Planning your next Aussie Surf Holiday?
So, here are 5 very good reasons why you should put Coffs Harbour – NSW at the top of your list!
1. THE BEACHES
Due to dozens of beautiful beaches and excellent surf, Coffs Harbour is a great destination for a beach holiday and memorable adventures. Consequently, relaxing on soft sand and enjoying breathtaking views is a real treat! Delight in beach-side picnics and barbecues, and have fun swimming, surfing or beach fishing.
UNCROWDED WAVES – Coffs Harbour is renowned for its long, golden surfing beaches. With literally dozens of beaches in the Coffs Coast region, it is very rare to experience crowds. It is common to have the beach to yourself, and also perhaps your surf break! Even the most popular surfing locations, such as Sawtell and Arrawarra, are uncrowded when compared to other breaks.
- CLEAN – Pollution is virtually unheard of in the Coffs Coast region. Locals take great pride in their beaches. Coffs Harbour Council prioritizes cleanliness and maintenance of public areas and waterways – http://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au.
- THE WAVES – There are plenty of left and right-hand point breaks, and fun sandy-bottom open beach breaks. Many beaches have viewing platforms where you can check the surf.
- SUITS ALL LEVELS OF SURFER – Whether you are an absolute beginner or have been carving up waves for years, the Coffs Coast will have surf that’s right for you. Have a chat with the locals to find the most suitable surf spots for your ability.
Better still, book a Luxury Surf, Sights & Stay Holiday Tour, with Coffs Coast Surf Tours, and have them take care of you.
- WATERWAYS – There are many beautiful creeks and rivers in the Coffs Coast region. You can ride a kayak or go stand-up paddleboarding around these pristine waterways. Perhaps bring your fishing rod and try your luck catching some dinner. Coffs Harbour is also a great place for motor boats and yachts, with its protected harbour and many launching areas.
2. THE CLIMATE
- SUB-TROPICAL CLIMATE – Nowhere else in Australia does the sub-alpine, sub-tropical and sub-marine environments all co-exist in the one place quite like it does on the Coffs Coast. This means that you can be snorkeling or sailing in the morning and rafting on the Nymboida River through deep granite gorges in the afternoon.
The Great Dividing Range’s mountainous land-form runs just west of Coffs Harbour region. Warm, moist air gets blown from the ocean westwards toward the mountain range. This forces the air to rise rapidly, where it condenses creating clouds and rain. The high rainfall is what makes the valley regions between the coast and mountains so lush and green, and creates the sub-tropical climate.
The town of Dorrigo is located on the New England Plateau at the top of the range, and is home to spectacular World Heritage Gondwana Sub-Tropical Rain-forest. Dorrigo National Park is well worth a visit with its amazing lookouts, waterfalls and rain-forest walks.
- THE SEASONS – Coffs Coast offers a sub tropical year round climate with temperatures ranging from 16-24oC. This means that any month throughout the year is a great time to visit the region. Onshore ocean breezes keep the coast cool over summer and just one hour inland is the mountain escarpment of the Great Dividing range, so winters are warmer than inland regions.
For trip planning, take a look at the following seasons.
The busiest time of the year on Coffs Coast for families with Christmas holidays in December and school holidays in January. Make sure you book ahead and have your accommodation locked in for the peak season in the first two weeks of the New Year. For couples or those looking to relax in peace and quiet, aim to visit in February after the rush of the busy season. Days will be hot and sunny with some humidity so make sure you bring your sunscreen. Sometimes afternoon showers are on hand to cool things down into the evening. The average temperature over summer is 19-24 degrees
As the leaves change colour and start to fall, so too does the rain. Leading up to Easter you might find more showers during the day especially in the month of March. This is what keeps the countryside so lush and green.
A beautiful time of the year to visit when the ocean waters are crystal clear and the skies are stunningly blue. It is the best time of the year for whale watching (May to November). Swimming and surfing are still popular activities, however, you may prefer a wetsuit if you intend to stay in the water for longer periods. Cooler nights mean that you will need to bring something warm. School holidays in July mean that it gets busy in parts.
Since September is the driest month of the year on Coffs Coast with an average of 62mm of rainfall, it is a favourite. It is also a season jam-packed full of outdoor events. You can enjoy food festivals, sporting events, national and international competing events, and cultural celebrations. Spring is a lovely time to visit as everything is in flower and the wildlife thrive.
3. THE REGION
National Parks & Marine Parks
- NATIONAL PARKS – There are 22 National Parks and Nature Reserves in the Coffs Coast region, spanning from the mountains to the ocean. Take walks and hikes, join a tour with a National Park Ranger, swim or paddle the creeks and rivers, or simply sit and enjoy being a part of nature. Check out this link for more details: National Parks – Coffs Coast
- MARINE PARK – The Solitary Islands Marine Park is the third largest marine protected area in New South Wales. It covers a total area of 71,000 hectares and extends along 75 kilometres of coast, from Coffs Harbour north to the Sanden River mouth.
