cake, general store and a number of restaurants. It is a popular area for breakfasts, lunches and dinners because of its proximity to the beach and the festive atmosphere. It...

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  • Discrimination at Harvey Norman's Coffs...

    My younger brother is a certified electrical genius, who just also happens to have an intellectual disability. Part of his disability is obsessive compulsiveness, and almost all of his energy is channeled towards purchasing various electrical components, especially computer parts. On Saturday 6th March 2011 he was browsing the electronics section...

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  • BEAUTIFUL THINGS

    Such a wonderful shop ! full of beautiful things and with displays and information on opals and other gemstones and minerals we spent a happy hour here browsing and chatting to the friendly assistantthere was no pressure to buy anything, but we got great advice on the different stones available and the prices were very reasonable, so when...

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Coffs Harbour Local Customs

  • MURALS ON BONVILLE HEADLAND TOILETS

    How nice was it to see the Council Public Toilets at Bonville Headland painted with a sealife Mural. They look so much better!I loved the extremely well done painting of a Turtle. There was a beach scene with an Eagle and then lots of different marine life, including Dolphins.At the end of Boronia street, Sawtell.

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  • If we can do something in a different...

    Take this pot shop for instance. The owners wanted to get our attention so they thought up this way of drawing out a laugh or a ha ha of recognition.I have just noticed that this shop has disappeared but the clever type name lingers on in not one but two shops called 2 cute 4 kids. Photos coming.One is in Harbour Drive and the other at Park Beach...

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  • Winter Solstice for anyone?

    I attended this celebration (shortest daylight longest night) at a school function last night (22/6/07) and found it quite an experience so if you are around here next year......put it in your things to do.It was cold.....very cold.....everyone was rugged up and these beautiful child made lanterns hang along all of the verandas and made circling...

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Coffs Harbour Warnings and Dangers

  • Reading a map

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • It smells!

    Well....ok... no one forced me... but it was just one of those things that I couldn't say no to. But the seals do smell a bit and watch out so they don't nibble on you!

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  • Don't get nipped by a duck

    This is hardly a serious danger however you might get a bit of a fright if you are unaware. Have you ever noticed what good parents wild ducks are? I was closely watching two families just recently. One was at the local gardens and the other at the Community Village (where most of the U3A classes are held). At least 8 ducklings were involved in...

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Coffs Harbour Tourist Traps

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    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2009

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    DO NOT take this road unless you have a 4wd. It is very rough, and once on it, there isn't anywhere to turn around. Worse, when you reach the top of the Mountain, the views are little, not worth the back breaking car ride.

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Coffs Harbour What to Pack

  • Bring your own bananas

    Yes, sad but true, we are short on bananas this year due to cyclonic conditions that ruined thousands of banana trees. So it might be helpful to pack your own this year, where-ever you can get a good bargain. It is mostly warm here, even in winter you would rarely need an overcoat. Maybe one all weather one would be useful and maybe a warm jumper...

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  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook. * Hiking boots;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket. * Lip balm;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. None ... :-)

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Coffs Harbour Off The Beaten Path

  • Sherwood Creek is more than 9 miles long

    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...

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  • Up the creek with a paddle

    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...

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  • Dragonfly days

    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...

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Coffs Harbour Sports & Outdoors

  • Many choices for golf

    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...

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  • Learn how to surf

    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. Of course you need swimming outfit, a towel, 30 plus bockout, shirt, hat, umbrella and you are just about...

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  • Still on the ocean waves

    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. 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.

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Coffs Harbour Favorites

  • Dorrigo

    I have many detailed pages under the heading "Dorrigo" but thought I'd include a few pics here.It takes over an hour to climb the range but it makes for a wonderful day out. The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is what most people aim for and here there are some lovely easy forest walks, from 10 minutes to half a day. There's lots of helpful information...

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  • Half way there

    The map was as confusing as it was illuminating. The main road up from Coffs Harbour was a barely discernible stub in washed out colour so it took me some time to actually realise where I was; there being no “you are here” signage on the poster board.Eventually I figured I should head down to the Bucca Creek Picnic Area, park the motorhome, and...

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  • Solitary Islands Coastal Walk

    There's "new" attraction in the area; as you probably gathered from the title, it's called the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. Most of the tracks, either time worn by bushwalkers or locals, were already in place. However, some have been upgraded with boardwalks, those near the city area spring readily to mind. The walk goes from Bonville to Red...

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