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Guide to Coffs Harbour
Guide to Coffs Harbour

Interesting places and facts about the city Coffs Harbour in Australia

Coffs Harbour is a coastal Australian city in New South Wales, surrounded by green national parks. The mild climate and favorable location made the city one of the largest urban centers in the North Coast area with estimated population of 69,000. The city is located close to the unique national parks, including the Solitary Islands Marine National Park, a popular local destination. Every tourist can reach the beachside city by roads, planes, trains, and buses from Brisbane and Sydney located just 240 and 340 miles respectively. Travelers from all over the world come here to enjoy perfect beaches, different kinds of water activities as well as adventure sports like skydiving, surfing, scuba diving and even interacting with sea animals.

Entertainment and attractions

The wonderful Australian tourist destination is a great place to look more closely at the exotic marine creatures such as dolphins, turtles, sharks or huge whales in Marine Park with its picturesque estuaries and headlands. Visiting Solitary Islands Aquarium, Butterfly House or exploring the local underwater world during whale migrations are among the most exciting activities you can experience in Coffs Harbour this weekend. The Big Banana is the main city attraction and a symbol of Coffs Harbour. Once developed banana industry was of great importance for the economy of the city that has humid subtropical climate. Besides the famous Solitary Islands Marine National Park you can visit one of numerous local parks and unique Australian reserves including Bellinger River National Park, Cascade National Park, Dorrigo National Park, Hayden Dent Nature Reserve or Nymboi-Binderay National Park.
The well developed tourist industry in the region made Coffs Harbour a perfect family holiday destination. Besides the legendary Big Banana, one of the original Big Things of Australia and a whole Big Banana Complex with its banana cakes, bread and souvenirs, you can take your children or parents to the Dolphin Marine Magic located on the Orlando Street. Look closely at the trained dolphins and seals, which every day provide travelers with exciting shows, and even communicate with visitors at extra 14-30 USD. Mutton-bird Island located near offers tourists and their families amazing 20-minute walks. Nesting migratory birds fill the island in November and lay eggs, which hatch in summer. The eastern side of the peninsula is a unique viewing platform where you can admire the sea and whales visiting these shores at some parts of the year. You can also enjoy swimming and surfing at sunny Coff’s beaches including the most popular among surfboarders Park Beach.
Scuba diving is a very popular underwater activity in Coffs Harbour. If you have some free time and a good mood, go to the Solitary Islands located off the coast of the city. A day trip including 2 dives will cost about 100 USD with equipment rent for 30 USD. The night dives for thrill-seekers are also carried out here. Dolphin & whale watching cruises, Spirit cruises and exciting helicopter flights over Coffs Harbour with its scenic rainforest and uncrowded beaches can become an excellent alternative to diving or surfing. Shopping in the main Coffs' shopping malls such as giant Park Beach Plaza, Jetty Village Shopping Centre, Moonee Marketplace or Coffs Central located right in the CDB is also a pure entertainment. Be sure to explore the Jetta area to choose one of the numerous local eateries including popular Café Aqua, Scoffs Restaurants, Park Beach Bowling Club or Foreshores.

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