A window into the unique marine environment of the Coffs Coast awaits you at the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Discover what makes the Coffs Coast so special through their series of aquariums, guided tours and visual displays. Dive in without getting wet and see animals that call the Coffs Coast home, including colourful clown-fish darting amongst the waving tentacles of sea anemone, crayfish and sea urchins slowly cruising over rocks and ledges, the beautiful, but poisonous lion fish gracefully looking for its next meal, and brilliantly coloured angelfish, tangs and butterfly fish gliding over iridescent corals.
Located at the National Marine Science Centre next to the Novotel Resort complex and open every Saturday and Sunday and every day during the NSW school holidays from 10am to 4pm, a visit to the Aquarium will be a memorable and enriching experience for all ages.
- COASTAL WALKS – Solitary Islands Coastal Walk traverses 60km of beaches and rain-forest on the Coffs Coast. Enjoy whale watching, bird watching and swimming on your journey from Red Rock to the coastal village of Sawtell. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful walk on the east coast of NSW. The Solitary Islands coastal walk links a string of idyllic golden beaches, rocky headlands and lush rain-forest along the Coffs Coast.
Make your way through Coffs Coast Regional Park, Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve before winding up at Sawtell, near Bongil Bongil National Park. Solitary Islands and Muttonbird Island are picturesque and make for perfect bird watching, so bring your binoculars; little terns and white bellied eagles are often seen along the shores. Dolphins surf the waves of these beaches all year round and the headlands are ideal for whale watching.
There are plenty of options for picnicking, swimming and water sports. And with loads of nearby cafes and accommodation to suit any budget, you’ll want to keep coming back to discover all the charms of this beautiful walking track.
If you’re feeling energetic, pack your backpack and do the whole walk and camp over four days. Or why not stroll along the coastal walk in shorter sections, accessed from Arrawarra Headland, Woolgoolga Beach and Headland, Emerald Beach, Diggers Beach, and nearby Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Local Walking Tracks
4. THE PEOPLE
- COUNTRY TOWN ATMOSPHERE – Coffs Harbour, despite being a city, still has a ‘country-town atmosphere’. You’ll find down-to-earth, friendly people who will nod “G’day” as you walk down the street.
- TOURISM – The Coffs Coast is a well-known Australian tourist destination. Make sure you check out the iconic “Big Banana”, the Jetty Strip, Mutton Bird Island, the Urunga Boardwalk and Dorrigo National Park. There’s so much more than just great surfing here!
Looking for some local travel information or need to plan your holiday with things to see and do, maps and brochures? Then visit one of the handy Visitor Service locations to collect the latest information:
- Dolphin Marine Magic, 65 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour Ph: 02 6659 1900
- Park Beach Plaza, 253 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour Ph: 02 6652 4366
- Coffs Central, 35-61 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour Ph: 02 6651 1629
Or download the Free Coffs Coast App for 101 Things To Do.
- THE BIG BANANA – The Big Banana Fun Park is the BIGGEST and BEST Fun Park on the Northern NSW coast. Therefore it’s a full day of family fun for the entire family set amongst the bananas, overlooking the amazing Coffs Harbour Coastline. Now boasting 6 fantastic attractions including a 600m toboggan track, State of the art Laser Tag arena, Brand new Water Park including 4 heart stopping thrill slides and kids aqua play area, magnificently sculpted 36 hole Mini Golf course, Theatre and Plantation tour, Ice Skating rink, Gift shop, Café, Candy Kitchen, Cheese-making Workshop and Opal Centre.
ENTRY TO THE FUN PARK IS FREE! So the rides and attractions are priced individually. Open from 9AM – 5PM every day of the year except Christmas day. Some rides & attractions operate in sessions. Extended operating hours during NSW school holidays.
5. GETTING HERE
- BY ROAD – An easy drive along the Legendary Pacific Coast, Coffs Coast is 550km (under 6 hours) from Sydney and 427km (just over 4 hours) from Brisbane. Therefore, it is just over 3 hours drive from the Gold Coast.
If you prefer someone else behind the wheel while you relax in the seat, three coach companies can deliver you to the region, including Greyhound Australia, Premier Motor Service and New England Coaches.
- BY AIR – Located only 4 km from Coffs Harbour City Centre is the airport. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal to make the short journey north. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace. The Coffs Harbour Regional Airport offers direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Brisbane. There are five airlines daily including Qantaslink, Virgin Australia, Tiger Air, Fly Pelican and Fly Corporate. The Coffs Harbour Regional Airport is one of the largest and busiest regional airports in New South Wales. The airport handles regional, domestic and international style aircraft.
- BY WATER – Within the popular Jetty Precinct, you will found the Coffs Harbour International Marina. This offers customs; berthing; and support facilities if you are into sailing.
So, can’t wait to visit Coffs Harbour?
Coffs Coast Surf Tours are your best choice for hassle-free holidaying! With your own personal Tour Guide, beach-side apartment and breakfast included, you will get to experience everything the Coffs Coast has to offer. Surfing, water-sports, sight-seeing, eco-tours are all available as part of your Luxury Surf, Sights & Stay holiday package.
For more info Email Us or phone us directly on: 0409 485 007.