Must-Visit Attractions in Coffs Harbour: A Tropical Paradise

Coffs Harbour is the perfect mid-way point between Sydney and Brisbane making it an ideal location that’s within comfortable driving distance from either capital city. Coffs Habour offers everything from fine dining to surfing and has plenty of attractions to keep the kids happy.

Choice Hotels offers four-star accommodation at the Quality Inn City Centre, only a short stroll from the shopping mall, business district and cafés.

Diving into its history, timber getters were the first to settle in Coffs Harbour back in 1841, with timber cutting the main industry right through to the early 1900’s. When Herman Reick introduced Fijian bananas in 1881 the banana industry boomed making Coffs Harbour famous for its bananas.

The Big Banana was masterminded by John Landi in 1964 to attract visitors to his road-side banana stall. Since then, the business evolved to become a major tourist attraction. Start with a frozen choc-dipped banana to lift your energy enough to try out the ice-skating, tobogganing, laser tag, mini golf, or a splash in the water park.


The Pet Porpoise Pool is one of the most popular attractions. Not only are the shows spectacular but it’s the only place in Australia where you can experience swimming with the dolphins or seals. Advanced bookings are required for a private session.

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Coffs Harbour boasts beaches that cater for all surfing styles and levels. The most popular beaches closest to the CBD are Park Beach, which is a large open beach suited for the more seasoned surfers; Jetty Beach located at the Marina is protected and more suited to beginners, while Boambee Beach, just south of Coffs Harbour, is an open beach with variable conditions.

A hike in Bongil Bongil National Park will free your mind of any stress or worry. It’s also a very popular fishing and picnic spot and a birdwatcher’s haven boasting more than 165 species of birds. From untamed beaches to peaceful streams, you’ll love a day out in this beautiful national park located between Sawtell and Mylestom, around 10km south of Coffs Harbour.


For something a little special, plan to come to the Saltwater Freshwater Festival held on Australia Day, 26 January at the Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens. You’ll get to enjoy extraordinary indigenous talent from Archie Roach, Emma Donavan, Briggs, Didjital and Radical Son, and experience Aboriginal culture through dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts and workshops.

Coffs Harbour-a beautiful beachside city for all travellers!