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Enjoy beautiful beaches, excellent surf breaks, and see whales or dolphins at one of the east coast's most popular towns.

There are plenty of good reasons why Coffs Harbour has been a popular beach destination for decades. It offers visitors the choice of many outdoor activities, including diving, hiking and surfing, as well as markets and high quality restaurants.

Get hold of a surfboard, change into your swimwear, and jump into the waves. Check out Park Beach for the town’s best-known break. Conditions are perfect for surfers and those who prefer bigger waves, but can be rough for younger children. Head over to Jetty Beach for calmer surf and a view of the marina.

For a look at some local marine life, go diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. You’ll see dozens of species of fish, turtles, and sharks. Visit Dolphin Marine Magic to get up close to dolphins and porpoise. Wander out to Mutton-bird Island to see where Wedge-Tailed Shearwater birds nest. Between June and November you’ll also have a chance to spot migrating whales. Choose one of several nearby national parks and head out to explore some of the local countryside. There are hiking trails, waterfalls, and untouched creeks.

Head back to town and watch the sun go down from a comfy spot on the beach or up on a balcony. If you’re around on a Friday evening, grab a bite to eat and catch some music at the markets near Park Beach. On Sundays you can find arts and crafts on sale at the Jetty and Harbourside markets.

Coffs Harbour was named after a captain who rode out a storm in the area back in the 19th century. In the 1900s timber and food crops became the area’s economic mainstay, and in the latter half of the century tourism became a prominent industry. Today farming is still big business, but Coffs Harbour is best known for its great beaches and relaxed locals.

Coffs Harbour is a town with a great community, some stunning beaches, and access to several national parks.

Where to stay in Coffs Harbour

Top Hotels in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Sanctuary Resort
Coffs Harbour Sanctuary Resort
3.5 out of 5
250 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥9,935 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coffs Harbour Golf Club, Coffs Central, and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. Coffs Harbour Regional ...

3.8/5Good! (996 reviews)

"Good location, clean and spacious family room, nice pool area, the kids loved it. Easy check in and staff are very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Coffs Harbour Sanctuary Resort
Ibis Budget Coffs Harbour
Ibis Budget Coffs Harbour
2.5 out of 5
1A McLean Street, Corner Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, NSW
The price is ¥7,563 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Coffs Central and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Big Banana Fun Park. Coffs Harbour Court House and Coffs Harbour ...

3.4/5 (992 reviews)

"The place was great -- it was exactly what I expected i.e. small room but clean. That's all we needed as we are up there to enjoy the rest of Coffs Harbour and not hang around the hotel all day. Staff were great and very friendly. The only problem we really had was that some of the other guests were ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Ibis Budget Coffs Harbour
BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
4 out of 5
11 Firman Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW
The price is ¥14,719 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

This family-friendly Coffs Harbour aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Little Diggers Beach and Big Banana Fun Park. Diggers Beach and Solitary Island Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,766 reviews)

"Amazing pools, great location. Rooms were very dated / run down"…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Coffs Harbour

BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
4 out of 5
11 Firman Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW
The price is ¥14,719 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

This family-friendly Coffs Harbour aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Little Diggers Beach and Big Banana Fun Park. Diggers Beach and Solitary Island Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,766 reviews)

"Amazing pools, great location. Rooms were very dated / run down"…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
Aqualuna Beach Resort
Aqualuna Beach Resort
4 out of 5
94 Solitary Islands Way, Korora, NSW
The price is ¥10,690 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Nestled on the beach, this Korora aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Split Solitary Island Nature Reserve and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Big Banana Fun Park. Solitary ...

3.7/5Good! (1,591 reviews)

"Beutiful view and clean room. Good size for a couple."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Aqualuna Beach Resort
Paradise Palms Resort
Paradise Palms Resort
3.5 out of 5
675 Pacific Highway, Korora, NSW

This family-friendly Coffs Harbour cottage is located in Korora, within 2 mi (3 km) of Solitary Island Aquarium and Split Solitary Island Nature Reserve. Big ...

3.6/5Good! (823 reviews)

"Kylie was the best and genuinely happy to assist in any way possible and was always available at anytime. Great place to stay with kids. Will be back again. C.V."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Paradise Palms Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Coffs Harbour

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5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 29, 2019

Great destination for a weekend away.

4/5 - Good

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Sep 16, 2019

It’s a decent city. Down by the water was pretty enjoyable but there isn’t too much outside of that. The food options are average at best

3/5 - Okay

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Jul 14, 2019

Again, the restaurant is very expensive with poor service.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 6, 2019

Coffs is great place, just don't waste ya cash on Aaunka

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 29, 2018

Love Coffs!

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