Located mid-way between Brisbane and Sydney, Coffs Harbour is a diverse destination offering some of the most scenic coastline and lush hinterland. With the recent highway upgrades, travel time from north or south is substantially reduced. With a bit more diversity to offer these days than just The Big Banana (though it’s still a hallowed landmark), the attractions and pursuits available in and around Coffs are considerable. Book you Airbnb Coffs Harbour now for a fantastic getaway!

airbnb coffs harbour

How to get to Coffs Harbour

Coffs is perfectly positioned halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and is a popular stopping off point for road trips.

Coffs Harbour Airport is 4km from the town centre and there is a shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal, and Uber is readily available.  

 

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Coffs Harbour for people of all ages and with varied interests.

Some of the highlights include:

Visit the Big Banana!

This iconic attraction was one of the first of the ‘Big’ attractions in Australia. Once just a huge fibreglass Banana outside a café it is now a full on Fun Park with a 4D Ride Simulator, Australia’s biggest Giant Slide, a huge water park with slides and an Aqua play area, a mini-golf course, ice skating rink, Reptile World and more!

There’s even a Fun Zone entertainment and gaming centre for people a little less active as well as a Theatre and Banana plantation tour, Cheesemaking workshops and Café.

Definitely something for the whole family!

Where: 351 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour

When: every day except Christmas Day

December & January – 9am to 5pm

(Extended operating hours during school holidays)

February to November – 9am to 4.30pm

(Extended operating hours during school holidays)

Cost: See combo-packages HERE

Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

The only facility in NSW endorsed by regulating bodies, the Marine Conservation Park home and care for marine mammals that are injured or unable to care for themselves in the wild.

The offspring of past and present marine resident and animals from other institutions in Australia also reside permanently at the park.

There are dozens of animals including Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, Seals,   Little Penguins, Green Sea Turtles, freshwater turtles and a variety of endemic fish species. The Park also has the most successful breeding record in the world of the endangered Australian Sea Lion, with less than 12,000 left in the wild.

The Park offers tours, dolphin and seal experiences, demonstrations and up-close animal encounters. On top of the that there is an education marquee, cafe and reef displays. 

Where: 65 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour

When:

 9am until 2pm every day of the year as all our animals need love, care and attention every single day. 

Creekside Cafe is open from 7.30 am – 2 pm  

CLOSED on all NSW Public Holidays 

Cost:

$38 for adults, $33 for students, $20 for children, $105 for family pass (2A & 2C)

For more information see the official WEBSITE

Other Highlights of Coffs Harbour:

Beaches and marine activities

  • enjoy great views from Sealy Lookout on Jetty Beach, considered by many to be the best beach in Coffs Harbour
  • more spectacular views and great bird watching at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
  • see Solitary Islands Marine Park from the Eastern Side Lookout
  • follow the Gumgali Track and learn about the local Dreamtime stories
  • go whale watching between May and November
  • swim and surf at other great beaches such as Park, Diggers, Emerald, Gallows and Moonee Beach
  • scuba dive the Solitary Islands Marine Park

other things to do in Coffs Harbour

Be sure to explore the Jetty Strip where you will find a number of good restaurants, bars and cafes including Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-op. On Harbour Drive Sakura Harbour Japanese is a firm favourite as is Element Bar and Old Johns.

Avid golfers aspire to Bonville Golf Resort – acknowledged as one of the World’s most beautiful courses; award-winning Two Tails Winery in Nana Glen boasts their renowned Velvets Restaurant.

If you are in town on a Sunday the Harbourside Markets are held in the reserve from 8am to 2pm. Twilight Markets are also held every Friday evening from September to April.

For something a bit different why not do a Champagne Sunset Tour by Kayak, watching the local wildlife migration as the light fades. Another fun activity is a 3 hour watercolour class with a local artist. Take home a souvenir made by you!  

There are plenty of pet friendly activities in Coffs Harbour too, and if you are looking to have a few hours to explore and you want your pet cared for, either day-care or overnight (or for some grooming and pampering), Tarraray Pet Retreat at Bonville is recommended as a unique concept in pet care.

 

Where to stay in Coffs – Airbnb Coffs Harbour

 

While there are a number of hotels and motels to stay at in the area, Coffs Harbour has emerged as a favourite spot for privately owned accommodation. With some beautiful beachside properties as well as rural and unique options there are some great alternatives to the usual big-name chains.

Here are some of our favourites: 

JETTY HABITAT

4 guests  •  1 bedroom •  1 bathroom • Superhost

Stunning boutique accommodation just a short stroll from Jetty Theatre, cafes, the Harbour and Muttonbird Island. Chic sophistication with numerous inclusions including beach towels, a breakfast basket and picnic equipment.

Chic harbourside haven

‘THE TREEHOUSE’

3 guests  •  1 bedroom •  1 bathroom  • Superhost

This architecturally designed tree house is centrally located in Coffs and has lovely district and valley views. Sleeping 3 guests in 2 beds the pavilion has a full gourmet kitchen, Netflix, Apple TV and a large covered deck.

unique nature pavilion

HIBISCUS@LILYPOND PLACE

4 guests  •  2 bedrooms •  1 bathroom • pet-friendly

Situated in the exclusive, sub-tropical Lilypond Place development on Coffs Harbours north shore.  A full self-contained house ( with sister properties as well), set amongst beautiful gardens and lush vegetation. One of the best pet-friendly accommodation places in Coffs Harbour you can also use the pool and resort grounds too!

resort-style tranquility

MOUNTAIN PANORAMA

2 guests  •  1 bed •  1 bathroom • Superhost

A brand new studio nestled in tropical gardens with sweeping views. Fully self-contained and only a short drive to the beach and other attractions. Expect lots of extra little touches and warm and friendly hospitality.

sweet suburban stays

TINY HOUSE IN THE RAINFOREST

2 guests  •  1 bed •  1 bathroom • Superhost

Tiny Viva is situated in the forest just off the Pacific Highway with direct frontage to Boambee Creek. Beautifully fitted out, this is a great spot for an overnighter between Sydney and Brisbane/Byron and is only a 5 minute drive in to the town centre.

good things come in small packages

JETTY BEACH HOUSE

4 guests  •  2 bedroom •  1 bathroom • Superhost

Gorgeous 1920’s Beach House renovated with a luxe boho vibe. Only 90 meters to shops, restaurants and the Jetty Strip with views over the Harbour. Spacious, full of light and a lovely rear garden too.

funky retro beach-house

CASA DI AMORE

12 guests  •  5 bedrooms •  3.5 bathrooms • 2 acres of land • swimming pool

Located on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped land this low-set home is perfect for groups and families looking for a country manor. Plenty of room for kids to play and great facilities for entertaining. This is a rural treat for a special occasion!

elegant country style

SLICE OF SAPPHIRE

8 guests  •  4 bedrooms •  3.5 bathrooms • Ocean access

This modern, stylish home has direct access to the beach and is only 5 minutes from shopping centre and restaurants. Perfect for a group of couples or extended family the house is fully equipped with every imaginable amenity and appliance. 

modern beachfront entertainer

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